Man Coverage Skills
McCreary was groomed heavily at Auburn to play in a man-heavy scheme. It shows.
Man Coverage Skills
His ability in man coverage is elite. He excels in press coverage and does a good job mirroring receivers. He has also shown the ability to play off and consistently get his hands on the football.
Despite a lack of length, McCreary is very combative at the catch point.
He demonstrates very good ball skills when he is a competitive player who works really hard to close separation. He is ball-hungry and really wants to get his hands on the football.
Highly instinctual player who rose to the occasion in all of his biggest tests.
He demonstrates good football IQ and instincts in zone coverage situations. In zone, he shows an understanding of route combinations. This helps him get his hands on the football.
Roger McCreary is an exceptional athlete who plays with very good reactive athleticism, hips, and short-area quickness. McCreary is a willing wrap-up tackler in the run game and this projects well for his versatility to kick inside. He’s always close in coverage, so even with receptions, he limits extra yardage by receivers. In the passing game, he is elite. In press-man, he demonstrates good upfield speed to open and run with receivers. He can mirror and has outstanding closing quickness at the top of the route. In zone situations, he plays with good feel, instincts, and awareness.
He is a ball-hungry player who clearly wants to make plays in the passing game by getting his hands on the football. He is competitive in coverage and has played his best ball in the biggest games in 2021. He has seemingly thrived under the leadership of new coordinator Derek Mason, as his technique in both off and press has improved from 2020 to 2021. He has consistently gotten his hands on the football, leading the SEC in PBUs, and has amassed 30 over the past three years. On third downs, he has the versatility to be an asset inside or outside.
Ideal Role: Inside/outside cornerback
Scheme Fit: Any
Written by Drae Harris
Games watched: ASU (2021), Alabama (2021), Arkansas (2021) USC (2021)
Best Game Studied: Alabama (2021)
Worst Game Studied: N/A
Man Coverage: See Above.
Zone Coverage: He plays with good awareness and instincts in zone coverage. He excels when he can get his eyes on the QB, which frees him up to play the ball. He has taken a step forward in 2021 with regards to his eyes and it’s helped his production.
Ball Skills: See Above.
Tackling: He is a good tackler in the run and passing game. Because he’s always close in coverage, he limits extra yardage after the catch. His ability to tackle projects well for him playing inside in the slot.
Versatility: He has true versatility, in my opinion. He aligns outside and has done exceptionally well there. However, his skill set suggests he can play inside as well. He also has safety in his background.
Competitive Toughness: He displays very good competitive toughness that is required for the position. He is especially competitive when closing separation in coverage. He also shows his physical toughness as a tackler in the run game.
Functional Athleticism: He displays good functional athleticism in coverage—especially in press but also in off coverage. He closes separation quickly on underneath routes.
Football IQ: See Above.
Run Defending: He has safety in his background and is clearly unafraid of the physicality of the game. This will help his transition to the slot and he should have no issues in this regard.
Length: He is not overly long but still has good length for the position. He could afford to better use this length as a re-router in press situations.
TDN Consensus: 82.08/100 (Second Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 80.00/100
Marino Grade: 83.00/100
Harris Grade: 83.00/100
Sanchez Grade: 82.00/100
Weissman Grade: 82.50/100
Parson Grade: 82.00/100