NFL Draft Spotlight: Anthony McCoy, TE, USC

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Anthony McCoy's senior season at USC is behind him, and like so many others, the tight end is testing the waters of the 2010 NFL Draft. While he wasn't particularly productive in his four years, that's not to say there isn't a market for his services at the next level. McCoy has snagged 44 passes for 713 yards, scoring two touchdowns, in the past two seasons combined.

Strengths

  • Soft hands - catches well away from his body
  • Concentration: McCoy makes tough catches in traffic.
  • Uses his hands well releasing off the line as a receiver
  • Blocks well - easily his best attribute
  • Tough to bring down
  • Large target - NFL-size frame (6-foot-5, 259 pounds)

Weaknesses

  • Struggled academically and has been suspended a few times for it
  • Poor route runner
  • Slow, lumbering - almost no agility, limited short-area quickness
  • Lack of ability after the catch
  • Lack of productivity at a major school in a defensively challenged conference
  • Reportedly failed drug test at the Combine (marijuana)

Expected draft placement

Despite averaging 20.8 yards per reception last year, McCoy isn't a big-play threat. With so many drawbacks and limitations as a weapon, it's hard to envision a team spending anything more than a third-round pick on him. He is far more of a blocker than a receiver, and teams rarely invest picks in the first two rounds on this type of tight end. While the positive drug test may not matter to some teams, he'll probably be crossed off a few teams' lists and is probably a solid fourth-round grade at this point.

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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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