One former SEC cornerback goes out in Levi Wallace and another comes in. Pro Football Focus’ latest mock for the 2022 NFL draft has the Buffalo Bills taking Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary at pick 25 in the first round.
In the even that McCreary goes to Buffalo, it’s likely Wallace has walked in free agency in the weeks before the draft.
Here’s PFF’s breakdown:
McCreary’s short arms (29 1/4 inches) may keep him off certain draft boards, but he’s performed extremely well against a gauntlet of tough receivers in the SEC. He’s coming off an 89.9 overall grade, and he forced incompletions at a higher rate than all but eight of the last 192 NFL-caliber prospects. McCreary slots in at the No. 2 cornerback spot opposite Tre’Davious White.
McCreary is PFF’s eighth-ranked cornerback in the class and fifth taken in their mock draft behind Derek Stingley, Trent McDuffie, Ahmad Gardner, and Andrew Booth Jr.
Ranked ahead of him but not selected before him are Baylor’s Jalen Pitre, Florida’s Kaiir Elam, and Michigan’s Daxton Hill. PFF went a little deeper in McCreary’s profile, again citing his arm length as a reason of concern.
McCreary is an ultra-smooth corner who rarely cedes much separation. He’s been battle-tested with 75 targets but has allowed only 34 catches while mixing in 13 pass breakups. His lack of length is concerning if he wants to stick on the outside.
McCreary is a senior with 42 games played at the collegiate level. In 2021 he had 49 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, two interceptions, and 16 pass defenses in 12 games.
McCreary’s honors include being a Bednarik Award semifinalist, a Reese’s Senior Bowl All-American, and a member of the All-SEC first-team.
He has football in his family tree with his uncle Angelo James a former member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
In his scouting report, McCreary excels at lining up in man coverage and is physical with no issue guarding larger receivers. Additionally, he boasts excellent ball skills and doesn’t panic when the ball is in the air.