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Erik McCoy 2019 NFL Draft Profile

The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Texas A&M three-year center Erik Mccoy is leaving College Station for his chance at the NFL.

Background

Position: Offensive Guard/Center

Class: Redshirt Junior

2018 stats: Rimington Trophy Watch List

Size: 6-foot-4, 304 pounds

McCoy has been the best Texas A&M offensive lineman over the last few years. He decided to leave with one year of eligibility remaining and is now one of the top interior line prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In his first season on campus, McCoy redshirted. He did, however, earn a spot in the starting lineup for the Aggies at center as a redshirt freshman, starting all 13 games. As a sophomore, McCoy started in every game, but also saw some time at guard. For his junior season, McCoy started all 13 games at center as a team captain and helped running back Trayveon Williams lead the SEC in rushing. In the three seasons he played, the Aggies posted a record of 24-15 with one bowl win.

He certainly got a lot of quality reps and playing time at Texas A&M against quality SEC competition. McCoy should now be drafted before the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft is over.

Strengths

McCoy has great body control, which makes him a solid prospect. After snapping the ball, McCoy moves well both straight ahead and laterally. He can get to defenders who aren’t lined up directly in front of him. This includes when he pulls, or when he gets to the second level.

His agility and movement skills allow him to be a solid pass blocker. He can mirror the movements of the defensive linemen. McCoy is able to pick up blitzers, who are faster than him, because of his ability to move.

He has good strength that should be able to handle most defensive linemen. McCoy will have to add some strength to be more effective, but he has a solid base from which to start with. NFL coaches will love to work with his strength and go from there.

Weaknesses

One of his main weaknesses is his length, as he may not have the arms to hold off pass rushers in the NFL. Nose tackles will be able to bull rush and other linemen will be able to get around him easier due to his lack of length.

McCoy needs to work on his hand-fighting more. It was inconsistent at Texas A&M and to be truly effective, he’ll need to strike with better timing and power. This isn’t a terrible weakness, as NFL coaches should be able to help coach him on this aspect.

He’ll need to process things better as unique blitzes did throw him off at times. McCoy will need to switch and see things better in the NFL. If he can learn more about how defenses will attack him, he could develop into a very good quality center.

Projected Draft Range: Second Round-Fourth Round

 

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