Scouting Report: Rico McCoy

Written by Will Spencer on April 13, 2010

Rico McCoy

Position: LB School: Tennessee
Height: 5’11 1/8" Weight: 216 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

Late Rounder/UDFA

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 2
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 5
Athletic Ability 8 7.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4
Toughness 8 4
Potential 10 5

Linebacker Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 3
Coverage 8 6
Pass Rushing 8 2
Tackling 8 3
Instincts 8 6
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very quick linebacker that can run sideline to sideline. Once he diagnoses the play, he flows to the ball quickly and can shed blocks along the way. A true finesse/speed linebacker. Knows his role on the defense and stays home when he’s supposed to. Good hips and lateral movement. Drops into coverage with ease and has adequate range.


McCoy is not a solid tackler by any means. He’s very undersized and seems to drag down the ball carrier instead of making a tackle. Strong blockers will take him out of the play as he lacks the strength needed in the lower and upper body to shed properly. Can read plays but is slow doing so.


McCoy might find his home in the NFL as a core special teams player and a rotational LB on defense. He has the quickness to and range in coverage to play on 3rd downs but doesn’t have the physical qualities you’d like to see for 1st and 2nd down. McCoy will struggle throughout his career with his small size as he practically has the same build of a safety playing weak side linebacker.


McCoy was a three year starter at Tennessee.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: 2nd team All-SEC.
2006: n/a
2005: n/a


Legal studies major at Tennessee.


Medical redshirt as a freshman for a foot injury. No history of injuries since.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 114 70 44 0 6 0 0
2008 87 38 49 1 0 0 0
2007 106 45 61 1 1 1 0
2006 37 20 17 0 1 0 0

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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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