Gerald McCoy is one of the better all-around athletes in the 2010 NFL draft class. While that’s impressive in itself, it’s perhaps even more so considering the First-team All American is 6’4” and 300 pounds.
Going back to his high school playing days, McCoy’s consistently been regarded as one of the best defensive players in the country. He was the ’05 defensive player of the year before Rivals ranked him as the top defensive tackle in his class the following year.
He was a redshirt in 2006 and was an obvious choice as the Big 12 defensive freshman of the Year in ’07. McCoy continued living up to the expectations while earning back-to-back All-American First Team honors before declaring for the draft as one of a record number of early entries.
McCoy has been training with unbridled dedication and he’s set to be a dynamo at the combine. Questions about his strength might be one area scouts will be sure to keep an eye on at the NFL combine. He deserves credit for choosing to participate in all the drills even though he would have been a top five pick.
· Explosiveness (quickest first step in the 2010 class)
· Rare speed to chase down ball carriers or quarterbacks
· Non-stop motor and every-down stamina
· Desire to improve and very coachable
· McCoy is pretty cut but some question his bullrush strength
· Does he fit more as a 4-3 inside tackle or as an end for a team running the 3-4?
· Run-stuffing dominance
Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Oakland
McCoy’s next team depends on whether the Rams decide to grab their franchise quarterback. Even if Bradford goes number one, the Lions might like him more than Suh—at least Mike Mayock does. If Detroit decides on Suh, I can’t see Tampa Bay letting McCoy slip by.
Detroit ( Second Overall)