McCoy shows limitations; Kindle, Thomas tweak injuries

A slew of NFL scouts, coaches and personnel men made the trip to Austin on Wednesday for Texas’ pro day but really didn’t learn anything they didn’t already know about QB Colt McCoy, outside linebacker/defensive end Sergio Kindle, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Lamarr Houston.

Colt McCoy's physical skills didn't impress scouts at pro day.
Colt McCoy’s physical skills didn’t impress scouts at pro day.

• McCoy has received a ton of hype as an elite prospect, but he did not look like a top-level prospect during his workout Wednesday.

As expected, McCoy was attentive to detail and sound fundamentally but his physical skills just aren’t noteworthy. He was consistently accurate throughout his workout, but that’s his forte.

McCoy again showed limited arm strength and confirmed our concerns that he will not be able to complete the 15- to 20-yard passes with zip. In fact, many of his passes fluttered.

McCoy won more games and garnered more media attention in college career than Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, but McCoy’s workout was not close to as good as Bradford’s on Monday and the difference between the two prospects is glaring.

• Kindle was unable to "wow" NFL personnel men Wednesday in terms of athleticism, but he definitely impressed with his toughness and commitment.

Kindle tweaked an ankle/knee injury during the 60-yard shuttle early Wednesday and then clearly wasn’t 100 percent during the position drills later in the day. He still toughed it out and completed the workout.

He was more impressive moving forward in the defensive end drills than he was in the linebacker drills, but some of that definitely could be traced to his leg problems and the fact he played end in college.

His struggles in the linebacker drills Wednesday should not hurt his draft stock, and his willingness to work through the pain will help him in many coaches’ eyes.

• Thomas pulled a hamstring running the 40-yard dash Wednesday and basically disappeared thereafter. He was not able to do any more of the Combine-type tests and did not go through any position drills. If he is to pass Tennessee’s Eric Berry and become the first safety drafted—a real possibility—he must schedule a workout in mid-April.

• Houston had a good all-around workout and showed his athleticism. He showed the quick footwork and hands that NFL coaches covet and gave an excellent effort throughout the workout—sort of his trademark. Houston did not have a knockout day, but he looked good in nearly all the drills.

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus an updated mock draft (now three rounds long), Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

A slew of NFL scouts, coaches and personnel men made the trip to Austin on Wednesday for Texas’ pro day but really didn’t learn anything they didn’t already know about QB Colt McCoy, outside linebacker/defensive end Sergio Kindle, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Lamarr Houston.

Colt McCoy's physical skills didn't impress scouts at pro day.
Colt McCoy’s physical skills didn’t impress scouts at pro day.

• McCoy has received a ton of hype as an elite prospect, but he did not look like a top-level prospect during his workout Wednesday.

As expected, McCoy was attentive to detail and sound fundamentally but his physical skills just aren’t noteworthy. He was consistently accurate throughout his workout, but that’s his forte.

McCoy again showed limited arm strength and confirmed our concerns that he will not be able to complete the 15- to 20-yard passes with zip. In fact, many of his passes fluttered.

McCoy won more games and garnered more media attention in college career than Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, but McCoy’s workout was not close to as good as Bradford’s on Monday and the difference between the two prospects is glaring.

• Kindle was unable to "wow" NFL personnel men Wednesday in terms of athleticism, but he definitely impressed with his toughness and commitment.

Kindle tweaked an ankle/knee injury during the 60-yard shuttle early Wednesday and then clearly wasn’t 100 percent during the position drills later in the day. He still toughed it out and completed the workout.

He was more impressive moving forward in the defensive end drills than he was in the linebacker drills, but some of that definitely could be traced to his leg problems and the fact he played end in college.

His struggles in the linebacker drills Wednesday should not hurt his draft stock, and his willingness to work through the pain will help him in many coaches’ eyes.

• Thomas pulled a hamstring running the 40-yard dash Wednesday and basically disappeared thereafter. He was not able to do any more of the Combine-type tests and did not go through any position drills. If he is to pass Tennessee’s Eric Berry and become the first safety drafted—a real possibility—he must schedule a workout in mid-April.

• Houston had a good all-around workout and showed his athleticism. He showed the quick footwork and hands that NFL coaches covet and gave an excellent effort throughout the workout—sort of his trademark. Houston did not have a knockout day, but he looked good in nearly all the drills.

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus an updated mock draft (now three rounds long), Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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