Tanner McCalister
Tanner McCalister  S  Ohio State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Tanner McCalister
Ohio State
Home town
Rockwall, TX
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Tanner McCalister S Ohio State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Tanner McCalister S Ohio State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #679 Position Rank: #133 (DB)
40 time: 4.54 seconds
Height: 5-11 Weight: 195
Hands: 9 1/8 Arms: 30 1/8 Span: 73
Date of Birth: 01/27/2000 Age: 22.10
Overall Rating: 62.3 / 100
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QB Rating When targeted: 61.4
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #133
College Games: 60 College Snaps: 2311
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (80/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #75 Pos Rank: #42 State Rank: #59
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (87.1/100 )
Ovr Rank: #618 Pos Rank: #57
Draft Profile: Bio
Tanner McCalister attended Rockwall-Heath High School and was rated a 3-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.871, going unranked by ESPN. Following high school, McCalister opted to join Oklahoma State after being heavily recruited.

In 2018 as a freshman McCalister saw action in 11 games and played a total of 122 snaps at Cornerback for the Cowboys. He recorded 11 tackles, no assists, while adding 4 stops. In coverage McCalister notched up one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 154.4.

As a sophomore in 2019 he played in 13 games and logged 384 snaps for the Cowboys. He made 29 tackles, 3 assists, and had 7 stops. In coverage he totaled no pass breakups, no interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 130.4.

In 2020 as a junior McCalister played in 11 games and contributed on 647 snaps. He chalked up 41 tackles, 6 assists, and added 12 stops. In the secondary McCalister forced 5 pass breakups, no interceptions, and gave up QB rating when targetted of 93.2.

In 2021 as a senior McCalister saw action in 14 games while playing 696 snaps. He logged 30 tackles, 9 assists, and made 10 stops. In coverage McCalister had 5 pass breakups, one interception, and surrendered a decent QB rating when targetted of 84.0.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • In the run game, he’s aggressive coming downhill and a sure tackler.
  • He’s physical at the line of scrimmage, showing unexpected power in his hands.
  • He’s a willing and capable hitter in run support and closes fast to make plays against quick screens.
  • Closes to the ball quite well and possesses the hands to snatch throws away from his frame.
  • Strong hands to make plays on the ball, effective blitzer who shows well-coached technique and awareness.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • He’ll draw plenty of flags early on with his playing style. McCalister is hesitant when facing the action in zone coverage.
  • Plays out of control too often, laying a lot of big hits but also missing a lot of tackles along the way. McCalister also needs to do a better job reading routes when sitting back as a single-high safety.
  • Neither his size nor his straight-line speed would be considered elite
  • Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
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