Defensive end Chris McCoy, the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was drafted today by the NFL as the 212th overall pick in the seventh round.
McCoy is the first Blue Raider taken in the NFL Draft since DE Erik Walden went in the sixth round to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.
McCoy, out of Villa Rica, Ga., had a breakout season in 2009 with a career-best 64 tackles, a conference high 20.0 tackles for loss, and seven sacks. He ranked sixth nationally in tackles for loss and 14th in sacks, while also adding two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, and three hurries in leading the Blue Raiders to a 10-3 season and a victory in the New Orleans Bowl.
One of McCoy's most memorable games came during the 2009 season in the win at Maryland. The athletic end registered nine tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup, and a blocked field goal in keying the Blue Raiders' upset of the Terps.
McCoy, the second defensive end ever drafted by the Blue Raiders, ranks sixth on the all-time MT list in quarterback sacks (11.0) and eighth in tackles for loss (26.5).