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Brian Linthicum 2012 NFL Draft quick report

October 15, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Brian Linthicum (88) makes catch against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won 28-14.  Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE
October 15, 2011; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans tight end Brian Linthicum (88) makes catch against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Michigan State won 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.

Brian Linthicum, Michigan State
Height: 6'4, Weight: 249 pounds

Strengths: Does the little things (head fakes, shoulder leans) to get open on a route. Gets good body position to make the catch. Good at making a play on the ball.

Weaknesses: Not a great athlete and is a little stiff in his movement. Had surgery for a dislocated kneecap in 2009 and health issues may scare some teams off. Sat out 2008 after transferring from Clemson. Didn't become a starter until his senior season.