Marcus McKethan

Marcus McKethan

Measurements
  • Height
    6064
  • Hand
    10 1/2
  • VJ
    27.5
  • Weight
    340lbs
  • Arm
    35 1/2
  • Speed
    5.31
OG Combine Averages
  • Height
    6042
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    314lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    5.23
Nathan Pratt - Scout
Marcus McKethan
  • Overall Rank
    144
  • Position Rank
    11
  • Position
    OG
  • Team
    NORTH CAROLINA

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2019 12 13 1 3 12 2.7%
2020 12 12 1 0 10 2.3%
2021 13 13 2 1 10 1.9%

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Extremely large Guard with outstanding size and above the line length with a large frame that appears to be carrying an extra 10 pounds that could be shed. Missed no games due to injury in his career and played 895/931 Offensive Snaps and 84 Special Teams snaps in 2021.

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    7
Grade 7.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Plays with an average effort and motor and would be seen slowing down as the play went on. Looks for work in the pass game but far too often would not help his other OL out, also struggled picking up late stunts and twists as well as delayed blitzers giving up free easy pressure to his QB.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

McKethan is an average athlete who lacks the explosiveness and foot speed to reach block the outside shoulder of a 6Tech but has the overwhelming size and strength to move defenders off the ball on gap/inside zone runs. His pad level and leverage are naturally going to be an issue due to his immense size but he also does not demonstrate a good knee bend which may further that issue at the next level as he won’t be able to overpower every defender he plays against. He also struggles changing direction and struggles with faster interior rushers because of this and frequently would get beaten by them on their second move. Play Strength as mentioned above is above the line and he consistently would be seen moving guys and driving them out of gaps at times with just one hand.

  • Explosiveness
    4
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 4.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Pass Block - McKethan is an adequate pass blocker who excels at absorbing pass rushers and stopping their rushes before they get going with his large hands and strength. When bull rushed he is able to rely on his strength and size to sit and stall the defender giving up very little ground and keeping a firm pocket. When he is forced to use his hands to win on a rep, he has demonstrated good hand usage and placement although it can get too wide at times and end up being placed outside the defender which will result in penalties. He also does a good job of using his long arms to lock out the defender keeping them at bay from being able to gain ground on their rushes. When facing faster twitchier rushers he struggles keeping in phase with them due to his limited foot speed and quickness and normally has to rely on getting his hands onto them to stall them but he too often would get beaten by their speed and counter moves because he could not change direction quickly and at the next level this will be an issue. When not matched up with a defender he is seen scanning for delayed rushers or twists but still will miss them and allow them to get past him, he also would not be seen helping his other OL out very often instead opting to get more depth in his pass sets. Run Block – He is an average run blocker who relies on his size and strength over athleticism at this point and is best suited to block downhill than in space. When going downhill on duo blocks, he displaces the defender when assisting the duo and can drive the defender out of the gap when one on one, when he reaches the second level if he can square up and get his hands on the LB, he mauls them and essentially engulfs the LB taking them entirely out of the play and creating a canyon for his runner to go through. He does struggle making his blocks in space and on the second level due to his lack of speed and inability to change direction well he could also do better on the angles he takes at the second level and in open space and it would help him get his blocks more often but he will struggle to make the blocks consistently because of his athleticism deficiencies. When asked to pull he struggles getting to his landmarks and normally forces his runner to have to wait for him to get to his block and when he reaches his defender, he struggles getting his hands on them and was seen whiffing on his blocks frequently. His play temperament does not match the size and strength he possesses as he is too passive in his block and rarely finishes his defenders even though he has the ability to do so.

  • Pass Block
    5
  • Run Block
    5
  • Strike
    5
  • Second Level
    4
  • Pulling/Space Play
    4
  • Anchor
    7
  • Footwork
    6
  • Play Temperament
    4
Grade 5.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Marcus McKethan finishes his career at North Carolina starting in 37/43 games he appeared in, while being named an All-ACC Honorable Mention in both 2020 and 2021 while helping block for the 18th ranked running game in the country which was 2nd in the ACC in 2021. McKethan is a day 3 guard who is an incredibly raw but talented prospect who will fit well with a team that will allow to him use his overwhelming size and strength to dominate defenders in the run game. He should not be relied on to start day one but with some time to develop his technique and an NFL diet that allows him to lean out and gain some more explosiveness he can develop into a quality starting guard who brings value to his team as a reliable starter. As of right now he can provide solid depth and be an adequate fill in if injury occurs in front of him.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • at Virginia Tech
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • Zero Pressures allowed and mauled defenders in the run game
  • iconWorst Game
  • vs Virginia
  • Jan - 01 - 1970
  • 3.2% Pressure Rate allowed and struggled blocking in space
Best Trait
Strength, Size and Length
Pro Comparison
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