CB – #23 Auburn
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Williamson (Mobile, AL)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8532)
Phil Steele: PS#276
Roger McCreary Scouting Report
Struggled against faster receivers in the SEC, especially in man coverage. Has good speed, not great speed. Has some very solid acceleration ability. Lacks some upper body strength. Shows more against bigger receivers. Not much of a brute.
Good, fluid hips. Above average change of direction. Excellent recovery. Flashes excellent burst. Strong, downhill tackling style. Hits with contact power and doesn’t wrap up well. Not aggressive enough when working downhill at times. Strong boundary defender. Works off of blocks by receivers very quickly.
Willing and capable run defender. Tight, physical man coverage. Plays very well when he plays off. Reacts well. Didn’t play too much zone coverage. When he did, showed good ability to work downhill and into the defender. Tends to play too close to the sideline instead of using the sideline as an additional defender. Quickly recognizes where the balls going. React well.
What we want to see from Roger McCreary in Mobile
- Roger McCreary flashed some impressive abilities to make big plays throughout his Auburn career, playing even against some of the best receivers in the SEC. He played so well playing off-man coverage, usually excelling between five and eight yards off. We’d like to see how McCreary plays in press coverage.
- One of the problems McCreary had in college was playing against bigger receivers. Even when Auburn played Arkansas, McCreary didn’t follow Treylon Burks across the field, instead covering Tyson Morris. How will McCreary fare against bigger, taller receivers in Mobile? This will be something to keep a close eye on.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
The cornerback market is deep in this upcoming cycle, but Roger McCreary offers solid man coverage ability – for which there never seems to be enough in the NFL. He can start in year one, perhaps as a #2 cornerback option, and could be potentially a pro bowl player at some point of his career. We like his odds of getting there.
We like McCreary as a first-round prospect. His value as a man cover corner alone makes him valuable for several teams in the back end of the first round. We would be surprised to see him on the board at the start of the second round.