Pros: Aggressive and quick to come up and make a stop vs. the run. Does a good job wrapping and has pop as a tackler. Will hit a receiver over the middle. Has good speed.
Cons: Average in coverage and lacks awareness in zone. Caught out of position, especially when defending the deep ball. Takes poor angles vs. the run and will miss some stops in the open field.
Overview: A capable run stopper, that still needs work in coverage. Missed second half of junior year with broken shoulder blade. Was suspended by team in the spring before that year after disorderly conduct charges. Those charges came from him making bombs from dry ice, one of which exploded in his hand, causing minor injuries. Missed most of 2005 season with knee injury.
NFL Forecast: If McClinton can show special teams ability, I think he can stick in the league. I could see him lasting a number of years as a reserve, performing mostly on special teams. Probably never will be a starter since he's only average at best in coverage. But could add decent depth at either safety position, although right now he's probably more at home being an undersized strong safety than free. Down the road, with added experience might be good enough to be a serviceable stopgap starter, but that's about all.
ATL Forecast: McClinton could add depth to the Falcons and earn a spot as a backup and fourth safety, particularly if he performs well on special teams. But lacks the upside to start and would be just a guy that is a fill-in until the team finds another player that is a better option as the long-term replacement for Coleman at free safety.
Value: McClinton can add some depth, so a team could take him in the seventh, but I'd probably try to sneak him through undrafted free agency.
Scouting Reports of safeties in the 2009 NFL Draft
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