Ranking the Oakland Raiders Top 5 UDFA’s

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4. Tevin McDonald

Nov 8, 2014; Cheney, WA, USA; Montana Grizzlies running back Travon Van (8) is tackled by Eastern Washington Eagles defensive back Tevin McDonald (7) during the second half at Roos Field. Eastern Washington won 36-26. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Tevin McDonald, former free safety for Eastern Washington University, went unselected in the NFL draft due to his smaller stature and some off the field issues early in his career, but he is still a confident, instinctive player willing to do whatever it takes to perform well in Oakland.

At 5’11”, 195 pounds, McDonald is considered by many to be undersized for his position, but his natural instincts for the game and high motor are what shapes him into a strong prospect.

"“Highly instinctive with a unique understanding of the position. Senses what is coming and quick to respond,” said Lance Zierlein, NFL draft analyst for NFL.com. “Father Tim was a six-time Pro Bowl safety and member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX-winning team, and brother T.J. starts for the St. Louis Rams. Fearless. Plays the game with passion and motor is always engaged. Drives on throws with committed burst. Flashes good play speed and plays with range. Hits the gas and storms downhill against the run or bubble screens. Known as a film junkie. Productive two-year starter at UCLA before transferring.”"

In McDonald’s two years at UCLA he registered 130 combined tackles and four interceptions.

McDonald was dismissed after playing just two seasons because he “reportedly failed three drug tests”.

According to Jeremy Warnemuende of 247Sports.com, McDonald will be in a competition for the fourth spot at safety behind Charles Woodson, Nate Allen, and Brandian Ross. Incumbents Larry Asante and Jonathan Dowling and fellow Undrafted Free Agent Jimmy Hall will all be competing against McDonald for the final safety spot.

McDonald will have to continue to play behind his instincts and rely on his high effort in order to make an impact in special teams and earn the final roster spot, but he still has the potential to develop into a capable starter as he adjusts to NFL in the upcoming years.

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