Draft Focus: Lerentee McCray

Lerentee McCray is an outside linebacker from the University of Florida. He stands 6’2 and weighs 250 pounds. McCray could easily convert and stay at defensive end in the NFL. McCray strengths is his ability to rush from either side of the line,rush with his hands on the ground or standing up, and can drop into coverage. McCray is explosive coming off the snap, and a quickness to get to the QB in the pocket, or to chase a QB down. He has good strength for a pass rusher, although it is not his best quality. McCray is expect to go somewhere in the 5th round, he could be a huge steal for the New England Patriots. McCray can be an instant impact player in the NFL, and help the Patriots to get pressure on the QB on a consistent bases his rookie year.

McCray really found his groove at Florida when Head Coach Will Muschamp took the job, the defensive master mind. McCray senior season is what set him on notice through out the NFL League, but is still lacking respect, which he can earn once he is drafted. The Patriots had a private workout with McCray the day after Florida’s pro day. Hopefully they will take McCray in this year’s draft because New England lacks a good pass rusher, and McCray will provide the Patriots with just that. He can also be moved around the defense which Belichick loves. There is a spot on the team for McCray, someone who can rush the passer unlike anyone else on the team.

On NFL.com Draft Profile they list his strengths: “Versatile defender who rushes the passer from either side of the line, with his hand down or standing up. Solid get-off from a hand-down position, can stay low and has excellent flexibility to turn the corner, length to wrap up quarterbacks and separate the ball on impact. Also wins B-gap by coming off low and strong. Uses his length to get leverage when bull-rushing or facing double teams on the edge despite his slight build. Powerful hands that result in a jolt on contact. Works hard through blocks to reach the quarterback if the ball stays in the pocket. Hustles to chase plays across the line and downfield. Stays on his feet through cut blocks, uses his hands to keep balance. Agile enough to drop into a zone. Shows hands for the easy interception.”

 


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