The Curious Case Of Brandon McDonald

February 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Brandon McDonald, out of the University of Memphis, was the 140th overall player taken in the 2007 NFL Draft. After a promising rookie season, he joined Eric Wright (taken in the second round of 2007 Draft) as a starting cornerback in just his second season in 2008. Starting 15 games he put out a solid season: 75 tackles, 17 passes defended, five interceptions, and one touchdown.
However, in 2009, his third season, McDonald took a giant step back: 50 tackles, 10 PD, one sack, and only one INT. And those stats do not even tell the whole story. He was constantly picked upon by opposing quarterbacks. And his poor play was even more accentuated by the fact that Eric Wright was turning in a terrific season on the other side of the field.
McDonald fell out of favor with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and eventually fell out of the starting line-up.
The reasons for his fall-off are not completely known. It is possible that as a fifth round pick, he peeked in his ...

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