Gerrick McPhearson   CB   Maryland

Strengths

Gerrick is an excellent athlete.  He has that quick-twitch ability the scouts talk about and is a good tackler.  He has good size and is a strong player.  Gerrick has solid one-on-one skills and does a good job in supporting the run.  He shows strong recovery speed and looks like he likes a challenge. 

 

Needs to Improve

Gerrick is either not very smart or he does not do very much film work.  He is lost when it comes to a zone scheme and doesnít show very good hands when he goes to intercept the ball. 

 

Talent Board Round   5

Iím not sure what we have with this kid, but I am sure of one thing:  there is no doubt about his athleticism to play CB at the next level.  I donít know how you can be in such good shape and yet not be able to play your assignment better except to say that Gerrick is not a very smart kid.  How is it that you go into the weight room and do your running, but donít have the brains to realize that you need to exercise your mind as much as your body?  I would check how well Gerrick is doing in the classroom.  If he's carrying high marks in classes that have some academic standing, then I can excuse him not working that hard in the film room and I would not hesitate to draft him.  If his marks and classes are a bunch of nonsense, then you have to think that Gerrick is a workout wonder and will struggle for sometime before he shows an impact -- if at all.  I have this feeling that Gerrick is a workout wonder because football is just not that difficult.  Iím thinking that Gerrick is not a team player; his work ethic and the ability to coach him are very questionable.  All of this will have to be decided by the teams that are interested in drafting him and not by me.  All I can tell you is that Gerrick right now, looks to have the athletic talent, but is not smart enough to know how to use it.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

April 2006