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Lynn McGruder

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 303 | College: Oklahoma
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McGruder is a wide-body type with above average playing strength, but marginal playing speed and quickness. He is best working inside the box, as he seems to fade away when having to pursue distances. He struggles with his change of direction and will not make many plays along the sidelines. He has the overall tools for the defensive tackle position, but doesn't know how to put it all together and compete consistently. He is strong enough to create problems at the line of scrimmage, showing a very combative nature taking on double teams, but needs to improve in his hand usage and do a better job of keeping blockers off his chest.

Working in-line, McGruder is an effective tackler who wraps up and holds on to the ballcarrier well. He has a short area burst and is able to locate the ball, but gets too narrow in his base to generate explosion to get an edge on a blocker. He is better when playing the shaded nose, as he shows good knee bend and balance to plug holes at the line.

He does a good job of reacting to blocking pressure and while he does not have the quickness to spin off blocks, he has the strength to throw and jerk his opponent. However, when he gets too high in his pads, he can be positioned and neutralized. He is not as effective to sit and anchor in a two-gap scheme, but will battle and hold his ground against double teams.

McGruder does not do a good job of keeping his feet and hustling after the ball on the move. He is not an effective pass rusher due to a lack of foot speed, but he does throw a lot of moves on the blocker (rip, hump, spin, counter). While he does play hard on every snap, the lack of production is evident. If only he had more speed, he could be a nice second day draft find. With his size, strength and work ethics, he could be a good camp project.

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Communications major. … Named the Big Twelve Sportsman of the Year and nominated for the FWAA's Most Courageous Award in 2003 along with teammate Mark Clayton for his role in assisting accident victims following a serious automobile mishap on I-35 near Norman, Oklahoma. … Sister, Claudette Mims, played three years of college volleyball at Henderson State and another sister, Ashley McGruder, played two years of basketball at Southwest Texas State. … Born 2/13/82. … Resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

High School

5.3 in the 40-yard dash. … 450-pound bench press. … 335-pound power clean. … 28.5-inch vertical jump. … 32 1/8-inch arm length. … 9 3/8-inch hands.


Attended Cheyenne (Las Vegas, Nev.) High, playing football for coach George Perry. … Rated the second-best defensive line prospect in the West region by Prep Star and the sixth-best defensive lineman in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor. … Named to Prep Star's Dream Team. … Listed in Super Prep's top 25 defensive line prospects. … Gatorade Player of the Year in Nevada as a senior and named to the Las Vegas Surf's Super 11. … First-team All-State pick who totaled 65 tackles and 12 sacks during his senior season.


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