Scouting Report: Rico McCoy
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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
2007: 2nd team All-SEC.
Legal studies major at Tennessee.
Medical redshirt as a freshman for a foot injury. No history of injuries since.
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