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2015 NFL Draft Player Profile: Memphis CB Bobby McCain

Bobby McCain made the most of his combine to create draft hopes.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By his senior year Bobby McCain had become used to hearing his name called out through the Liberty Bowl stadium speakers in Memphis.  McCain had relatively quiet freshman and sophomore seasons at Memphis followed by breakout junior and senior years.

His efforts on the field created a name for himself, but also equated to a large part of the Tigers success in 2014.  As a undersized 3 star recruit McCain made a name for himself through his work ethic and nose for the ball.  After two seasons of minor success McCain would use his junior season to create a buzz for himself.  Through his final two seasons McCain would intercept 11 passes and bring 3 in for touchdowns.

Pros

Although a smaller cornerback, McCain is feisty.  He has a high motor and an eye for the ball.  His instincts and anticipation have played a large part in him having so much success over his final two collegiate seasons.  McCain's instincts combined with his quick burst allow him to make plays and close windows quickly.  McCain is also an excellent tackler.  Through his four seasons at Memphis McCain accounted for 108 tackles and usually limited his receivers yards after the catch.  Per NFL.com, McCain had a very successful combine.  He led his position in 4 of 7 measured categories (broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuffle, 60 yard shuffle).

Cons

At 5'9" (being generous) and 195 pounds McCain slightly undersized for his desired position.  Usually players that are undersized are exceptional at the pivotal aspects of their position.  McCain has question marks pertaining to his man press coverage as well as when his back is to the ball.  McCains quick burst allowed his mistakes in instinct to be minimized in college.  In the passing league that is the NFL McCains uncertainty in man and with his head turned would almost certainly be used against him.

Conclusion

McCain used his final two seasons of college to build a fine resume.  However, McCain's weakness appear to be glaring weaknesses for the NFL.  As I wrote earlier, however, the combine can boost a players stock.  Two weeks ago McCain was a "not drafted but will be invited to training camp" type player.  It appears, however, that McCain likely had a good enough combine to have worked his way in to a late round pick and possible roster spot.