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Combine Results

5.01 ?
  • 5.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.16 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5.07 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 1/8" Arm Length
  • 338LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands



Rare size. Has thick lower body and is rarely manhandled by a single block. Has potential to play several positions along a defensive line, including end in a 3-4. Has natural strength to leverage his gap and take on double-team blocks. Improved hand usage from 2013 to 2014. Flashes ability to collapse pocket as bull rusher.


Will let pad level rise and doesn't consistently fire into blockers as expected. Slow to shed, despite size/strength advantage. Very limited play radius. Plays man in front of him rather than seeing through to the ball. Slow-twitch player lacking passion and determination in his play. Struggled with fluctuating weight, which ballooned to 350 pounds at one point. Conditioning is an issue. Has had surgery on both knees, including one for a torn meniscus.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"He was supposed to be all-world, and when he got to UCLA, I don't think he had the discipline he needed. He got too big, and then had knee issues and he never looked like the player he was supposed to be when he came in." -- AFC North scout

Bottom Line

Came into UCLA as a heralded five-star recruit and is leaving school after three seasons with just eight starts, including none this past season. McCarthy has size that will plant him on some draft boards, but he lacks skill as a pass rusher and hasn't proved that he can venture from a phone booth to make plays. McCarthy's knees will need to be checked closely, but the bigger concern could be his weight problems and whether or not he has the desire to do what it takes to be a player in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
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.