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Second in a series of player reports during Senior Bowl week.
RB Dexter McCluster
Ht: 5-7 | Wt: 160 | 40-time: 4.5 (all estimated)
Upside: Has explosive big-play ability with terrific quickness, agility and balance. Extremely tough and has shown he can take and deliver big hits. Outstanding competitor — plays bigger than his size. Runs hard and can shake his way out of tackles with surprising run strength. Willing, competitive blocker. Very good all-purpose production. Reliable catcher. Can accelerate in the blink of an eye.
Downside: Has very marginal size with a history of shoulder injuries that could invite closer medical scrutiny. Has very minimal career return production, with only two punt returns the past two years, and must prove that he can handle adjusting to the ball and securing kicks. Shows some hip tightness as a route runner and can do a better job getting out of his breaks and settling into coverage.
The way we see it: A superquick, explosive waterbug in the mold of Darren Sproles, McCluster made a statement against a stingy Tennessee defense as a senior and really emerged the second half of the season. Has the quickness, acceleration and long speed to be a threat as a change-of-pace runner, slot receiver and return specialist.
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