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Mel Kiper gives slight edge to Suh over McCoy



There continues to be a debate as to whether Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska or Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma will be the better choice during the draft two weeks from now.

But don't look to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper to give a ringing endorsement of one over the other. He said today in a media conference call that he's giving Suh "the slightest of edges." But Kiper said the two defensive tackles are so similarly talented that there's practically no difference.

"I think you could flip a coin on these two," Kiper said.

"They’re both great players," he added. "That’s something where it depends on your feel for a certain kid and how you feel he can best fit your defensive line up front.

"And with how they (rate) character-wise, both of these kids are raved about by people within their program. You’re talking about coaches and teammates and opponents. Everybody raves about Suh and McCoy. To get those guys at pick 2 or 3, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will just sit there and take which one’s left. That’s usually a good spot to be. Let the other team make the call on who they want."

The Bucs select No. 3 in the draft, behind the Lions at No. 2. Many in the know are projecting Detroit to take Suh, leaving McCoy to fall to Tampa Bay.

"I’d be very surprised if, down the road, one of those players was considered a disappointment," Kiper said. "I think some will argue that McCoy is a better pass rusher, and that’s valid. But it’s not like Suh couldn’t get after the quarterback and couldn’t push the pocket. I think both those kids are enormously talented."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:58pm]


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