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Prospect Profiles: Colin McCarthy


Triangle Numbers: 6-2, 240, 4.7

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Adequate height and bulk with the frame to get bigger
• Terrific football IQ w/ great instincts and awareness
• A reliable, wrap-up tackler who can deliver a bit hit
• Has sideline-to-sideline range and a non-stop motor
• Tenacious in pursuit and is able to close in a hurry
• Displays the ability to take on then shed blockers
• Is tough, competitive, aggressive and super intense
• Versatile with the ability to play multiple positions
• Also projects as valuable contributor on special teams
• A hard worker and respected as a leader by teammates
• Very productive with a lot of high-quality experience

• Not really an explosive athlete and lacks a burst
• Average speed and quickness with subpar agility
• Lacks fluid hips and has some trouble in coverage
• Isn’t very powerful and will need to get stronger
• Didn’t make a big impact as pass rusher / blitzer
• May have some concerns with health and durability

Sideline Scouting:
Positives: Good height and weight, but could stand to add a little more upper-body bulk… Decent speed… Is a sure wrap-up tackler once he makes contact, get his arms are the ball carrier’s legs and does not let go… Makes a lot of second-effort plays, will get blocked and knocked down, but gets right back in to plays… Will take on lead blockers to free up other defenders beyond the line of scrimmage… Pretty good at keeping head on a swivel and scraping through heavy traffic to get to the ball… Is experienced at shooting gaps and pass rushing up the middle… Has some explosiveness through the line of scrimmage, can disrupt plays early in some situations… Good production when healthy (213 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions the past two seasons combined)… Instincts and leadership are above average, intangibles may be biggest strength.

Negatives: Does not break down well when preparing to make a tackle, will miss tackles by over-pursuing or lunging at contact… Takes on blocks much too high and allows blockers to get easy pad control at the line of scrimmage… Had the shortest arms of all linebackers at the combine… Can get out of position fairly easily on misdirection and play-action plays… Needs to work on coverage techniques, sometimes reaches with the wrong hand to defend passes, which sometimes allows for big yardage… Not very good in man-to-man coverage, does not see a lot of action as a pass defender on third down… Missed most of 2008 season with shoulder injury, durability a minor concern… Not an explosive or unique athlete, will have to rely on work ethic to contribute in the NFL.

National Football Post:

A well-built linebacker prospect who possesses above-average range in pursuit and exhibits the athleticism to make plays away from his frame. Is more of a straight-line athlete who will struggle to break down in space, but has a nose for the football and consistently seems to be getting good jumps on the play. Reads his run keys quickly and does a nice job attacking downhill, finding creases inside and accelerating toward the play. Also does a nice job of keeping himself clean on the move. Isn’t a guy who can consistently take on blocks and stack and shed on contact. However, plays with a good motor and his combination of instincts and overall grit allow him to consistently make a blocker miss and fight his way toward the ball carrier inside. Generates only average power on contact when asked to break down, but does a nice job wrapping up in tight quarters. Nevertheless, has a tendency to overrun plays and fails to break down on contact in space, as he isn’t the most secure wrap-up guy when working in pursuit.

Possesses a good feel in the pass game and looks comfortable reading his pass keys, keeping his eyes on the quarterback and quickly putting himself around the football. Likes to be physical in man coverage and does a nice job disrupting the timing of tight ends in the pass game and getting his hands into their frame. However, is a bit stiff in the hips and will struggle to quickly redirect out of his breaks and generate a closing burst toward the football. Too often allows completions to take place around his frame simply because of his inability to quickly change directions and make a play on the throw. Really struggles to hold up in man vs. running backs out of the backfield, and simply lacks the fluidity, change of direction skills and initial burst to keep pace.

Impression: An overrated prospect because of where he plays — Miami — and his above-average straight-line speed. However, he isn’t real impressive in man coverage, isn’t a top-tier tackler and looks more like a reserve type/utility backer to me in the NFL


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Colin McCarthy is an interesting prospect. Can play all linebacker positions, probably best suited for the outside, but can play inside. Really tough. Hard worker. Good tackler. Good sideline to sideline range, but not great in coverage. He reminds me a bit of Chase Blackburn, but a lot better. Same attitude. McCarthy is more athletic. I don’t think he’ll be a starter. But, he’ll be a great versatile backup who can play all over and star on special teams. He has health issues, and, obviously, that concerns you. But, if he stays healthy, he would make a great backup


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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Colin McCarthy”

  1. […] in pursuit and is able to close in […]Source : Giants GabExplore : New York Giants, SportsContinua This entry was posted in sport. Bookmark the permalink. ← Chad Ochocinco & Evelyn […]

  2. plektor says:

    So, pass on the 3rd round but get him in the 4th ?

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