2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Colin McCarthy
McCarthy’s sideline to sideline ability has really caught the eye of quite a few NFL scouts as he looks to be one of the first linebackers taken in the 2011 NFL Draft
Player Name: Colin McCarthy
Position: Inside Linebacker
School: Miami (Fl.)
40 Time: 4.64
Few players have risen up draft boards quite as much as Colin McCarthy. McCarthy is a smart linebacker with excellent intangibles. His ability to read and react is excellent, and he does a nice job of filling the correct gap against the run. He’s a wrap up tackler who uses exceptional form, and doesn’t miss often. McCarthy could likely play either weak side outside linebacker or in the middle in a 4-3 defense. He is a solid cover athlete, and has the speed to stick with running backs and tight ends.
McCarthy needs to bulk up just a bit, and get stronger when shedding blocks. He takes bad angles at times, and doesn’t move real well in traffic. He’s not a natural pass rusher, and it’s unlikely he’ll be asked to rush the passer from the inside much as it is. He’s not overly athletic, but still plays well sideline to sideline. McCarthy is likely restricted to the 4-3 defense, as he would get bullied playing inside in a 3-4, and he’s not a pass rusher on the outside.
There are quite a few linebackers moving up, and McCarthy’s range seems to lie around the 60-80 range. Look for a team like Cleveland, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, or Detroit to try and get their hands on him in the late second-early third round.
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