Tears flowed freely down the face of McCoy, the hulking Oklahoma defensive tackle, when his name was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. McCoy hugged his father, Gerald, Sr., and lifted his 4-year-old daughter, Navaeh, kissing her on the lips.
McCoy gave a bear hug to Goodell, posed for pictures and then pump his arm with the draft card in his hand.
McCoy arrived on the red carpet wearing a charcoal suit with the initials PDM stitched on the sleeve after his mother, Patricia Dianne McCoy, who died after his redshirt freshman season at Oklahoma.
It was his mom who prevented McCoy from leaving Oklahoma as a homesick freshman, telling him, "We don't quit in this family.' He responded by being named the Big 12 defensive freshman of the year in 2007.
"They're building through the draft and made that completely clear,'' said former Bucs coach Jon Gruden, who analyzing the draft for ESPN. "The three-technique in this defense, at least I've been told, makes it go. We had Warren Sapp. Then we tried to bring in Anthony McFarland.''
"No question he's a great prospect and he comes from the same school as Lee Roy Selmon,'' Gruden said.