Year: Junior Height: 6’01 Weight: 203 40 Time: 4.39 College Stats: NCAA
BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07)
Round: 1st/2nd Rank: 50 Median Draft Position: 38.0 (7 drafts) Lo: 26 Hi: 51 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 51 (Giants – 2 mocks)
OUR SUMMARY (as of 4/15/07)
One mock has selected McCauley as the Pats’ 28th pick, but most of the others saw him as a mid second-rounder, somewhat behind the first group of corners off the board. The BSMW Board says McCauley should land somewhere in the 30-40’s. The profiles say McCauley is the most naturally gifted corner in the draft. Prototypical size, blazing speed, and solid footwork and fundamentals. However, McCauley has not always delivered on that promise. He’s coming off what is called a disappointing 2006, where he struggled to maintain consistency from game to game. He’s considered a man-to-man defender more than a zone guy, and as always, there’s concern if he can adapt to the different responsibilities. Once again, a player with a Patriot connection; Fresno State’s Pat Hill is a trusted Belichick peer who steered both Logan Mankins and James Sanders to the Pats. Mike Reiss reported in February that the Pats spent time with McCauley at the Combine. Pro Football Weekly says McCauley could be an elite starting corner if surrounded by the right coaching staff and teammates. Since this is not considered a great crop of db’s, the Pats may have him rated right alongside Hall, Revis, Houston and Ross, which would put him in play for one of the first round picks.
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