Quarterback Colt McCoy- #12 University of Texas
Accuracy: Shows good touch on passes to the flats. Throws most passes to zone routes- receivers are in an opening and not moving. Shows great touch on fade routes to his left. Hits on around 81% of his passes throughout his career. Does play in a system built to accentuate his accuracy.
Arm strength: Good zip on crossing routes. Throws hard to openings at 10-15 yards. Pushes the ball deep when throwing right and left. Leads receivers deep over the middle, but can put the ball in their chest too.
Athleticism/mobility: A respected runner by defenders. The UT offense is designed around his ability to pass and run. Led UT in rushing during ’08 season. Can run inside and out. Gets around five called running plays per game. One of the more agile passing quarterbacks in college football. A good all-around athlete. Solid balance and lower body flexibility. Runs low to the ground and high on his toes.
Decision making: Runs a no-huddle offense and makes many line calls. Throws very few interceptions. Will run before forcing the ball into a bad spot. Throws well under pressure. Doesn’t jump or throw off his back foot.
Field vision: Has poor backside vision at times- especially when stepping up. Sees openings to run and will step up to throw. Is tall enough to see passing lanes and look downfield when behind his line.
Mechanics: Adjusts the position of the ball depending on the route he is throwing (i.e. nose of the ball up, flat, down). Holds the ball high on his right shoulder. A good follow through with wrist snap. Varies his drop depending on the hot route- generally a two step for quick routes and three step for deeper routes. Very fast delivery. No hitches in his motion.
Pocket awareness/poise: Plays from the shotgun. Gets good depth on two and three-step drops. Consistent in his drops and footwork. Can throw running left and right. Does get sacked more than you’d like, but is playing in a zone system. Would like to see better awareness from his backside.
Touch: Has shown very good touch on passes underneath, and deep. Excels at routes under 15 yards and across the middle. Throws a very catchable ball that gives his receiver room to run after the catch. When throwing deep McCoy makes up for a less than rocket arm with good touch to the outside shoulder.
Final Word: McCoy is one of the more polarizing players in the 2010 Draft. Many scouts believe he is a franchise quarterback, while others contend he is an undersized system passer. McCoy’s success will be based on his work-ethic and football IQ- two very underrated attributes for starting quarterbacks. McCoy is a lock to hear his name called in the first round.