Anthony McFarland Jr. Report
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Anthony McFarland Jr.
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Grading ScaleGrade Assigned
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Anthony McFarland Jr.Age 21Low/Medium/High: Darrell Henderson (Medium)Hall of Fame Caliber9.0 - 10
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Running Back5'9"All-Pro8.0 - 8.999
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Maryland200 poundsSide notes:Pro Bowler7.0 - 7.999
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RS SophomoreHands - N/A Arms - N/AQuality NFL Starter6.0 - 6.999
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NFL Starter5.0 - 5.999
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Ability to Create Yardage (30 points): Foot speed isn't anything special, but it's going to make most linebackers nervous when they see him coming in space. Changes of direction aren't the greatest, and he'll slip trying to make sharper cuts. A little bit of a linear runner in the vein of Darrell Henderson, and he has similar power to what Henderson packed. Shifty enough to minimize the contact window and make himself a smaller target for defenders. Lateral agility is modest, but he makes up for it by adjusting the path incredibly early. Consistently went down on first contact on his 2018 tape, but that changed a ton for his final year with the Terrapins. Balance is much more questionable than it should be for a compact guy. Not a particularly creative runner, but he doesn't need to be. About as tenacious as it gets for 200.Speed (15 points): Can't maintain his momentum through most sharp cuts. Solid short area burst, but it doesn't stand out as something he can build his game around. Short strider who fails to cover much ground with his steps. Average ability to keep his speed up through contact. Able to test angles on the outside and turn the corner effectively. More than enough juice to win foot races when he gets rolling down the field. Ability to rev up the engines in space is surprising given how rarely it shows up near the line of scrimmage. Agility has some question marks, but it will suffice for the next level. Should have no problem beating most linebackers in foot races at the next level. Legitimate home run threat when blockers set up a decent sized runway. Has an extra gear he can kick it into once he gets in the open. Similar speed in both years of tape.Power (15 points): Falls a fair amount below the typical size expectations of an NFL back, and it shows in the way he plays. Strong enough to break off of arm tackles. Strength is subtle but seems legitimate. Brings the mindset of a bigger back; won't back down from hits when he has nowhere else to go. Lack of production was partially the fault of the coaching staff, but also highlights the fact he'll be a rotational guy in the pros. Toughness allowed him to pick up an extra yard or two on most of his runs, but it's no guarantee to translate to the next level with his size. Drives his legs hard when hitting high traffic areas and getting tangled. Lower half never stops when he still has his feet under him. Seemed to turn into a much angrier runner in 2019. Abnormal ability to stay on his feet as a sophomore doesn't make much sense. Vision (15 points): Knows when to cut it back and work against the grain, although he can't always capitalize on the openings. Patient with allowing his blockers to set up ahead of him. Fairly quick decision-maker who doesn't get caught off guard by much. Reaction time checks the desired boxes and allows him to get out of sticky situations. North and south runner who doesn't waste much time trying to create things that aren't there. Takes some unnecessary steps that often kill his momentum and allow holes to close up. Very natural feel for adjusting lanes and recalculating his path. Great peripheral vision to identify what's on his sides. Anticipates how blocks are going to set up way earlier than most backs do. Fairly effective at getting skinny and wiggling his way through tight areas. Comfortable going both inside and outside.NFL Backup4.0 - 4.999
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Depth Player3.0 - 3.999
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Potential Practice Squad2.0 - 2.999
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Potential Camp Roster1.0 - 1.999
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Out of Football0 - 0.999
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Kent Lee Platte's RAS Combine Scores
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40-yard dash: N/A
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Bench Press: N/A
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Vertical Jump: N/A
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Broad Jump: N/A
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3-cone drill: N/A
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20-yard shuttle: N/A
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Pass Blocking & Receiving (15 points): Willing to engage as a pass blocker, and he won't back down from oncoming blitzers. Catch blocker who uses his frame rather than putting his hands into the chest of the target. Has to overcome some of his physical flaws by throwing technique in the trash. Frame doesn't much room to change around, so what you see in pass protection is likely what you'll get. Likely going to be overwhelmed by most pass-rushers if he doesn't receive any help. Wasn't given a ton of chances to operate as a pass catcher, but he's much more likely to take on that role in the pros. Hands catcher who attacks the ball on the way in rather than letting it into his chest. Timing still seems to be a work in progress, but it's to be expected for a guy with limited opportunities.Relative Athletic Score (10 points):Ability to Create Yardage: 12 pointsSpeed: 11 pointsPower: 10 pointsCollege Statistics
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Key: A - Attempts Y - Yards TD - Touchdowns R - Receptions
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Freshman YearRushing: 131A-1034Y-4TD
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Vision: 12 pointsPass Blocking & Receiving: 6 pointsCharacter & Meds:Receiving: 7R-73Y-0TD
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RAS:Sophomore YearRushing: 114A-614Y-8TD
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Receiving: 17R-126Y-1TD
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Character & Injury Concerns (10 points - DEDUCT ONLY):Final Grade (Total /10): Junior YearRushing: N/A
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Receiving: N/A
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Senior YearRushing: N/A
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Final Ranking: Receiving: N/A
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Total StatsGames Played: 23
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Rushing: 245A-1648Y-12TD
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Receiving: 24R-199Y-1TD
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The Book on McFarland Jr.Games watched: Syracuse (2019), Temple (2019), Minnesota (2018), Ohio State (2018) - Tape Review Date: 12/12/19
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