2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft Prospects at Safety: Barron Vs McCray

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As I have said before I like the under radar guys. I am a strong believer that the rankings are more of a popularity contest than anything else. I look at stand out players like Jay Ratliff  7th round, Tony Romo and Miles Austin

January 08, 2012; Mobile, AL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies wide receiver Nathan Palmer (81) is tackled by Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive back Kelcie McCray (21) during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

both undrafted. Tom brady 6th round, Joe Montana 3rd round, Drew Brees 2nd round. The one thing that really stuck out to me this year, was that most of the top free agent corner backs were later round picks. The New England Patriots have 18 undrafted players on their roster. If you look at the history of the Cowboys, many of Tom Landrys late round and undrafted players went on to be either Pro Bowl, or hall of fame players, or both. The secret to being successful in the NFL is the ability to spot these value players and develop them in to studs.

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Kelcie McCray, SS Arkansas State.

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I can’t figure out for the life of me how McCray is the 7th ranked strong safety in the draft. He has the ideal size, speed, and athleticism coveted by NFL teams. He is solid in coverage and an excellent tackler. If you take one look at him it’s obvious he spends a lot of time in the gym. The guy is ripped to say the least. As I always say, if you don’t go to the right school, or have the right agent, you get minimal exposure.

McCray started all 36 games over the last 3 years and was a 2011 First Team All-Sun Belt selection after logging 70 tackles, 4 interceptions and 4 pass break-ups. He was also ranked 5th in the conference in interceptions and 14th in passes defended. His four interceptions during the 2011 season gave him 10 for his career. McCray also earned Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. He finished his career with 220 tackles, 10 INT’s and 12 pass break-ups in four seasons at ASU. As you can see there is not much difference between his production and Barrons. Personally I think the better value is with McCray, there is no knock on his tackling ability, he is better in coverage, he has no history of injuries, and no character issues. This guy in the 6th round is a no brainer.

McCray will bring a physical presence to any defensive backfield in the NFL. Somewhat reminiscent of Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, Kelcie can provide run support or play real effectively in the intermediate range when defending the pass. He excels in run support and is a physical, bruising tackler. He has great speed for the position to run plays down, and he has been durable and reliable throughout his career. He is a competitive hitter and looks natural in transition and in his backpedal. He has the ability to break on a ball and play the man competitively both at the point of attack and in the air.(Courtesy of NFL.com)

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