Photo of Conor McDermott
Drafted By: Patriots

Combine Results

Grade
4.98 ?
  • 5.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Legendary Patriots' offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is the type of coach that develops late-round guys with McDermott's natural mobility and turns them into contributors, if not starters down the line. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'8" Height
  • 34 3/4" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 11" Hands

Overview

McDermott was an excellent basketball player in high school, but decided his future was instead in the football realm. He dislocated his shoulder in a state title basketball game, however, forcing him to go to a prep school for a year before heading to UCLA. McDermott redshirted his first year in Westwood, joining his brother, Kevin, who is now a long snapper with the Minnesota Vikings. After another year on the bench to add pounds to his basketball frame, McDermott started the final seven games of the 2014 season at left tackle. His game had improved enough in his junior year that Pac-12 coaches voted him second-team all-conference. He repeated that achievement in 2016, starting every game on the left side.

Analysis

Strengths

Towering left tackle. Has experience in a pro-style attack. Gets into kick-slide without much laboring. Decent pass-slide quickness. Decent hand readiness. In run game, comes off ball with flat back and uncorks his hips into target. Generates some pop with his initial contact as run blocker. Has some redirect power to stuff stunts inside. Solid cut-blocker. Athletic feet with rare background. Was finalist for McDonald's High School All-American team as a senior basketball player and won Mr. Basketball for Division II-AA in Tennessee.

Weaknesses

Very little bubble with below-average leg thickness. Plays too upright and with some stiff-leggedness. Lack of bend affects his ability to change direction. Hit-or-miss connection percentage on second level. Core strength is well-below desired NFL level. Bull-rushers can put him on skates and roll him back into the quarterback. Operates with weak punch in pass sets. Rare to find him land hands inside defender's frame on consecutive snaps. Doesn't trust his own foot quickness. Opens way too early in pass sets. Over-sets in race to the edge, allowing defenders to beat him inside or knock him off-balance with an inside club move.

Draft Projection

Round 7

Sources Tell Us

"Just not strong enough to play in our league. Unless he finds more core (strength), I can't see him being able to survive against power." -- AFC South scout

Bottom Line

McDermott's impressive high school resume is usually an attention-grabber for NFL offensive line coaches looking for athletes. However, his lack of functional core strength is a debilitating weakness that could make it tough for him to maintain an NFL career. McDermott's size will likely get him drafted, but there are quite a few holes in his game that are in desperate need of work.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

Comments