BIO: Three-year starter who made a major impact as a true freshman. Led the team in rushing, posting 167/770/6 in ten games last season, also adding 11/136/1 as a pass catcher. Sophomore totals included 680 yards and 40 receptions after career numbers of 245/1,101/18 on the ground and 42/345 as a pass catcher in '02. Missed significant time the past three seasons with assorted leg, shoulder, and wrist injuries.
POSITIVES: Strong, interior ballcarrier with top running back instincts. Displays outstanding vision, sees the field and quickly avoids defenders or piles. Runs with excellent balance, body control and picks up yardage off initial contact. Gets a good head of steam going, runs with authority and tough to bring down. Slashes off defenders, has the ability to cut back in a small area and displays good first step quickness. Tough and plays hurt. Solid pass catcher who extends his hands to pluck the ball out of the air.
NEGATIVES: Not a swift ballcarrier and wears down over the course of games. Has struggled to stay healthy and durability is a major concern.
ANALYSIS: At the top of his game, McLendon is a dominant runner who projects well as a feature ball carrier in the NFL. Has taken a beating in college and cannot stay healthy, which will significantly reduce his draft grade.