The Eagles have taken Pitt running back LeSean McCoy with the 53rd selection, in the second round. The Eagles showed a lot of interest in McCoy before the draft, many observers, including McCoy, thought he wouldn't last until 53rd. He did.
This is the first time in the Andy Reid era that the Eagles have used their first two picks on offensive players. The Birds last picked two offensive players with their first two picks in 1996, taking guard Jermane Mayberry at 25 from Texas A&M-Kingsville and tight end Jason Dunn at 54 from Eastern Kentucky.
Throw in the trade for Jason Peters and the signing of Stacy Andrews and this offseason has been all about the offense for the Birds. They will make their final eight picks Sunday, six of them in the fifth and sixth rounds, unless they trade up.
Reid met with reporters after the second-round pick and noted that the Eagles used one of their 30 opportunities to ask players to visit NovaCare on McCoy, who hails from the same Harrisburg high school as Ricky Watters (Bishop McDevitt). In fact, in a conference call with reporters at NovaCare, McCoy said he talks to Watters "all the time." Asked if he knew what "for who, for what?" meant, McCoy said: "I don't know too much about that."
Reid said McCoy is "very elusive in the open field, and shows great vision between the tackles," as well as catching the ball smoothly, something important in the Birds' offense. Reid said McCoy had "a taste" of West Coast concepts and terminologies at Pitt, but needs to work on his blocking. Reid said the Panthers cut block more than the Eagles.
McCoy, who doesn't turn 21 until July 12, said his visit included "a great interview," and that he "kind of figured the coaches had a thing for me."
He said he is looking forward to playing with Brian Westbrook; obviously, Westbrook is going to be asked about the Birds drafting an eventual replacement, but McCoy noted that many NFL teams used two-back systems now.
"I think I can help him out," he said.
Here is more on McCoy:
High School: Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.
Early entry: Played two seasons at Pitt before declaring for draft.
Numbers: Posted consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, joining Tony Dorsett and Curvin Richards as the only Pitt players to do that … Played in 25 games, with 35 rushing touchdowns and 36 total TDs … Those 36 TDs set the school, Big East and NCAA record for most TDs produced by a player as a freshman and sophomore … Was named Big East Rookie of the Year, leading all freshmen in the country with 110.67 yards per game rushing (21st in the nation overall). Set the conference freshman rushing record with 1,328 yards on 276 carries and 14 TDs … Also caught 33 passes for 244 yards and a score to finish third in the Big East with 131 all-purpose yards per game … As a sophomore, was a second-team All-American. Finished with 1,488 yards rushing on 308 carries with 21 TDs. Caught 32 passes for 305 yards. Was third in the Big East with an average of 139.2 all-purpose yards.
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