Will McDonald IV
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Will McDonald IV
Iowa State
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Pewaukee, WI
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Will McDonald IV DE/EDGE Iowa State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Will McDonald IV DE/EDGE Iowa State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.61 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 245
Date of Birth: 06/04/1999 Age: 23.1
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Overall Rating: 87.0 / 100
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DRAFT GRADE: 2nd - Late Position rank: #10
College Games: 39 College Snaps: 987
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
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Draft Profile: Bio
Will McDonald IV from North High School was rated a 3 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, McDonald IV opted to join Iowa State.

In 2018 as a freshman McDonald IV saw action in 3 games and played on a total of 13 snaps for the Cyclones. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding one stop.

As a sophomore for the Cyclones in 2019 McDonald IV played in 11 games and took part on 129 snaps for the Cyclones. He recorded 2 tackles, no assists, while adding 6 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 21 total pressures, and 12 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 6 sacks during the year.

In 2020 as a junior McDonald IV played in 12 games and contributed on 343 snaps. He recorded 10 tackles, 6 assists, while making 17 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 35 total pressures, which included 20 QB hurries, 6 QB hits, and 9 sacks on the year.

In 2021 as a senior McDonald IV logged playing time in 13 games and logged a total of 502 snaps for the Cyclones. He also added 17 tackles, 2 assists, and 25 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 45 total pressures, which included 24 QB hurries, 8 QB hits, and 13 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Offers some versatility, rushing from a two-and three-point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Flashes strength as a bull rusher and his energy doesn't plateau.
  • Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to either side with strong hands.
  • Has a solidly built frame with good upperbody strength and tenacity. Works hard to get to the ball. Plays fast with good initial quickness and closing speed to create havoc in the backfield.
  • Possesses accurate snap anticipation and timing to beat blockers off the edge.
  • Fast in a straight line. Excellent wide and .bull rushes when he's first off the snap.
  • Relentless and strong off the edge as a pass rusher when fresh. Gets under the pads of tackles to bull rush them into the backfield.
  • Tremendous explosion; accelerates low with power. Relentless blindside pursuit; tracks down ballcarriers across the field.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Rarely the first player off the snap, even when lined up over the ball, but his length, effort and short-area quickness still pressures double teams and helps penetrate gaps.
  • Stands up well against the run but is very pursuit-conscious and will take unneeded wide angles.
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