Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy helped his draft stock with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl, but one senior scout for an NFL club told the National Football Post concerns about previous shoulder injuries will prevent his team from considering him.
An honorable mention All-ACC selection this past season when he led the Hurricanes with 119 tackles, McCarthy projects as an inside linebacker and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds at the combine. He did well for himself in Indianapolis, but the most significant information teams gain there is medical reports.
The scout was quick to say just because McCarthy will not be on his team’s board doesn’t mean other teams will not consider him. McCarthy started the first four games of the season in 2008 before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the remainder of the year. He received a medical redshirt, and reports indicate he had as many as three shoulder surgeries while in college.
Still, McCarthy is considered a strong prospect and the NFP’s Wes Bunting has him No. 2 on the big board for inside linebackers behind LSU’s Kelvin Sheppard.
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