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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Greg McCrae

UCF’s workhorse did everything asked of him the last three years

Photo: Derek Warden

Rounding out our draft profiles is the workhorse of the UCF Knights’ offense since 2018, Greg McCrae. He has the toughest path to NFL success, but nobody deserves it more than he does.

Greg McCrae - RB

  • HEIGHT: 5’ 9.7”
  • WEIGHT: 182 pounds
  • 40 YD DASH: 4.51 seconds
  • WINGSPAN: 73 7/8”
  • VERTICAL JUMP: 37.5”
  • BROAD JUMP: 10’ 4”
  • 3 CONE DRILL: 6.88 seconds
  • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.37 seconds

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Miami’s own Greg McCrae took quite the route to UCF. He initially signed on to attend the Naval Academy, but decided to come back closer to home in Orlando.

He walked on at UCF in his freshman year, and became an animal on special teams, returning covering kicks while moonlighting in garbage time in the backfield.

Then, in 2018, when injuries and transfers pushed him up the depth chart, McCrae took advantage, leading the team in all rushing categories and posting the first 1,000-yard season by a UCF back since 2013, and he did it while still splitting time with Otis Anderson and Adrian Killins. His magnum opus was in the 2018 AAC Championship, when he dropped 206 yards on 24 carries, including a massive 4th down conversion that helped UCF overcome a huge deficit.

Some nagging injuries limited him to just 529 yards in 2019, but in 2020 he led UCF in rushing again with 758 yards and ten TDs in ten games. He finished his career as UCF’s all-time leader in yards per carry.

Outlook

Greg outplays his size. A kid who starts out at Navy is a kid who doesn’t take no for an answer, and he proved it at UCF, taking the hard way up the depth chart. He hits the hole quick and can “get skinny” when that hole starts to close. He’s also decisive with his cuts, shifty but explosive in the open field, and can run routes well as a receiver out of the backfield, even though he wasn’t asked to do that very much. Most of all, he’s a humble, quiet kid and an A+ teammate. The only real knock on him is his limited size. He’s rather slight at 5-10 and 182 pounds, so he’s going to have to beef up in the weight room to take on an NFL load. But again, here’s a guy who will say yes to anything any team asks him to do.

Projection: Late Day Three/UDFA