Not everyone is okay with having an undersized cornerback. Zech McPhearson is an average-sized corner that is athletic and will still make plays.
His athleticism that was on display at Texas Tech’s pro day elevated his value a bit. Relative Athletic Scoring graded him as a 9.56 out of 10. That means he is one of the more athletic players in the draft class.
His impressive 20 and 10 second split compared to his average 40-yard dash suggests his acceleration is lethal but does not have a top gear. It should not be an issue unless he lines up against the fastest in the league.
His explosiveness is what catches my eye the most. McPhearson jumped a 40.5 inch vertical and a 10 feet and 10-inch broad jump. Now, the acceleration makes sense. Working in tight spots will be easy for the corner, as his quick first steps and his jumping abilities makes everything within his reach.
While that helps out in playing the sport of football, you need results to back it up. Good thing that both are in McPhearson’s favor.
The cornerback got his hands on the ball ten times in ten games. That consists of six batted passes and four interceptions.
The Red Raider was a stud with Texas Tech, racking up 53 tackles this past season, with 47 of them being solo tackles. That’s in part due to his role in defending the run from the slot.
In 2018 and 2019, McPhearson played most of his snaps on the outside, but that changed in 2020. He played 144 in the slot and 476 out wide. His versatility could be of great use for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Spending a sixth-round pick on someone like Zech McPhearson is fantastic. While he needs to work on his consistency, his athleticism, tackling ability, and ball skills are intriguing. That’s something the Dallas Cowboys will love.