Prospect Profile: Larry Asante's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Nebraska safety Larry Asante inside.

Larry Asante
School: Nebraska
Position: Safety
Height: 6-0
Weight: 211
Projected 40-Time: 4.52

Star Rating: Grade: 84
Draft Projection: 3rd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Asante is one of the best strong safeties in the draft and could be a Day Two draft pick.
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Strengths: Asante is a physical, run defending safety who plays best in the box. He’s strong at the point and brings ball carriers down on initial contact. He moves well laterally, works well with others in the secondary and is effective facing the action. He takes good angles in pursuit, has a solid burst and closes fast to deliver a devastating punch.

Weaknesses: He has marginal ball skills and lacks playmaking ability. He plays overly aggressive at times and gets caught out of position. He doesn’t play with a great sense of urgency.

Steuber Says: Asante is a physical safety who doesn’t offer much as a playmaker, but he’s intimidating in the secondary. A former JUCO standout, Asante has spent three years at Nebraska and has only recorded three interceptions during that time. He’s a solid in the box defender and will be a standout special teams player at the next level. He will likely be a Day Two selection (2nd – 3rd Round) this year.

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