With the 68th selection in the 2012 draft the Cleveland Browns selected CB Leon McFadden from San Diego State. McFadden signed with the Aztecs originally as a wide receiver but switched on over to the defensive side before his freshman season began. McFadden earned 1st Team All Mountain West honors in each of his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. His senior campaign included 61 tackles, 12 passes defended, three interceptions, and two touchdowns off of those interceptions.
McFadden is the son of former professional baseball player Leon McFadden, Sr who played four years in the Astros’ organization.
Here is the NFL.com’s analysis of McFadden.
Possesses quick feet and good speed. Fluid hips help him transition from pedal to close, also to adjust to out routes after opening up. Good awareness as a zone defender, jumps underneath routes but also keeps an eye on the quarterback and can adjust to make plays on receivers running behind him. Contains well on his side of the field, has the closing speed to track down runners before they reach the sideline. Displays the hands to snatch interceptions over his head and away from his body and fluidly transition into the return. Competitive in 50-50 situations, active hands make it tough on receivers to complete the catch. Possesses some thickness and cuts down backs in space with authority and is willing to stick a shoulder into an unsuspecting receiver. Adept special teams player on coverage and block units and has the hands and quickness to get a shot on punt returns.
Struggles to always get a good jam at the line of scrimmage, which gives him some issues in recovery. His size gives him some issues against bigger, more physical wide receivers. A bit gun shy in handling blocks from lineman in the screen game. Doesn’t wrap up, often times attempts the cut tacke, which wont always be effective against stronger, more elusive NFL ballcarriers.
McFaddens a tenacious three-time All-Mountain West selection possessing the strength, quickness, attitude, and ball skills required of NFL starters, even if his size is not ideal to handle the physicality of veteran wideouts. Many shorter corners who play with similar strength and temperament have succeeded at the next level, which will help him nail down top-75 grades from scouts.