HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Jared Williams #22 of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs is tackled by linebacker Marcus McGraw #55 of the Houston Cougars on November 19, 2011 at Robertson Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Earlier today, Jess introduced you to an undrafted free agent receiver by the name of Tre Gray. Gray makes yet another receiver to join the Cardinals in the hopes to gain a roster spot or a place on the practice squad by the time September rolls around.
On the other side of the ball, the Cardinals signed Houston undrafted free agent, Marcus McGraw. If you recall, the Cards already have a Cougar on the roster by the name of Kevin Kolb. But does McGraw have a shot at joining his fellow Houston alum? Here is what the Cardinals' press release has to say about him:
Houston linebacker MARCUS MCGRAW (6-0, 228) started all 53 games in his four seasons with the Cougars and set a school record with 510 career tackles. He was the team leader in tackles in each of his four years, surpassing 100 tackles every season, including a career-high 156 as a sophomore in 2009. McGraw also totaled 37 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two INTs, eight forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries during his Houston career and was a three-time All-Conference USA second team selection.
The things that immediately stand out are McGraw's durability and playmaking ability. Playing in all 53 games from start to finish of your college career is not an easy feat. All of that experience in games will definitely be able to translate to the next level.
As far as his statistics go, McGraw is the type of guy you want on the field. He reminds me somewhat of Stephen Tulloch, another undersized inside linebacker for the Detroit Lions. Don't let their size fool you though, as they are always making an impact on the turf.
His size will be something he has to overcome, though. McGraw is only about 5'10" and 236 pounds. For an inside linebacker, that is a bit undersized. Bigger NFL running backs may be able to trounce him. At the Houston pro day, McGraw ran a 4.75 second 40-yard dash, he had 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench and his 3 cone drill time clocked in at 7.08 seconds.
Despite his size, the production is there. In my opinion, McGraw definitely has a shot at making the practice squad. He will need to show coaches that his size will not be an obstacle during training camp exercises, but if he can accomplish that, he has a shot.
Here is an interview he did at the Cougar pro day. He seems like a very humble and intelligent football player:
What do you think? Can Marcus McGraw make the Cardinals football team in some fashion? Tell us in the comments section and vote in the poll.
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