Scouting Report: Colt McCoy

Written by Will Spencer on February 18, 2010

Colt McCoy

Position: QB School: Texas
Height: 6’1 1/8" Weight: 216 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.79

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

2nd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 3
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 5.5
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9

Quarterback Specific Categories


Max. Value


Decision Making 10 8
Arm Strength 7 4
Accuracy 10 8.5
Mechanics/Footwork 7 4.5
Mobility 6 4.5
Release Quickness 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


A 4 year starter in one of the top programs in the nation. Production is through the roof. Quick release. Short, underneath and intermediate throws are very accurate. Ideal for a west coast offense. Solid mobility. Knows when to scramble and flashes athletic ability when he does. Speed is solid for a pocket passer. Knows when to slide when running but not afraid to put his body on the line. Footwork in the pocket is adequate and steps up well to avoid rush. Knows when to throw the ball away. Does an adequate job reading the defense and identifying coverages and blitzers. Seems very comfortable running a 2 minute drill offense. A true leader on the field. High character player and high work ethic.


Doesn’t possess ideal size and could stand to add some weight at the next level. Played in a QB friendly offense that creates large windows to throw the ball. Wasn’t a traditional pocket passer as the Texas offense allowed him to throw while outside of the pocket or many occasions and line up in the shotgun more often than in NFL. Needs work on mechanics. Motion is fine up until release point, which doesn’t come out at the highest point (3/4). Often throws off his back foot, relying on his arm, and doesn’t rotate his hips and drive through the ball like he should. Arm strength isn’t a threat and doesn’t have a nice deep pass. Majority of his passes at Texas were short to intermediate length, relying on yards after the catch. Not strong enough to escape tacklers once they get their arms around him.


McCoy will be better suited to play in a west coast offense in the NFL that relies on the short to intermediate passing game. His size, strength and mechanics aren’t ideal but he is a hard worker with a high football IQ. Production and experience are unmatched. McCoy could have been a first round draft pick had he entered the draft after after his junior season, which possibly led to over-analysis. Might be one of those players that finds a home with the right scheme and excels once he gets the chance. Won’t be a world beater but should be an above average starter in the NFL. Could benefit from working behind a veteran QB for a year or two. Won’t have any off-field issues for an NFL team and will continue to be a hard worker wherever he lands. Was heavily involved in charity works and overseas missionary work.


McCoy is a 4 year starter at Texas

Awards and Honors

2009: 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year. 2009 Maxwell Award (collegiate player of the Year), Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (nation’s top senior quarterback) winner. Unanimous first-team All-America selection. Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Finalist for the Manning Award (nation’s top quarterback after the bowls), Campbell Trophy (formerly Draddy Trophy) which recognizes all-around excellence on the field, in the classroom and in society.
2008: Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award and the Manning Award finalist. Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press. Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Chevrolet NCAA Offensive Player of the Year, Archie Griffin Award winner (Touchdown Club of Columbus) and Sporting News Co-Player of the Year. First-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, and the WCFF. Second-team All-American by The Associated Press.
2007: First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
2006: Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist. The Sporting News’ National Freshman of the Year. Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches and the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press. Second-team All-Big 12 honors. First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection


Sports management major at Texas. First-team Academic All-Big 12 selection 2006, 2007 and 2008.


McCoy’s mother, Debra, was a shooting guard in basketball and father, Brad, was a safety in football at Abilene Christian. Brother, Chance, is a sophomore wide receiver at Abilene Christian.


McCoy did not miss a single game due to injury. However, he missed almost the entire BCS Championship Game against Alabama in his senior year due to what was reported as a pinched nerve in his shoulder.

Career Stats
Year Comp Att % Yards TD INT Sacks Rush Yds Rush TD
2009 332 470 70.6 3521 27 12 30 348 3
2008 332 433 76.7 3859 34 8 24 561 11
2007 276 424 65.1 3303 22 18 24 510 4
2006 217 318 68.2 2570 29 7 14 170 2

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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