Gerald McCoy, a junior, leaves Oklahoma for the NFL and finds himself ranked as the top overall prospect on some boards. After a productive career at a major football program, McCoy is poised to be an impact player in the NFL.
- Impressive athleticism
- Explosive and powerful - often demands double-teams
- Muscular, well-defined build: 6-foot-4, 295 pounds
- Pass-rushing ability: 12.0 sacks the past two years combined; never stops driving blockers back into the passer or getting his hands in passing lanes
- High motor
- Of strong character, intelligent
- A good punch, works well with his hands
- Adept at finding the football
- Durable, has great stamina
- Can chase down the ball carrier in the open field
- Lacks bulk, which will limit system versatility
- Can be overpowered by double-teams or versus bigger blockers against the run
Expected draft placement
With everything in the world working in his favor, McCoy could be the No. 2 pick in the draft. He has all of the positives you'd want in a three-technique player. Don't expect 3-4 teams to strongly consider McCoy. He'd have to move to defensive end, which isn't where he is ideally suited to play. Then again, stranger things have happened....
If the St. Louis Rams, who have McCoy in a dead heat with Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh as the top defensive tackle on their board, choose to go in another direction, look for the Detroit Lions to could snatch up McCoy. He fits their system very well and could be an immediate impact player. In all likelihood, McCoy won't fall past the No. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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