Photo of Taylor McNamara
4.95 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 247LBS. Weight


Growing up in San Diego, McNamara probably dreamed of playing the for Trojans. However, he had planned on signing with Arizona and their head coach, Mark Stoops out of high school. When Stoops was fired, McNamara decided to join the Stoops brothers in Norman, Oklahoma. Things didn't quite work out there, however, as he had to redshirt the 2012 season after two games (one start, no catches) due to a shoulder injury. McNamara played limited minutes over the next two seasons (three games, one catch for four yards in 2013; six games, no catches in 2014) before moving back to California as a graduate transfer for the 2015 season. USC coaches saw his potential, starting him in all 14 games that season (12-83, four scores) and then 11 of the 12 games played this fall (12-111, one TD).



Flashes separation speed on shallow crossers and drags underneath. Made outstanding one-handed catch against Alabama and shows an ability to sink and dig out the low throw. Can make contested catches over the middle. Adjusts routes to avoid redirection. Undersized, but utilizes desired footwork and technique as a blocker. Shows some sustain with strong hands against outside linebackers.


Doesn't have enough wiggle in the open field to create much more than what he catches if traffic is near. Needs to look for throws a little more quickly. Wasn't asked to do much from route standpoint. Too small to make a living along line of scrimmage. Can be overwhelmed by size.

Draft Projection


Bottom Line

Move tight end with limited pass catching production and a need for more bulk as a blocker. With decent athleticism and a willingness to work at his blocking, McNamara has a chance to make it into camp and catch a team's eye if he can stand out on special teams.
-Lance Zierlein
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