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McAdoo is in, too

Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:02 pm
A league source confirmed to the earlier reports of ESPN's Adam Schefter that former North Carolina defensive Mike McAdoo will be part of the NFL Supplemental Draft on August 17th.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound McAdoo was suspended for the entire 2010 season because he allegedly received improper benefits from an agent while also committed academic improprieties.  McAdoo tried to get the courts to slap an injuction on the NCAA to reinstate him, but Durham County Circuit Judge Orlando Hudson denied his petition.

The depth the Tar Heels have had at end over the past three years made it difficult for McAdoo to get on the field regularly. In 24 games in 2008 and 2009, McAdoo was credited with 10 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a reserve pass rush specialist.  

But his four-sack effort in UNC's 2010 spring game lead many to think big things were ahead for the Tennessee native. Not only did he display a nice first step in that scrimmage, but also surprising strength. NFL teams getting a hold of that film may project him as an immediate contributor as a pass rusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

The Redskins selected Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon in the third round of the 2009 supplemental draft.  McAdoo's skill set is far superior to Jarmon's, and his suspension was for relatively minor items in the grand scheme of things.

Unfortunately, his lack of game action and year-long vacation may prevent teams from using the equivalent of a top 100 selection in next April's draft to secure his services. On the other hand, it only takes one team to project him as a difference-making pass rusher for McAdoo to end up a higher selection than most expect next Wednesday.

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter      
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