Anthony McFarland

Maryland
RB19

Prospect Info

College
Maryland
Hometown
Class
Hyattsville, MD
r-Sophomore
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
208 lbs
30 3/8”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.96
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.44
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Injuries have been the only thing holding McFarland back since his junior year of high school, when he was a second-team Washington Post All-Metro player at famed DeMatha Catholic. He missed his senior year with a broken leg, then had to redshirt his first year at Maryland (he chose the Terrapins over schools like Alabama and Miami to stay close to home) to continue his recovery. Healthy in 2018, McFarland was named second-team All-Big Ten and a Freshman All-American, rushing for 1,034 yards and four scores on 131 carries (7.9 per) in 12 games (five starts). He started seven of 11 games played in 2019, managing to score eight touchdowns on the ground (114 carries, 614 yards, 5.4 ypc) and one as a receiver (17 receptions, 126 yards, 7.4 average) despite a high-ankle sprain hindering his performance.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
McFarland runs hard, but he's not that big and he's not that creative, so he could struggle to find yardage for himself. A high-ankle sprain may have been at the root of his unimpressive 2019 tape, as he showed a little better burst and tackle-breaking ability in 2018, but in both seasons he needed either clear points of entry or to be operating in open space to get it going. His projection can't just rely on a couple of splash performances from 2018. He appears to have low-end backup potential, but it's worth noting that some NFL teams are much higher on him.
Strengths
  • Better 2018 tape due to high-ankle sprain in 2019
  • Has build-up speed to run away from tacklers
  • Had runs of 75, 81, and 52 yards against Ohio State in 2018
  • Accelerates into contact behind pads
  • Agility to sidestep foot traffic
  • Able to stack cuts on top of cuts
  • Decisive runner between the tackles
  • Adjusts to off-target throws out of backfield
  • Capable ball tracker on wheel routes
Weaknesses
  • Runs on tiptoes on stretch plays
  • Slow to gather in cut
  • Lacks desired feel for run lane development
  • Needs plenty of space to operate
  • Unable to slow feet and then reignite quickly
  • Doesn't have bend to unleash lower-body power
  • Runs hard but has below-average drive through contact
  • Not enough sand in his pants to trust protection skills
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league