- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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The one certain thing about the NFL Rank project is that it invites debate. The placement of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy at No. 38 among offensive players is a perfect case in point.
McCoy is 25. He is one of the most explosive offensive players in the game, capable of breaking a long run at any time. The 63 experts polled by ESPN to formulate these rankings gave him a score of 7.67, ranking him two spots ahead of Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Beating out the reigning Super Bowl MVP looks good, but McCoy is behind the three offensive linemen who landed from 40 to 42, as well as 30-year-old Frank Gore and 34-year-old Reggie Wayne.
It's hard to believe the average NFL coach or general manager wouldn't jump at McCoy ahead of some of those guys.
But McCoy bears the mark of being part of the Eagles' 4-12 debacle of a 2012 season. He played in only 12 games, rushing for 840 yards and only two touchdowns. A concussion sustained in the closing minutes of a 31-6 loss in Washington cost McCoy four games.
That said, McCoy appears poised for a monster season in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. Kelly will emphasize the run much more than Andy Reid ever did, and McCoy should be the beneficiary.