Tarvarus McFadden

Florida St.
CB

Prospect Info

College
Florida St.
Hometown
Class
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
204 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
10 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.47
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.67u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
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Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
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
 

Playlist

McFadden's sophomore year was pretty impressive -- even more so after you hear that he played with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He tied for the most interceptions at the FBS level in 2016 with eight, which earned him many All-American honors and a spot as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation's top defender. The first-team All-ACC pick (coaches and media) had just 20 tackles, three for loss on the season but added six pass breakups (a couple of which could have easily added to his interception total). He was a second-team all-conference selection in 2017, starting all 13 games and breaking up 10 passes (no interceptions). As a true freshman in 2015, McFadden made four tackles in seven games as a reserve. His success wasn't a surprise, as his height, length, speed, and ball skills made him a five-star prospect coming from a two-time state champ in Fort Lauderdale's American Heritage High School.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Patrick Robinson
Overview
Press corner with long arms and disruptive qualities but lacking in foot quickness and makeup speed. McFadden put together a highlight reel of impressive interceptions with NFL-caliber ball skills, but his ball production dropped sharply this year. On top of that, his 4.68 forty at the Combine seemed to prove what the tape showed regarding his long speed or lack thereof. McFadden has cover talent, but may be forced into a zone scheme to cover up for his speed concerns. McFadden will need to tighten up his coverage technique and become a much better tackler in order to find meaningful snaps as a pro.
Strengths
  • Tall gangly frame with impressive wingspan
  • Excels in press-and-drape coverage
  • Annoys wideouts with jabs at release and keeps bugging them inside their routes
  • Uses effective skip pedal to roll into smoother transition to open
  • Uses arm length to steady himself against receiver and maintain feel for the route
  • Rarely loses battles for underthrown balls
  • Flashed brilliant ball skills in 2016 with eight interceptions
  • Quick to turn head and find the ball
  • Sinks into lap of downfield receiver to minimize operational room
  • Hacks at catch-point
  • Excellent high-point defender with desired timing and hand-eye coordination
  • Makes sudden catches with late hands
  • Allowed completion rate of just 39.7 percent this season
Weaknesses
  • Lacks long speed to carry vertical targets downfield
  • Allowed too many touchdowns as starter
  • Below-average burst to close
  • Could be limited by scheme and matchups
  • Re-routes missing pop
  • Play strength falls below the mark
  • Inadequate short-area quickness to mirror quicker, route-runners
  • Coverage balance is lacking
  • Plays with tall pad level and is slow to decelerate and chase comeback routes
  • 2016 interceptions turned into 2017 passes broken up
  • Panics when receivers start to climb by
  • Had four pass interference penalties this year
  • Needs more toughness as tackler
  • Turns down hitting opportunities and allows running backs to run through his arm tackles

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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