There has been much debate lately as to whether Colt McCoy will be as successful in the NFL as he was in college. Based upon wins, McCoy is college football’s all-time winningest quarterback and I can bet that he won’t be the NFL’s. That is not taking a shot at him. I am just being a realist. McCoy started all four years at Texas, beginning his freshman year, set forty-seven school records and an NCAA record with a 76.7 completion percentage as a junior. So needless to say, McCoy is a gifted quarterback with excellent NFL potential. He has good mechanics, he is a mobile quarterback that can throw on the run and move outside the pocket if a play breaks down, and he is smart with the football. Taking snaps under center can prove to be a difficult transition for someone that took the majority of snaps in the shotgun formation in college. That could take some time getting used to but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. McCoy would be best in a West Coast-style offense where he could use his athletic ability to move around in the pocket, sprint out and create some plays. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before he emerges as the best quarterback of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Colt McCoy joined 790 The Zone in Atlanta to talk about how his shoulder is doing and what it was like to throw at his Pro Day throwing in front of NFL scouts, who he compares himself to that has played in the NFL, and where he would like to play football if he could hand-pick his team.
How his shoulder is doing and what it was like to throw at his Pro Day throwing in front of NFL scouts:
“My shoulder is great. It is back to one hundred percent. Everything is fine. I have been cleared and working out every day and throwing every day and I feel really good. My Pro Day, it went really well. I have had a couple of private workouts with some teams and I continue to get stronger and stronger. My shoulder right now is as strong as it has ever been. I am weighing more and I feel better than I ever have before.”
Who he compares himself to that has played in the NFL:
“It is funny. I just left the Browns and Coach Holmgren kind of compared me to Steve Young and Joe Montana and just said that I have the intangibles that I have at this point in their career when they were coming out of college. He expects me to be just like they were. I think that is a good comparison and obviously people would compare me to Drew Brees a little bit. I think because of our height. I was about six-one and a half and so you never know. I know how hard and I know how hard I prepare and nobody is going to work harder than me or be more prepared going into a game than I am and I expect to do exactly what I did in college and that is come in there and win games. I know that I t is going to be different. I know that it is going to be a transition but I am going to work my tail off and earn the respect of my teammates and coaches and go to work.”
Where he would like to play football if he could hand-pick his team:
“You know what I think I will have to say once I get done with these trips. I have really enjoyed and I absolutely enjoyed Coach Holmgren. He is a class act and I could definitely see myself playing in their organization. I think that it would be a tremendous opportunity and they have a lot of good things going for them and Coach Mangini and their staff has been awesome. So you never know. You never know. I know that God is going to put me in the right place and we’ll go to work from there. Nothing is going to given to you. It never has been my whole life and I’m going to have to earn something. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
What his first big purchase is going to be when he gets paid:
“I don’t know. I would probably buy my mom a car. I am a pretty blessed guy. I don’t need too much. I am pretty simple and I just want to play the game for a long time.”
How getting drafted would be a dream come true:
“It is. It is. Very excited. I am going to sit and have dinner with my family and whether that is in New York or whether that is back home, I haven’t decided yet, it is going to be a great day. It is going to be a tremendous day.”
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