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Brandon McGee finished with one of the fastest 10-yard splits of the weekend, at 1.46 seconds, but it's the fact that his speed, burst and capability are packaged together with a 193-pound frame that's more impressive. Every player, cornerback or not, that finished with a faster 10-yard split weighed at least 15 pounds less than McGee did.
Not only that, McGee finished with excellent three-cone and shuttle times (6.71 seconds and 4.18 seconds, respectively), which underscores his agility and explosiveness.
Given that combine results correlate with NFL performance more for cornerbacks than any other position, the emphasis on McGee's excellent 40-yard dash speed (run in 4.4 seconds) is well warranted.
The Hurricane can perform on the field as well. He uses his 5'11" frame excellent to high-point the ball and grab interceptions without risking too much or giving away ground. During the East-West Shrine Game, McGee consistently wowed evaluators, and may have had the best week of practice out of everyone there.
Aside from some footwork issues on day one (which were immediately resolved), the young cornerback consistently played to his receiver, staying off the correct hip and turning well. He could anticipate routes, read receivers and break to the ball. With fluidity and discipline, McGee might end up as a steal as well.
Given that Antoine Winfield will likely see fewer snaps for the Vikings in 2013, the Vikings will need to find a corner that can protect the slot with short-area quickness and push, while protecting the outside with range and speed. McGee has both of those qualities and can stick it to receivers if need be.
Evaluators will need to look back on his film to figure out why McGee is such a late riser, by itself a minor red flag, and determine if his somewhat subpar vertical jump is indicative of poor elevation against the ball.
Grabbing interceptions in seven-on-seven drills, or while lined up against a receiver one on one in practice is fine, but playing in a game is more important—they'll want to know why he had excellent ball skills in All-Star practices and the combine, but only ended up with two interceptions on the year.