Brandon McGee Interview

By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell
March 19, 2013

Brandon McGee Interview

University of Miami cornerback Brandon McGee fell under the radar during the 2012 season. The Hurricanes didn’t have a great year, as they weren’t loaded with pro talent like they were in previous seasons. However, McGee is one of their few quality pro prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. McGee used the postseason to grab scouts’ attention, starting at the East-West Shrine.

“They were very pleased with how I went out and competed, how I made plays on the ball, doing my assignments and my role,” McGee said. “I got a lot of positive feedback from the scouts there.”

A strong week of practice helped McGee stand out. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder showed nice man coverage skills with some agility and athleticism.

McGee was also excellent at the Combine. He had the sixth-fastest 40 time (4.40). McGee tied with Cal’s Steve Williams for the fastest 10-yard split of 1.46 seconds. McGee shined in the field drills as well.

“I didn’t hit my goal in Indy. I was looking to run in the 4.2s because I had been clocking in the 4.2s leading up to Indy,” McGee revealed. “It was just one of those things that happens and is out of our control. I’m fortunate to have one of the top times even though I thought it was slow. Everybody else was like ‘You ran fast,’ and I was like, ‘No I ran slow.'”

With his sterling postseason, McGee has generated interest from teams. Sources have told that the Eagles and Bears worked out McGee, and the Redskins have shown serious interest in him. McGee plans on going on some pre-draft visits.

“I have a few but I can’t reveal them,” McGee said. “I met with a lot of teams. I think the No. 1 thing they were impressed with is my knowledge of the game and of the defense we ran at Miami, especially being able to explain and teach it to them. I think they were definitely impressed with that.”

McGee was a backup as a true freshman and sophomore at Miami. He earned a starting spot in 2011 recording 38 tackles with an interception and two passes broken up. In 2012, McGee recorded 54 tackles, two interceptions four tackles for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups. One of the reasons McGee didn’t have big production as a senior was teams avoided throwing his direction.

“I definitely felt that I didn’t get as many balls thrown my way,” McGee said. “I had to make do with what I got. I went into some games knowing that certain teams weren’t going to throw my direction or other teams would try and hit me with something different, but I definitely noticed teams were shying away from me. I made do with what I had and didn’t complain.”

McGee doesn’t have a range on where he thinks he will be drafted, but after his impressive postseason, it wouldn’t be surprising if he is selected earlier than expected.

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