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Erik McCoy, center
6’4” | 303 lbs | Texas A&M
Projected draft range: second round
I would take him in the: second round
One-sentence bio: Started as a redshirt freshman and didn’t look back, as he started every one of his 38 collegiate games in his career.
One-sentence scouting report: Quick, athletic, easy moving interior offensive lineman with a wealth of experience.
.@AggieFootball C/G @Erik_McCoy_73 in #seniorbowl reaching and sealing Auburn NT Dontavius Russell...not easy to do. Started all 38 games. NFL scouts have conviction on him because he held his own vs. 1st rounders Q. Williams, J. Simmons, and C. Wilkins. He’ll start as rookie. pic.twitter.com/OKfh6ht9EU— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 22, 2019
How he fits in KC: You all probably know by now I would prefer to wait until after round one to select an interior offensive lineman. If the Chiefs kick off their draft with Garrett Bradbury, it would be underwhelming (although he is a very good player). If the Chiefs are intent on adding a center for Patrick Mahomes to grow with, Erik McCoy would be good value in the second or third round.
McCoy was often asked to reach difficult alignments from defensive lineman and did it with ease. He is quick off the ball, shows excellent hip fluidity, has great feet and is a good blocker in space. McCoy is smart and experienced, starting since his redshirt freshman year. He can struggle with power at times, and he’ll need to improve his hands at the next level. The Chiefs typically like their lineman able to move well, and McCoy certainly possesses that ability. Over time, he could do some or all of the things asked of Mitch Morse during his tenure in Kansas City.
McCoy would thrive in the zone scheme the Chiefs use and would give Mahomes a steady presence in the middle of the offensive line for years to come. If the Chiefs are intent on bolstering the offensive line, McCoy makes a ton of sense in the day two range.
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