Skip to content

CAA Football NFL Combine Analysis

Feb 20, 2015, 9:22 AM EDT

Five players from CAA Football are taking part in this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Below are highlights from the individual breakdowns of each player from’s Lance Zierlein.


TE Nick Boyle, Delaware

“Big body with long arms and big hands. Has size and athleticism to be an every-down tight end. Flashes ability to run feet and sustain blocks in space and has quickness off snap to make back-side zone blocks. Smooth, natural hands-catcher. Plucks and stashes. Turns and searches for throw immediately out of break. Plus focus in a crowd. Will dive and extend to make the tough catch. After catch, drops shoulder and delivers a blow to defensive backs. Will hurdle low tackle attempts in open space. Good feel for open space and works back to scrambling quarterback. Showed ability to work the seam and make plays downfield in 2013.”


DL Ryan Delaire, Towson

“Looks great on the hoof with an NFL-caliber 3-4 outside linebacker build. Posted high-end production over two seasons at Towson with 32 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Was able to play end in even front and outside linebacker in an odd front. Gains ground with his first three pass-rush steps. Sinks hips around the corner and uses well-timed rip to challenge the edge.”


S Dean Marlowe, James Madison

“Versatile. Played deep, from slot and in box. Very aggressive with desire to hit in open field. Has ability to play deep in a shell. Willing run supporter who recognizes and comes charging in. Plays high to low quickly and looks for work. Solid tackler who generally plays run with proper leverage. Takes good angles to the ball. Will come across the field to make a play and is consistent in pursuit.”


WR Tre McBride, William & Mary

“Good NFL size and physically dominated opponents when the ball was in the air. Makes circus catches look easy and appears fearless in the air. Elite high-point ability with outstanding body control, ball tracking and concentration. Plucks the ball out of the air. Excellent catch radius that saved his quarterback one or two incompletions per game. Will catch in traffic with ability to tuck-in, absorb blow and hang onto ball. Adjusts well to low throws. Competitive runner after the catch. Improved route runner from 2013 to 2014. Adjusts to find open space in zone and has feel for defender. Kick-return ability.”


CB Tye Smith, Towson

“Shows some closing speed. Good awareness in zone coverage, with length to challenge the catch. Will hit open-field receiver with some force. Hard worker. Brings competitive attitude to the field.”