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Prospect Profiles: Terrell McClain


Triangle Numbers: 6-1, 297, 5.00

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good athlete… Reasonably good quickness… Can be explosive… Very solid strength… Can get off blocks reasonably well… Can get some penetration… Holds the point reasonably well… Reasonably good balance… Does a solid job versus the run… Very solid anchor… Can be difficult to move… Solid lateral mobility… Pursues the ball… Will chase the action… Good motor… Student of the game, spends a lot of time in the film room… Nicknamed “The Dancing Bear” by coach Skip Holtz for his physical demeanor and explosiveness… Selected All-Big East first team for the 2010 season… Good fit in one gap system… Best fits at three-technique.

Negatives: Shorter than ideal arms… Doesn’t extend his arms and allows blockers to get into his frame… Loses battles for leverage… Not much of an arsenal… Will over-pursue on running plays… Will miss some tackles… Plays high… Lacks range… Lacks instincts… Durability issues… Doesn’t really stand out in any one area of play.

National Football Post:

Doesn’t play nearly as low or generate as much leverage as you would expect from a guy his size. Struggles to really sit into his stance and keep his pad level down off the ball. Too often gets upright and fails to anchor with much power/consistency inside. Allows opposing linemen to easily get into his frame and struggles to use his hands in order to disengage when run at. Displays above average range in pursuit for his size. However, struggles to consistently break down and tackle even in a phone booth, as he has a tendency to run himself right past the football, lacking ideal instincts inside.

Displays some natural quickness and coordination as a pass rusher, but his ability to be sudden and shed blocks is again limited by his high pad level. Struggles to use his hands at this stage and lacks a real understanding of how to disengage and keep himself clean. But is the kind of athlete that can side step/spin himself free away from blocks when given an opportunity in space. More of a finesse guy who can rely on his quickness and footwork only in order to be effective. Has the ability to threaten gaps off the snap with his first step and is developing a pass rush arsenal.

Impression: Possesses an average-sized frame and some decent athleticism, but I see him more as a reserve tackle only, ideal fit for a one-gap scheme.

FF Toolbox:

Terrell McClain has not garnered much national attention, but the 6-3, 310 pound defensive tackle has plenty of experience. As a freshman in 2007, McClain came off of the bench and barely played. Yet, when he was on the field, McClain was extremely productive. Of his eight tackles, four were for a loss. He also broke up a pass, tallied a quarterback hurry and recovered a fumble.

By 2008 McClain was a part-time starter. He tallied 32 tackles and three sacks on the year. McClain continued to be a productive member of the South Florida front four as an upperclassman. During his collegiate career, McClain started 33 games. While he was not a consistent pass rusher, McClain did do a solid job of pushing the opposing line back and allowing the ends to get pressure on the quarterback.

McClain will not blow anybody away at his workouts leading up to the draft and that will keep him as a late round selection. However, he does have the size and ability to play tackle in the NFL. And, unlike some prospects, McClain has the experience to come off of the bench and play right away, which is not bad for a late round pick.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Terrell McClain is a mid round defensive tackle prospect who could interest the Giants. One gapping, three technique guy who can get upfield. Kind of raw. Quick, explosive. Still needs to develop more of a pass rush. Needs to learn more about leverage.  Not a plug and play guy. More depth, early on. Giants do need DT depth. Who knows about Barry Cofield. Chris Canty is solid, and I think Rocky Bernard gets a bad rap because of his contract. Still, depth is needed. Linval Joseph is an unknown. And that’s really it. McClain would be a rotational guy at first who has the potential to develop into a starter later on. He was productive in college, and is a perfect fit schematically for the Giants. 3rd round, 4th round. I think McClain would be an excellent pick.


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