Scouting Report 2009: Better Know a Draft Prospect: Pittsburgh Running Back LeSean McCoy

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Today we are looking at what many are calling Vic's newest man crush, Pitt Panther running back LeSean McCoy. The running back class in this year's draft has had a roller coaster of projections. Before juniors declared, it was being described as possibly the weakest in a decade, then when McCoy, UGa RB Knowshown Moreno, and Ohio St RB Beanie Wells declared, they were described as some of the best prospects ever. Then with their combine results, the expectations have once again hit with a dud.

With the release of Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew is now the man in Jacksonville. However, concerns, both of MJD and of McCoy, may lead the Jaguars to draft him in the 2nd round.

While MJD is a small back, he is definetely a power guy. He runs between the tackles well and smacks people in the mouth. McCoy is a guy who is more suited for stretch and screen plays.


McCoy spent two years with the Panthers, accumulating 2731 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns.

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By The Numbers

At A Glance
Position 1:  Running Back
Height:  5-11
Position 2:  Returner/Special Teams
Weight:  210
Class:  Sophomore Age:  21
Projected Round: 2

 40time:  4.5

At first glance, McCoy seems to have a lot in common with incumbent Maurice Jones-Drew. Both are smaller backs that are built. McCoy only has two years as a starter, so he has relatively low miles on him. McCoy also comes out of a Pro style offense, which is beginning to become a huge plus in the Spread Option era of College football.

According to the Experts

Positives

FF Toolbox:  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.

Mocking The Draft: An exceptional cut-back runner. Good hands in the receiving game. Also knows how to run good routes and will be an asset on screen passes.

NFL Draft Dog: At 210 lbs he is still a good inside runner who can squeeze and burst through a hole. He has strong, thick legs with a low center of gravity that allows him to bounce off would be tacklers.

Negatives

FF Toolbox: Did not run through the tackles well, or even often, in college

Mocking The Draft: Must hold the ball better to avoid fumbles, must be a better pass blocker

NFL Draft Dog: Top end speed, upper body strength, pass protection

Why Should He Be a Jaguar

You guys want a guy who can be the BAP in Round 2? You're looking at him. McCoy can certainly help out the Jaguars backfield and add another threat on offense. With MJD certainly becoming "The Man" in Jacksonville, we need someone now who can be a change of pace back as well as helping out in the return game.

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