For Colt McCoy, 2010 NFL Combine Still Huge Despite Not Throwing

Eric Galko@OptimumScoutingFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass the ball during the Big 12 Football Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Five of the top 10 quarterbacks in this class, depending on who you ask, aren’t throwing at the NFL combine, Colt McCoy being one of them.

However, McCoy’s appearance at the Combine won’t just be one for show, as he’ll have a lot of work to do convincing NFL scouts that he’s capable of being a quarterback of the future for their team.

College Production

2006—2570 yards, 68.2% completion, 29 TDs, 7 INTs, 14 sacks, 161.82 QB Rating

2007—3303 yards, 65.1% completion, 22 TDs, 18 INTs, 24 sacks, 1139.16 QB Rating

2008—3859 yards, 76.7% completion, 34 TDs, 8 INTs, 24 sacks, 173.75 QB Rating

2009—3521 yards, 70.6% completion, 27 TDs, 12 INTs, 30 sacks, 147.41 QB Rating

Scouting Report

At a scrawny 6'1", 216 pounds, my biggest concern with McCoy is his lack of great arm strength. I know that many quarterbacks have made it in the pros with average arms, some even Hall of Famers.

But I don’t see McCoy as that great of a decision marker that would make him a top 32 pick. He did play very well over his college career, but that was in the wide open offense that Texas runs and he had the option to take off quite often.

He did make due without top weapons and showed in his senior season that he could carry his team with his arm, even on the run. I think best case scenario he could be a stronger version of Jeff Garcia.

What He Needs To Do at the Combine

Because he’s following the crowd and not throwing at the Combine, that doesn’t mean that his stock can’t rise or fall while in Indy.

His biggest test will be to see if his shoulder is fully recovered or on the right track to a complete recovery. 

Also, he’ll have to show teams at the chalkboard that he understands coverage schemes well enough. For a smaller quarterback (like guys like Garcia and Drew Brees), pre-snap and play understanding are crucial for making up for lack of size.

Projected Round/Team

He was viewed as a possible first rounder if things all went according to plan, such as no injury and adding some muscle to his frame. However, it’s safe to say he won’t go that high.

However, I could see a team who doesn’t trust Jimmy Clausen as their first round pick, such as Cleveland, Buffalo, or Jacksonville, trading to the middle to lower second round and making Colt McCoy their version of Kevin Kolb.

Final Word

I was never sold on McCoy as a future NFL starter, much less a first round pick. While Jeff Garcia has been a solid journeyman starter in the pros, when a prospect maxes out as a fringe starter, I’d rather try a project guy with starting potential.

I’d rather guys like Jevan Snead, Zac Robinson, Jarrett Brown, and especially Dan LeFevour over McCoy just because I feel all these guys have higher ceilings. McCoy could go off the board in the second round if his shoulder tests out well, but I have a fourth round grade at the most on him for my board.

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