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Would the real McCoy please step forward?

2/22/2010

The NFC East blog has begun preparations for this week's combine in Indianapolis. I'll be visiting with all the movers and shakers from the Beast, while also speaking with a lot of the potential draftees.

As Hall of Famer John Clayton writes today, University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy will be one of the most compelling storylines of the week. Unlike Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, who are recovering from injuries, McCoy will go through workouts at the combine. It's difficult to blow away scouts and coaches during a throwing session, but it's still a great opportunity for McCoy to display his competitive fire.

I'm also very curious to see what he runs in the 40-yard dash since scrambling was such an important aspect of his game at Texas. I think McCoy could use the combine to firmly establish his place in the second round or even move into the conversation as a potential first-rounder. McCoy's intangibles are off the charts, so he should clean up during the interviews.

I've spoken to a couple of AFC scouts this afternoon who are very excited about meeting with McCoy. Tim Tebow's not throwing this week in Indy because he's in the midst of making some much-needed changes to his throwing delivery. But I'm told that the criticism of Tebow's Senior Bowl week performance was way overblown.

You have to respect the fact that Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going through workouts this week. He really doesn't have anything to gain by performing in front of scouts -- other than immense respect. And like Clayton pointed out, Suh's decision to work out is putting pressure on some of the other highly regarded defensive tackles in the draft.

Prepare yourself for 'round the clock combine coverage beginning Thursday.