In the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears selected TCU cornerback Greg McCoy.
McCoy (5-10, 181) was a two-year starter at corner. He wasn’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. At his pro day, he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, posted 12 reps in the bench press, a 38-inch vertical jump, a 10-0 broad jump, 4.19 short shuttle and a 6.62 three-cone drill.
McCoy is undersized and limited as a cornerback, although he did have seven career interceptions. Yet his value to the Bears will come on special teams. In his senior season, he was named an All-American kick returner by CBSSports.com and Yahoo! Sports. He was also named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year.
In 2011, McCoy led the Mountain West and ranked sixth nationally in kickoff return average at 30.6 yards. He returned a kick 94 yards for a touchdown to begin the second half against Louisiana-Monroe, marking the first for TCU to begin the second half since 2005, and also enjoyed a 99-yard kickoff return for a score against UNLV.
For his career, McCoy returned 52 kickoffs for 1,505 yards (28.9 avg) and three touchdowns.
The Bears already have one of the most dynamic return men in the NFL in Devin Hester, and also signed Eric Weems and Devin Thomas this offseason, both accomplished returners. If McCoy is go to make the 2012 squad, he’ll have to show he’s better than those players already on the roster.
At the very least, the Bears could stash him away on the practice squad and call him up if any other return men in front of him are lost to injury.
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