Conor McDermott, OT
School: UCLA | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 24
Height / Weight: 6-8 / 305 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: T.J. Clemmings
Conor McDermott is a former high school basketball player and came to UCLA as a tight end. McDermott is an athletic tackle with good physical tools. He has great length, strength, and generally plays with a decent base. He has played well and he has played pretty poorly at times. The poor tape, unfortunately, is where McDermott stands out in the worst ways. He was eaten alive by Myles Garrett against Texas A&M. The young man seems to lose all fundamentals and technique when he goes up against elite talent. Consistency will be a major point of contention for front offices evaluating him. The senior has plenty of experience and raw talent but will need a good offensive line coach in the NFL to help him elevate his technique to match his physical gifts.
- Imposing size with long and lean athletic frame.
- Plays with good shuffle, kick slide, and arm extension.
- Feet are good enough to allow him to mirror well against opposing rushers.
- In run blocking can sustain a block and keep his feet moving to move a man.
- After getting beat a few times he appears to lose mental focus, he becomes a reacher and lunger, plays with poor technique and fundamentals.
- May not possess the power, mentality, or ability to remain at LT in the NFL.
- Will fall off blocks and loose balance when his base becomes too narrow, at 6’8’’ he often plays with too high a pad level.
Let’s see his work:
Well hello Conor McDermott. Big rep here for the UCLA OT against Clemson's Carlos Watkins pic.twitter.com/q4aM2fGxgM— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) January 26, 2017
Conor McDermott showed up to UCLA at 235 pounds thinking he was a TE. Found out day one he'd be playing OT. Now at Sr Bowl 6'8" 305 pounds.— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) January 24, 2017
Diving into the Senior Bowl tackle group. Conor McDermott should burn his TAMU tape and hope nobody can ever piece it back together. Yikes.— Bryan Perez (@BryanPerez_DB) December 28, 2016
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Conor McDermott is not of starter quality at LT or RT for the Redskins right now. He needs a lot of coaching up and needs a couple seasons under his belt before he is ready for a starting role at either tackle position. He does, however, possess great physical tools and raw ability. Despite the ugliness of some of this kid’s reps he is smart and takes to coaching. He is exactly the type of project I would like coach Callahan to get a crack at. Where he can contribute immediately aside from roster depth is at the swing tackle position. Ty Nsekhe is a free agent and over 30 years old. Outside of him the Redskins virtually have no offensive tackle depth. McDermoot though not a finished product is exactly the type of player that can come in on plays that require an additional offensive tackle, say for instance on power sweep plays in the red zone or as an extra blocker in pass protection down there as well (hopefully we do that next season).