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Gerald McCoy (DT)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    295 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/4 in.
  • College:
    Oklahoma
  • Conference:
    Big 12
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Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 3 (3)
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Pick Analysis: The Bucs finally find a Warren Sapp-like player to man their "three-technique" position. McCoy is a disruptive force with the quickest first step of any defensive tackle in recent history. His ability to create instant penetration with his explosive "get off" makes him the ideal fit in the Tampa-2 scheme.

Overview

McCoy has an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for an interior lineman in a 4-3 scheme. He doesn’t have the bulk to fit as a two gap nose tackle at the next level, but is Oklahoma’s most active defender. McCoy possesses outstanding initial quickness to penetrate the line of scrimmage and disrupt the running game as well as pressure the quarterback. He has strong quick hands to control blockers but can improve his consistency in this area. McCoy has the natural strength necessary to hold the point, but is best when stunting. McCoy is one of the top defensive linemen in this year's draft and is likely to be a high pick that will impact a club in his rookie season.


Strengths

McCoy is a highly productive and active player as a 3-technique. He has a terrific blend of athleticism and power. Consistently gains penetration against the run and pass with his outstanding quickness and chases down plays with great burst for a big man. Shows the toughness and durability to stay on the field and play through injuries. Very competitive and instinctive player. Also possesses impressive leadership qualities on and off the field.

Weaknesses

There isn't much to dislike about McCoy’s game. While his quickness is elite, his long range speed is questionable. Hand use is solid but could use some improvement.

Grade

8.8

 

Video Playlist

  • Raheem Morris interview

    Published: April 24, 2010 at 03:51 p.m.

    Bucs coach Raheem Morris talks about the latest additions to his roster through the draft.

  • McCoy talkback

    Published: April 23, 2010 at 01:58 p.m.

    NFL Total Access fires up Bucs Cam to talk to the newest member of the team, Gerald McCoy.

  • Bucs take McCoy

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:18 p.m.

    The Bucs pick Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy with the No. 3 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • Sanders with 1 and 2?

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 02:04 p.m.

    Deion Sanders talks with college teammates Gerald McCoy and Sam Bradford about the draft.

  • Draft Bus

    Published: April 21, 2010 at 02:58 p.m.

    Trent Williams and Gerald McCoy joke about fellow draft prospects Sam Bradford and Ndamukong Suh.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 10:42 a.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

  • Close race for 1st pick

    Published: March 1, 2010 at 04:09 p.m.

    Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy live up to the hype with their 2010 combine results.

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