Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: S T.J. McDonald and RB Andre Ellington
At NBC, I posted a scouting report on USC safety T.J. McDonald.
McDonald is a big (6-3, 219 pounds), physical safety who plays an aggressive brand of football. He’s most comfortable in the box, which is where he usually lined up at USC. McDonald is almost like an undersized linebacker, fighting off of blocks and making his way through traffic to make plays. He might very well be the top tackling safety in this class. Whether he’s lined up on the line or in an ‘off’ position, McDonald is always very willing to fly up in run support.
In coverage, McDonald has the ability to cover tight ends, whether they’re lined up in-line or in the slot. Although he’s not a prototypical “centerfield” style of free safety, he’s pretty fluid in his movements. McDonald has quick hips and does a nice job of mirroring receivers. He’s not going to consistently cover the deep middle or deep half of the field, but his weaknesses in coverage can be hidden if he’s used properly.
And at Dallas News, I published my take on Clemson running back Andre Ellington.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington averaged 5.5 yards-per-carry during his college career, rushing for over 2,200 yards and 19 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He caught 59 passes during his four-year career.
As a runner, Ellington has a lot to offer. He’s decisive and doesn’t typically dance around in the backfield. His one-cut running style makes him a good fit for zone-blocking teams. Ellington has some quick-twitch ability in small areas, working well in traffic to dodge defenders. That’s why he’s actually a good short-yardage runner despite his 5-10, 199-pound frame.