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Name: Caleb McSurdy 
College: Montana     Number: 40
Height: 6-1   Weight: 245
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB/FB/ST
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012

40 Time: 4.82

Projected Round: 6
Rated number 8 out of 101 ILB's      207 / 1971 TOTAL
Combine Invite: 
Height: 6012
Weight: 245
40 Yrd Dash: 4.82
20 Yrd Dash: 2.81
10 Yrd Dash: 1.67
Wonderlic: 0
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.28
3-Cone Drill: 7.26

Dates: 03/09/12
Height: 6012
Weight: 245
40 Yrd Dash: 4.75
20 Yrd Dash: 2.70
10 Yrd Dash: 1.68
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 31 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.73
3-Cone Drill: 7.33


  Positives: Possesses a squatty build conducive to playing inside linebacker. Excellent diagnosis skills. Quickly reads run and has heavy hands to jolt blockers and disengage to make the tackle in the hole for limited gain. Good awareness in cverage once he gets there. Keeps his head on a swivel and qickly closes once the ball is released Steady open-field tackler who wraps securely and brings a heavy hit, though he has only average overall explosiveness. High-effort player who will make it tough on coaches to cut him. Top intangibles and effort for special teams duty. Dual-sport athlete while at Montana. Also participated as a thrower on the Grizzlies' track and field team... Team captain.

Negatives: Limited athlete who could prove a bit of a schematic 'tweener in the NFL. Possesses short arms which could limit his ability to disengage from blocks as effectively against bigger, stronger athletes than he saw in the Big Sky... Lacks the straight-line speed to beat NFL backs to the sideline. While alert in coverage, is a bit stiff, struggling to change directions to remain in the hip poket of receivers, likely making him at best a two-down performer in the NFL.

 Career Notes

  McSurdy will start at the "mike" linebacker spot for the second year in a row. He is Montana's leading returning tackler. He has played in 42 games and has 156 career tackles. Career Highs: He had 17 tackles against Montana State last season. He had nine unassisted tackles at Cal Poly last year. He had an interception at Sacramento State in 2009.

 2011 Season

  McSurdy was named to The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS All-America first team after a senior season in which he was the Big Sky Conference's defensive player of the year. The 6-foot-1, 242-pounder from Boise, Idaho, McSurdy was named to several All-American teams after making a team-high 131 tackles for the 11-3 Griz. He had 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions - he took his last 61 yards for a touchdown in UM's 31-28 FCS semifinal loss at Sam Houston State.

 2010 Season

  Started all 11 games for the Griz and had a team-high 112 tackles. He was fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss. He was a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection. He had 11 or more tackles in six games. He was an all-league academic team pick for the third year in a row, and maintains a 3.27 GPA.

 2009 Season

  Played in all 15 contests and was the Grizzlies' 13th (tie) leading tackler with 32 stops. He placed fourth in the 2010 Big Sky Conference track and field meet in the discus with a career-best throw of 161-2 1/4 and was sixth in the shot put with a career-long toss of 53-1.

 2008 Season

  He played in all 16 games and was the 19th-ranked tackler as a "true" freshman with 18 stops. He qualified in the discus and shot put in the 2009 Big Sky track and field meet.

 High School

  He earned four letters in track and three in football at Borah High School. He was an all-state pick at linebacker and at tight end as a senior when he had 65 tackles (55 solos), along with 22 catches for 232 yards and four touchdowns. He was a three-time all-conference choice at linebacker. He was a team captain in football as a junior and senior. He was the state champion in the shot put and discus as a junior and was tabbed "Thrower of the Year." He placed in the state shot put three times. Was team captain in football and track his junior and senior years. His prep teams won four state track titles, and he was the "Thrower of the Year" all four of those seasons. He set high school records in the bench press (390) and squat (515). His high school football coach was Vince Mann.


  His parents are Patrick and Nancy McSurdy of Boise. His major is communication studies. Birth date: Feb. 24, 1990.

 Draft Scout Player News
07/23/14 - LB Caleb McSurdy was waived by the Rams Tuesday (July 22).
09/01/13 - LB Caleb McSurdy was waived by the Cowboys Saturday.
06/11/12 - LB Caleb McSurdy, the Cowboys' seventh-round pick (222nd overall), signed a four-year contract.
04/29/12 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/222 - Caleb McSurdy, LB, 6-1, 245, Montana...McSurdy clearly was a picked as a future prospect. He was a highly productive tackler in college and the Cowboys hope he can come in and make an immediate impact on special teams. - The Sports Xchange
03/12/12 - There were nearly two dozen NFL teams represented at the University of Montana’s pro day on Friday, and any number of them would like to have Caleb McSurdy suiting up and making big hits next fall. Some of them, though, think it might happen on offense. McSurdy was one of 22 players who went through several drills in front of NFL scouts at UM, including speed drills on the SprinTurf of Washington-Grizzly Stadium. He’d been through all of them before at the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 27, but that was at linebacker. Some of these guys want McSurdy to play fullback. “It’s awesome,” said the 242-pounder, who was the Big Sky Conference’s defensive player of the year. “There’s a few teams that just let me know that’s what they saw me at. They tell you, ‘Hey, we want to work you out as a fullback at your pro day,’ and you just do it.” McSurdy earned all-conference honors at tight end as a senior at Borah High in Boise, Idaho, and also played some running back. It seems safe to assume he excelled. “No, not really,” he said. “I was kind of a bruiser. And not to throw anybody under the bus, but my O-line wasn’t terrific. So there were a lot of 2-yard runs that took a lot of effort.” Five years later he was back on that side of the ball, if only for an afternoon. “Obviously they want to see you catch the ball and run some routes,” he said. “I went out and did that and felt pretty decent.” McSurdy also re-tested in the 40-yard dash, and lowered his time from 4.97 at the combine to 4.68 and 4.70. “Coach (Aric) Williams had me at 4.66,” McSurdy added. “I think he might’ve given me the home-town discount. But, good day.” - Fritz Neighbor, The Missoulian