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Brice McCain

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 185 | College: Utah
 
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Overview

McCain is an undersized corner who compensates for his small frame will excellent speed and athleticism. That combination also makes him a dangerous kick returner - versatility he'll need to take advantage of in order to make an NFL roster next fall.

Despite standing just 5-feet-9, McCain was a durable player for the Utes, starting 39 career games. He was a two-time all-MWC pick as a defensive back, and earned conference honors as a kick returner in 2006. His 37 career kick returns rank ninth in school history.

It was his 4.28-second timing on-campus last year that first caught the attention of NFL scouts. And playing opposite fellow NFL draftee Sean Smith, McCain had plenty of NFL eyes watching him play for Utah in 2008. He backed up his 40-time with a 4.33-second timing at his March pro day. That clocking was faster than any of the 36 cornerbacks invited to the scouting combine.

"They must be looking at the stats and not watching film," McCain told The Dallas Morning News about not being invited to the combine. "I had one interception last season and only three in my career. So everybody says, 'He's not a playmaker.' But it they look at the films they'd see I don't get thrown at that much."

Analysis

Positives: Short, but a compact build that appears able to handle the jump in physicality of the NFL. Durable performer who started 39 games over his career. Legitimate NFL athleticism for cover corner. Rare speed and agility. Smooth back pedal. Explosive burst out of his breaks to close. Experienced and productive kick returner.

Negatives: Lacks the height teams prefer. Excellent straight-line speed and agility not always evident on the football field. Protected by this scheme and a lot of talent around him. Loses out in the physical battle with bigger, stronger receivers. Poor hands for the interception. Has only three interceptions despite 21 career passes broken up. A duck and swipe tackler who doesn't want to get his jersey dirty in run support.

Career Notes

Broke up 21 career passes. … Three-year starter played in 49 games, starting 39 … Won all-MWC recognition as a defensive back (2007-08) and kick returner (2006) … 103 career tackles … 21 career pass breakups is tied for sixth all-time at Utah … 37 kick returns ranks ninth at Utah while 846 kick return yards is 11th.

2008 Season

First team all-MWC pick started all 13 games at cornerback … 35 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception … season-high six tackles with a pass breakup vs. BYU … four tackles against Michigan and Oregon State … a sack and a pass breakup vs. New Mexico … one kick return for 23 yards against Michigan.

2007 Season

Second team all-MWC defensive back started all 13 games … tied the school's single-game record for pass breakups with four against New Mexico … 11 season pass breakups is tied for fifth all-time at Utah … tied for third in the MWC in pass breakups and finished fifth in passes defended with 12 (11 breakups and 1 interception) … had 28 tackles and one forced fumble … season-best five tackles against Air Force … four tackles in bowl win over Navy … had a pass breakup and an interception versus UNLV … on the kickoff return team for the first seven games and led the team with 18 KOR for 419 yards (23.3 average) … career-best 102 yards in kickoff returns against UCLA (long of 46).

2006 Season

Honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference kick returner also started 12 games at cornerback (played in all 13) … led Utes with 5 pass breakups … career-high 3 pass breakups vs. BYU … had an interception against Colorado State … 28 total tackles included a career-tying 5 tackles at New Mexico … began returning kickoffs in game five and finished fourth in the MWC in kick return average (22.4 average) … long returns of 54 yards at New Mexico and 43 yards at Wyoming.

2005 Season

Appeared in 10 games with one start at cornerback … 12 total tackles included 10 solo stops … season-high 5 tackles (4 solos) against Colorado State … 2 tackles against Utah State, San Diego State and Brigham Young … academic all-MWC.

Injury Report

No significant injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.28-second 40-yard dash.

Combine: Did not receive an invitation.

Pro Day: 4.33-second 40-yard dash. … 3.99 20-yard shuttle. … 6.74 three-cone drill.

High School

All-state and all-area … all-district as a running back and defensive back … county and Terrell High (Texas) MVP … played cornerback, wide receiver and running back and returned punts and kickoffs … also lettered in basketball and track … ran 100 meters in 10.3 seconds … on 400 meter relay team that placed second in the state (40.6 seconds) … son of Darrell Brockins and Tammie McCain … has six siblings and two stepbrothers … brothers Tony and Ricky play college basketball … undergraduate studies major … born Dec. 10, 1986.

Personal

Son of Darrell Brockins and Tammie McCain … has six siblings and two stepbrothers … brothers Tony and Ricky play college basketball … mass communication major … born Dec. 10, 1986.

 
 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: 6/188 -- Brice McCain, CB, 5-9, 185, Utah...He also adds to the speed and athleticism of the secondary. The Texans want a more aggressive, big-play potential unit and so they added some youngsters to the mix. McCain will likely have to make his way onto the team via special teams, but he has speed the Texans will want to utilize down the road.

04/17/2009 - Just because the 40-yard dash has been around forever doesn't mean it's antiquated. A great time in the 40 still matters, at least enough to get a prospect a look he may not have received if he was just a tenth of a second slower. "You can always teach them to catch better, but it's hard to teach them to run faster," said Gil Brandt, the NFL draft consultant and longtime personnel director of the Dallas Cowboys. As intricate as evaluating NFL potential has become, the 40 is one of simplest tests there is in football: run 40 yards, we'll time you. GO! For players who run it fast enough, it's a possible opening to something more. Former Utah defensive back Brice McCain was considered too small and an unlikely pick before scouts came to town last month to look at him and a few other former Utes. McCain ran the 40 twice and both times were among the fastest in the country. The scouts looked at their stopwatches and collectively timed him at 4.30 and 4.34 seconds. Suddenly, his size (5-foot-9) was much less of a concern. "A lot of teams are very interested now," McCain said. Brandt said McCain could go maybe as high as the fifth round next weekend because he was able to back up his 40 speed with great marks in the shuttle run and other drills that assess quickness more than overall speed. The 40 is only one part of the complicated formula teams use to evaluate talent. It is more relevant for receivers and defensive backs than linemen, who are evaluated more in drills that demonstrate quick feet and agility. - AP Sports

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