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Matt McCoy OLB San Diego St. 6’ 234
By: Robert Davis

Over the past two seasons, there may not have been a better linebacker duo in the country than what the Aztecs lined up with. Matt McCoy outside with Kirk Morrison inside was the heart of the San Diego St. defense. After starting 8 games as a freshman, McCoy had a huge sophomore season. He finished the year with 125 tackles, 13 for loss, with 4 sacks. He led the MWC in tacklers per game that season. As a junior his numbers dipped a little, but he was still very active and productive. He had 90 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and 3 sacks.

McCoy has virtually every trait you want in a linebacker. He has that ultimate linebacker mentality, playing with a nasty streak on the field and being as tough as they come. He won’t back down from anyone. He displays good athleticism, and the speed to close on the ball. He has great instincts and always around the play, whether dropping back or attacking the line of scrimmage.

At barely 6’ tall, McCoy is a little short for linebacker in the NFL. His 230lb. frame will only allow him to play weakside at the next level. He could use to get a little stronger as he can be taken out of plays by blockers when moving towards the line of scrimmage.

McCoy is a solid weak side linebacker prospect, and should be a special teams demon at the next level. His lack of great size will hurt him come draft day. McCoy was a surprise early entry candidate this year, and probably should have returned to school. With Kirk Morrison moving on, he would have been the unquestioned leader of that defense, and that could have helped him a lot in terms of his draft position. As it stands right now, McCoy looks like an early day two prospect that could surprise down the line.

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