Tarvarus McFadden
Round 4
Quality Backup

Tarvarus McFadden

Florida State
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 198
  • 40-Yard: 4.67
  • Arm: 32 ½
  • Hand: 10 ⅜
  • Bench: N/A
  • Vertical: 38.5
  • Broad: 121
  • 3-Cone: N/A
  • 20-Yard Shuttle: N/A
  • 60-Yard Shuttle: N/A

Strong Points

Excellent height and length. Showed outstanding ball skills and hands in 2016 with 8 interceptions. Can line up over opponent and play press, back off or settle in zone. Has good zone awareness. When in press, he plays the shorter routes very well with good mirror skills. Stays low in his pedal and turns quickly. Willing run-support player and a good tackler. Consistently wraps up.

Weak Points

Has questionable long speed; don't see him catch up in pursuit, and he gets beat deep at times off the turn. Needs to get stronger, especially in the upper body, so that he can more effectively shed blocks. Production really slipped in '17, when he had no interceptions after getting 8 in '16. Poor workout at combine.

The Way We See It

A true junior and two year starter for Florida State, McFadden played really well in 2016 as a first-year starter and finished the year with 8 interceptions. Came back in 2017 to record no picks, but in fairness, teams didn't challenge him like they did two years ago. Has outstanding height and length to go along with great ball skills. Can play, press, off or zone equally well. Shows better than adequate run-support skills and is a consistent tackler. One problem in support is he can be slow to shed. Has a lean frame and needs to add some upper bulk and strength. Can easily play at 210-212 pounds. My biggest concern is McFadden's top-end speed vs. speed receivers. Showed at the combine that he just can't run fast enough to play corner in the NFL. With his height and ball skills, he will be better off at free safety, but he still needs to run faster and get bigger and stronger to play the run. With his timed speed and projecting to safety, he won't go nearly as high as he may have a year ago.