Gerald McCoy Is A “Boom-Or-Bust Prospect”

April 13th, 2010

All signs point to the Bucs drafting either defensive tackles manbeast Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. Though the experts suggest McCoy fits the Bucs defense better than Suh, one expert predicts McCoy could blow up in the Bucs’ faces.

Pat Kirwan is Mr. NFL. The former NFL front office executive has his own high-quality PM drivetime radio show on Sirus NFL Radio. He has his own video spots on And he has his own column on

While Kirwan believes McCoy to be the best defensive lineman prospect, he also believes McCoy possesses the highest chance of being a bust.

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McCoy is the next in a long line of potential Warren Sapp-type players. In fact, it looks like he could be headed to Tampa Bay. He did not impress in strength testing and can get washed down the line if he fails to penetrate. If he can rely on his first step quickness to win most of the individual battles, he could be a Pro Bowl player down the road.

If it’s any solace, Warren Sapp dismissed McCoy’s alleged weak showing on the bench press, saying defensive tackles don’t pump weights on the line. McCoy’s forte is speed and that is what used to make the Bucs’ defensive front so special.

10 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Is A “Boom-Or-Bust Prospect””

  1. gruss222 Says:

    Sapp should know a little about the need for pressing 225. Sapp only made 17 reps on the press and I think he may have had a successful career at the DT position.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    I’ll take Sapp’s word over Kirwin’s about the position. Speed kills – you can’t teach it.

  3. Chargedcbh Says:

    isn’t every 1st round pick “boom or bust”?

  4. Evel Says:

    Last I remember, the entire DL was being pushed around by Linemen and big RBs. What makes McCoy different from Dre Moore, in this case?

    Weak DT.

    I’d rather get someone who made 77 plays in the backfield in one year. 3 sacks in a senior year in the same conference while the true powerhouse gets 5 in one game… Come on.

  5. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    McCoy’s forte is speed , but Suh is faster.

    Suh’s 40 time was 5.03 , Mcoy’s was 5.04
    Suh’s short shuttle was 4.44 , Mcoy’s was 4.48

    Go figure .

  6. gotbbucs Says:

    Those are wonderful workout numbers you put up there Mushmouth, now go watch the film and tell me who gets penetration faster. 40 times and short shuttle times mean absolutely nothing as far as getting off the ball is concerned. One 100th of a second is a pretty poor comparison for speed anyhow.

  7. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    They didn’t say penetration was his forte , they said “speed” was. It is quite a comparison when it’s your “forte”, and you can’t even out run the big power guy.

  8. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    and he is boom or bust.

    He is going to get mauled in the running game because he’s weak , so he damn well better be a topnpotch pass rusher…and only 6 measly sacks in the Big 12 doesn’t convince me he can manage 6 sacks against NFL competition

  9. McBuc Says:

    It has been said that his “speed” or “forte” as you put it is his first step off the ball, which is penatration. That being said, Suh is pretty fast off the snap as well. He is only being called week becasue Suh is in the picture. No one called Sapp week on the bench, becasue there was not a super human freak like Suh lifting. McCoy will most likely be fine in the NFL. It is nuts for you guys to say he will not be, when there is no way you can tell. The pros miss allot too, so like someone above said “all first round picks are boom or bust”.

    I just hope one of the DTs are gone before we pick, so all the yahoos do not come out saying they made the wrong decision. Only time will tell which one of these guys makes the bigger impact.

  10. McCoy sucks Says:

    McCoy is going to suck can’t wait till it blows up in ourface maybe then well get a good HC