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Name: B.J. Raji 
College: Boston College     Number: 90
Height: 6-1   Weight: 337
Position: DT  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2009

40 Low: 5.02
   40 Time: 5.12
  40 High: 5.23
Projected Round: 1  Stock:   High: 5-12  Low: Mid 1
Rated number 1 out of 156 DT's     10 / 2488 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6014
Weight: 337
40 Yrd Dash: 5.23
20 Yrd Dash: 3.02
10 Yrd Dash: 1.82
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 33
Vertical Jump: 32
Broad Jump: 08'07"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.69
3-Cone Drill: 7.90


Dates: 03/12/09
Height: 6014
Weight: 337
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 Data Scout Notes: 1st M

Post-Draft Outlook:
BEST PICK: Boston College NT B.J. Raji was a no-brainer for the Packers' top selection when he was available at No. 9 overall, although dynamic wideout Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech had general manager Ted Thompson mulling his enviable options. Addressing glaring needs in the revamped 3-4 defensive front took precedence, and landing Raji was a coup for fortifying the trenches. Raji is a beast at 6-foot-2 and 337 pounds. The Packers haven't possessed such a feared, game-changing nose tackle since Gilbert Brown was digging graves in the backfield for upended opponents during the team's dominant run in the 1990s. Raji's uncanny ability to take on double teams and shed blockers should pay immediate dividends for a defense that ranked 26th against the run, allowing an average of 131.6 yards per game, and generated only 27 sacks last season. A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/9 -- B.J. Raji, DT, 6-2, 337, Boston College...Pound for pound, the Packers might have acquired the best defensive player in the draft. Raji is extraordinarily gifted and athletic for his size. The every-down enforcer solidifies the interior of the defensive line for Green Bay, which had only aging starter Ryan Pickett to anchor the critical nose tackle position in its big switch to a 3-4 alignment up front. Work ethic and yo-yo weight control exhibited by Raji in college are blemishes that can't be brushed aside, however. - by The Sports Xchange
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 Draft Scout B.J. Raji News
03/15/16 - NT B.J. Raji said he would take a "hiatus" from football in 2016. Raji, 29, was a free agent after signing one-year contracts in 2014 and 2015 to play each season for the Packers. "I have played football and been defined as a football player for as long as I can remember," Raji said in a statement. "This offseason was the first time that I felt myself pulled in another direction and I am excited to first be 'all in' with my family back home and then to explore new frontiers. I am not exactly sure what the next phase of life will entail, but I am confident that all of the lessons I learned during my NFL journey will provide a solid foundation for success." Raji was the ninth overall pick in 2009. He overcame a torn biceps tendon that ended his 2014 season to have a solid season with the Packers in 2016, playing 41.6 percent of total defensive snaps.
03/14/16 - DT B.J. Raji said Monday he would take a hiatus from football in 2016. Raji, 29, was a free agent after signing one-year contracts in 2014 and 2015 to play each season for the Packers, who drafted the former Boston College defensive lineman in the first round. "I have played football and been defined as a football player for as long as I can remember," Raji said in the statement Monday. "This offseason was the first time that I felt myself pulled in another direction and I am excited to first be 'all in' with my family back home and then to explore new frontiers. I am not exactly sure what the next phase of life will entail, but I am confident that all of the lessons I learned during my NFL journey will provide a solid foundation for success." Raji was the ninth overall pick in 2009.
01/20/16 - NT B.J. Raji, who turns 30 in July, would be a free agent for the third straight year after a so-so season following a year of no football.
01/04/16 - NT B.J. Raji (concussion) was cleared to play and make the start in Sunday night's loss to the Vikings. The veteran suffered his head injury in the Packers' 38-8 defeat at the Arizona Cardinals the previous week.
01/02/16 - NT B.J. Raji (concussion) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Raji suffered the concussion in last Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
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