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Darcel McBath S Texas Tech 6' 198 4.55

By: Robert Davis

McBath redshirted his first season with the Red Raiders, then only played in six games as a freshman. As a sophomore, McBath became a fixture in the secondary, finishing with 75 tackles and three interceptions on the year. As a junior, the numbers were almost identical, this time finishing with 73 tackles and two picks. He had a career high six interceptions as a senior, to go along with 70 tackles.


McBath is a solid free safety the will make plays against both the pass and run. He does a good job keeping the action in front of him, and keeping receivers from getting down the field to make big plays. McBath is a good athlete that can go up and make plays on the ball while it is in the air. He has very good instincts and quickly reacts to the action in front of him and will aggressively attack the line of scrimmage. His toughness and athleticism should allow him to also be a factor on special teams in the NFL, a role he must be able to play early on in the NFL to keep a roster spot.


From a physical standpoint, McBath is only average across the board. He has a thick build but is overall size is average for a safety. He may lack the change of direction skills to match up in coverage with receivers in the NFL, and he lacks the closing speed to recover or make up for mistakes on the field.


The safety class has four guys that carry second round grades, and the rest of the crop really could go in any order on draft. McBath is in that cluster, but he has the talent to make a different on Sundays. He is an intelligent safety that may not be the most physically gifted athlete, but can get the job done. He will need to earn his keep on special teams early on but he is a guy that could be a reliable safety when called upon.

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