Trace McSorley Has Received Requests to Work Out at Defensive Back at the Combine

By Bill DiFilippo on March 2, 2019 at 11:56 am
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Everyone who knows Trace McSorley's backstory knows he wasn't viewed by everyone as a three-star quarterback recruit, with plenty of schools looking for him to come on board as a safety. Of course, part of the reason he committed to James Franklin — first at Vanderbilt, then at Penn State — was the ability to play QB collegiately, but apparently, some NFL teams would like to see what he can do in the defensive backfield.

McSorley is part of the Penn State contingent at the 2019 NFL Draft Combine, where he's primarily going through drills as a signal caller. According to the official NFL Draft Twitter account, teams have put in requests to see what he can do at his old position.

"At safety, he had good speed, he had quickness, he was always around the ball, had great instincts, and the other thing, he was tough," Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, who recruited McSorley at Vanderbilt, told Greg Pickel of PennLive in 2016. "That toughness, you can see week in and week out."

It's not uncommon for a handful of players to work out at multiple positions, and while some could be a matter of seeing how a person's existing skill set translates to a similar position — a wide receiver at tight end, a defensive lineman at linebacker — going from quarterback to defensive back would appear to signal that some teams believe McSorley's best long-term position is at corner or, more likely, safety. This notion is one with which a certain former teammate disagrees.

With things like the Wonderlic test and various tests of speed, strength, and athleticism being universal across Combine participants, the bigger deal for McSorley would be how he performs in field drills. To that end, quarterbacks are slated to go through field drills on Saturday, while defensive backs will participate in them on Monday. It's still unclear if McSorley will oblige these requests and work out at his old position.

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