Mike McCray

Michigan
ILB

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
Trotwood, OH
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
243 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.36
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.76u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.25
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.61
Seconds
 

Playlist

It takes guts to leave Ohio to play for rival Michigan, but it's an especially strong move when you do so as the son of a former Buckeye captain. Mike McCray, Senior was a linebacker for Ohio State in the late 1980's, but that did not prevent the younger McCray from choosing his own path. The AP Division II Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 redshirted his first season across the border. McCray played in 11 games as a reserve in 2014 (two tackles, one for loss, blocked punt) but missed the entire 2015 season due to shoulder and other injuries. The Wolverines needed a starter in 2016, and the tall, powerful second-level defender stepped forward, playing in all 13 games and earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors (76 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, nine pass break-ups).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
McCray is a big, physical inside linebacker who plays with most of the characteristics evaluators want from an inside linebacker, but his limited range could hurt his draft stock. McCray could be a consideration for 3-4 teams looking to pair a big body next an athlete at inside linebacker, but he'll need to come off the field on passing downs. If healthy, McCray could become a backup linebacker with a chance to work himself into starting contention down the road.
Strengths
  • Comes from a football family with a father who was a team captain at Ohio State
  • Plays with good football intelligence
  • Quick to read his keys and recognize play development
  • Steps downhill into the gaps to muddy the rush lanes
  • Looks to make his tackles as close to the line as possible
  • Tough and ready to thump against lead blockers
  • Can leverage his gap with a stiff lead shoulder
  • Instinctive with a feel for tendencies
  • Makes adjustments to things he's seen earlier in the game
  • Adequate transition from run-stopper to pass coverage when he spots play-action
  • Respected leader on the team
Weaknesses
  • Will be limited as a pro due to his lack of range
  • Pursuit speed is below average and is unlikely to run well at the Combine
  • At times, can be too focused on keys rather than balancing his eyes between his keys and the ball
  • Constantly tugging and grabbing his man when forced into man coverage
  • Could be on eggshells at Combine medical checks
  • Has dealt with multiple shoulder injuries during his career that will require the attention of team medical staffs
Sources Tell Us

"He was a 'dude' coming out of high school, but injuries have slowed him down. He has most of what you want in a linebacker but he just can't run well." -- NFC Director of Scouting

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GRADE
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