2010 NFL Draft Preview: Dexter McCluster's Bio

Liam CallahanContributor IApril 15, 2010

DALLAS - JANUARY 02:  Wide receiver Dexter McCluster #22 of the Mississippi Rebels runs the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2009 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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One Runnin’ Reb from Old Miss is looking to take his runnin’ to the NFL. His name is Dexter McCluster.

When categorizing McCluster many draft websites put him as a WR. In a quote from CBS their overview of McCluster was, “NFL evaluators are struggling to project McCluster at just one position. That's the same problem Southeastern Conference coaches had the last two years while affording him All-SEC honors as both a running back and wide receiver.”

Scouts are even having problems trying to classify the multi-dimensional star: “He's viewed by some as a change-of-pace type of tailback in the Darren Sproles (Chargers) mold. Others see him developing into a slot receiver.

Let’s take a look at Dexter McCluster.

Dexter McCluster s Bio

Position: WR

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Secondary Position: RB/KR/Kat QB

Year: Senior

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 172 lbs

Combine Results

Vertical Jump: 35.5”

40-Yard Dash: 4.53

20-Yard Dash: 2.50

10-Yard Dash: 1.53

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32

Bench Press: 20

Vertical Jump: 37 1/2

Broad Jump: 09’10”

Ole Miss Pro Day Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.44

20-Yard Dash: 2.52

10-Yard Dash: 1.53

Three Cone Drill: 6.73

College Career Stats

He had 181 rushes in 2009 for 1,169 yards and eight touchdowns. Caught 44 passes for 520 yards, and three touchdowns, also threw for a 27-yard touchdown. Compiled 11 total TD last season. Career rushing stats of 304 attempts, 1,955 yards, and 15 touchdowns.

The all-around threat seems to have no preference for where he plays and became the second-ranked all-purpose yardage performer with 4,089 yards.

www.NFLdraftscout.com rankings

No. 6 WR out of 307

No. 56 of 2,322 total

Project Round: Second

High Round: Early Second

Low Round: Third

Scouting Report

Provides an instant spark from any position on the field, great lateral release and is much stronger than he looks. Good hands to catch balls outside of his frame and can catches balls well over the shoulder, does struggle sometimes catching balls in traffic. Excels after the catch, great acceleration and top-end speed, good field vision, pesky blocker and again stronger than he looks, gives effort to block for teammates downfield.

Shoulder injury could keep him from becoming a full-time running back but still could make an impact as a returner/receiver. Good goal-line option. Compares well to a Darren Sproles or Sinorice Moss. Could make career like Brian Westbrook as a pass-catching running back who excels in both areas.


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