IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa wide receiver Riley McCarron is expected to sign as a rookie free agent following the NFL draft this weekend. Most free-agent signings occur after the draft concludes on Saturday night.
Who is Riley McCarron: 5 things to know
1. The NFL is interested in him because of his Iowa pro day numbers.
McCarron is a 5-foot-9, 186-pound wide receiver. He needed to do something big to get the attention of the NFL.
He did it at his pro day.
A 4.36-second 40-yard dash and a 40½-inch vertical jump will get the attention of NFL talent evaluators. Both would have ranked third for receivers at the 2017 NFL combine. The rest of his numbers stood out as well.
Riley McCarron – Iowa Pro Day
5'9", 188 lbs
10'4" broad jumphttps://t.co/HR1M7Vjgja
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) March 27, 2017
McCarron showed he’s an athlete, doing so while taking the day off from his full-time job.
Don’t be surprised if the pro day numbers help him land in an NFL training camp.
2. He is a former walk-on.
McCarron didn’t receive a scholarship when he arrived at Iowa in 2012. He worked his way onto the field by excelling on special teams before finding a role as a slot receiver.
3. His role grew last season due to injuries.
He started last season as a secondary receiving option. No.1 wide receiver Matt VandeBerg breaking his leg in September significantly altered the passing attack. McCarron emerged as the team’s top receiving target and led Iowa with 42 receptions for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns.
4. He can return punts.
McCarron is versatile. He split time returning punts with Desmond King last season. He averaged 21.1 yards per punt return and scored on a 55-yard return against Illinois.
5. NFL teams like Iowa players.
Coach Kirk Ferentz has had 53 players drafted in the NFL since 2003. Iowa is known as offensive line factory, but NFL teams continually pull talent from Iowa at other positions, including wide receiver.