11/27/21 vs 'Bama, 10/30/21 vs Ole Miss, 10/26/19 vs LSU, 09/26/20 vs UK
Possesses excellent change of direction quickness and overall athleticism. Has a sudden burst when driving towards the ball or closing separation. Fluid hips allow him to transition from backpeddle to turn and run seamlessly. Can be versatile in coverage with the ability to play effectively in both man and zone coverages. He could even bump inside and play the slot. Uses the boundary to his advantage exceptionally well in man coverage and is a sticky defender downfield. Recognizes routes very well. While in zone he anticipates and finds his way into passing lanes. Competes hard as evidenced by his physicality in coverage
Short strider that lacks elite top end speed. Length could be an issue at the next level. Struggles in man coverage against larger receivers, especially at the line of scrimmage. He is inconsistent in press, getting beat or allowing a free release entirely. Tends to be overly physical downfield and become grabby. Can be caught flat-footed while keeping eyes on the QB in zone coverage. Can be beat on deep in breaking routes in man coverage. Needs to work on taking better angles while in pursuit or helping in the run game.
McCreary is a very intriguing prospect. On one hand, he possesses the athletic profile and awareness of an NFL starter who has flashed lockdown ability. On the other hand, he has some glaring concerns for the next level in terms of his length, top end speed, and ability against bigger, physical wide receivers. Has shown improvement year over year in learning to maximize his strengths and alleviate concerns around his weaknesses. Has become a master at utilizing the sideline to his advantage. Relies more on quickness to stick on the receiver's hip and get in the passing lane rather than trying to jam to disrupt the route. Has good ball skills and remains physical through the route and at the point. He may have already reached his ceiling in terms of maximizing his strengths though. McCreary can still clean up flaws in his game and develop. Recognizes routes well and has good instincts. Needs to trust his instincts and what he sees on film instead of purely relying on his athleticism. Though he does a solid job in tackling on the perimeter and limiting yards after the catch, he needs improvement in coming up to support the run game. He gets hung up on blocks too often and fails to shed. He does a decent job at least forcing the ball carrier back towards the middle and is willing to be physical and attempt to make the tackle. Overall McCreary is projected to be a reliable second option in the defensive backfield. He would fit best in a scheme that will utilize his versatile skills both in zone and man but limit the time he is left on an island or in press. A team drafting him in the middle of Day 2 of the Draft will get the best value
Big Play Ability
Engage with Blockers