West Virginia Product Snared By Detroit

It wouldn't be a Matt Millen draft without a cornerback selected, and the choice of sizeable West Virginia product Dee McCann has that athletic pedigree that Millen enjoys. Complete analysis and bio of McCann inside.

Full Name: Dee McCann School: West Virginia Pos: CB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 196 40: 4.57 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior college transfer who became a full-time starter last season and posted 58/4/5.

Pos: Nice-sized cover corner with a developing game. Fluid flipping his hips, picks up assignments in zone and stays with opponents. Quickly closes to the action, and is aggressive in all aspects. Solid in run support and brings down larger ball carriers.

Neg: Prefers to side-shuffle down the field. Lacks the quick plant and break to the throw because of poor technique. Lacks classic top-end speed.

Analysis: A developmental prospect, McCann has ability as a zone cornerback at the next level.

How he fits in with Detroit: The Lions interviewed a half a dozen cornerbacks prior to the draft, so it was a given that the team would pick at least one -- but none of those individuals were available in the sixth round.

McCann has good size (5-11), but he is also athletically gifted and considered a "system" cornerback. Like the defensive players that Detroit drafted before him this weekend, McCann is another perfect fit for the defensive strategy that will be employed by Detroit's coaching staff. With that said, sixth and seventh round picks are rarely guaranteed a roster slot, often times finding themselves on the practice squad, or worse, out of a job before the end of training camp.

McCann will have to make his impact on special teams, and given his athletic skill, can make the most of that opportunity.


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