Anthony McFarland Jr – Part 1 – College Evaluation

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The underutilized Anthony McFarland Jr didn’t give the rookie content team a ton to work with, as you can see by our grades we have some concerns but also intrigue with this Maryland Terrapins running back. Over his two-year career at Maryland, McFarland ran for 1,648 yards on 245 attempts with 12 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, he had 24 catches for 199 yards and 1 touchdown.

Take a look at what our team thought about Anthony McFarland Jr. below!

COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 7: Maryland Terrapins running back Anthony McFarland Jr. (5) runs for a 2nd Quarter touchdown during a football game between the University of Maryland Terrapins and the Syracuse Orange at Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD on September 7, 2019 . (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Athletic Ability – 6.7

A big play threat waiting to happen, he brings an intriguing athletic profile but where we are excited we are just as concerned. McFarland’s had ankle trouble in college but if you watched him in 2018 against Ohio State (21 carries for 298 yards!), you saw big play after big play and if he can take those skills to the NFL, you could see solid fantasy producer if injury free. We saw a quick, shifty back with good long speed and athletic enough to get away from those shoe-string tackles.

Toughness – 6.3

We saw a back that was suspect in pass blocking, which at the NFL level you’d expect him to profile as a 3rd down back, unfortunately if you can’t block well no coach will have you in trying to stop a blitzer from wrecking the QB on 3rd down. He’s a tough kid who could grow in that area but it’s a cause for concern based on what you’d expect him to do in the NFL.

COLLEGE PARK, MD – SEPTEMBER 07: Anthony McFarland Jr. #5 of the Maryland Terrapins rushes the ball against the Syracuse Orange at Maryland Stadium on September 7, 2019 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

Vision – 6.1

Plenty of times McFarland made big plays, even with a suspect offensive line at Maryland. He didn’t get a ton of usage in college, so it makes it harder to give him great ratings across all these different traits but we liked some of what we saw, especially against the better teams he faced.

Hands – 5.7

Another area that we didn’t get a ton of tape on was receiving, mostly because he had most of his stats in 2019. We liked what we saw, didn’t see a ton of dropped balls so it helps the profile as the receiving back, if that’s what NFL scouts see him as at least. Pair decent hands with big play ability, and you have an exciting fantasy asset given the opportunity.

COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 02: Maryland Terrapins running back Anthony McFarland Jr. (5) runs out of the first half tackle of Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Luiji Vilain (18) and defensive back Josh Metellus (14) on November 2, 2019, at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD. Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

YAC – 5.8

Far too often we saw him going down easy, unfortunately at 5’9” almost all the defenders have the size edge over him so it just makes sense that he will have to use his shifty-ness to get around and away from the defenders at the NFL level. He’s tough so he’s got that going for him, similar to a Devonta Freeman lite but we shall see!

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