Friday, January 8, 2010

Colt McCoy: A Third Round Draft Pick If He's Lucky

If Thursday wasn't the worst day in Texas QB Colt McCoy's life, then the dude has had a pretty bad life.

Not only did Texas fall to Alabama in the National Championship, not only was it McCoy's last game as a scholar-athlete, not only did McCoy injure his shoulder and play only five downs, but Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead also declared NFL draft eligible.

Snead's declaration likely drops McCoy to the fifth quarterback on the board on draft day if he's lucky. Snead isn't viewed as "NFL ready" yet, but that seems to be the story of the day when it comes to Quarterbacks in the 2010 NFL draft; with Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen, and Sam Bradford joining what looks to be an interesting QB draft class. High profile to say the least.

Personally, I don't think McCoy's shoulder is going to be a major injury, yet the last thing NFL scouts want is a QB with shoulder problems. Through Chad Pennington we saw how nagging those could be; and through Sam Bradford we saw how crippling they could be to a QB's draft stock.

So tonight's win for Alabama may have been great, but it's not the story of the night. Not for me at least. Alabama will be back next year. Colt McCoy on the other hand? It's rare we see an "A List" Football player have such a traumatic day. I think McCoy will bounce back and be drafted to be just what I always presumed he'd be; a great backup who could potential be an NFL starter.

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