Scouting Report: Dexter McCluster

Written by Will Spencer on April 23, 2010



Dexter McCluster


Position: RB School: Ole Miss
Height: 5’8 3/4 Weight: 172 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.56

Overall Grade:

6.21

Draft Projection:

2nd Round




Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 2.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 9.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 7.5
Durability 8 4.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 8


Running Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Between the tackles 8 4
Outside the tackles 8 7.5
Receiving 6 5
Ball carrying 8 4.5
Vision 10 9.5
Elusiveness 8 7.5
Pass Blocking 8 4
Leg Drive 8 5.5
Break Tackle 8 5.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Super quick athlete that is a terror every time he has the ball in his hand. Superb vision as a runner and is patient when blocks are developing. Shifty, fast and runs with a low pad level, which makes him even harder to get to. Willing run blocker. Excellent catching the ball out of the backfield or while split out at receiver. Has experience at quarterback in “Wild Cat” packages at Ole Miss and further displayed that at the Senior Bowl. Tough and unafraid of contact. Willing to fight for tough yards. Excellent work ethic and high character. Has a true passion for the game. Can be an excellent special teams contributor. Has more heart than any player in this draft.

Weaknesses

Very small frame. Has a history of shoulder injuries, which has to be taken more seriously because of his size. Won’t run over any tacklers. Quicker than fast type player who isn’t going to be able to run away from everyone. Jack of all trades that may not have a true position in the NFL.


Analysis

McCluster is one of those players that coaches just have to find a way to put the ball into his hands. He’s versatile. Able to line up at receiver, running back, quarterback and play on special teams. Could be the next Leon Washington type player if he can stay healthy while taking hits from NFL defenders. NFL teams will fall in love with this kid for his personality and work ethic. For a small guy, he doesn’t shy away from contact at all and isn’t afraid to run between the tackles. Will make an outstanding complimentary back but could also be taken by a team that already has a good duo of running backs, but wants to add some versatility to their offense and create mismatches on defense. Will also be an excellent special teams player. The SEC probably has the closest overall talent level to the NFL and he’s been very effective throughout his college career. If that’s any indication, McCluster should be on several teams radars in the 2nd round of the draft.

Experience

38 career starts at Ole Miss.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-SEC. 3rd team All-American. Offensive MVP of Cotton Bowl.
2008: 2nd team All-SEC. Offensive MVP of Cotton Bowl.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Journalism major at Ole Miss.

Injuries

Missed four games in 2007 and six games in 2006 with a shoulder injury that has lingered.


Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 181 1169 6.5 86 8 44 520 3
2008 109 655 6.0 40 6 44 625 1
2007 6 63 10.5 29 0 27 326 2
2006 8 68 8.5 31 1 15 232 1






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.