LaMarcus McDonald Scouting Report

LaMarcus McDonald, signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent, was a two time All-League selection and Defensive Player of the Year in Conference USA last season. Led the TCU team with 118 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, also breaking up 4 passes. Named to several All-America teams. Numbers the prior year where 80/25/6, after 33 tackles his first season on the field.

Name: LaMarcus McDonald
School: TCU
Year: 3Jr

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 227 40: 4.98 Pos: LB

Bio: Two time All-League selection and Defensive Player of the Year in Conference USA last season. Led the team with 118 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, also breaking up 4 passes. Named to several All-America teams. Numbers the prior year where 80/25/6, after 33 tackles his first season on the field. Ineligible to play as a true freshman and bypassed the opportunity for another season on the college field.

Pos: Undersized, yet explosive linebacker who makes a lot of plays in the offensive backfield. Quick filling the gaps and hard hitting at the point of attack. Leaves ball carriers stunned, yet at the same time squares and wraps up tackling. Disciplined with a good head for the ball, plays assignment football and always looking to get involved in the action. Effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents away and rarely off his feet.

Neg: Better in a straight line and up the field against the run, rather than in reverse defending the pass. Lacks the quick, fluid change of direction and not fast to the flanks. Minimal experience and production in coverage.

Analysis: Displayed one day of outstanding linebacker skills at Senior Bowl practices which helped his cause, but a lack of size, coupled with deficient pass cover skills may end up knocking him out of the first day. May be better off in a three-four alignment and should be a terror on special teams.

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