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Name: Marcelino McCrary-Ball - Position: S

Height: 6'0" - Weight: 214 lbs

School: Indiana

Analyst : Lucas VanDenBroek

Pretty good man coverage in short areas. 

Patient in zone, but can sometimes jump a route too early or lose his man deep. 

Versatile. Can provide value as a pass rusher and playing a linebacker role.

Struggles getting off blocks and making plays in the run game. 

Struggles to flip his hips efficiently and change his direction quickly. 

Poor range. Does not have the necessary athleticism to be a sideline-to-sideline threat.

Football IQ  Tackling Versatility  Range Man Coverage Ability Zone Coverage Ability
Ball Skills Run Defending Functional Athleticism Competitive Toughness Flexibility  
4/10 6/10 5.5/10 4/15 3.5/5 5.5/10
2.5/5 5.5/10 3/10 3.5/5 3.5/10

Games Watched: 2021 Cincinnati, 2021 Penn State, 2021 Iowa

Marcelino McCrary-Ball is a defender for the Indiana Hoosiers. He is listed as a defensive back but lined up as a linebacker as well. He will likely find himself in a similar role at the next level, lacking the necessary athleticism to be an asset deep as a free safety. McCrary-Ball has pretty good man coverage in short areas and is patient in zone. However, sometimes he misreads routes or the quarterback and can jump a route too early and subsequently lose his man. He has below average tackling ability and this is only exacerbated by his poor athleticism. He struggles to flip his hips efficiently and has low agility. He also struggles to get off blocks and make plays in the run game, which really hurts his overall value as he does not have the speed or acceleration for playing deep. McCrary-Ball will have to make his career at playing special teams as he is a tough and high motor player.