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Chris Baker (DL)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 326
College: Hampton
Conference: MEAC
Hometown: Windsor, CT
High School: Windsor
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Baker struggled with off-field incidents at Penn State. He was suspended from the team at the end of the 2007 season and finally dismissed from the Nittany Lions in July 2008 after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespass following two fights in 2007. He received two years of probation. Baker showed versatility playing at defensive end in a 3-4 after starting the year at nose tackle for Hampton. He earned first-team All-MEAC honors with 62 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Baker and his family decided it was time to leave the Pirates after his redshirt junior season, but character concerns follow him into the NFL.

High School

Baker emerged as one of Connecticut's top linemen as a senior at Windsor HS. Playing for Coach Mark Welch, he was a starter on offense and defense in his final two seasons. A noted athlete, Baker did not play football his sophomore year in order to concentrate on basketball, but returned to the gridiron for two more highly successful seasons. Baker recorded 80 tackles his senior season, with 10 tackles for losses, including seven sacks. He was a first-team all-state selection by the Hartford Courant and a first-team all-conference pick his last two years.

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Positives: Adequate build in the upper and lower body. ... Good quickness off the snap. ... Gets his hands into his man's jersey quickly, attacks a shoulder and constantly works to the quarterback. ... Can also extend his arms inside the numbers to get leverage and push into the backfield. ... Also able to stand up his man on run plays, use his upper-body strength to move him to either side and make a play on the ball. ... Uses arm-over move and violent hands to shoot the gap inside. ... Will split double-team blocks to pressure the passer. ... At end, he held his ground against the run and used his strength, hands and quickness to get by offensive tackles one-on-one. ... Shows fairly quick feet, can stay off cut blocks, chase down the line and hustle downfield to get to the ball. ... Doesn't back down from anyone.

Negatives: Could work harder against double teams inside and too often stands around after initial contact. ... Must improve his awareness on misdirections and screens. ... Stamina is an issue, will be best as part of a rotation. ... Showed potential in Happy Valley, but his redshirt junior season production came against a lower level of competition at a position he might not play in the NFL. ... Character issues abound based on his record at Penn State.

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