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2018 Prospect Preview: Tarvarus McFadden next in line of strong FSU secondary standouts
By Aaron Resnick •
Aug 22, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 15: Defensive back Tarvarus McFadden #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after a big play during their game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 17-6. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Checking in at 6-foot-1, 198-pounds, McFadden showed great ball skills when challenged vertically, as on deep passes (those targeted 20 or more yards downfield), he led all cornerbacks with six interceptions.
Of returning ACC cornerbacks who were targeted 40 or more times, McFadden also had the lowest completion percentage allowed. Quarterbacks completed just 43.3 percent of their passes when targeting him in 2016.
One aspect of McFadden’s game to watch in 2017 is his tackling. Against the run, he recorded only 2.2 tackles per missed tackle which was one of the lowest figures among qualifying ACC corners.
With prototypical size for the position and ball skills to match, McFadden projects as an early pick in the 2018 draft if he were to declare. An improvement in tackling would not only help an extremely talented Seminoles defense, but could help raise his standing in the eyes of scouts.