TJ McDonald Scouting Report

TJ McDonald Scouting Report

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Prospect: T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 205
Grade: 7.8 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+ Big, athletic frame, with good muscle tone throughout
+ Above average speed for the position, been timed at 4.48 in the forty
+ More of a straight line athlete, can get from point A to point B
+ Natural athlete, opens up hips nicely and can turn/run up field
+ Shows good hip and knee flexibility
+ Excellent burst, can get up to speed quickly
+ Big time leaper, can high point the ball and compete with WR for any 50/50 ball

Zone Coverage
+ Plays a good center field, fast enough to get to each sideline from middle of the field
+ His range is perhaps his best asset, covers a lot of ground in all directions
+ Exhibits fundamental zone coverage skills – passing off on crossing routes, switching
+ Can recover and make up ground, closing burst is impressive
+ Likes to set up receivers and deliver the big hit
+ A true intimidator, plays physical and looks for contact
– Takes too many bad angles and also hesitates at times
– Over-aggressiveness leads to blown coverages as times
– Disappears at times and needs to make more plays on the ball, only 6 PBUs last two years

Man Coverage
+ Has shown the ability to come down and cover the slot
+ Uses his strength and size to coverage tight ends and play physically
+ Is fast enough to cover running backs out of the backfield
– Isn’t quick enough to keep up with small and shiftier receivers
– I would like to see his ball skills improve and intercept more passes

Run Support
+ Physical and hard hitter
+ Shows willingness and aggressiveness to tackle in run support
+ Has the size and strength to play a hybrid S/LB role in a sub package defense in NFL
+ Can come up an fill a running lane, taking on a lead blocker and can also set a hard edge
+ Very good tackler, stays square and wraps up even in the open field
– As like in coverage, McDonald gets overaggressive, leading to missed tackles and poor angles

+ Son of former NFL Safety Tim McDonald
+ Solid recognition and anticipatory skills
+ Three year starter at FS and has shown the ability to play multiple safety spots
+ Keeps his eyes in the backfield and locks onto the QB
– Can be indecisive at times and wait a split second especially on run/play action plays

+ Team Captain
+ Returned to USC for Senior season bypassing NFL despite high pick potential

McDonald is a big athletic free safety who has grown up around the game and has been groomed for the position. He has shown the ability to be an effective centerfield safety with the speed to break to each sideline. He is a physical and feared hitter. The type of safety that receivers know where he is and keep their head on a swivel. McDonald will make his presence known in run support, whether it’s coming up hard and filling a running lane or setting an edge. At the NFL level McDonald’s size and strength will make him an ideal defender to cover tight ends and to get physical with bigger receivers. He does have a tendency to play too aggressive at times. It leads to him taking poor angles and missing tackles. Overall, McDonald’s ability to play in all aspects of the defense and provide a big physical defender in coverage will make him a hot commodity in next April’s draft.

Scouting Notes

vs Notre Dame
-Tremendous athlete.
-Great frame, with perfect size for a safety.
-Closing speed and coverage skills are pretty good, can get over aggresive and fooled.
-USC played him way off the ball in this game, making sure Michael Floyd didn’t get deep.

Full scouting notes for McDonald vs Notre Dame.

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One Response to “TJ McDonald Scouting Report”

  1. Dxl says:

    Wow….u guys graded much higher than Baron from last year

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