As many of you San Diego sport fans will know Leon McFadden has been a 4 year starter and 3 time all Mountain West Corner for the San Diego State Aztecs. Despite initially signing as a receiver McFadden was switched to Cornerback for his first season with the Aztecs. In his 45 games played, McFadden had 47 pass break ups and 8 interceptions as well as 188 tackles.
McFadden is an excellent athlete with amazing reactions. He reminds me of a less physical Antonie Winfield with equal coverage skills. McFadden shows excellent instincts and has the ability to disrupt screens, and short passes with his short area burst, quickness and tenacity. McFadden is very aware on the field and as a Zone defender is good at jumping routes due to his understanding of the game and instincts. McFadden's athletic ability in small areas means that he is good at shadowing receivers and would help him to play the Nickel Role. He doesn't take many risks in coverage and this leads to him rarely getting beat in coverage on double moves.
McFadden's receiving skills are very good for a Corner as evidenced by his 47 pass break ups. It would be a change to watch McFadden challenging a receiver for a catch instead of Jammer or Gilchrist. He was a successful receiver in High School and this explains his hands. McFadden is a reliable tackler. He is rarely beaten by receivers after the catch or by running backs charging his way. However he can have issues taking on blockers which isn't a surprise for a player his size.
McFadden's main weaknesses centre* around his speed and size. A lot of scouts will likely feel his small frame and 5"10 height will limit him to the slot as he can't line up against big traditional Wide Receivers. However McFadden is good at challenging receivers for the ball in the air so I don't think that his size limits his ability. The concerns around his speed come from the fact that McFadden was rarely challenged deep due to his excellent coverage skills and the lack of 4.3 athletes in the MWC. At the combine McFadden ran a 4.5 40 which quieted most of these concerns about his long distance speed.
The Chargers are currently weak at the Cornerback position. Gilchrist is set at Nickel Corner and Wright and Cox appear to be the starters out wide. Wright is totally unproven and Cox has proven to be injury prone and inconsistent throughout his career. McFadden would immediately be able to compete for a starting job with Wright and would be a good back up if Wright beats him out in camp. He could be 4th Cornerback and would be capable of stepping in for any of the 3 starters with his capability to play outside or in the Nickel.
I believe Leon McFadden's skills translate very well to the NFL. His stop/start ability and quickness would allow him to be an effective Nickel Corner or an outside Corner. I truly hope that the Chargers pick him in the 2nd/3rd/4th round. Many draft analysts have McFadden being selected anywhere in the 2nd-4th range.