CB Stock Rises with Strong Pro Day

The Dallas Cowboys were among the first teams to identify Bryan McCann as a draft-worthy player.

After Thursday's Pro Day, the word is out about the four-year starting cornerback for the SMU Mustangs.

About 20 NFL teams — including the Cowboys — had coaches and/or scouts at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium to watch SMU's draft prospects, as well as a handful of players from other nearby schools. Several players looked good, but McCann was the star.

McCann measured in at 5-foot-10 ¼ and weighed in at 182 pounds. The lightest participant at SMU's Pro Day, McCann posted 14 reps on the NFL-standard 225-pound bench press and jumped 10 feet, five inches in the broad jump.

But the events that drew cheers from teammates were the vertical jump, in which McCann jumped 40 ½ inches, and the 40-yard dash. On his first attempt at the 40 — Ford Stadium's field is not thought of as a particularly fast track — McCann clocked a sizzling 4.32 … a time made more impressive by the fact that he ran it in to the wind. When the runners reversed directions, he ran even faster, clocking a 4.28, which is .15 seconds faster than any cornerback ran at the NFL Combine last month.

The scouts and coaches in attendance were impressed. Several snatched up DVD copies of his bio that his agent, John Biggins, had at Pro Day. The Cowboys were impressed enough that they called Biggins immediately after the afternoon's events.

In addition to the coaches and scouts in attendance, there was another spectator in attendance who knows a thing or two about playing in an NFL secondary: former Dallas defensive back Willie Pile.

"He has all the athletic tools in the world," Pile said of McCann. "He just has to be technically sound, and from what I've seen, he is. Nobody is going to run by this guy — he's just got to get his hands on a receiver and be technically sound. But he runs and jumps as well as anyone, and he was stronger on the bench than I thought he'd be. He returns kicks, too — he's tough. I'm telling you, he can play."

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