The Seahawks announced today that they have signed sixth-round draft pick Anthony McCoy to a four-year, $1.895 million contract. McCoy is the first of the Hawks’ nine picks from this years draft to sign a contract.
He’ll compete right away for the No. 3 tight end spot behind John Carlson and newly acquired veteran Chris Baker.
McCoy will be battling Cameron Morrah who was one of the Hawks’ seventh-rounders last year, as well as this year’s seventh rounder out of Kent State, Jameson Konz.
Viewed by many scouts as the best blocking tight end in this years draft, McCoy also made some big plays in the passing game while at USC. He was originally projected to be taken somewhere between the third and fourth rounds, however, his stock slipped after he reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the combine.
McCoy can stretch the field, has big, soft hands, catches the ball away from his body and shows decent route-running ability.
On film, he seems to get off the line of scrimmage a little slow from the down position, and was at times more effective from the slot or even split out wide in college.
He'll need to show improvement on his release at the line if he's going to develop into an every down tight end at the next level.
He could play a key role in two or three tight end sets around the goal line and may even push Chris Baker for significant time at the No. 2 tight end spot if he can be an effective blocker in the running game, and display consistent hands.
One down…eight to go!