Drafted: ROUND: 5 - Pick Number: 157 (TB)
Draft Profile: BioZyon McCollum was rated a three-star recruit coming out of high school by 247Sports.com and was ranked as the No. 37 cornerback in Texas by Lone Star Prospects. He was a unanimous all-county selection, a first-team all-academic selection, and ran a 4.40 40-yard dash and a 4.03 in the shuttle run. Despite being offered a scholarship to FBS schools he opted to join Sam Houston State in the FCS.
McCollum saw action in all 14 games at cornerback, starting 10, as a freshman and picked off three passes to become the first freshman with at least three INTs in a year since 2001, he also finished with 42 tackles, a sack, and 14 pass breakups.
In 2018 he started all 11 games at cornerback for the Bearkats and finished the season with 44 tackles and a team-high three interceptions, also added eight pass breakups and 1.5 TFLs on the year. As a result, he was awarded with a spot on the All-Southland Conference first team.
As a junior in 2019 McCollum played in nine games, missing the final three games after suffering a season-ending injury. Despite this, he ranked fifth in the SLC with 11 passes defended and finished the season with 23 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs, and still ranked sixth in SLC with three interceptions. He again won Second Team All-Southland Conference accolades.
In 2020 he started all 10 games at cornerback, finishing with 46 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 2 forced fumbles, an interception, and a QB rating when targeted in coverage of 89.4. He made the All-Southland Conference first team for the first team at the end of the season.
2021 was McCollum's best - while playing on 727 snaps he logged 40 tackles, 2 interceptions, and an impressive 65.4 QB rating when targeted in coverage on the year. The awards rolled in as he picked up an AP all-America third team spot, an AFCA All-America second team, a Phil Steele All-America second team spot, received an invitation to NFL Combine and to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- A supreme athlete - scored an elite 10/10 Relative Athletic Score. This makes him the most athletic corner of all time!
- A super fast quick twitch player who at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, ran a 4.33 40-yard dash time at the NFL Draft Combine also added a 39.5″ vertical leap
- Posses very good anticipation skills and manages to keep a small cushion in coverage
- Has a very good instinct in reading backs out of the backfield - manages to shut down the running lanes
- Excels in zone coverage
- Uses his size to effectively out muscle wide receivers on deep routes
- Despite obvious athletic talent displays more instincts as an outside zone corner as he doesn't hold up in press coverage
- Closes to the ball quite well and possesses the hands to snatch the ball away from the receiver
- Physical run supporter in the Antoine Winfield mold with short-area explosiveness to leave his mark on ball carriers.
- Will be looked at at free safety due to his athletic skills, instincts in zone and solid run defense
- Has legitimate NFL-caliber cover skills. Has a quick, low backpedal with a fluid hip turn to cover receivers down the field.
- Attacks the ball with authority, with quick read-and-react ability
- Flashes some physicality as a hitter.
- Adds versatility as a gunner on special teams
- High football IQ and a natural leader who was team captain
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Has struggled a little in tackling and needs to become more consistent wrapping up
- A bit high hipped which limits his ability to transition from his back pedal
- Doesn't show a good initial punch in press coverage -and fails to make any real jam at the line
- Tends to give up too many receptions short routes - and too often plays with his back to the offense too quickly
- Needs to get stronger. Despite his timed athletic traits doesn't always appear to be a sudden athlete and shows body stiffness when attempting to quickly redirect.
- Has tense ankles and hips with choppy footwork when attempting to redirect and doesn't always look natural changing directions.
Scouting Report: SummaryMcCollum is an elite athlete with an intriguing skill set - he is ridiculously fast with the ability to get vertical with ease and also has a good level of experience at college. He however has never looked dominant or played up to his natural gifts until 2021 when he finally started showing lockdown ability. He also doesn't look particularly smooth in coverage and has very limited man skills, although plays zone well.
Zyon McCollum is listed as a corner but we consider he has some serious upside at safety and may be worth a third-round selection at that position, however, if picked as a corner expect him to hear his name called in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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