6’6, 248 pounds | Defensive end | North Carolina
Unlike many of the North Carolina defenders who moved onto the NFL of late, McAdoo wasn’t a blue-chip recruit. Instead, Rivals rated McAdoo as a three-star recruit.
After leaving high school at a slender 220 pounds, he filled out to 248 during the 2009 season. If McAdoo wants to make it in the NFL, he’ll need to bulk up even further or he won’t be able to fit in physically.
McAdoo was blocked behind a talented group of defenders at North Carolina. In 2009, he was backup to Robert Quinn, an eventual first-round pick. McAdoo was among the many UNC players suspended for the 2010 season.
In two seasons with North Carolina, McAdoo had 29 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. While he never started a game for the Tar Heels, he showed flashes of incredible pass rush ability. In 2010, McAdoo was named MVP of the UNC spring game when he had our sacks and an interception.
The spring game, which aired on ESPN, showed a developing edge rusher explodes out of his stance. For a lanky player, McAdoo has nice quickness. Flashes good range to move around. Strictly in the pass rush, McAdoo tends to get high in his stance and needs to stay lower because he doesn't have the lower body strength to bull rush.
Needs to get stronger to hold up against the run without sacrificing his quickness at the next level. McAdoo also needs to be more active with his hands to shed blockers.
Purely as a prospect, there is a lot of intrigue with McAdoo. He has incredible length for the position and show really nice burst.
Still, it's impossible to feel confident about a player who never started a game and looked his best in a glorified practice. Add in not playing a season, and it's unlikely a team will spend more than a seventh-round pick on McAdoo.
Whoever does take him will have to be patient and let him develop on a practice squad.