Will McDonald: NFL Draft Scouting Report

Will McDonald: NFL Draft Scouting Report
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  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight 236 lbs
  • College: Iowa State
  • Year: R-Senior
  • Position: Defensive End


  • Really long. Will have excellent arm length
  • Has really good athleticism. Expect him to be a good tester
  • Wins with speed, speed and more speed
  • Has immense speed. He is on you in a flash if you leave him unblocked
  • Really quick to burst off the line of scrimmage. 
  • Is attentive and aware. 
  • Has sharp footwork to get o-linemen stuck on their heels and has functional strength to benefit.
  • A really good, strong spin move which he could use more often to his advantage
  • Just a havoc wrecker.


  • More of a designated pass rusher than a run stopper. 
  • Can attack opponent’s chest too often when he needs to be working the outside because of his speed. 
  • Lanky frame. Will definitely be asked to add weight
  • Is a pure speed rusher and isn’t really able to win with power. 
  • Struggles to get off blocks when working the interior
  • Despite that, he can play with his hand in the dirt he needs to add more functional strength to his bottom half as he can lose out on leverage, 


Will McDonald is a fantastic speed rusher who has the quickness and explosiveness to create instant action. When it all comes together McDonald’s speed is far too rapid to be dealt with by bigger tackles and he can rush straight by them. He needs to develop his strength and power to become a more well-rounded edge rusher but his nimble, shifty, rapid play style should see him be able to work as a designated pass rusher straight away in the NFL. 

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