Stanley McClover   DE   Auburn

 

Strengths

Stanley has those nice long arms and legs to go along with a very quick burst off the line of scrimmage.  He shows excellent athletic talent to play more than one position at the next level.  He is a smart player that uses his speed, quickness and leverage along with a variety of moves to beat his man.  This kid loves to rush the passer and stop a RB that wants to sweep around his end.  He just loves to get into the backfield as quick as he can.  I think he loves to see the surprised look on the QB or RB when they just get a hold of the ball and he is sitting there waiting for them.  He is a potential impact pass rusher and player for the next level. 

 

Needs to Improve

Stanley is another player that has had leg injury problems throughout most of this year.  He will not be able to be an OLB because he will continue to have leg problems if he puts that much strain on them.  

 

Talent Board Round   4

Iím not sure that Stanley can be an OLB at the next level because he has such long legs.  He does show good athletic talent, but I just donít think he has finished growing and if Iím right, then he is a pure DE in a 4-3 defense.  Stanley is 6í 3Ē, 260 lbs, runs 4.50-4.60 in the forty and he is still growing and filling out.  Iím confident that Stanley will become an impact player in the NFL if he's left alone and plays DE in a 4-3.  It might take a couple of years, but he should be worth the wait.  I know he is young and I know he has a lot to learn; however, as soon as he bulks up and gets stronger in the legs, he will impact.  Everyone is so quick to change these kids to another position and I, too, fall into that trap, but I think Stanley has that unusual burst that is needed to be a pure DE in a 4-3.  I donít want to move that to an OLB position and lose his ability to impact at something that comes naturally to him.

by Drew Boylhart

THR

April 2006