NFL Draft Spotlight: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 14:20:16 PDT

 


The high-profile Colt McCoy wrapped up his stint at Texas and is expected to be one of the first quarterbacks drafted in April. He is widely rated as a top-five prospect at his position. McCoy closed out his collegiate career as the NCAA's all-time leader in wins.

Strengths

  • Experience: four-year starter a major football program
  • Mobility: McCoy isn't extremely athletic or physically gifted, but he is adept at moving about the pocket and evading a rush.
  • Quick release
    Colt McCoy, QB, Texas Longhorns
    Does he translate to the NFL?
  • Accuracy: completed better than 70.6 percent of his passes each of the last two years
  • High character
  • Good decision-maker: intelligent and patient

Weaknesses

  • Size: His 6-foot-1 1/8 height is a bit on the short side, and McCoy could stand to add bulk to his frame (216 pounds).
  • Arm strength: only average - has improved but will never be mixed up with those possessing the proverbial cannon of an arm
  • Inexperienced from under center: played mainly out of shotgun at Texas
  • Limited to no upside
  • Lack of deep-ball accuracy
  • Has only short-range accuracy on the move (less than 12 yards or so) and loses zip on his throws

Expected draft placement

Don't be overly concerned about the shoulder injury he suffered in the BCS title game. Nevertheless, his slight stature could leave him open for future injuries in the pros.

There seems to be two camps when it comes to McCoy's draft stock. Some feel he is a legitimate top-three quarterback prospect, while others view him as a system product that is destined to be a career NFL backup. We're somewhere in the middle. He will probably go somewhere in the second round, which seems to be fair. A West Coast offense is the best fit for him, and in time, McCoy should be a serviceable NFL starter - think Chad Pennington

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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