Former Auburn football CB Roger McCreary got a huge endorsement ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Richard Sherman–who is currently a free agent after 11 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers–called McCreary the ‘steal of the draft’ two and a half weeks out from the NFL’s three-day event.
McCreary competed in the Reese’s Senior Bowl back in February in his native Mobile, Alabama (on the University of South Alabama’s campus) and has been projected to go as high as the first round in mock drafts.
PFF shared a nice little graphic to accompany Sherman’s quote, which came via the Richard Sherman podcast:
Sherman was a Super Bowl champion on the Seattle Seahawks during the peak days of the ‘Legion of Boom’ and went to the title game with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020. He’s also a 3× First-team All-Pro, 2× Second-team All-Pro, and led the league in interceptions the year the Seahawks won it all.
Sherman knows a thing or two about being a corner in the NFL. McCreary’s stock just rose from the 34-year-old’s endorsement.
Roger McCreary has the utmost confidence in Auburn football secondary coach Zac Etheridge.
A major helping hand in McCreary’s rise to the top of NFL Draft boards was Tigers secondary coach Zac Etheridge. McCreary didn’t just receive love in recent days, but he dished some out as well, giving major kudos to Etheridge in speaking with 247Sports’ Jason Caldwell:
"“I feel like being coached by him, he helped my game from last year. He made me smarter as a player. He was even harder on me than most guys. Even when I felt like I did good he would tell me it wasn’t good at all. That’s why I liked being coached by him. He never sugarcoated anything. That’s a reason why I’ll always respect him.He taught me a little technique, but he told me how he approached me was all about becoming smarter as a player. It helped me play faster and be more confident knowing what’s to come.”"
The cornerback position was secured in 2021 and appears set moving forward. McCreary and Etheridge were both major reasons why last season, but Etheridge will hopefully continue to be moving forward.