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Grading System
SHAUN MCDONALD
Position: WR
Class: Underclassman
School: Arizona St.
Conference: Pac-10
Ht., Wt.: 5'8½, 169
40 Time: 4.51
Grade: 3.62

Selected by St. Louis Rams
Round 4, pick 9 (106 overall)
BIO: Junior entry who caught 87 passes for 1,405 yards and 13 scores last season, setting school records for both receptions and receiving yards. Garnered All-Conference honors and named to several All-America teams in 2002. First-team All-Conference selection as a junior after 47-1,104-10. Top backup his first season on the field and posted 22-358-1. Used sparingly to return both punts and kicks in the past. Ran poorly at the Combine though he's been touted as the team's fastest player. Recently turned in 40s close to 4.40.

POSITIVES: Small yet productive receiver who's always come up with the big reception. Natural pass catcher with a good feel for his position, displaying timing, anticipation and always working to get separation to become an available target for the QB. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, stays low exiting breaks and uses his frame to shield away opponents. Extends his hands, looks the pass in or adjusts backwards to the errant throw. Quickly transitions from catching the ball to running after the reception and always working to pick up positive yardage. Makes the difficult catch running full tilt and lays out for the tough grab. Keeps the play in bounds and works to pick up positive yardage.

NEGATIVES: Small, loses out to bigger opponents and occasionally lets the ball get inside him. Lacks the second gear and not getting separation down the field.

ANALYSIS: A terrific football player with poor size-speed numbers (mainly height) which will push into the middle of the draft. May fit in nicely as a third receiver who will be productive in the slot.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
86 1387 16.13 13

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
25 5 5 0

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