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RB, LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh

RB, LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh

At A Glance
Position 1: running back Height: 5-11
Position 2:  Weight:  204
Class:  junior Age:  
Projected Round:  1st-2nd  40time:  4.50
Combine/Proday Results
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3 Cone Drill:  

Pros:  Fast enough to get the corner and owns a second and third gear in the secondary. Excellent inside quickness, hitting the hole in a hurry when in the one-back set. Gets to top speed as quickly as any back in the country.

Cons:  Doesn't have great size or the compact strength of elite backs. Must prove he can get the tough yard and not dance to try and break a big play when it's not there.

Styg's Broncos Fit:   Funny story. I thought I had seen the last of Tatum Bell when he was sent to Detroit, but lo, in 2008 I got to see him twice. Once as an injury replacement for the Broncos, and then again when I was analyzing McCoy. That isn't entirely a bad thing, but I think it is bad enough to caution against it. He has very good quickness and feet, and he can actually read the line a little better than Tatum, but he is too tentative when the play is tight, preferring to dance around instead of getting downhill, and he also struggles in pass-blocking support, though Tatum showed that was something that came with time. He has a similar "Give me the rock" attitude, and if he was allowed to be an outside runner, catching swings (he has very good hands) and reading stretch plays he could be very effective. But in a one-cut system he will be in over his head, and in an offense that asks its RBs to be patient and take what is given, he probably won't fit in.

Around MHR:

From Holden Caufield:

Vision is the toughest aspect of a running back to gauge. With Johnson, we had a big clue based on his success as a returner at East Carolina. It’s not so obvious among the elite runners this year. In this regard, I had been high on LeSean McCoy, but upon further evaluation, he struggled in December and tended to feast on defenses that were smaller and relied on quickness, with four of his six 140-plus games last year coming against such teams (Syracuse, South Florida, Navy and West Virginia). Against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl, when asked to carry the offense after injuries decimated the passing game, he couldn’t. Yes, that’s a tough load to handle, but if you’re going to be a successful pro back, you’ve got to do more than 3.5 yards a carry against a defense that had been torched for 58 points in its last game.


Around SBNation:

From Scouting Report at Mocking the Draft:

McCoy is a shifty and strong running back. Although he maybe should have returned for his senior year, he can start in the NFL immediately. Easily the top player in Pittsburgh's offense, McCoy often saw eight-man fronts and still excelled. Strong receiving skills will make McCoy a sound every-down back.

From "An Interview with Senior Analyst Rob Rang" at Revenge of the Birds:

McCoy has rare agility and straight line speed when healthy. He is a better interior runner than given credit for, but is at his best outside. He can make defenders miss and would be at his best as part of a tandem with a physical back.


More Highlights

Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:

  • McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also was in town. However, agents aren't allowed to watch the workouts because they can't have any contact with college underclassmen. Rosenhaus spent the entire afternoon on his cell phone -- unless some scouts stepped outside the building for a minute or two -- but he spoke with the media afterward about McCoy.

    "What I said to LeSean today was that he's nowhere near being finished," Rosenhaus said. "You have to stay focused up until the draft, because this is a very critical time. Now that he's finished with his Pro Day and the combine, he's going to have a series of visits, maybe a dozen teams, and he'll probably have another dozen individual workouts and meetings."  [see more...]
  • But many scouts are mixed on McCoy. He has decent instincts and is certainly sporting a nice mixture of size and speed. It also takes a lot to knock him down. On many occasions, his superb balance and control have kept McCoy upright when most backs would be lying on the ground. But he does not run between the tackles very well or often.  [see more...]
  • I see McCoy as a player who could be elite at the next level. I’m not sure how the pro scouts view him, but I can’t imagine him not being a first round selection. McCoy has a nice blend of skill sets to be a feature back and also stay in on 3rd downs because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball. I expect McCoy to be among the upper echelon of NFL running backs within 2-3 years. LeSean McCoy is currently my #7 overall prospect.  [see more...]
  • McCoy has all the makings of a solid NFL running back. He can stay on the field at all times, and be a viable weapon. He is a threat to score on any play because of his wiggle and speed. He can pressure defenses with his speed and open-field running. He should be one of the top three running backs selected and an instant performer at the next level.  [see more...]
  • Nickname is "Shady"...Brother, LeRon, was a wide receiver for Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and played in the NFL...Suffered a compound fracture to his right ankle as a senior in high school...Did not qualify academically and spent a year at Milford Academy...Owns the Big East freshman rushing record...Named 1st Team All-Big East in 2007 and 2008...The Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2008...Rushed for more yards than Tony Dorsett and scored more touchdowns than Larry Fitzgerald did the first two years of their Pitt Panther careers...Really struggled with whether or not to go pro...Not the most physically impressive player but just has a feel for the position ... Definitely has the potential to start at the next level.  [see more...]
  • One thing McCoy lacks is elite top end speed though he has done just fine without it and he is still above average.  He sometimes dances instead of pounding forward like he can but with him the possibility for something extra is always there and it’s tough to argue with him there sometimes.  He can be overpowered in pass protection because he is not overly strong in his upper body and simply gets tossed aside.  [see more...]