Notre Dame football: McCarthy lives up to billing at NFL combine By ERIC HANSEN Tribune Staff Writer Follow me on Twitter http://www.southbendtribune.com/article/20100302/SPORTS13/100309839/1130 Former Notre Dame safety Kyle McCarthy didn’t run his way into a higher NFL Draft profile Tuesday, the final day for physical testing at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. But the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder from Youngstown, Ohio, was near the top of the leaderboard among safeties in bench press (tie for second, with 24 reps at 225), the three-cone drill (second at 6.74 seconds) and in the 20-yard shuttle (second at 4.13 seconds). McCarthy’s official 40-yard dash time wasn’t released, but scouts unofficially averaged him at 4.65 seconds. “That’s about what was expected of him,” said NFL Draft analyst Scott Wright of NFLDraftCountdown.com. “Speed is not his game. What he’s going to have to sell himself as is a special teams player and a backup safety. I don’t think anyone is looking at him as a potential starter.” Wright said Irish wide receiver Golden Tate helped himself the most out of the five Irish players at the combine, a group that also included offensive linemen Sam Young and Eric Olsen, and convalescing quarterback Jimmy Clausen. “People always talk about stock going up and down at the combine,” Wright said. “But 90 percent of the guys end up doing right what you think they’re going to do. Golden Tate was in that small percentage that pleasantly surprised. “His official 40 time of 4.42 - and unofficially he was in the high 4.3s - was much faster than what people expected from him.” For the Irish NFL Draft hopefuls who were not invited to the combine, Notre Dame will hold its Pro Day on March 23. The players who participated at the combine have the option of working out for scouts that day too, but most typically elect not to. Clausen won’t be ready to throw for scouts until his own private Pro Day on April 9. The three-day, seven-round draft is April 22-24 in New York.