Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 3/71 - T.J. McDonald, S, 6-2, 219, Southern Cal...He has played deep and in the box, and the Rams believe his versatility will fit the defense. Exhibits explosive athleticism. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 3/71 - T.J. McDonald, S, 6-2, 219, Southern Cal...He has played deep and in the box, and the Rams believe his versatility will fit the defense. Exhibits explosive athleticism. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Rams believe they got excellent value with the selection of safety T.J. McDonald in the third round. McDonald's father, Tim, played 13 years in the NFL and is currently an assistant coach with the Jets. Said Fisher, "I know his father. I was fortunate enough to coach him when I was with San Francisco. As generally is the case, I followed T.J. the last couple years. T.J. is a big safety that moves well, who covers and will run and hit. He knows football. He's very, very smart. Some people say maybe he didn't have as good a year this year as last year. We addressed it. There were some reasons for that, but he's a good football player. That was a 'hold your breath' pick, because we were a little bit nervous."
Fisher said there are "some similarities" with his dad. "His dad played a little heavier when we had him than T.J. is now, but T.J. is a fine athlete, long arms," Fisher said. "You watch him match up against Tyler Eifert on a couple plays in the Notre Dame game and win. He's one of those guys that has the cover skills. He sees things. He anticipates. He's one of those guys that is not just a react player, but he has anticipation. He gets the game. He plays the position well." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - On whether he played poorly last season, McDonald said, "I don't think it was a bad year. I wouldn't say a bad year. I think it was a different year than past years because you didn't see me flashing across the screen like you did in past years because a lot of times I was in the box a lot more. I wasn't coming down from 15 yards deep, flashing across the screen making those plays. It was a little different, but I still went out there and made plays." - The Sports Xchange
04/08/13 - 2013 USC Pro Day: T.J. McDonald, FS (6-2 5/8, 213) - McDonald had a 10-foot-11 broad jump at USCís pro day, and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. T.J. is the son of Tim McDonald, who was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the San Francisco 49ersí Super Bowl XXIX-winning team. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 USC Pro Day: While the hype centered around the "skill position" players Wednesday, the big winner may have been safety, T.J. McDonald, who drew praise from Kansas City Chiefs' scout and defensive backs' coach Drae Harris, who, along with Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive backs coach Carnell Lake, put USC's cornerbacks and safety through extended drills.
"[McDonald] is an explosive athlete who is quickly able to take what we were asking him to do and apply it to the field. He's so explosive out of his cuts and covers such ground." McDonald, who measured in at 6-3, 213 pounds, led each of the defensive back drills. He caught every pass thrown to him, consistently using his height to his advantage by extending far beyond his frame to secure the ball. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com