NFL Scout: Anthony McFarland's Character 'Absolutely Atrocious,' 'Like a Child'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 18, 2020

Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. runs with the ball against Michigan during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Running back Anthony McFarland is hoping to hear his name called next week during the 2020 NFL Draft, but the former Maryland star didn't make a good impression on at least one team scout. 

Per The Athletic's Bob McGinn, an anonymous scout said his team took McFarland off the board because "his football character is absolutely atrocious" and he behaves "like a child."

McFarland was a two-year starter for the Terrapins before declaring for the NFL draft in December. His 2019 season was a disappointment in some ways after an ankle injury caused him to miss an Oct. 19 game against Indiana. 

In 11 games as a sophomore, McFarland put up solid numbers, with 614 yards and eight touchdowns on 114 carries. He went out on a high note with 134 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 19-16 loss to Michigan State on Nov. 30.

Entering last season, there were high hopes for McFarland thanks to a terrific freshman campaign. He ran for 1,034 yards and averaged 7.9 yards per attempt. The Maryland native became a household name thanks to a 298-yard performance in a 52-51 loss to Ohio State. 

B/R's Matt Miller has McFarland ranked as the 13th-best running back in this year's class. 

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Given the talent ahead of McFarland and the potential character concerns, his wait to find a home in the NFL next week during the draft could be a long one.