McCoy Picked By Philly In 2nd Round

Former Pitt tailback LeSean McCoy held an NFL Draft party for family and friends and agent Drew Rosenhaus at the Four Points Sheraton in Harrisburg, but the group couldn't celebrate until late Saturday night when the Philadelphia Eagles chose him with the 53rd overall pick in the second round.

LeSean McCoy, who left Pittsburgh after his sophomore season, followed three first-round running backs -- Georgia's Knowshon Moreno (No. 12, Denver Broncos), Connecticut's Donald Brown (No. 27, Indianapolis Colts) and Ohio State's Chris "Beanie" Wells (No. 31, Arizona Cardinals).

"The wait was worth it,'' McCoy said. "I know I can fit into their system very well. (And) I can learn so much from (Brian Westbrook), and I think I can help him out, as great as he is, because in the NFL they have a two-back system.''

Westbrook, the Eagles' top back, is as accomplished running the football as he is catching it. However, he has had some injury problems recently, so McCoy gives them some flexibility in the backfield.

"He has great quickness, is very elusive in the open field, great vision and catches the ball extremely well,'' Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

McCoy ran for 1,488 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore at Pitt, which made him just the third Panthers running back to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau at least twice. He had 1,328 yards and 14 scores as a freshman.

McCoy expected to be a first-round pick, but he became sick before the NFL Combine in February and did not compete. He lost about 15 pounds and struggled to get back in shape for Pitt's Pro Day and any private workouts after that, which likely led to him dropping into the second round.

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