Pros: Has great speed and home run ability. Is very dangerous once he's in the open ﬁeld with great burst and quickness in and out of his cuts. Is a shake and bake guy that will juke and spin and leave defenders in the dust. Capable receiver.
Cons: Tends to be tentative when running inside and shies away from contact. Looks for the big play too often rather than just picking up the given yards. Runs too much laterally and backward rather than forward and downhill. Needs work in pass protection and has some issues with ball security.
Overview: McCoy is lightning in a bottle, and when he decides to run hard, he is a solid back. He will remind you of Reggie Bush with his running style and electrifying playmaking potential. But is just like Bush in that he's a tentative runner inside, making it hard for him to be a feature back, rather than just a very good complement. Ran harder as a freshman than he did as a sophomore, and suffered Steve Slaton syndrome. His older brother LeRon played WR for the Cardinals. In his two years at Pitt, combined for 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns. Nicknamed "Shady."
NFL Forecast: If McCoy runs as hard as he did as a freshman, he'll be a dynamic lead back. Probably won't ever be a 20-carry guy, but could be the lead back in a two-headed attack reminiscent to the one used in Tennessee. Unfortunately as a sophomore, he played much more soft and was looking for the highlight-making plays rather than just being an efﬁcient runner. But more than likely, McCoy will never put it together and become a consistent runner. Which will then leave him as an excellent change of pace runner that is able to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. The type of guy that you know if you give it to him 10-15 times a game, he'll break at least one. He still needs work in pass protection, so his immediate impact as a third down back probably won't happen until a year or two into the league. But you need to have him on the ﬁeld. He probably needs to add another 10 pounds of muscle (at least).
ATL Forecast: McCoy is a similar player to Norwood, except doesn't have Norwood's special teams ability. But he's more explosive than Norwood because he changes direction more easily, although it's a tossup to who is actually faster (I'd probably give Norwood the slight edge). He would be a very nice complement to Turner if/when the Falcons opt not to re-sign Norwood in a year or two. And McCoy's presence would prompt the team not to do so. But he'd never be a full-time back in Mularkey's offense unless he got much stronger.
Value: McCoy has Top 15 playmaking ability, but is not as consistent as you'd like and is just a second round pick.
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Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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