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Grade
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  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.24 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 231LBS. Weight

Overview

Those outside Conference USA might be surprised how high McRath, only a junior, ranks among leaders in tackles over his career. McRath, who earned his second consecutive first-team All-Conference USA plaque in 2008, finished with 137 tackles (78 solo) during his junior season and has 386 tackles, 32 1/2 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his career. Voted the 2007 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, McRath's production can't be denied. But scouts are worried how he'll hold up at the next level due to his marginal size. A fast 40 time could ease scouts concerns, who feel that McRath is best suited for the weak side.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Rangy build with plenty of room for additional growth. ... Good instincts. ... Flows to the action quickly and puts himself in position to make a play. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes in coverage. ... Recognizes the screen and draw and isn't fooled often. ... Good speed to the flanks. .. Reliable open-field tackler who can break down in space and make the secure stop. ... Good agility to slip past blockers. ... Good balance to handle working through trash. ... Flashes some aggression taking on blocks, though he needs more consistency in this area. ... Improved in this area as a junior. Negatives: Undersized. ... Lacks bulk in both his upper and lower body and looks more like a strong safety than a middle linebacker. ... Lacks the straight-line speed and hips for coverage to make the transition to defensive back. ... Likes to avoid blockers rather than forcefully taking them on. ... Drag-down tackler who only occasionally shows legitimate pop as a tackler. ... Bit of a pile jumper. ... Often credited for tackles in which he didn't make the play.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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