Lerentee McCray Scouting Report

January 10th, 2013

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Prospect: Lerentee McCray, OLB, Florida
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 249 lb.
Grade: 6.7

Athleticism:
• High top end speed, reliant on it
• Fluid hips as pass rusher, keeps pad level down with flexibiliy
• A bit top-heavy in space, limits change of direction ability
• Frequently displays poor balance, ends up on the ground far too often

Intelligence/Effort:
• More than adequate motor with high energy level and nose for the football
• Football instincts lacking, struggles with read and react aspects, much better when allowed to attack and force the issue

Pass Rush:
• Rushing technique and move variety are majorly undeveloped and raw
• Flashes an effective bullrush, has some underutilized potential as a power rusher
• Lacks developed hand usage or ability to win control over blockers
• Allows blockers to reset too easily on stunts with slow footwork
• Slow off the snap at times, lacks technique to make up for it
• Shows ability to dip around the corner with a speed rush, unrelenting to the quarterback

Run Support:
• Quick closing ability in open field, pursues ball well
• Freezes on misdirection plays, slow to read and react
• Has ability to make impact plays in the backfield, likes to shoot inside gaps
• Ability to locate ball quickly comes and goes, struggles against much bigger run blockers
• Struggles to break down in space and will miss plays too often

Coverage:
• Route recognition is slow, coverage experience lacking as well
• Footwork will be a struggle, lower half often out of synch with upper half

Overall:
Lerentee McCray manned the Buck Linebacker position on a talented Florida defense. Essentially he was a 4-3 end in a three point stance at times, and a 3-4 outside linebacker in a two point stances others. McCray has proven to be somewhat injury prone during his time in Gainesville. As a sophomore he missed three games with an ankle injury. He missed the final four games of his junior season with a shoulder injury, and then missed a game during his last season with ankle injury. He’s essentially a raw pass rusher who is extremely athleticism-reliant. Even then, he gave some talented offensive tackles trouble, including the likes of Luke Joeckel. Due to his size, his best and maybe only fit will be as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He should be able to add depth to a 3-4 defense immediately.

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