School: Notre Dame
Projected 40-Time: 4.55
Star Rating: Grade: 69
Draft Projection: 5th Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: McCarthy is an aggressive safety who’s best in run support. He possesses great instincts and awareness, and fights hard until the whistle blows. He’s disciplined in coverage, stays with assignments and keeps the action in front of him. He has good ball skills and demonstrates surprising playmaking skills. He flashes on the scene, lays his shoulders into ball carriers and goes for the knockout blow. He’s a solid special teams player.
Weaknesses: He has to get stronger and get off blocks better in the box. He lacks sideline-to-sideline range and doesn’t always get to the right spot in coverage. He’s stiff in the hips and doesn’t transition fluidly.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Notre Dame, McCarthy is a hard worker and had a career year in 2009, recording 101 tackles and five interceptions in 12 games. He’s proven to be a durable defender and has a great work ethic. Scouts will be impressed with him on and off the field. McCarthy will receive third round consideration, but is likely to come off the board in the fifth round.
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