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NFL Scout Called Steelers RB Anthony McFarland ‘Like a Child,’ ‘High Maintenance’

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At least one NFL scout is not a fan of the Steelers’ fourth-round selection of Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, Jr.

In a story by Bob McGinn of The Athletic, an anonymous NFL scout was quoted as having taken McFarland off his team’s draft board due to character concerns.

“We took him off the board because his football character is absolutely atrocious,” the scout said. “He’s like a child. Really high maintenance. Every week there’s going to be something with this guy. Now, talent-wise, whew. He’s a weapon.”

Others were more favorable, saying McFarland is a “talented guy with speed” and that he could be compared to Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook.

McGinn also reported that McFarland’s Wonderlic score was 11, the lowest among the top running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft.

But if there are character concerns surrounding McFarland, the Steelers’ staff should have been well aware of them.

Current Steelers quarterbacks coach Matt Canada was the head coach at Maryland in 2018 and Dino Tomlin, the son of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, played for the Terrapins in 2019.

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