NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Gerald McCoy

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Matt Elder

Gerald McCoy

6’4”, 294 lbs

(#2 Prospect,#2 Defensive Prospect,#2 Defensive Tackle

McCoy has great size for the three technique position and demonstrates a great frame where he can really extend his arms with a lot of power and get into the offensive lineman first, thus controlling the battle.

McCoy is probably the most athletic defensive tackle in this class, possessing an amazingly quick first step that allows him to knife the gap and use his power to blow through and make a play in the backfield.

What allows McCoy to do this is his overall strength from his legs to his arms. He has one of the most muscular builds of all the prospects. His legs allow him to hold up well at the point of attack, which allow his arms to control intended blockers and quickly disengage to make plays.

Whether a team tries to run inside or out it seems McCoy is always there. He has very good lateral quickness that allows him to flow with the play down the line before a running back can turn the corner. He also has great vision to locate the ball carrier even in high amounts of traffic.

McCoy is not just a run stopper as he also has a great set of pass rush moves and his never say die motor permits him to make his way to the quarterback regularly.

Finally the thing about McCoy every coach loves is that he is the first one in and the last one out of meetings and practice. He’s a student, gym rat and all around hard worker. This will help him adapt more quickly to the speed of the NFL game.

Because McCoy is a little smaller he is basically a one gap style tackle. He doesn’t really have the bulk to be a two gap so he has less versatility than Ndamukong Suh in that regard. Because of this size limitation some of the massive guards in the NFL have the potential to swallow him up on some plays and neutralize his strengths.

His frame is big enough to add about 10-15 more pounds if he chooses, but runs the potential of losing some athleticism if he adds too much weight. Another thing McCoy will need to work on at the next level will be backside pursuit. Some of his angles make it extremely difficult to catch the ball carrier from behind thus making him a non-factor once the ball passes the line of scrimmage.

How he fits the Bills:
Gerald McCoy is not Suh but is one hell of an alternative choice. He would be an ideal fit for us in a 4-3 scheme where he can use his athleticism and power to get into the backfield and wreak havoc. If the Bills switch to a 3-4 then McCoy is not ideal.

So the Bills could find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place with him. Do you stick with a formation and add a dynamic playmaker, or do you pass on him to take a lesser caliber player in a 3-4 scheme? Personally, I take the playmaker every time.

Projection: Top 5 Pick.. Buffalo would definitely have to move near the top of the draft to get him.


2007-19 Tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 6 QBH, 1 FF

2008-30 Tackles, 11 TFL, 6.5 Sacks, 2 QBH, 2 PD, 1 INT,

2009-34 Tackles, 15.5 TFL, 6 Sacks, 10 QBH, 2 PD, 1 FF

Career-83 Tackles, 33 TFL, 14.5 Sacks, 18 QBH, 4 PD, 2 FF, 1 INT
Coming Next: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

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5 Comments on NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Gerald McCoy

  1. Matt

    check your stats…..profootballtalk said this guy weighed 370 pounds yesterday…..that is a far cry from you 294 pounds…..if you look at him you know he weighs well over 300…..

  2. Paul

    Matt - You’re talking about Terrence Cody, not Gerald McCoy.

  3. Bob

    Don’t know where you came up with 370lbs. Must be mistaken with Cody from Alabama. McCoy is listed at 305

  4. george

    actually the oklahoma sooners website has him listed at 297, perhaps you should find a better source than profootballtalk

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