Erik McCoy was another player that became a draft darling throughout the workout process and what people discovered is that him shining it workouts wasn’t out of nowhere. He was a standout on Texas A&M’s offensive line for years and his play showed his value.
Ultimately, he didn’t rise quite as high as some thought he might but as a center/guard prospect, he has tremendous value in the middle of the second round. Nick Martin is the holdover at center and has been a decent pass blocker but terrible in the run game. McCoy represents an upgrade at both.
He was a key leader along the offensive line and on the offense in general. He was not highly recruited out of high school in Lufkin, TX but he worked his butt off at A&M and it showed. He is extremely athletic and technically sound. The Houston Texans could try to move Martin to guard or they could let McCoy operate at guard even though he played it sparingly at A&M where he was mostly a center.
McCoy is a stout lineman with enough power and athleticism to excel for a long time. He also rises to the occasion with some of his best tape showing up against the top tier defensive linemen that came off in the board in the first round from Clemson and Alabama.