Kelcie McCray Signs with Dolphins: Highlights, Analysis and Scouting Report

Aaron Dodge@Aaron_DodgeAnalyst IApril 30, 2012

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with safety Kelcie McCray, according to NFL.com. McCray, coming out of Arkansas State, is a former high school quarterback and runs a 4.47 40-yard dash.

He is the owner of 220 college tackles, 10 interceptions, 12 passes defended and 37 consecutive starts. If he can learn to utilize his physical skills and instincts, he could really develop into something special, but that's a big "if."

 

What the Experts Are Saying:

NFL.com praises McCray's physical play and presence in the secondary and against the run, but question some aspects of his footwork and play recognition ability:

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.

With that said...

He has the speed and athletic ability to catch up in the conference he's been playing in, but unless he can get his pre-snap reads down quicker and develop an ability to diagnose run or pass early, he could have an extended development phase.

 

Projected Rookie Impact:

McCray has the physical intangibles one would like to see out of the safety spot, and he's a reliable wrap-up tackler with sound technique. However, if he's slow out of the gates in training camps, it will be tough for him to see the field much in 2012.

The defection of Yeremiah Bell certainly opens up an opportunity for a guy like McCray who excelled in a similar role in college. He's a name to keep in mind.



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