Draft Capsule: TE Vance McDonald

Draft Capsule: TE Vance McDonald
March 11, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

Vance McDonald (TE), Rice

6-4 | 267 lbs.

2012 Stats:

36 REC, 458 YDS, 2 TD

Projection:

2nd Round

Strengths:

Versatile player, used as both a tight end and a slot receiver during his time at Rice. Uses his long arms to go up and get the ball in the air. Shows patience and good quickness after the catch when in open space. Always plays to the whistle and will make multiple blocks during the play. Showed surprising strength at the Combine, finishing with 31 reps during the bench press drill.

Weaknesses:

Most of the blocking he showed in college happened in space, with scouts questioning his ability to in-line block at the NFL level. Drops plagued McDonald during his career at Rice. Looks to run before bringing in the pass. With the majority of his senior year spent playing slot, will he be able to adjust to playing solely tight end in the NFL?

Fit for the Bears:

Ever since trading Greg Olsen to the Panthers, the Bears have gotten virtually nothing from Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth at tight end. There's no question Phil Emery will go out and address this need in the offseason, but will he make his move in free agency or the Draft? McDonald is an intriguing prospect that should be on the board when Chicago selects in the second round. His ability to play both tight end and slot could provide mismatches in the passing game and become a safety blanket for Jay Cutler. As the Draft nears, don't be surprised to see his name linked to the Bears.