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Steelers select...Bryant Mcfadden, CB, Florida State
Bryant Mcfadden, CB, Florida State
Height: 5:11.3 Weight: 190
Overview: Regarded as one of the premier cover cornerbacks in college football, McFadden is the latest in a long line of All-American defensive backs to wear a Seminoles uniform. He joins the school's elite at the cornerback position, following Deion Sanders, Terrell Buckley, LeRoy Butler, Clifton Abraham and Tay Cody. Bryant attended McArthur (Hollywood, Fla.) High School, where most recruiting services had him rated as the country's top prep cornerback. A USA Today All-USA, Parade, Prep Star and Football News All-American first-team selection as a senior, he was also named to the Super Southern 100 Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. McFadden was credited with 150 total tackles (75 in each season) during his junior and senior seasons combined, recording two interceptions and returning one for a touchdown as a senior and two interceptions as a junior. A lower back disc fracture forced McFadden to redshirt during his first year at Florida State. He appeared in every game in 2001, seeing action mostly on special teams, as he recorded 22 tackles (19 solos) with a fumble recovery. He played mostly in the team's nickel package while appearing in fourteen games in 2002. Bryant finished his sophomore campaign with 21 tackles (18 solos), three interceptions, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery. He moved into the starting lineup at left cornerback for nine games in 2003, but was hampered late in the year by a groin strain. He finished his junior season with 28 tackles (23 solos), a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and a team-high nine pass break-ups. McFadden would start every game at left cornerback in 2004, preventing his opponent from catching a pass in four games and earning All-American honors. He concluded his senior year with a career-high 36 tackles (20 solos), two stops for losses, a fumble recovery, an interception and eleven pass deflections. In 49 games with the Seminoles, Bryant started 21 times. He finished his career with 107 tackles (80 solos), three stops for losses of 12 yards, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, four interceptions and 26 pass deflections.
Analysis: Positives...Has a muscular, athletic build with well-developed and long arms, good upper body muscle definition, lean waist, developed bubble and good hamstrings and calves... Does a good job of locating the receivers and shows very good foot quickness and agility in his backpedal to stay on the hip of his man...Comes out of his breaks quickly and shows above average agility in transition...Has the strength to fight off blocks and takes on the lead blocker at a low pad level, driving hard with his legs to push the fullback back into the rushing lane...Can plant and drive out of his transition cleanly and displays the body control needed to compete for the ball down field...Times his leaps and makes good adjustments on the move to get to the ball...Has the foot quickness and hip snap to turn and trail the receivers in man coverage...Adequate at locating and attacking the receivers in front of him in zone coverage...Is able to turn easily and maintains balance through his backpedal...Very effective tackler, especially on the edge, where he can fit into the open lane and show his strength while demonstrating proper wrap-up tackle technique...Has the strength and hand usage to play off blocks and comes up with a good burst to plug the rush lanes...His range in run support is helped by his ability to take proper angles to the ball...Plays with a good motor and has no fear of contact...Solid worker in the weight room and has no character issues (actively involved in the FCA).
Negatives...Can locate the receivers in their routes, but sometimes fails to anticipate the play, showing only adequate field awareness. He struggles to feel routes in man coverage...Needs to do a better job of anticipating where the ball is going, as he gets a bit of a late jump on the ball in zone coverage...Has good foot speed, but does not possess a sudden burst to close...Not smooth in his plant and drive and his backpedal looks a bit choppy breaking downhill...Not regarded as a natural hands catcher, as he does not extend away from his frame in attempts to catch the ball and several possible interceptions resulted in pass deflections because he let the ball absorb into his body.
Agility tests: 4.47 in the 40-yard dash...365-pound bench press...432-pound squat...281-pound power clean...40.5-inch vertical jump...4.15 20-yard shuttle...32 -inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands...Right-handed.
High school: Attended McArthur (Hollywood, Fla.) High School, playing football for coach Keith Franklin...Regarded by most recruiting services as the top prep cornerback in the nation... USA Today All-USA and Parade, Prep Star and Football News All-American first-team selection as a senior...Named to the Super Southern 100 Team by the Atlanta Journal Constitution....Credited with 150 total tackles (75 in each season) during his junior and senior seasons combined, recording two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown as a senior and two interceptions as a junior.
Personal: Computer Graphics major, with a minor in Studio Art...Born 11/2181...Resides in Hollywood, Florida.
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