Rookie Watch: ‘The Phenom’ Pernell McPhee
Somewhat lost in the discussion in the Ravens win over the Pittsburgh Steelers is the rookie from Mississippi State, defensive end Pernell McPhee. McPhee, a fifth round selection for the Ravens this year, came on strong in preseason and in each of those contests he seemed to be in on making a sack, forcing a fumble or pushing the opposing offensive lineman around. The trend continues in his first NFL game.
So, what did this 5th round pick do in his first game in the NFL?
“As described, McPhee, who was one of the Ravens’ most impressive preseason game performers, finished with one tackle, one pass deflection and one fumble recovery when Ray Lewis stripped Steelers running back Mewelde Moore.”
McPhee is a phenom and a total steal in the draft. Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano had described McPhee as a violent football player. The rookie found his way into a crowded group of defensive lineman and that is not easy especially for a rookie. Usually rookies (later round picks) play special teams and it is some time before the coaches insert them into the line-up. However, he has adapted quickly to the NFL and has picked-up the Ravens defensive schemes.
He has great football instincts and is powerful; he has shown the ability to drive offensive lineman backwards and disrupt the pocket. –More power to you McPhee!