Zach McCloud

Zach McCloud

Measurements
  • Height
    6021
  • Hand
  • VJ
  • Weight
    251lbs
  • Arm
  • Speed
ED Combine Averages
  • Height
    6032
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.25
  • Weight
    265lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/4
  • Speed
    4.8
Jamie Kelly - Scout
Zach McCloud
  • Overall Rank
    268
  • Position Rank
    29
  • Position
    ED
  • Team
    MIAMI-FL

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Sacks Misc. Stats
2017 13 27 2 12.5% 1
2018 13 20 5 11.8% 1
2019 4 5 1 12.5% 0
2020 9 18 3 18.4% 2
2021 12 21 4 13.3% 6

Build

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

Average height and weight. Average sized arms but well defined. Average arm length, thick torso with above the line upper body definition. Average thickness across the lower body.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Adequate snap timing and anticipation, particularly vs. Pass and is quick to engage. Adequate instincts and run/pass diagnosis, is seasoned veteran of the college game and seems to read offenses pretty well. Above the line toughness through contact and motor/effort, displays excellent desire to engage bigger offensive players with aggression and tenacity.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Adequate overall AA, with adequate COD, explosiveness and speed. Adequate overall bend and cornering ability, does have the adequate ankle, knee and hip flex to corner around an OT. Adequate play strength and anchor at the POA, impressive physicality in both phases for his size to both halt opposition movement vs. Run and create his own momentum in the pass game.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 6.0

Technical

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

Average get-off/ burst vs. Pass. Adequate pass rush repertoire: adequate rip move on the edge is his most effective way to generate pressure, will use adequate twitch to spin inside or shoot inside as alternatives, both are average moves at this time. Adequate UOH in the pass rush, has adequate hand power, timing and speed. Adequate rush angles and adequate closing speed, has a natural instinct to hunt the ball in and around the pocket. Adequate overall edge run defender that is impressive for his current size. Adequate at the POA vs. Zone and Gap, has average heavy hands, but adequate UOHs and ability to disengage. Adequate play temperament, stays disciplined and balanced in space and doesn’t overcommit v.s. read option/ RPO.

  • Get Off/Initial Burst
    5
  • Pass Rush
    6
  • Heavy Handedness
    5
  • Point of Attack
    6
  • Disengage
    6
  • Closing Speed
    6
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    6
  • Play Temperament
    6
Grade 5.8

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?
Zach McCloud is a Sixth Year Senior at Miami who has featured in 64 career games. Four-star linebacker coming out of high school, rated No.317 in the nation by 247Sports. Featured immediately in 2016 and has been a reliable starter for the Hurricanes ever since without ever statistically impressing. Had a career year playing EDGE in 2021, his extra year of COVID eligibility, recording 6 sacks. Zach McCloud, despite his LB background, possesses the requisite explosiveness, bend and play strength to create edge pass rush in the NFL. He projects as a rotational weakside edge defender in a 34 system where his LB abilities to cover in the flats and shallow zones could be best utilized.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Alabama
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Disruptive whole game against elite competition
  • iconWorst Game
  • v VA Tech
  • Nov - 21 - 2021
  • Struggled to get consistently around the ball
Best Trait
Toughness
Pro Comparison
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