NFL combine: Ole Miss flash Dexter McCluster

Ole Miss running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Ole Miss running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Indianapolis — Ole Miss hybrid Dexter McCluster, who plans to take part in all of the drills at the NFL scouting combine,  believes he can play wide reciever and running back in the National Football League.

He rushed for 304 times for 1,955 yards for the Rebels and caught 130 passes for 1,703 yards.

“I’m both,” McCluster said on Saturday. “I’ve done both of them. I feel comfortable at both of them. At running back I get the ball early and make decisions a little quicker. At receiver, I’ve got good hands and great stop and speed. The ability to (create) mismatches and create separation.”

He measured a little over 5-foot-6 and weighed 172 pounds.

“I just got my wingspan measured,” said McCluster, a broadcast journalism major.  “It was 70 inches.”

McCluster believes that the NFL play of Minnesota’s Percy Harvey and New Orleans’ Reggie Bush had helped smallish running back/receivers.

“It’s good to have some people like that in the league,” McCluster said. “They are having great success and contributing to a team. It shows that I can make that same impact that they are.”

13 comments Add your comment

frodawgy

February 27th, 2010
11:42 am

i have to do it… 1st

House Rep Corrine Brown

February 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Percy Harvey! Corch Urban Meyer! Go Gatuh!

Bangkapi Ajarn

February 27th, 2010
12:31 pm

Which round does he project at? Could he be had with one of the Falcons’s 4th rounders?

Headmofo

February 27th, 2010
12:56 pm

He will be gone early in the second round. The Patriots have four picks to play with early in this draft. Expect him to be one of them.

cutter

February 27th, 2010
1:06 pm

It was very refreshing to be able to watch the NFL combine this morning on NFL network and see Mike Smith up in the stands asleep with the camera on him. Offesive lineman and TE’s are working out on the field, coaches from every team are in the stands trying to evaluate prospects and Mike Smith is asleep.

Bangkapi Ajarn

February 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Thanks, headmofo

waynester

February 27th, 2010
1:22 pm

Bangkapi
DM is one of the guys I’d really like to see in red&black this season but he is projected by most mocks and draft evaluators to go late2nd/early 3rd. We would have to trade to get him. I suggested it on Bradley’s blog already, but I think we should hope and pray that CJ Spiller falls past SEA and SF. Those are really the only tems ahead of us with a need a RB so powerful that they’d risk such an early pick on him. Since we won the cointoss with HOU we have a real possibility of Spiller being there (HOU is in love with CJ bigtime and he fills a big need) at #19,
There is another team that wants a RB enough to put a !st rd pick toward one though, and they are the ones we should target for the Late2nd/early round picks we need– SD Chargers. If they judge Spiller superior to the RB from GaTech, then they may be willing to deal.
I propose we trade our #19 for SD’s #60, #91 and a 2nd next year. We miss guys like Graham, Wilson and ‘ Spoon, but we get into a part of the draft where their approximate equivalents can be found (at awesome values!). So the 2010 draft could be in this range:
#60 McCluster RB/WR/FR or N Bowman 4-3 OLB or AJ Edds 4-3OLB
#81 D Watson OLB or J Murphy CB
#91 Saffold OG or Alualu DT or Lane DE or Jerry G
#114 Decker WR or Arenas CB or Ansah CB
#145 Z Beadles OT R Jackson 4-3 DE G Atkins 4-3DE D Pitta TE M RolleSS CJ Wilson DE
# 179 R Cooper WR J Wall CB R Johnson FS Leigh Kiffin PK Z Robinson QB J Crompton QB
Due to the vagaries of the draft some of these players will go outside these broad areas and others will be available later than expected. I’m using Walter’s and Draftek to get a range of opinions and player evaluations and I only included players with consensus draft grades.
No Marquee names to speak of but plenty of talent at positions of need/depth.
Praying for Spiller to fall!

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CJDawg

February 28th, 2010
2:26 pm

i would love to see Spiller fall to us. In his first year if ONLY returns kicks and punts, think how dangerous he will be. Maybe even a swing route to him out of the backfield…the kid can absolutely FLY. But if we get McCluster, it’s not that huge of a dropoff, if any at all. Where do we pick in the second??? Anybody know???

waynester

February 28th, 2010
3:12 pm

CJDawg
We don’t currently have a 2nd rounder (traded for Tony Gonzo). That’s why I’m thinking of trading down and targeting the Chargers due to their need at RB.

b

March 1st, 2010
3:05 pm

Dexter will be great anywhere he goes but I sure do want him to go to a team that has a chance. Atlanta would be great, colts maybe , giants need another fast back. I don’t want him to end up with Philip Rivers in San Diego. UGH!!! please no Oakland or redskins. Dallas has enough of everything, but Philly really needs a running back. Maybe that would be a good fit. I wish him all the luck, he deserves it….

ISAIAH THOMAS

March 25th, 2010
10:56 am

DEX YOU DO YOUR BEST AND DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE GOT TO SAY

ISAIAH THOMAS

March 25th, 2010
10:58 am

AND I’M ONE OF YOUR YOUNGEST COUSIN I LOOK UP TO YOU DEX GO GET THEM