James McFarland – 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

James McFarland

OLB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
OLB TCU 40 SR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'1 254 4.76

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle

Overview:

McFarland had a nice career at TCU, where he played in 50 games, had 99 tackles, 21.0 for loss, and 12.5 sacks. He has good height for an edge rusher, he has good speed, he gets good pressure on the quarterback, is versatile, as he played defensive end, and also stood up as an edge rushing linebacker, and he is a hard hitter. He is also very experienced, he is a tough nosed player, and a defensive play maker. On the other hand, he is too small to play defensive end in the NFL, so he is likely a 3-4 outside linebacker, he is on them light side, and he missed all of 2015 due to an injury. With that said, I see McFarland being a day 3 pick, somewhere later on in day 3.

Strengths:

A good tackler

Has good size from a height standpoint

Very experienced

Gets good pressure on the QB

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

Has good speed

Put up good sack numbers at TCU

Versatile as he played DE and stood up as a edge rushing OLB

A hard hitter

A defensive play maker

Tough nosed player

Did a great job of getting the backs and QB down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

Too small to play DE in the NFL so he is likely a 3-4 OLB

On the light side

Missed all of 2015 due to an injury

Career Stats:

Games Played: 50

Tackles: 99

Tackles For Loss: 21.0

Sacks: 12.5