Chat with Fresno St.'s CB Marcus McCauley
McCauley is considered to have good size for his position (6-1, 200 pounds). He started all 12 games for the Bulldogs in 2006, his senior season. He recorded 56 tackles, three for loss, broke up seven passes and forced two fumbles.
So, send your questions now and join Marcus in chat Friday at 2:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:47 PM)
Hey guys Marcus is here!
You have pretty good size, both height and weight, for a CB. Do you feel as if your size will help you break the starting lineup of an NFL team in your rookie year?
Marcus McCauley (2:48 PM)
I would say so, but I also have speed, and the biggest adjustment will be speed in the NFL. So I think I will be able to adjust early.
So many corners, and defenders as a whole in this league, do not tackle properly. But as we have seen with Bob Sanders, a good tackling secondary player can make a huge difference to a team...are you confident in your run stopping ability, and will you make sure you do not become one of those CBs that isn't willing to wrap a runner up?
Marcus McCauley (2:49 PM)
I think tackling is more of a mentality, a willingness to be physical, and at Fresno they teach physicality. I like the contact of football, and I see myself as a physical player.
How difficult do you think it will be to learn the more complex coverages in the NFL?
Marcus McCauley (2:50 PM)
I think it will be a little easier, because I won't have to balance school and football. Now I can just focus on being a football player.
What NFL CB do you model your game after?
Marcus McCauley (2:51 PM)
I would say Chris McAllister, he is one of the bigger corners in the league and he is more physical at the line of scrimmage and he tackles well. I like his game.
What do you feel are your weak points, and what have you been doing to improve?
Marcus McCauley (2:52 PM)
I think I have to work on my off coverage because in college you play so close to the line of scrimmage all the time. So I need to work on that.
Would you be more comfortable going up against a small, quick WR who can go deep or a big, physical, possesion WR?
Marcus McCauley (2:53 PM)
I think I match up better with the bigger WRs, because of my size.
How do you feel about the NFL's coverage rules? It really seems to hinder CBs. Do you believe that the coverage rules along with the huge amount of talented reveivers in the NFL will be hard to adjust to?
Marcus McCauley (2:54 PM)
Of course. In college you have a lot more leeway. The rules in the NFL, however, make you perfect your craft. So it does hinder you, but at the same time it makes you a better player.
Who, in your opinion, is the best WR in the NFL?
Marcus McCauley (2:55 PM)
I would say Steve Smith. He can do everything. He may be a little guy but he plays big, and he's very strong.
How's it feel, being on the verge of reaching the NFL?
Marcus McCauley (2:56 PM)
It's a dream come true. I don't think it has really hit me yet the opportunity that is presenting itself. I just feel very fortunate because football is a rough game, and you never know when you will get hurt, so to make it this far is a blessing.
If you could choose which team drafted you, what team would that be?
Marcus McCauley (2:57 PM)
I would like to get a chance to play for coach Gruden and they staff they have in Tampa. I mean Tampa also has great weather so that helps, but I really like coach Gruden.
Dave (Defiance, Ohio)
Have the Green Bay Packers shown interst in you?
Marcus McCauley (3:00 PM)
That's funny because when I was in the airport on my way to the Senior Bowl a Green Bay guy approached me and asked me about my senior year, and why I looked less aggressive. He told me he thought I was a great player and wanted me to get back to my old self because teams had me rated high. So I don't know is that counts as interest, I mean every team shows interest but you never really know which team is really interested in you.
Many mock drafts have you possibly coming to the Saints in the 1st round. I was wondering how you feel about playing for a team like New Orleans? Would you wanna be a part of a team that is known for losing but is obviously on the rise? Thanks for answering my question, and good luck on your NFL career wherever you go!!
Marcus McCauley (3:01 PM)
It's not about the losing history to me, because they played great this year and have great players. And to see what that team did for the city of New Orleans, I would love to be a part of a team like that.
Justin (Philadelphia PA)
Marcus, do you have a preference to stay on the West coast? Or do you not mind where you end up starting your NFL Career?
Marcus McCauley (3:02 PM)
It doesn't matter to me; you have to play all over the place anyway. I'm a Cali kid so I prefer warm weather, but I've played in the cold so it doesn't matter to me.
You kinda touched on it already, but you seemed a bit less aggressive this season.. any particular reasons why??
Marcus McCauley (3:04 PM)
I don't know if there is a real answer, I just kind of got in a funk. I think I may have got caught up in the low morale of the team since we were struggling. It was bad year all around. But at the end of the year I started to turn things around, especially in the last game.
Marcus McCauley (3:07 PM)
Thanks for the questions guys, I have to run. But whatever team gets me is going to have a good person and a good player. And whatever city I come to should expect great things from me, and get ready for some impressive numbers at the combine!