Curtis McNeal RB USC Trojans 2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report


We’re starting our scouting report series off with a running back from Southern California, Curtis McNeal. This is our scouting report page for McNeal which will expand throughout the year. We will add scouting notes, important information, combine measurables, videos and more. Eventually, by the time the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around this will be one of the most comprehensive scouting report pages on the web.

Preseason Report:

McNeal won’t time with blazing speed at the Combine (or maybe he will) but he is a very intriguing running back prospect. He is very short but has a good build for a guy his size, and he is willing to got up the gut and play a physical game. He doesn’t have elite speed comparable to to that of a smaller back like Chris Rainey, but he can definitely make people miss and is quick to the hole. In his first year as the featured back, he ran for 1,005 yards and six touchdowns, averaging nearly seven yards per carry in the process. He is quick to the hole and is very tough to bring down in the open field because he is so low to the ground and is much more powerful than you would expect. I am interested to see if his game translates to the NFL, because he appears to be headed on the right track. One area where he will hopefully get more exposure is in the passing game. Last year, he only had three receptions for 19 yards. Redshirted as a freshman in 2008, and was academically ineligible in 2010 after playing some as a reshirt freshman in 2009. He is a threat to take any play the distance every time he touches the ball, and had runs of 43, 44, 61, 73, and 79 yards. Very interesting player who could be had in the mid-late rounds simply because of his size.

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