Bucs Blitz Prospect Watch Week 4

Each week during the college football season, we will discuss some of the college prospects who have good matchups to watch.

Cincinnati @ Memphis, September 24th on ESPN (7:30 P.M.)

Mekale McKay, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati

McKay is a senior standing 6’4” and weighing in at 195 lbs. As a Sophomore McKay scored on nearly half of his catches (7 TD’s, 16 receptions) and increased his production in 2014 while taking on more of a lead role, reeling in 44 balls for 725 yards and 8 TD’s.   

·         Great height and length for the position

·         Deceptive long speed

·         Very athletic and understands how to high point the ball

·         Bit inconsistent game to game with using his size.

·         Still a work in progress, McKay will look to continue to develop a more consistent game and refined route tree. Look for him to attack the Memphis secondary with his size and separation ability.

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection


Ryan Mack, Offensive Tackle, Memphis (Transferred from Louisville)

Mack, known by some from his Louisville seasons, transferred for his senior year to Memphis. Mack will be the anchor for an average offensive line. Mack stands in at 6’4” and weighs 305 lbs. Lacking the length and athleticism to play left tackle, Mack will be exclusively a guard/right tackle prospect at the next level. 

·         Compact and stout at the point of attack

·         Plus run blocking skills with good leg drive and ability to move at the second level

·         Struggles against speed off the edge with a slow kick step and below ideal balance when moving back at angles

·         Needs to improve ability to dissect and pick up blocks when d-lines run pass rush games

·         Look for Mack to have a solid season for Memphis and continue to grow as a pass blocker. Mack is a good, early candidate for the Senior bowl if his season plays out as expected.

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection


Stanford @ Oregon State, September 25th on FS1 (10:00 P.M.)

Kyle Murphy, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

Murphy is entering his senior season and comes in sporting good length at 6’7” and 298 lbs. Murphy was ALL-Pac-12 second team in 2014 as a right tackle and has played in 42 games including the 2015 season in his career.

·         Prototype tackle frame

·         Plus blocker in pass protection with good kick step and mirroring skills

·         Fast reaction off the snap to get into the defender

·         Above average lateral quickness

·         Good bend and flexibility overall

·         Must work on body control in space, particularly when run blocking

Current draft outlook: Day 2 Selection



Massachusetts @ Notre Dame, September 26th on NBC (3:30 P.M.)

Tajae Sharpe, Wide Receiver, Massachusetts

Sharpe is entering his senior season coming off a big 2014 campaign where he caught 85 balls for 1,281 yards and 7 TD’s. Sharpe nearly doubled his yardage and touchdown numbers from 2013 as he built a steady connection with Mannion. Sharpe has good height at 6’3” but can afford to add some bulk as he is a lean 200 lbs. 

·         Good body control along the sidelines

·         High points the ball and shows ability to make acrobatic catches

·         Competent route runner with good hands

·         Lacks top end speed to separate deep, relies on size and jumping ability for separation

·         Lacks strength to get off press coverage and lacks ability to be effective in the run game due to strength and technique issues

Current draft outlook: Day 3 Selection


Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Stanley is a redshirt Junior who enters 2015 with little to prove other than the ability to repeat his ’14 performance. Standing 6’6” and weighing 315 lbs, Stanley has the size and skillset to remain a blindside protector in the NFL.

·         NFL Size and frame for a left tackle

·         Slides with ease and kicks out while maintaining balance to protect the edge

·         Stays up on his feet and plays light footed allowing him to mirror defenders

·         Good punch at the point of attack

·         Has shown very good awareness when picking up blocks and reacting to multiple looks along the defensive front. Has shown out well against stunts.

·         Stands tall from time to time and needs to show improvement when sinking and snapping into pull blocks and cuts.

Current draft outlook: Day 1 Selection

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