Leon McFadden: 5 Things You Need to Know About the San Diego State CB

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Leon McFadden: 5 Things You Need to Know About the San Diego State CB

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    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.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: Leon McFadden Jr.

    Birthday: Oct. 26, 1990

    Hometown: Bellflower, California

    School: San Diego State

    Major: Communications

    Year: Senior


    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).

Collegiate Stats

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    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. 

    Defense

      Tackles Interceptions
    Year Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk FF Int Yds Avg TD PD
    2009 17 9 26 1 1 0 1 39 39.0 0 1
    2010* 38 17 55 7 1 0 2 0 0 0 14
    2011* 35 11 46 3 1 0 2 23 11.5 0 17
    2012* 46 15 61 2 0 1 3 124 41.3 2 15
    Career 136 52 188 13 3 1 8 186 23.3 2 47

    Punt Returns

    Year Ret Yds Avg
    2009 0 0  
    2010* 5 46 9.2
    2011* 11 77 7
    2012* 0 0  
    Career 16 123 7.7

    *Including bowl stats

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 193 lbs.

    Arm length: 32.375"

    Hand size: 9"

    Combine Results

    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).

A Strong Pedigree

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    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.

Observations

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    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

    B.W. Webb, Leon McFadden, and Tyrann Mathieu all could be fits for the #Rams in the 3rd-4th Rd for corner depth w/upside. #NFLDraft32in32

    — 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