When you think of San Diego State, you might think of beaches, fish tacos and the zoo before you think of any NFL prospects.
In case you didn't know, Marshall Faulk came from the Southern California school.
Leon McFadden hopes to make his mark on the NFL. The incoming rookie cornerback is less-heralded than some of his counterparts, but he could wind up being one of the best of the bunch.
Full Name: Leon McFadden Jr.
Birthday: Oct. 26, 1990
Hometown: Bellflower, California
School: San Diego State
Bellflower is a city located just east of the famed Compton area of Los Angeles. McFadden played receiver at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, garnering offers from BYU and Washington State, among other schools, before choosing San Diego State (per his San Diego State profile).
A four-year starter, Leon McFadden had a nice career.
He had decent tackle totals despite his size and positions. He wasn't a huge ball hawk, but eight career interceptions is nothing to sneeze at.
McFadden was also able to contribute on special teams, but only returned two handfuls of punts throughout his career.
*Including bowl stats
Weight: 193 lbs.
Arm length: 32.375"
Hand size: 9"
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds
225-pound bench press: 10 reps
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 119.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.81 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds
The combine did not yield any special results for Leon McFadden, whose performance came in the middle of the pack in most events.
He did manage to beat the average 40-yard dash time among all cornerback prospects over the past five years (per Hunter Hewitt of AztecsForLife.com).
Leon McFadden Sr. imbued his son with special talent.
The elder McFadden was a nine-year professional baseball player, playing outfield and shortstop with the Houston Astros for four of those years.
Junior McFadden was actually a receiver heading into his college career, but a last-minute switch saw him learning the cornerback position fast.
As you have seen, McFadden is one of the underrated players in the draft. He has a quiet following on Twitter, however. Here are some observations from the Twitterverse.
Don't get why Leon McFadden gets a 3-4 round grade. To me, he's the fourth best corner. Early second is perfect spot for him,
— Daniel Stebbs (@dstebbs) April 15, 2013
— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) April 15, 2013
Just me or is Leon McFadden not getting enough attention? I think he's a solid CB.— DKlass (@Derrikklassen) April 22, 2013
I see what others were raving about with SanDiegoSt CB Leon McFadden today. Physical across route tree, times breaks/jumps very well.— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) January 22, 2013