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Chris McCoy

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 261 | College: Middle Tennessee
 
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Overview

NFL teams buying into the move to 3-4 base defense are scouring college football for athletic defensive ends to switch to linebacker so they can rush the passer and chase down running backs and receivers on the perimeter. Though short on experience on the outside, McCoy has the physical tools to succeed there.

He started playing high school football as a junior, flying a bit under the recruiting radar. After a redshirt season, McCoy earned time in 11 games as a reserve, making six tackles, including a sack and forced fumble. In 2007, McCoy made three starts in 10 games, wrapping up 17 tackles. Although he didn't start any games as a junior, the 25 tackles, five for loss and three sacks portended his 2009 campaign, as McCoy closed out his career with first-team All-Sun Belt recognition (and conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year) with 64 tackles, 20 for loss, seven sacks, three pass break-ups and a blocked kick.

Scouting directors and general managers who hadn't seen McCoy before the East-West Shrine Game found out all about his quickness and underrated strength in the Orlando practices. And although he mostly played with his hand down at MTSU, McCoy played enough standing up to convince one of those 3-4 teams that he could make the transition; they may, therefore, be willing use a fifth- or sixth-round pick to acquire his services.

Analysis

Read & React: Must improve here to be more than a role player or special teamer. Hesitates and takes too many false steps on misdirection plays or meeting elusive ballcarriers. Best when hustling to the ball when it is directly in his path.

Run defense: Generally strong anchor on the edge and keeps blockers at bay with his length. Good upper-body strength to punch off block to chase down ballcarriers. Keeps containment on the outside, and gets to the corner with speed and hustle. Provides backside run support with length and speed. Does not feel trap blocks, getting washed out of too many plays. Gets stuck in trash. Runs a bit upright at times, and needs to consistently keep his knees bent to flow to the ball and improve his change of direction ability.

Pass defense: Occasionally dropped into zone coverage. Better running straight-line than in his hip turn but still has quickness to get deep in his drops. Capable of running (and matching up physically) with many tight ends at the next level, but inexperienced in man coverage. Attacks receivers making catches in front of him, but must improve awareness of routes behind him in zones. No interceptions in his career.

Tackling: Good chase tackler, willing to push back piles or be the second or third man in. Hustles to opposite sideline when needed to prevent huge plays. Not explosive into the ballcarrier, but has strength and length to secure tackles laterally or from behind. Very good closing speed on plays in the backfield, including sacks. Slows down backs with arm tackle, but is only average in his strength and ability to corral elusive backs one-on-one in space.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Can explode off the snap when in full pass-rush mode, but lacks flexibility to turn the corner. Gives nice secondary effort to bring down the quarterback. Pushes back tackles with his strength but won't overwhelm NFL linemen. Needs to vary his pass rush moves, though his inside spin move can be effective. Hands are not violent enough to disengage from solid blocks. Must work on defeating the cut block with his hands, though he can recover quickly enough to get back into the play.

Intangibles: Worked his way up the depth charts during his time in Murfreesboro; some scouts consider him a one-year wonder. Good effort on the practice field and during games. Also puts in his time in the weight room. Loads of upside without any character red flags.

Career Notes

2009 - Named honorable mention All-American by SI.com … Voted the Sun Belt Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media … Selected the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News … Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by the league's coaches and media … Voted 1st team All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele … Named 1st team All-Sun Belt by Rivals.com … Named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 21 … Earned a Helmet Sticker from ESPN.com on Sept. 20 … Voted the National Defensive Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards on Sept. 20 … Invited to the 2010 East-West Shrine All-Star Game … 2008 - Voted the most improved defensive lineman in strength and conditioning and most improved overall during the spring.

2009 Season

Played and started all 13 games … Registered 680 total snaps to rank second among linemen and had season-high 64 at FAU … Earned 11 winning grades from the coaches … Finished his career year with 64 tackles to rank first among linemen and fourth on the team … Also added a team and conference high 20.0 TFLs to go along with 7.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick and three hurries … Ranked 6th nationally in tackles for loss and 14th in quarterback sacks … Had four tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Clemson … Turned in four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack against Memphis … Enjoyed a career game at Maryland with nine tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, fumble recovery, pass breakup, and a blocked field goal … Collected five tackles to go with 1.5 tackles for loss in win over North Texas … Added seven stops against Mississippi State to go with two for loss of yards … Had a pass breakup at FAU to go with two stops … Turned in seven solo tackles, including 3.0 for loss of yards, and two sacks against FIU … Had four tackles to go with two TFLs, a sack, and a pass breakup … Turned in six solo stops against ASU while adding two TFLs, a sack and a quarterback hurry … Collected 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in win over ULM … Recorded five tackles in New Orleans Bowl win over USM.

2008 Season

Played in all 12 games and was in on 382 total snaps … For the year he collected 25 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, three sacks, and recovered two fumbles (coaches had him with 39 total tackles) … Earned eight winning grades from the coaches … Voted the most improved defensive lineman in strength and conditioning and most improved overall during the spring … Collected a tackle, fumble recovery, and a pass breakup in opener against Troy … Turned in four tackles at Kentucky and added four more in win over FAU as he played a season-best 49 snaps … Had four tackles and a TFL at FIU … Registered two TFLs and a sack in win over ULM … Turned in 1.5 sacks in road win over WKU … Had four tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery against North Texas.

2007 Season

Played in 10 games and earned three starts … Had a career-best 17 tackles to go with a pass breakup, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble … Played 275 total snaps including 55 against UVA … Collected one stop at FAU in 29 snaps played … Had three tackles at Louisville and was in on 35 plays … Also had three stops against No. 2 LSU … Registered two tackles and a forced fumble against WKU … Tallied two tackles and a pass breakup in win over FIU and added two stops against Virginia and one in win over Memphis … Did not play against ASU or North Texas due to an foot injury … Had a fumble recovery in win at ULM … Added two solo stops against ULL.

2006 Season

Saw action in 11 games and tallied six tackles on the season, including a sack and a forced fumble … Came out of spring drills listed number two at defensive end behind Erik Walden … Played just 16 snaps on defense in win over FIU and recorded two tackles, a quarterback sack, and a forced fumble to earn a "winning performance" by the coaching staff … Had one tackle at Maryland … Played 33 snaps against Tennessee Tech and earned a "winning performance" … Registered one tackle in 26 plays at Oklahoma … Did not have a tackle against North Texas or Louisville … Had one stop in five plays at Louisiana-Monroe and one in five snaps at Louisiana-Lafayette … Was in on seven plays each against FAU and ASU and was in on 18 at South Carolina.

2005 Season

Took a redshirt year.

High School

Lettered in football and basketball at Villa Rica High School … Only started playing football as a junior … Collected 120 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior … Registered three sacks and forced a fumble in a game against Harrison County … Was the starting center on Villa Rica's basketball team where he averaged double figures two years in a row.

Personal

Parents: Joe McCoy and Levonia Miller … Born: 11/25/86 … Major: Undecided.

 
 
Latest News
04/26/2010 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 7/212 -- Chris McCoy, OLB, 6-4, 250, Middle Tennessee, Every Parcells-led regime stockpiles athletic defensive linemen and McCoy dominated his conference his senior year with 59 tackles, including 20 for losses and seven sacks.

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