by Ryan Myers
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Today’s Spotlight - Arkansas, CB, Dwight McGlothern
Name - Dwight McGlothern
Pos - CB
Team - Arkansas
HT/WT - 6’2” 188 lbs.
Home - Houston, TX
Dwight McGlothern played his high school football at Klein Oak and was a two-way standout. McGlothern tallied 15 interceptions on defense during his prep career along with 2,593 receiving yards and 34 touchdowns on offense. He was graded as a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN, while receiving a 3-star grade from 247Sports. He was highly recruited, receiving offers from several power five programs. He chose LSU as his next step in his football career.
In his first season with LSU, McGlothern played in 7 games off the bench, recording only 9 tackles in the shortened season. In his sophomore year, he played in 10 games with 6 starts. The increase in playing time led to 32 tackles, six pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one interception for McGlothern.
After the 2021 season, he decided to enter the transfer portal and chose to transfer to Arkansas before the 2022 season. He made an immediate impact for the Razorbacks’ defense last year, starting all 13 games and recording career highs in every stat. He made 52 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 10 pass breakups. This performance earned him Second-Team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and third-team recognition from Pro Football Focus.
This season with Arkansas, McGlothern played 9 games with 6 starts. He missed time in October after sustaining a concussion at the end of September. However, in his limited playing time, he still impressed, making 20 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions. He played well enough after returning from his concussion to keep himself on NFL draft boards for this year.
McGlothern possesses great length and powerful hands, which allow him to cover receivers efficiently all over the field, and hold up in coverage downfield. He also tracks the ball very well leading to his high numbers in the pass breakups and interceptions departments. He has good quickness and speed, paired with good feel for routes. This makes it very difficult for receivers to shake McGlothern off their routes and burn him for big plays.
McGlothern however tends to be a bit reluctant when coming downhill to make tackles, which leads to him giving up extra yardage, especially after contact. This also leads to his struggles when playing against the run as he does not shoot downhill to plug gaps or make plays in the backfield. He also tends to be a bit overaggressive in coverage, especially at the catch point. He gambles in certain situations in an attempt to make an interception. Sometimes this works out, but sometimes it leads to big plays for the offense. He also draws some flags when he makes too much contact downfield looking for an interception. These issues of aggressiveness are coachable, and McGlothern is a good athlete, which should help him to hone in on these fixes.
Dwight McGlothern has many of the valuable metrics and skills that teams look for in cover corners as he is great in both man and zone schemes. He is hesitant to play downhill to make aggressive tackles and stop the run, but tends to be a bit overaggressive in coverage at times. If McGlothern can add a bit more mass to his frame, and keep the flags to a minimum, he will be a much more consistent presence in an NFL secondary.
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