LeSean McCoy Scouting Report

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LeSean McCoy Scouting Report

Position: RB
Conference: ACC
School: Pittsburgh Panthers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #25
Height & Weight: 5'11 - 210 lbs.
Drafted 2.21 in 2009 by PHI

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

As a freshman in 2007 (he spent a year at prep school, so he is far enough out of high school to enter the draft), LeSean McCoy unseated LaRod Stephens-Howling as the top running back at Pittsburgh. He carried the ball 276 times for 1,328 yards and 14 touchdowns. That is not bad for a freshman on a team that struggled to throw the ball. Even when everybody knew McCoy was going to run, they still could not stop him. Through five games in 2008, the results have been the same. McCoy is well on his way to another 1,000 yard plus rushing campaign. 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. While not running between the tackles is a concern for most starting backs, that does not mean McCoy can not find a place in the NFL. In this day and age of multiple running backs, he can be a great change of pace back who can run to the outside and catch the ball out of the backfield. If he tests well at the combine McCoy could be a first day selection this year. 10/26 Update: McCoy continues to put up solid numbers for a Pitt team that won five games in a row after a season opening loss at the hands of Bowling Green. Through seven games, the speedy back has rushed for 835 yards and 14 touchdowns. Even in the Panthers' disappointing loss against Rutgers on October 25th, McCoy rushed for 146 yards and four touchdowns. 12/17 Update: Before the regular season even ended, McCoy said he was coming back to Pittsburgh for at least one more season. After finishing the 2008 regular season with 1,403 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, McCoy would have likely been a second or third round selection. It is not a bad decision to go back to school in this case and McCoy will be a key part of what could be a decent Panthers team next year. 1/14 Update: McCoy said multiple times that he was going to return to Pitt. But when all was said and done, the lure of the NFL was too much. On most draft boards he is right behind Ohio State's Chris Wells and Georgia's Knowshon Moreno. That could put the Pitt tailback in the first round or, at the least, in the early second round. 4/16 Update: McCoy's weight, or lack there of, was his undoing at the NFL Combine. He also lacks explosive speed and his small hands make him a questionable pass catcher out of the backfield. Even with all those questions, McCoy is a quality back who could go late in the first round. However, it is more likely that he will be selected somewhere in the second round.

Last Updated Apr-16-2009 by Joel Welser

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