NFL Draft Preview – LeSean McCoy
We continue our NFL Draft Preview with a look at Pitt RB LeSean McCoy. McCoy followed up a successful 2007 season (276 carries for 1328 yards, 14 TDs) with an even better 2008 campaign (308 yards for 1488 yards, 21 TDs). He added 65 receptions for 549 yards and a score. McCoy scored a TD in all but two games last year with six multiple TD games. Unfortunately for Pitt fans, one of the games happened to be the heartbreaking 3-0 Loss to Oregon State in the Sun Bowl. He scored in 8 of 12 games as a Freshman.
McCoy has a nice build (5’11″, 204 Lbs), but his forty time (4.50) wasn’t great. He did not participate in the Combine because of the flu and did not set the world ablaze at his Pro Day. According to Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com, “McCoy was stunningly unimpressive at his Pro Day, registering a 29-inch vertical jump that was matched or exceeded by every running back tested in Indianapolis and nearly half of the offensive linemen”. Not exactly the explosive back NFL teams are looking for. He is a hard tackle, has good hands, and is great at finding cutback lanes. The knock on him though is his inability to run the ball inside effectively. That, perhaps more than anything, is what will keep McCoy from being a first round selection.
Here’s a look at where some of the experts have him pegged:
Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown: #53 to the New York Jets
WalterFootball.com: #60 to the New York Giants
Consensus Draft Services: #31 to the Arizona Cardinals
The Football Expert: #45 to the New York Giants
War Room Report: #36 to the Cleveland Browns