Bucs Rookie CB Discusses His Improvement

Bucs rookie cornerback Zyon McCollum has confirmed that he has the bodily presents to be a celebrity within the NFL. He posted eye popping measurables on the NFL Mix in March.

Regardless of the athletic instruments and robust tape, McCollum nonetheless ended up falling to the fifth spherical of the NFL Draft. Why? Numerous it’s because of the degree of competitors McCollum confronted at Sam Houston as part of the FBS.

And now that McCollum is in his first NFL coaching camp, he’s seeing a soar in competitors up shut and private. Pewter Report’s J.C. Allen caught up with McCollum at coaching camp on Wednesday. Here’s what McCollum needed to say when requested what the most important transition to the professionals has been.

“Simply understanding the sport,” McCollum mentioned. “Understanding the place I have to be, when to be there and never simply understanding my job however the folks round me. After which the sport pace for certain. I imply these are severe high-class quarterbacks, and balls are on time. So, you actually can’t miss a step.”

Bucs CB Zyon McCollum – Photograph courtesy of Sam Houston

McCollum additionally spoke about going through the Bucs vaunted broad receiver core in camp every day.

“It’s been enjoyable. [Head coach Todd] Bowles tells us and a whole lot of the opposite guys, we’re not going to see higher competitors than what’s already out right here on the apply area,” McCollum mentioned. “So, simply studying something I can from them. Whether or not it’s step, struggle via on this sure state of affairs. It’s been nice and I stay up for going up in opposition to different competitors.”

Going through that degree of competitors is forcing McCollum to establish and develop extra areas of his recreation. Particularly, he talked about hand utilization as one thing he’s specializing in.

“Positively getting my arms lively on the line of scrimmage, after which simply flipping and turning to the ball,” McCollum mentioned. “I will be actually good in on part, however I simply have to snap my head again and begin making performs on the ball.”

This is smart. In my draft analysis, McCollum’s arms confirmed up as the most important concern I had in his analysis.

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You possibly can see it in a few of the press seems he had on the “Grinding the Tape” article I did on him post-draft. McCollum did have 13 interceptions in faculty, and bounced again from a tough Tuesday apply. The rookie cornerback broke up three passes and may have had an interception on Wednesday.

It’s encouraging to see McCollum establish the areas of enchancment so early in his NFL profession. If he can change into higher in these areas whereas adjusting to the pace and competitors at this degree, the sky is the restrict for this younger and uber-talented participant.