R.J. McIntosh

Miami
DT

Prospect Info

College
Miami
Hometown
Class
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
286 lbs
33 7/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.48
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 5 ‧ Pick 2
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R.J.'s not the only McIntosh trying to make an impact on the college and pro football worlds. His brother, Deon, was a redshirt freshman receiver for Notre Dame last year and their younger brother, Kenny, is a top running back recruit in the 2019 class. The oldest of the three played well in his junior (and final) season with the Hurricanes, receiving second-team All-SEC notice. He started all 13 games in 2017, recording 52 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and seven pass breakups. McIntosh made his presence felt as a sophomore, as well, starting 12 games and racking up 42 stops, 8.5 for loss, two sacks, and two pass breakups. He played in five games as a true freshman in 2015, making four tackles, one for loss. McIntosh was a three-star recruit and top-40 defensive end prospect who was offered by Clemson and Florida as well as the "U."
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Mario Edwards
Overview
Athletic defensive tackle with the speed and quickness to make impact plays, but the lack of core strength to give up big plays against the run. McIntosh has developmental potential to work with and should take a big step forward once he learns to work his hands as a pass rusher. While he has disruptive potential, he has to get his play strength to a functional level in order to hold up as an every-down player. While teams will likely view him as a defensive tackle, McIntosh could fit as a base 4-3 end with the ability to reduce inside on passing downs.
Strengths
  • Talented and a plus athlete
  • Plays with low pads and good knee bend
  • Uses effective arm-over to beat initial blocks and make tackles in the backfield
  • Quick get-off and ability to get skinny could make him an intriguing one-gapper
  • Able to recover against move blocks and play over the top into the play-side
  • Plays with plus flexibility and moves like a defensive end in space
  • Productive tackler from an interior position
  • Pursuit quickness gets him involved on more plays
  • Shows blockers a moving target as rusher
  • Has foot quickness to be an edge rusher
  • Quick to stop rush and play the throw
  • Had seven batted passes in 2017
  • Blocked two kicks this year on special teams
Weaknesses
  • Will need to live in the weight room to improve core strength
  • Contact balance is below average
  • Base fails him
  • Too easy to bully off his spot and out of his fit against the run
  • Struggles to play square
  • Lacks expected rush production relative to his athletic ability
  • Gets snatched up as pass rusher
  • Hands are busy, but not efficient or jarring
  • Needs to play with better aggression at the point of attack
  • Won't win if he's not playing half-man as a rusher
Sources Tell Us

"Should have stayed in. He needs to keep growing into his frame and get a lot stronger. You don't want to come out until you know you're ready to do battle against grown men and I don't think he's there yet." -- AFC 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