Anthony McCoy NFL Draft scouting report

Anthony McCoy

6'4 1/2, 259 pounds | Tight end | Southern California

Agility:  Won't make many defenders miss in the open field thanks to his elusiveness. McCoy's body control is fine, he just doesn't move around incredibly quickly. Solid leaping ability for a player his size.

Blocking: Is an NFL-ready blocker. McCoy is great at helping a tackle maintain ends and flush them out of a play. Shows quick feet to move to the outside and take on linebackers. Is very strong. Shows a lot of effort here, blocking along the line and in the open field. Fundamentally sound in his technique. Properly extends his arms and gets a wide base. McCoy's blocking is what gets him such high rankings.

Hands:
Has very big hands – the third-largest measured at the combine. Snags the ball out of the air with ease. His power base allows him to shrug off defenders while the ball is in the air, so he can make a play. Doesn't get scared going over the middle.



Release:
Slow off the line of scrimmage. McCoy may need a top-end tight ends coach to help him overcome this issue. It's not that McCoy takes false steps out of his release, he's just big and lumbering off the line. Played a lot out of the three-point stance, so that's a plus.

Route Running: Playing in Pete Carroll's pro-style offense, McCoy learned a proper route tree for a tight end. He may not be the most fluid of route runners, but McCoy knows how to attack a zone and make himself big over the middle.

Size:
McCoy has an NFL-ready body. He's thick and strong throughout his frame. Has big hands and really long arms. Knows how to use his size to his advantage.

Vision: Doesn't have the kind of straight-line speed to break many big plays, so he has to rely more on timing. Sets up blockers pretty impressively for a tight end.

Final word:
The ceiling might not be high for McCoy, but he projects as a very good No. 2 tight end. Don't let his stats deter you. He was slowed during the second part of his senior season by an ankle injury and academic issues.

McCoy may have averaged 20.8 yards per catch in 2009, but don't let that number fool you. He's not a great open field threat and projects as a possession tight end. Also don't judge him on his three career touchdowns. He was never a primary target in the red zone, where USC used it's wide receivers a lot.

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