ESPN.com evaluation: DB Bryant McFadden


Editor's note: Practice notes will be updated daily and a final report will be completed on Friday, Jan. 28.

Bryant McFadden's draft stock soared during his breakout senior season. Heading into the 2004 season McFadden had a lot of upside but was considered nothing more than a mid-round prospect due to some durability problems and a lack of playmaking skills. McFadden only had one interception during his senior season but he stayed healthy, started all 12 games and finished with a team-high 11 passes broken up.

McFadden doesn't have elite speed or ball skills but he has excellent athleticism and leaping ability (40 ½ vertical jump), good size and outstanding tackling skills. His instincts and confidence improved the most, as McFadden emerged as an extremely reliable man-to-man and zone cover corner in 2004.

McFadden's lack of top-end speed might keep him from becoming a first round selection but he should to come off the board somewhere in the second round if he has a strong week in coverage and tackling drills at the Senior Bowl.