Former Trojan TJ McDonald had a lot of work to do in this year’s NFL combine after a so-so season, and on Tuesday, he got it done. McDonald performed well enough to see his draft stock rise and to show that despite the struggles of his senior year, he still has much to offer a pro team.
The former Trojan went about setting himself apart from the pack quickly; he put up 19 reps in the bench press work out, making him a top performer amongst the safeties. He ran a 4.59 40-yard dash, and posted a 40-inch vertical leap as well as a 131 in. broad jump. Like in the bench press, his vertical and broad jumps were among the top of his class In cone drills he looked very athletic, getting through the 3-cone drill in 6.89 seconds and the 20-yard shuffle in 4.2.
Like Robey, he performed very well in field drills, showing that he has very fluid mobility and can change direction with ease.
McDonald met with a number of NFL teams, and he brings to the table the advantage of having grown up in a house with a father that played in the league. As a result, he knows football extensively, but more specifically, has an acute awareness of the NFL and what is required to succeed at the next level.
Feeling good about how he did, McDonald took to Twitter to briefly quip about his experience in Indianapolis:
Preparation met opportunity
— TJ McDonald (@tmcdonaldjr) February 26, 2013
With his combine performance, experts say McDonald will now likely go in the middle rounds or higher in April’s NFL Draft.