Draft Capsule: CB Leon McFadden

Draft Capsule: CB Leon McFadden

March 23, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Leon McFadden (CB), San Diego St.

5-10 | 193 lbs.

2012 Stats:

61 tackles, 2 TFL, 12 PD, 3 INT, INT TD, FR

Projection:

3rd-4th Round

Strengths:

Quick first step and good overall speed with great closing speed. Gritty, physical player with good size for a defensive back. Mix of speed, agility and size make for matchup issues in coverage. Would fit well in a Cover-2 scheme, as he's a good zone player with above-average awareness. Boasts soft hands that come in handy with ballhawk instincts. Has a knack for special teams play. Puts the work in off the field and in practice.

Weaknesses:

He may have a solid build (193 pounds) for a corner, but is a little on the short side at 5-foot-10, which hurts when playing the ball in the air, despite his physical style of play. Needs to improve tackling and consistency in man coverage. Plays better in zone.

Fit for the Bears:

If this was a year ago, McFadden might be high on the Bears' radar. But, with Lovie Smith gone, Chicago is likely moving away from playing so much Cover-2. They already boast a pair of corners -- Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings -- that are better at zone coverage than playing man-to-man, so there's no point in adding a third such player. But, if McFadden is still there in the fourth round or later, the Bears may want to take a flyer, especially given his pedigree at special teams, a must for young defensive players looking to make the Bears' roster. Maybe the Bears would be better off drafting Leon Sandcastle instead?

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