Round | Team | Pos. | School | Name
LB (5-11, 234, 4.6)
San Diego State
Possesses excellent instincts, wastes very little motion and has the explosive first step to beat blockers to the point of attack. Takes little time to reach top speed, is aggressive and makes plays in the backfield. Takes great angles to the ball and shows adequate range. Plays with a non-stop motor and is relentless in pursuit. Needs to improve his hand-usage but he isn't afraid to take on blocks and he does a good job of getting low and winning the leverage battle. He plays under control in space, wraps up upon contact and is a reliable open field tackler. Is capable of forcing some fumbles and strips the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Can change directions quickly, shows good burst out of cuts and has the short-area man-to-man cover skills to stay with most backs. Has excellent work ethic and should make an immediate contribution on special teams. Lacks great bulk, offensive linemen have some success engulfing him at the point of attack and he's vulnerable to wearing down over the course of the game. Doesn't use hands all that well and takes too long to shed blocks once reached. Missed the 2004 season finale after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in wrist as well as a torn thumb ligament, expected to spend six weeks in a cast and his lack of prototypical size makes durability that much more of a concern. McCoy red-shirted in 2001 and he started eight games in 2002. He became a fulltime starter in 2003, recording 125 tackles and three forced fumbles. McCoy finished with 13 tackles-for-loss and four sacks that year. He started 11 games in 2004, recording 90 tackles, forcing one fumble and blocking one kick. McCoy also recorded 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks last year. McCoy added 14 pounds during the post season but his playing weight in college was closer to 220 pounds. He can get engulfed by bigger blockers and he has some durability concerns that could affect him on draft day. However, McCoy is an extremely intriguing late-Day 1 or early-Day 2 prospect because of his outstanding combination of speed, athletic ability, instincts, toughness and playmaking skills in coverage. If he can keep his weight on without losing speed and fluidity, McCoy could push for a starting WLB position in the NFL. In the meantime, he has a great combination of skills and mentality to chase kicks on special teams.
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