Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 57 tackles/4 interceptions/7 pass breakups as a senior after posting 54/2/1 the prior year. Posted a career-best 62 tackles as a sophomore. Returned kicks for Virginia as a true freshman.
Positives: Undersized safety who plays tough, aggressive football. Stays with assignments, displays a good head for the ball and is constantly around the action. Instinctive, effectively diagnoses the action and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Battles and fights hard to defend passes.
Negatives: Lacks timing defending the pass and possesses marginal man-to-man cover skills. Usually a half-second late making plays on the ball and lacks a closing burst to the action.
Analysis: McLeod was a steady player at Virginia who has potential in a zone system. However, he must make his mark on special teams to secure a roster spot in September.
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