Running back McCoy 'OK' at Pitt Pro Day

Kevin Gorman
| Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Drew Rosenhaus draped an arm over the shoulders of LeSean McCoy after the running back's workout at Pitt's Pro Day, the agent offering his client condolences instead of congratulations.

Two months after declaring early for the NFL Draft, McCoy was hoping to improve his stock Tuesday the same way former Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis did in 2007.

Instead, McCoy was disappointed with a performance he rated "OK" after reportedly running the 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range and turning in below-average measurements in the jumps.

"I don't think I blew out anybody with the way I performed," McCoy said. "I'll be honest with you; I wouldn't say that. But I think I did fairly well. I think they were more impressed with my strength. As far as a running back, I think everybody knew I could catch the ball, I could run and I could cut.

"I wanted to blow out my 40, which I didn't."

McCoy was battling the flu last month and didn't participate in the NFL Scouting Combine, so this was his chance to impress scouts and coaches from 25 NFL teams, which included the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and Carolina's John Fox.

Where Revis ascended from a late first-round projection to No. 14 overall by the New York Jets after running a sub-4.4 40 and recording a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, McCoy will likely remain on the bubble of the first and second rounds after being measured at 29 inches in the vertical and 8-11 in the broad jump.

By comparison, Connecticut's Donald Brown ran a 4.51 40 with a 41 12-inch vertical and 10-5 broad jump at the NFL Combine, with the latter tests designed to measure power and explosiveness.

"People said (McCoy) did exactly what they projected," said Rosenhaus, who noted that McCoy has gained six pounds to 204. "They were glad to see he put some weight back on. He was very sick — and I don't like to make excuses for guys, and he certainly won't make any excuses — but I still don't think he's 100 percent."

If there is a silver lining, it's that McCoy actually surpassed some expectations with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and is still projected as a potential late first-round pick.

Rosenhaus said McCoy's production — he rushed for 2,816 yards and 35 touchdowns in two seasons — should speak for itself, and he believes teams looking for a back will base their choice on his film.

"I personally think he's the best running back in the draft," Rosenhaus said. "I think he should be the first running back drafted. I told him I really don't care what he runs the 40 in or what he jumps. It's all about the film.

"He was the best running back in America, in my opinion, and when you look at the game film, it shows that. He's going to be a great running back in the pros."

Notes: Receiver Derek Kinder opened eyes by running the 40 in 4.46 seconds. ... Tailback LaRod Stephens-Howling boasted the best 40 times with low 4.4s and is drawing interest as a return specialist. ... Nose tackle Rashaad Duncan showed nimbleness at 6-foot-1 12, 300 pounds by recording a 31 12-inch vertical and 9-3 broad jump and by doing drills with the linebackers.

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