Tim McGarigle LB 6'1 242 Northwestern
By: Robert Davis
McGarigle became the NCAA's all time tackle leader this past season with 545 career tackles. He began his career in style as a true freshman, racking up 98 tackles on the year. He just kept climbing from that point on, playing with unbelievable consistency. As a sophomore he had 140 tackles, six for loss, one sack, and one interception. As a junior he posted 151/6/1 with another interception. He posted career highs as a senior, going for 156 tackles, seven for loss, two sacks, and a pick.
Tim McGarigle is a football player. That is the best way to describe him. He is smart, tough, and loves to hit people. He is very aggressive on the field, and is always around the ball. His ability to locate the ball and make the tackle is second to none in the draft. McGarigle has shown the ability to make plays sideline to sideline, and loves to attack running plays.
McGarigle lacks ideal height for linebacker and can be engulfed at the point of attack. He does not get off blocks well, and that could hinder his ability to make plays inside. He lacks the natural athleticism to cover people out of the backfield, and the speed to cover down field.
Tim McGarigle has some shortcomings that hinder his potential, but nobody will outwork him or read plays quicker. He may only fit as a two down run stuffer at the top of his game, but he should make a roster and provide depth and special teams help.
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