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Prospect Profiles: Pernell McPhee


Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 285, 4.75

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Excellent bulk with very long arms and a sturdy build
• Athletic with good playing speed and a burst to close
• Terrific strength and is stout at the point of attack
• Active with good range and does nice job in pursuit
• Tenacious, intense and competitive w/ non-stop motor
• Powerful and will jolt blockers then push them back
• Tough and plays with a nasty demeanor on the field
• Will most likely offer a bit of schematic versatility
• Hard worker who earns the respect of his teammates
• Still has lots of upside and plenty of room to improve

• Average pass rusher and sack production is limited
• Not very explosive, quick or a threat off the edge
• Must develop additional pass rush moves / counters
• A raw technician, especially in terms of hand use
• Will struggle to disengage from blocks at times
• Not real agile and doesn’t change directions well
• Questionable intelligence, instincts and awareness
• Just two seasons of big-time Division I experience

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Solid pass rusher… Reasonably good quickness… Good length… Long arms… Pressures the pocket… Gets in the backfield… Can collapse the pocket… Plays with leverage… Good strength… Good power… Bull rusher… Sheds and gets off blocks reasonably well… Reasonably good strength at POA… Very solid body control… Good spin and swim moves… Plays the run well… Stout at the point of attack… Gets good leverage… Maintains containment… Chases the action… Very solid lateral mobility… Gives good effort and plays with intensity… Occasionally lines up at linebacker and can apply pressure inside, has defended four passes… Fairly fluid hips… Solid drops in coverage… Good motor… Disciplined… Well-liked by coaches and teammates… Has not missed a game in two seasons at Mississippi State… Was an All-American both seasons at junior college, had 13.5 sacks as a sophomore… Selected All-SEC second team for the 2009 season… Good fit as 4-3 LDE or 3-4 5-technique DE.

Negatives: Not overly explosive… Lacks real suddenness to his game… Not overly flexible… Does not change direction real well… Lacks overall instincts… A bit slow around the edge, can be taken out of plays when forced outside… Will not be an explosive pass rusher in the NFL… Can over pursue on run plays… Can wear down toward the end of games… Production was limited this season, did not have a sack through first 10 games… Did not take his game to another level after a very solid junior season… Only two seasons at Mississippi St., played from 2007-2008 at Itawamba Community College.

FF Toolbox:

McPhee spent two years at junior college (Itawamba, MS) and positively dominated. He was an All-American both seasons and had 13.5 sacks as a sophomore. McPhee transferred to MSU for his junior season and led the team with 12 tackles for loss and five sacks. Drawing more attention from offenses as a senior, the defensive end has struggled through seven games. McPhee has just 12 tackles (five for loss) and no sacks. He at least leads the team with six quarterback hurries. McPhee has good size at 6’4′ and 285 pounds. While he stars at end, he can play either outside or inside at the next level. He has decent speed and has been clocked as fast as 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, but that needs to be improved if he wants to be a starter in the NFL. Furthermore, McPhee’s production–at least in 2010–is a concern. McPhee was on first-round radar screens prior to this season, and he definitely has the talent to return to such a status. However, he must finish the season much stronger than he started it before showing his stuff at the combine next spring. For now, McPhee looks like a possible third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Pernell McPhee had a very disappointing senior season, only putting up 2 sacks. He had a very good junior year (5 sacks), but didn’t put it together his senior year. Don’t know why. And it’s a bit troubling. Only played 2 years of major college football. Very little experience. Some burst, but not very explosive. Has some academic issues (although, credit to him for sticking it out after not being able to make it at first). Has the physical tools, but there seems to be something missing. As a mid round pick, he’s not bad. 4th round, to be a situational pass rusher is not a bad pick. I’ve seen him going in the 2nd round in some places, and that’s just wrong. 4th round, maybe late 3rd. I like him, I don’t love him


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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Pernell McPhee”

  1. nycsportzfan says:

    Eh, to mcphee… Nothing really excites me about em, unless your talking RD 6….

    Could u do a profile on Joe Lefeged please

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