Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Redskins select...Robert McCune
ILB | (6'0", 245, 4.5) | LOUISVILLE
Strengths: Has an exceptional combination of size, strength and straight-line speed. Is powerful at the POA and shows the ability to take on blocks in the phone booth if he plays with better technique. Has great range and closing burst versus the run. Is an explosive tackler that closes quickly and shows very good short area power. Fills hard versus the run. Has great speed when he gets a clear lane to the quarterback as a blitzer. Also has adequate range in zone coverage and the speed to run with most backs downfield.
Weaknesses: Is still not as fundamentally sound as he needs to be. He plays too high at times and needs to show better leverage and consistency when it comes to taking on blocks in the phone booth. He must also learn to use his hands better to shed. At times he will take too long to diagnose a play. He gets away with it at the C-USA level because of his speed but he needs to make quicker reads and react faster. Too many arm tackles. Needs to do a better job of breaking down and wrapping up. He has elite speed but his hips are a little bit stiff and he doesn't have great man-to-man cover skills. He has potential in zone coverage but he needs to take fewer false steps versus play-action. He does a good job of knocking passes down in his zone, but his ball skills are below average.
Overall: McCune redshirted in 2000 and saw action only as a backup from 2001-'02 before taking over as Louisville's fulltime starting middle linebacker as a junior in 2003, when he finished with 143 total tackles, five TFL and four sacks. He started all 12 games (ILB and OLB) as a senior in 2004 and led the team with 115 total tackles, including four for loss, two sacks and one interception. A member of the National Guard; spent six months in Kuwait and a full year in Korea. He will be a 26-year old rookie in the NFL. McCune was much improved as a senior and his upside is extremely intriguing because of his rare combination of size (6-0, 245), strength (33 reps of 225-pound bench press) and speed (4.50). However, McCune is a much more attractive prospect when watching him work out in shorts than he is when studying him in pads on film. He has great top-end speed for his size but he plays stiff and he has lots of limitations in terms of his range versus the run and in coverage, as a result. Furthermore, he still lacks ideal technique and recognition skills, which leads to inconsistent play. In our opinion, McCune is worth the gamble in the fourth-to-fifth round range of the upcoming draft but anywhere earlier than that would be a classic case of getting caught up in McCune as a "workout warrior", not a football player.
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Robert McCune, MLB, Louisville
Height: 5:11.6 Weight: 243
Overview: McCune only lettered twice in football at LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) High School, where he was known more for his track exploits. As a senior, he finished second in the state in the 4X100 meters and third in the 100-meter dash. After high school, McCune served three years in the National Guard, where he spent six months stationed in Korea and six months in Kuwait. McCune returned to the United States and redshirted as a freshman for Louisville in 2000. He was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Year after making 14 tackles (9 solos). McCune again performed mostly on special teams in 2002, until starting middle linebacker Rod Day was injured late in the year. He started the final two games, finishing with 48 tackles (20 solos) that season. 2003 was McCune's breakout season. He took over full-time duties in the middle of the linebacking unit and ranked seventh in the Conference USA with a team-high 143 tackles (83 solos), including four sacks, five stops for losses, an interception and five pass deflections. McCune followed with first-team All-Conference USA honors in 2004, leading the team again with 115 tackles (57 solos) while making a pair of sacks with four stops for losses, an interception and four pass break-ups. In 51 games at Louisville, McCune registered 320 tackles (169 solos) with six sacks, 10.5 stops for losses of 36 yards, two interceptions and nine pass deflections. He also was a member of Louisville's 4x100 relay team in track earlier in his career.
Analysis: Positives... While he has never caused or recovered a fumble and has minimal quarterback pressures, McCune has shown the ability and urgency to consistently be around the ball. ... He plays with very good leverage and has exceptional strength to take on blocks and shed at the point of attack. He is effective using his hands to prevent the offensive linemen from locking on. McCune also shows the closing burst and range to quickly fill the rush lanes. ... McCune chases with good effort and has the sudden burst to run down ball carriers outside the box. ... He is a solid "thud them up" type of tackler who plays best on the move. ... He has outstanding linear speed, but marginal flexibility in his hips. Still, he can make plays from sideline to sideline and is more of a turn-and-run type than a shuffler.
Negatives... McCune definitely has a nose for the ball and sees plays develop, but is sometimes slow to react and will guess at times, making him rely more on his recovery speed to make the tackle. ... He gets decent depth in his pass drops, but because of his hip stiffness, he fails to open up properly, making him more of a trail type of player. ... He is more comfortable making plays in front of him than when having to change direction, as he lacks fluidness. McCune also needs to play at a lower pad level, as when he gets high in his stance, he will lose leverage. ... McCune covers ground quickly when working down the line, but despite his burst, does not always pick up the outside plays immediately. His marginal ability in pass coverage is a concern, making him a candidate to be relegated to only two-down duty. In order to be successful at the next level in man coverage, McCune needs to develop quicker reactionary skills, as he takes too long to digest the plays dropping back in coverage. He does an adequate job of knocking down passes at the line, but his hands are not natural and he struggles to snatch and reach for the ball on interceptions. ... His speed and power will make him an inviting draft prospect, but because he lacks natural pass coverage skills, he could go lower than his draft grade indicates. He is a physical specimen who has shown a willingness to learn, but in order to get the most out of his exceptional speed, he must learn to break down plays and do a better job tackling, as he is more prone to make arm tackles than wrap and secure.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.41 in the 40-yard dash...535-pound bench press...565-pound squat...338-pound power clean...33-inch vertical jump...30 -inch arm length...9-inch hands...Right-handed...16/34 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended John L. LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) High School, playing football for coach Ray Parker...Two-year letter-winner on the gridiron and four year letter-winner in track... Finished third at the state meet in the 100-meter dash and second in the 4x100-meter relay...Claimed back-to-back power-lifting titles at LeFlore as a junior and senior.
Personal: Physical Education major...Son of Sarah McCune...Three-year member of the National Guard who served a six-month stint in Kuwait and another year in Korea...Born 3/09/79... Resides in Mobile, Alabama.
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