Scouting Report: Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

Fort Lauderdale, FL | 6012 | 198 | 4.52E | 2019

Tall, tough corner with great ball instincts; gets his head turned around quickly and locates the ball in a manner that few backs can. Maintains excellent positioning in man coverage, he makes so many interceptions that appear as if the ball was meant for him. Possesses physical build, uses body lean technique to ride receivers down the sideline. He has had a streaky career and played primarily on special teams as a freshman. Aggressive style of play will naturally result in the occasional big play for the other team but the numerous big plays he makes in between, more than compensates for it. Former Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain (Southern Miss) was his position coach at American Heritage High School in Florida and serves as a mentor. Tied for the FBS lead in interceptions with eight in 2016. Missed all of 2017 spring practice following January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. “He played with it all year. It wasn’t bad,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “It was torn, and we wanted to go ahead and fix it. [The team trainer] said it’ll be a problem, so get it [done] now during the offseason.” Chose FSU over Georgia and LSU.


2016: Seeing the first extended action of his career, finished with eight interceptions on the season, tied for the most in the country and second-most in FSU single-season history en route to first team All-America honors from the FWAA and Phil Steele and All-ACC First Team accolades… totaled 20 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and six pass breakups, while starting all 13 games.

2015: Freshman defensive back that played in seven games, recording four tackles and one kickoff return for 26 yards…had one tackle in the opener against Texas State…first career kickoff return came against Chattanooga…finished with three tackles against the Mocs.

High School/Personal: Consensus five-star cornerback prospect from 2015 class who committed to FSU in October 2014…possesses the size (6-2, 197), speed and ball skills to be a dominant college cover corner…ranked the nation’s No. 3 defensive back in his class by Rivals and 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout and No. 5 by ESPN…consensus Top 10 prospect in Florida…rated the nation’s No. 13 overall player by Rivals, No. 17 by Scout and No. 19 by 247Sports…ranked No. 47 in the ESPN300…. named the Lockheed Martin Air Defender of the Year award winner – presented to the top prep defensive back in the country by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee…led American Heritage to a second consecutive 5A state championship by tallying five interceptions, 41 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and scoring five total touchdowns in four different ways (one pick six, two punt returns, one kickoff, one reception)…captured 5A All-State First Team and American Family Insurance Florida All-State Team honors…named the 2014 All-Broward Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Broward County Team…MaxPreps Medium School All-American…participated at Nike’s ‘The Opening,’ an all-star summer prospect camp, in 2014…picked Florida State over Georgia and LSU…born January 28, 1997…majoring in criminology.

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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