In the first of our ‘Small School Sleeper’ series we’re going to focus on the Kent State Golden Flashes’ wide receiver Isaiah McKoy – but first we thought it would be worth us setting out the rules we’ve set ourselves in deciding who can and can’t be considered a small school sleeper.
We’ve tried to make it pretty simple on ourselves. Any colleges from outside the Power 5 conferences can be included and then any players not currently widely talked or written about – so for example D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan probably shouldn’t be considered a sleeper anymore!
With that all said and done, let’s get on and talk about McKoy shall we?
The 1st team all-MAC selection stands at 6’3 and weighs in at 200lbs and with those measureables it should be no surprise that’s he’s a big, physical receiver who is ultra-competitive and also more than willing to get stuck in and help out as a blocker when needed too.
Perhaps the biggest surprise though is how quick and athletic McKoy is. Rumoured to run a 4.40 40 yard dash, McKoy is a big play waiting to happen. Over his last 2 years at Kent State he averaged over 16 yards per reception and had 13 touchdowns across that same period which also demonstrates how effective a weapon he can be in the red zone.
With those physical traits and his high level of production, you’d be forgiven for asking why it is that McKoy isn’t garnering more buzz at the moment.
Aside from the usual questions about the level of competition, Kent State ran a very simple offense and so McKoy has never really been asked to run anything like a full route tree. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be able to do it, but we all like to be able to see it on tape before drafting someone on the first couple of days.
The other knock on McKoy is that his competitiveness sometimes spills over into him doing unnecessarily aggressive or stupid things that end up damaging his team – getting into altercations with opponents and even his own sideline at times.
If you’ve got a strong locker room with some good leaders and a need for a developmental receiver who could also act as a punt or kick returner early in his career, then Isaiah McKoy could be just the pick for you.