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Miami addressed the need for a CB with the selection of CB Bobby McCain of Memphis with their 1st of 4 picks in the 5th round.  Bobby is a quick twitch cornerback and can pivot his hips and accelerate from a standstill.  Outstanding instincts and anticipation in off man coverage, and has very good ball skills with 11 interceptions in his past 2 years with the Tigers.  Fiesty, and will come up in run support.  The Dolphins have shown they do not have a fear of taking smaller, quicker cornerbacks and McCain fits that mode.

 
 

 

Bobby McCain, CB
School: Memphis | Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior | Hometown: Oxford, AL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 195 lbs.

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

 

Draft Analysis

What he brings: McCain lacks ideal length and doesn't have great overall range and long speed. However, he is a good fit in a heavy-zone scheme due to his above-average short-area quickness, change-of-direction skills and adequate instincts and anticipation skills. He also will step up in run support.

Overall Football Traits

Production 1 2011 (11/9): 29-4-12012 (12/12): 36-3-0 2013 (9/9): 25-4-6 2014 (13/13): 46-4-5 Career KR: 42-1,061-25.3-0
Height-Weight-Speed 4 Below-average height with shorter arms. Good bulk on frame. Top-end speed is above-average. Excellent agility test times at the combine.
Durability 3 Suffered a torn meniscus in his knee against Central Florida in 2013. He required surgery the following week and missed the next two games against Houston and SMU. Returned earlier than expected but reinjured the knee against Louisville and missed the following week against Temple.
Intangi- bles 2 Outgoing personality and well-liked by teammates and coaches. Responsible and accountable. Does what is asked by coaches. Put in extra work as career progressed. Emotions will get to him when coached hard at times. No issues learning and is able to apply it from meetings to the field.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Cornerback Specific Traits

Instincts/ Recogni- tion 2 Above-average awareness. Displays strong eyes in zone coverage recognizing route concepts to pick up and pass off targets. Average anticipation in man coverage and will be a split second late breaking on routes at times. Has a strong understanding for leverage. Good discipline against play action and double moves. Technically sound working from the slot to funnel receivers towards safety help over the top. Instinctive blitzer and gets hand up in throwing lanes if unable to get home in time. Adequate recognition and reaction against the run.
Cover Skills 4 Quicker than fast. Good balance and lateral agility. Quick change of direction. Will lose momentum when having to quickly gather breaking forward out of zone bails. Adequate short-area closing burst. Average long speed and lacks an extra gear to recover when caught in trail. Lack of size and length always brings up concerns about ability to hold up against bigger and more physical receivers in contested situations. Ideal fit at the nickel-back or for a heavy cover-2 scheme.
Ball Skills 3 Flashes playmaking instincts. Reads quarterbacks eyes well to come off of primary and make a play on the ball. Takes adequate angles tracking the ball. Aggressive and shows quality timing playing the ball. However, will get out muscled by bigger receivers at times due to lack of ideal size and length. Above-average hand-eye coordination and body control to secure INT. Flips switch quickly to offensive mindset after interception to manufacture yards.
Run Support 3 Willing to set the edge and get physical when hand is forced. Aggressive and uses hands well taking on and discarding blockers. Flashes savvy working through traffic. Will gamble and dip inside and surrender edge contain on occasion. Needs to clean up pursuit angles. Quality overall tackler. Breaks down well in the open field. Will enter contact high on occasion but displays strong hands to latch on and get runner to the ground with wrap.
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

 

 

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS: Plays low with agile feet and sudden quickness...fluid hips and doesn't struggle changing directions in transition...natural feel in coverage with terrific ball awareness...fundamentally sound in man and zone coverage...above average ballskills, quickly locating and attacking the ball with soft hands - playmaker after the turnover with five career defensive touchdowns, averaging 20.5 yards per interception return (12/246/4).

Plays bigger than he looks, aggressively fighting through blocks and not a spectator in run support...impact potential as a kick returner, averaging 25.3 yards per return (42/1,061/0)...moved inside to cover the slot in three wide receiver sets...nonstop competitor with strong preparation habits - has to be kicked out of the film room, according to his coaches...takes the initiative and is his harshest critic...four-year starter with 43 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized for the position with shorter stature, below average arm length and a maxed out frame...lacks a second gear downfield with only average long-speed - can get beat vertically and won't make up ground...will lose his man in space and allow his eyes to get lost in the backfield...needs to improve his underneath anticipation to click-and-close sooner on slants, protecting against getting beat deep.

Room to clean up his pursuit angles with unreliable break down skills in space...half-hearted tackle attempts and doesn't pack much power behind his pads...minor durability concerns, suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee (Oct. 2013) that required surgery, missing two games - reinjured the knee later in the season (Nov. 2013) and sat out one more game...intense competitor, but almost to a fault.

In Our View: A defensive playmaker, McCain doesn't look like much and won't win many foot races in the NFL, but he is quicker than fast with suddenness and body coordination to reside in a receiver's shadow and make plays on the ball. He is a tough and willing run defender, but undisciplined and missed too many tackles on film.

A vocal leader with appealing football character, McCain's on-field production as a cover man (11 interceptions the last 22 games) can be linked to his off-field preparation, working hard in the film to recognize offensive tendencies and run routes better than receivers. His lack of physical tools limit his pro ceiling, but his

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Player Overview

A three-star cornerback recruit out of high school, McCain received scholarship offers from several SEC programs like Mississippi State and Tennessee, but he committed to Memphis.

He became a starter early in his career as a true freshman with nine starts in 2011, recording 29 tackles, five passes defended and one interception. McCain started all 12 games in 2012 as a sophomore and finished with 36 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three passes defended. He started nine games in 2013, missing three due to injury, and recorded a team-best 10 passes defended and six interceptions, earning Second Team All-AAC honors.

McCain started all 13 games as a senior in 2014, finishing with 46 tackles, nine passes defended and five interceptions, earning First Team All-AAC honors. He earned an invitation to the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

Analysis

Strengths

Quick-twitch athlete. Can sky to disrupt at the high point. Pivots, flips hips and accelerates from a standstill. Plus burst to ball. Outstanding instincts and anticipation in off-man and zone coverage. Can click and close to limit yards after catch or make plays on the ball. Plays with soft hands and grabbed 11 interceptions over last two seasons. Makes plays outside of his area. Feisty. Desires to help in run support and doesn't hold back. Fights through average blockers and gets to his target. Wrap-up tackler. Bright eyes on field. Digests combo routes and plays. Played outside and over slot. Was a capable kick returner.

Weaknesses

Lacks desired height and frame to be an outside cornerback. Doesn't seem to trust technique when asked to backpedal and mirror. Mixed bag in press-man coverage. Gets turned and disoriented by outside-in releases. Issues with transition awareness and feel for receiver out of press-man. Lacks confidence with back to ball. Appears to be quicker than fast. Outmuscled by bigger receivers. Gets caught leaning against two-way options from slot.

Draft Projection

Round 4

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Undersized slot corner with instincts to anticipate and the twitch and ball skills to do something about it. Much more comfortable processing and attacking from an off position and loses effectiveness when forced to play with his back to the ball. His 19 passes defensed and 11 interceptions over his last 22 starts are indicative of his athleticism and talent to play on the next level but he could be scheme dependent.

 

 

 

 
 

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