evaluation: DB Bryant McFadden

Originally Published: January 28, 2005
Scouts, Inc.
Editor's note: Practice notes will be updated daily and a final report will be completed on Friday, Jan. 28.

Bryant McFadden's draft stock soared during his breakout senior season. Heading into the 2004 season McFadden had a lot of upside but was considered nothing more than a mid-round prospect due to some durability problems and a lack of playmaking skills. McFadden only had one interception during his senior season but he stayed healthy, started all 12 games and finished with a team-high 11 passes broken up.

McFadden doesn't have elite speed or ball skills but he has excellent athleticism and leaping ability (40 vertical jump), good size and outstanding tackling skills. His instincts and confidence improved the most, as McFadden emerged as an extremely reliable man-to-man and zone cover corner in 2004.

McFadden's lack of top-end speed might keep him from becoming a first round selection but he should to come off the board somewhere in the second round if he has a strong week in coverage and tackling drills at the Senior Bowl.