ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay solid on RB David Wilson, low on CB Jayron Hosley, very high on WR Danny Coale
Todd McShay, the director of college football scouting for ESPN Scouts Inc., was kind enough to do a teleconference today to discuss the upcoming NFL Combine, which takes place Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.
I had a chance to ask him about former Hokies running back David Wilson, cornerback Jayron Hosley and receiver Danny Coale. Here’s his brief scouting report on each:
“I like him. I don’t he has great vision and patience as a back. He flashes it but sometime he gets a little greedy and tries to bounce too many inside runs to the outside. I think that’s one thing you’ve got to work on. I think he’s good just about everywhere else. His adequate hands can be a weapon in the passing game. Good agility, good power, very good balance I think as a runner, but he’s just not a huge guy, not great in terms of his initial explosiveness. And I think that [and] his patience, those two things, keep him out of the first round. I think he’ll wind up being the second or third back taken, but probably somewhere in the second round.”
“Actually, I was a little disappointed in him this year. I thought he’d play better. He’s obviously a ball hawk. He does a great job on the ball in the air. He has very good instincts and does a lot of little things well. But when you start to look at the complete package of what you need at the cornerback position, he doesn’t have great size. He’s only around 175 pounds. And he’s not overly physical against the run. I just thought that he wasn’t as quick or explosive out of his peddle. I don’t know. I think that he’s just a few notches away from being where he needs to be from going in and compete to even be a No. 3 or No. 4 and I thought he could easily use another year at Virginia Tech and just didn’t come out. But he did and will probably wind up in the third- or fourth-round range.”
On Coale, who McShay said in this video could be a third- or fourth-round pick (fast-forward to the 1:55 mark):
“I like him. I just think, he’s a little dinged up now, but you’re talking about a guy who produced at a high level in college, he has the size, around 6 feet, he’s in the 195-pound range. I think he runs well. I think that’s the misconception is that he doesn’t run well. I’m not sure if he’s going to be healthy enough to run at the combine [edit: Coale pulled a muscle near his rib prior to the Shrine Bowl], if he doesn’t he’ll be at the pro day, but at some point it won’t surprise me if he runs in the 4.4 range. I just love his toughness, the way he plays, his ability to catch the ball in traffic. I’m not saying he’s going to be a No. 2 [receiver], but I am saying that he can be a very productive No. 3 in the NFL and be in the league for a long time, the type of guy who can bring versatility.”