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Raheem Morris, Mark Dominik say Bucs got their man



TP_321663_WALL_Bucs_5.JPG Here are some highlights of the press conferences of coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik tonight after the team's selection of Gerald McCoy.

Morrs on McCoy's impact: "You're talking about the cornerstone of what you're going to do on defense. . . For him to have that kind of emotion (crying) is what you look for. It's exciting."

Morris on McCoy's position: "The three technique position is so important. It's so vital. You need a guy who's going to cause disruption. He makes everybody else better around him."

Dominik on McCoy in general: "This is a young man who understands Buccaneer history. He's become friends with Warren Sapp. It's been no secret to us that he wanted to become a Tampa Bay Buc. I think a lot of fans saw how passionate he was about his dream being realized tonight... This is just a lifelong dream."

Dominik on McCoy's top quality: "His initial get off. He's got great use of hands. He's got a high motor. He chases and pursues like Buccaneer players we look for. And the makeup of the man. That's an important element that we're trying to establish on this football team. He checked the box in many, many areas, which made this an easy selection for us."

Dominik on whether they preferred McCoy over Suh: "We were certain Sam Bradford was going 1, but you want to see the card go in. Once the card went in, we knew we were going to get our guy. We've been zeroed in on him."

Dominik on why McCoy was their man: "The fit. The natural three-technique fit was so important. Internally, we've talked about that as well, how important it is for this guy to hit the ground running and be a productive football player. He's a two-time captain at Oklahoma. The coach there said he's the greatest leader he's ever had at the University of Oklahoma. I think that's an unbelievable statement when you think about the players who have come through there since Coach Stoops has been there."

(Pictured: Gerald McCoy, left, and Mark Dominik. Times photo -- Daniel Wallace.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:59pm]


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