Will McDonald IV
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Will McDonald IV
Iowa State
Home town
Milwaukee, 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

Overall Rank: #48 Position Rank: #10 (DL)
40 time: 4.61 seconds
Height: 6-3 Weight: 236
Hands: 9 1/2 Arms: 34 5/8 Span: 83
Date of Birth: 06/04/1999 Age: 23.6
Overall Rating: 86.8 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Mid Position rank: #10
College Games: 51 College Snaps: 1505
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (77/100)
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (86/100 )
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. After high school, McDonald IV joined Iowa State.

In 2018 as a freshman McDonald IV saw action in just 3 games and played a total of 13 snaps at Edge Rusher 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 in 129 snaps for the Cyclones. He recorded just 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 a solid 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 an excellent 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 an outstanding 13 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • McDonald has a high motor and does a solid job setting the edge against the run.
  • He has a lethal spin move and the pure speed to close quickly.
  • Crazy athletic skills -- Made Bruce Feldman's 'Freaks List' at number 5. He wrote: “He’s an elite athlete who can do backflips standing still and has videos jumping over cars. All of that along with sacking the QB,” Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said of the 6-3, 236-pound edge rusher. Campbell expects McDonald will vertical-jump 42 or 43 inches when he goes to the combine and should broad jump around 11 feet."
  • He’s very instinctive when it comes to countering and solid with overall hand usage.
  • He’s very good with his hands, a technician with the violence, quickness, and the long arms to ward off blockers. He has a great motor and enough creativity to make plays late in the down as a pass rusher.
  • Challenges inside with quickness and strong hands. Run-and-chase defender who can leave a mark.
  • He’s quick to react and locate the ball, and McDonald shows thespeed to succeed in backside pursuit. McDonald plays with excellent balance and a strong, flexible core, rarely ending up on the ground.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • McDonald is so eager to get upfield that he far too often abandons responsibilities against the run.
  • He lacks the speed of a chase and- tackle guy. He lacks the feet and flexibility to threaten around the edge.
  • Often shows poor instincts when locating the ball against the run.
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