Good news, bad news for Thomas
The former Texas quarterback showed his healed right shoulder to NFL scouts for the first time Wednesday, completing all 58 of his passes during a controlled workout in Austin, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
"I've been waiting for this day a long time," McCoy said. "I thought I went out there and killed it today."
The All-American won an NCAA-record 45 games as a starter at Texas, but he was knocked out of last season's BCS national championship game against Alabama on the first drive. A hard tackle pinched a nerve and caused McCoy's throwing arm to go numb. He didn't need surgery, just time to rest and rehabilitate.
McCoy said he has been patient to make sure he didn't come back from injury too soon. He said he wanted to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis, but he didn't on doctor's orders.
"With those guys, it's pitch and catch," McCoy said.
McCoy spent most of his career in the shotgun, and Wednesday's workout simulated taking snaps from under center, dropping back and rolling out. Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis called the pass routes and rollouts.
"They wanted to see me throw deep off play-action," McCoy said. "I felt like overall today I was really good."
"I thought he did a very good job," McCarthy said.
McCarthy was in Norman, Okla., on Monday to watch former Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford, who might be the first overall draft pick. Like McCoy, Bradford had a shoulder injury last season. Bradford completed all but one of his passes in front of the scouts.
"I liked this workout better. I thought Colt was challenged more in his workout as far as the types of throws," McCarthy said. "Sam was very accurate, but Sam's workout was very controlled. He didn't do as much movement."
"This is not real football, this is a workout," Carroll said. "His footwork was really good."
Carroll rated McCoy's arm strength, a question mark for some scouts, as "solid." Carroll told Brandt that McCoy has a "C-plus" arm, meaning it's slightly better than average.
McCoy passed for 13,253 yards and 112 touchdowns -- both school records -- during his Texas career. He was 45-8 as a starter and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy as a junior and a senior.
McCoy was a redshirt freshman when Vince Young led Texas to the 2005 BCS national championship. McCoy guided the Longhorns back to the title game last season, only to be hurt in the opening minutes after throwing two passes. Freshman Garrett Gilbert played the rest of the game, a 37-21 loss to Alabama.
McCoy said he has private workouts scheduled with six NFL teams, identifying only the St. Louis Rams, who hold the top pick and might take McCoy in the later rounds, especially if they pass on Bradford.
McCoy clearly is looking forward to playing again.
"When you have something taken away from you, like we did with the national championship, it makes you work that much harder to be your best," he said. "I can't wait to see where I end up."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.