NFL Draft 2010: Five Reasons Why The Bucs Drafted Gerald McCoy No. 3
Tampa Bay Bucs: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy is the quickest lineman in the draft. He is also one of the top two defensive linemen in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2009, McCoy had 59 tackles and six sacks for the Sooners.
The Bucs have 11 draft picks and need help at defensive tackle, defensive end, wide receiver, cornerback, and saftety.
The Bucs rushing defense
In 2009, the Bucs gave up 4.9 yards per carry on rushes up the middle. That was the worst in the league. Tampa Bay also gave up a league worst 158 yards per game. Not good.
McCoy fits into the Tampa Two defense perfectly. He has a quick first step. His speed will put a lot of pressure on opposing offensive linemen in one-on-one matchups. This should allow other lineman to break free into the backfield.
When Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl, their defensive line was stellar. That was certainly not the case in 2009. The addition of McCoy will give Tampa Bay the best front seven presence they’ve had since Warren Sapp was at the top of his game.
McCoy will benefit the whole defense
When the defensive line puts pressure on the quarterback, the linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties all benefit. They consume offensive lineman which frees up the linebackers to make tackles. When they force bad throws, they create opportunities for interceptions, for the cornerbacks, and safeties.
Defensive and offensive linemen are the safest picks. They also require less money than the "skill" positions. Players at those positions tend to be serviceable for ten years.