The Cornerback position has been discussed repeatedly across Broncos Country. whether it’s the demand for Champ Bailey to move to the Safety spot or Tony Carter isn’t the answer, all the way to "We want Darrelle Revis!" The Denver Broncos aren’t moving Champ and I seriously hope they do not pursue Revis.
Regardless of all that, the Denver Scouting department and Front Office are doing their due diligence upon the Cornerback prospects available in the 2013 NFL Draft. In fact, it appears they are looking at the options for each round. Andrew Mason, once again, has provided us with one of those prospects that has piqued the interest of Elway and co.
Miami (Fla.) CB Brandon McGee said he has a goal time for the 40, but didn't want to share it. Also said he hasn't talked w/ Broncos yet.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) February 24, 2013
Brandon McGee is a 5'10", 193 lb., 4 year Letterman for the Hurricanes who recently graduated with a degree in Sports Administration and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He participated in the East-West Shrine game and received an invitation to the NFL Combine, where he put up a 40 Time of 4.40 seconds. McGee is ranked 16th out of 255 Cornerback prospects nationally and 134th overall. He is projected as a 4th round pick in April's draft.
#21 Brandon McGee
Hand Length-9 1/8"
20 YD Shuttle-4.18
Lateral Agility Score-0.22
- 2012 CAPTAIN'S AWARD
- 2012 PLUMER AWARD LEADERSHIP, MOTIVATION & SPIRIT
Brandon started 25 of 44 games, finishing his career with 24 consecutive starts during his 4 seasons in Miami. He made 109 Tackles, 6.5 Tackles behind the Line Of Scrimmage, 1 Sack, 1 Fumble Recovery, 12 Pass Breakups and 3 Interceptions.
2009 (True Freshman): One of three true freshmen (along with FB Mike James and DE Olivier Vernon) to play in double-digit games for Hurricanes, McGee appeared in 10 games on Special Teams and as a reserve Defensive Back. He made 2 Tackles.
2010 (Sophomore): Brandon played in 10 games and started one, the season opener against Florida A&M. He recorded 15 Tackles and two Pass Breakups with his best game coming against Pittsburgh, where he made five stops.
2011 (Junior): McGee started all 12 games and finished 8th on the team with 38 Tackles. He added 2.5 TFL’s and 3 Pass Breakups. Brandon got his 1st career Interception against USF and registered a season-high 8 Tackles in the season opener against Maryland.
2012 (Senior): In his senior season, as Miami’s top corner, McGee started all 12 games at Defensive Back and tied for 6th on the Hurricanes with 54 Tackles. He tied for the team lead with 2 picks and also notched 4 TFL’s and a Sack. Brandon made a season-high 9 Tackles and added 1.0 TFL in the road loss to Notre Dame and then tied that mark with another 9 Tackles in the road win at Duke. He finished with a team-best 7 Pass Breakups.
Brandon has been through more in his 21 years than many people have in a lifetime. He lost his mother to breast cancer in 2004 when he was only 13. His father Curtis, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000 and had his larynx removed in 2001. He now speaks through a voice simulator held up to his throat. McGee uses that as his focus--He doesn’t want to let them down.
"Life is about challenging yourself, pushing yourself and fighting through adversity. We’re all young men. We’re still growing and learning. The process, the journey isn’t complete."
NFL.COM DRAFT GRADE-60.1
STRENGTHS: McGee has adequate size, build and strength for the position. Like most DB's out of Miami, he has quick feet and good straight-line speed. His fluid hips help him transition well and flip open quickly to keep up down the sideline. Brandon possesses good recovery speed and is effective in trail over the middle. He plays with confident competitiveness and uses excellent body control to knock away passes around the receiver without interfering.
He does a nice job locating, highpointing and getting his hands on the ball in coverage and uses good pursuit angles. McGee shows violent hands to rip off receiver blocks in the run game. He willingly sticks his nose into tackles on the edge and adds himself to piles.
WEAKNESSES: Has only adequate size for an outside corner. He needs to do a better job with his hands and body positioning because too often he'll get called for pass interference. Brandon struggles to turn his head to track the ball at times. Leans back in his pedal too often, losing traction when he needs to plant or getting knocked out of position by contact. Needs to flatten his blitz angles, ball gets underneath him.
There is room to improve his transitional technique and discipline. McGee is an inconsistent open-field tackler and doesn't have great strength to always finish once he initiates contact.
NFL COMPARISON: Jason McCourty (Titans)
2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE - After a very up-and-down senior season for the Hurricanes, McGee is going to force many talent evaluators who saw him this week to go back and watch more tape of the Miami Cornerback. In individual match-ups, he stayed patient and disciplined in his stance with the confidence and footwork to stick with the receiver all over the field. Previously thought to be a late-round prospect, McGee was definitely one of the bright spots of the week and has gained some momentum heading into the NFL Combine. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
McGee has the speed and decent size to do well in the NFL. He needs to improve some of his technique, specifically his hands during coverage. He has faced adversity and yet he still managed to graduate in 4 years. Brandon would be a good value pick in the 4th round. I think Denver would be better served selecting another position at this point, but wouldn’t be upset with this kid.
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