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    Rams pick Centre with 2nd 3 round pick

    Richie Incognito

    Position: Center/Guard
    College: Nebraska
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 305
    Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.


    OVERVIEW
    An extremely versatile athlete, Incognito can play any position on the offensive line. He held down the starting spot at left offensive tackle from 2002-03 before shifting to center during preseason camp in 2004. A series of off-field trouble over the years reached a point before the 2004 campaign where the new coaching staff decided it would be best for the Huskers to suspend their talented lineman. Incognito soon left the school and later enrolled at the University of Oregon in late September, but under NCAA transfer rules, he was ineligible to play.

    Incognito played on both sides of the ball at Mountain Ridge High School and also served as the team's deep snapper. He helped guide the team to an 8-4 record and the first round of the state playoffs in 2000. Incognito earned All-American honors as a senior and was named to PrepStar's 120-man Dream Team. He was a second-team honoree on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list and a finalist for the Arizona Player-of-the-Year Award. He also won the Brian Murray Award, which goes to the best lineman in the state, and the Frank Kush Award, representing the best offensive lineman in Arizona.

    In 2002, Incognito was the first Huskers freshman offensive lineman to start in the season opener, and only the third rookie lineman to earn any start in his first year of competition.

    Incognito started all 13 games at left tackle in 2003 and provided a consistent force in an offensive line riddled with injuries throughout the year.


    ANALYSIS
    Positives: Has a thick, barrel-chested frame with good upper-body muscle tone, wide waist and hips, good bubble and thick legs Versatile, with the ability to play center, guard or tackle. Can also handle deep-snapping chores Shows quickness coming out of his stance, clearing defenders off the ball with his leg drive, hand jolt and explosion Has an aggressive nature, stepping intently into his blocks Has a strong hand punch and clamps on tightly to ride the defender wide Physical drive blocker who simply runs over people, coming off the snap hard to gain advantage on running plays Effective trap blocker with ease-of-movement agility adjusting in space Works his hips well to position and force the chase route, doing a good job of staying on his feet to finish Can anchor down with force in pass protection and extends his arms properly to contain the bull rush Hard worker in the weight room Known for his ability to get inside the frame of a defender to rock him back with a jarring hand punch Mirrors double moves well, due to his fluid lateral agility Chips and lands in a zone and is aggressive looking for linebackers to neutralize when working into the second level Moves his feet with good knee bends and balance, showing the hip snap to change direction and redirect.

    Negatives: Despite his power, he is a little inconsistent generating that strength on the move, as he sometimes fails to land when pulling and trapping Looks more comfortable working in-line, but does have the foot speed to perform in space When he gets over-aggressive, he tends to lean into the defender, causing them to slip off his blocks Has had several off-field issues that need further review Needs to refine his pass set, as he does not look sudden in his retreat and can lose leverage when he overextends trying to get to the wide edge rush Has good hand usage, but will give up his chest at times and the stronger defenders will then rock him back on his heels.


    INJURY REPORT
    No injury report released by Nebraska, but the player never missed a game due to an injury.

    2005: While completing the final agility tests at the combines, Incognito seemingly caught his foot in the carpet and dropped to the field. After writhing in pain for several minutes he was finally carted off with a right knee injury. An MRI proved negative.


    AGILITY
    4.84 in the 40-yard dash 2.85 20-yard dash 1.72 10-yard dash Bench presses 225 pounds 29 times 32 3/8-inch arm length 10 1/8-inch hands.


    HIGH SCHOOL
    Attended Mountain Ridge (Glendale, Ariz.) High School, playing football for coach Jim Ewan Played on both sides of the ball and also served as the team's deep snapper Helped guide the team to an 8-4 record and the first round of the state playoffs in 2000 Earned All-American honors as a senior and was named to PrepStar's 120-man Dream Team Second-team honoree on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West list and a finalist for the Arizona Player of the Year Award Also won the Brian Murray Award, which goes to the best lineman in the state, and the Frank Kush Award, representing the best offensive lineman in Arizona.


    PERSONAL
    Communication Studies major Son of Richard and Donna Incognito Born July 5, 1983, in Englewood, N.J. Resides in Glendale, Ariz.
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