Former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy didn’t hesitate answering a question about his off-field interests away from football.
“I just enjoy laying in bed with my dogs, Rose and Rico,” McCoy said. “A German shepherd mix and a pit/ lab mix, I got them both from the shelter. They’re the most cuddly dogs you’ll ever meet.”
McCoy missed being with his dogs when he trained for the NFL Combine at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney earlier this off-season, but boosting his NFL Draft stock is on the front-burner right now.
The 6-foot-4, 303-pound McCoy had a terrific showing at the Combine, running a sub-4.9-second 40-yard dash (4.89) and repping the 225-pound bench press 25 times. His 40-yard time was the fastest of any O-linemen at the Combine.
Now it’s on to Texas A&M’s Pro Day for McCoy. The Aggies will host NFL executives and scouts on Tuesday.
‘Cuddly’ probably won’t come up when teams are talking to McCoy about his on-field abilities. This is a guy who started three years at Texas A&M, and is viewed as one of the top centers in this year’s class.
The Star-Telegram caught up with McCoy earlier this off-season during a media event at MJP.
You were lightly recruited coming out of Lufkin. How would you assess your college career?
I would say it went great. Coming in I wasn’t very highly recruited, so I don’t think there was a ton expected out of me. Just to go above and beyond those expectations, that’s an amazing feeling. I had great teammates there that made it possible. I made bonds in that offensive line room that will never be broken. There’ll be guys who are in my wedding from that room.
What kind of player are NFL teams getting if they take you?
Overall they’re going to get a guy who loves football. A guy who loves to compete day in and day out, who is going to stay after practice to get better. And a guy who is just really, really going to do what he can to help the team win. That’s my biggest thing -- winning.
How do you handle being the ‘captain’ of the O-line as center?
I love it. The center has to set everybody else up on the offensive line. It’s a tough mental position, along with a tough physical position, especially if you had a head up nose. I think people are really starting to realize that.
Do you feel like you have position flex?
Yes. I feel most comfortable at center since I have the most reps there, the most time there. But I also played guard every spring at A&M and had two starts at guard. I have the flexibility to move around.
Any center in the NFL you compare well with?
I wouldn’t say I compare well with anyone at that level yet, but we watched a lot of Mike Pouncey film with Coach [Jim] Turner. He coached Pouncey with the Miami Dolphins. He’s an athletic center who is strong and can pretty much handle anything that comes at him. Then, of course, everybody says Jason Kelce because the things he can do is ridiculous.”
Finally, what can A&M fans expect from QB Kellen Mond next season?
I think he’s about to take another step forward. You saw the jump, everyone saw the jump from freshman to sophomore year, and I think he’ll make an even bigger jump from his sophomore to junior year.