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McShay: McCoy, not Suh, would be better fit at DT for Bucs



If either elite defensive tackle were still available at No. 3 for the Bucs -- Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy -- they would be thrilled and run to NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell with their pick.

But which player is actually a better fit for Tampa Bay in Raheem Morris' defense?

ESPN draft analyst and college football insider Todd McShay said Thursday during a conference call that McCoy was a better match for the Bucs because of his ability to rush the passer.

“I think McCoy,'' McShay said. "Obviously, they’ve shifted back and forth what they’ve wanted defensively. But both players can play the run well and both players can get after the quarterback. Obviously, McCoy is a more explosive pass rusher. Suh is a better fit as a gap control defensive tackle who can really disrupt your blocking scheme and also go make plays after he’s done tearing up blockers.

"Both players are great players. But I just think the fact that Tampa Bay needs some kind of impact pass rusher and guys who can get after the quarterback, to me...I would be rooting for McCoy to fall in there. Obviously, he’s going to need to get a little bit stronger in the upper body and people talk about that after the bench press wasn’t great. But you watch him on film, he stays low and he has powerful initial punch and he’s good versus the run. He’s good as most other players in this draft, he’s just not as good as Suh. Then you addf the fact he can get after the quarterback, penetrate and disrupt even when he’s not getting sacks, I just think he would be a better fit.’’

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:57pm]


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