Gerald McCoy Is All-In For Devonte Wyatt

April 21st, 2022

The next Bucs DT?

Former Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman already named his “steal” of next week’s NFL Draft when it comes to cornerbacks.

So what about the Buccaneers’ six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle?

Joe’s referring to Gerald McCoy, who some believe belongs in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor. McCoy was tasked by SiriusXM NFL Radio to study defensive tackles in the draft and come on the air to give his breakdown. McCoy did a hell of a job.

Defensive tackle Jordan Davis out of Georgia largely is considered the top dog D-tackle in the draft. But McCoy said he much prefers Davis’ teammate alongside him, Devonte Wyatt, who very well could be available when the Bucs draft at No. 27 overall.

McCoy sees Davis as more of a Vita Vea type who can develop as a pass rusher over multiple years. Vea got paid with a fat contract because he can now rush the passer, McCoy said, something he couldn’t do as a rookie and only did slightly in 2019.

As for Wyatt, McCoy sees the total package. McCoy talked about watching all of Wyatt’s movements at the Senior Bowl in 1-on-1 drills and other activities. Wyatt is consistently aggressive in his every aspect of his approach, McCoy said, and that’s the mark of every superior pass rusher.

“When he was getting ready to rush the passer, he looked like he was getting ready to run a 100-yard dash,” McCoy said. “That’s what pass rushers are, man. His natural movement, he’s so twitchy. And he is a natural 1-on-1 rusher. You’ve seen him win outside with cross-chops. You’ve seen him win inside with double moves. You’ve seen him spin. You’ve seen all of it, man.

“And the great thing about him is he has a lot of power.  So if he does get beat trying to use his elusive moves, he can turn it into power. He was able to do that all year.”

McCoy went on to say ignore the numbers on Wyatt and his 2 1/2 sacks. Turn on the film, he said.

Interestingly, McCoy said stopping the run is nice. But he added that a good coach could pull a big guy out of Walmart (yes, he said “Walmart”) and coach him up to stop the run at defensive tackle, so pass rushers are what you want at DT in 2022.

46 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Is All-In For Devonte Wyatt”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe the kiss of death for Buc fans to have a GMC endorsement…….but we need to look beyond the endorser……

  2. MadMax Says:

    Im all about it if Olave/Dotson are gone. Then work on Drake London in the 2nd, or DE Karloftis….maybe Drake lasts till the 3rd

    then ed ingram in the 4th

    P Matt araiza next

  3. Buczilla Says:

    Wyatt’s sack numbers are putrid and the nfl’s website didn’t speak in glowing terms about him either. I think that we can find a similar talent in the third round and save our number one pick for a receiver, corner, or pass rusher.

  4. Robert Says:

    swatting, chopping and blowing out biceps is GMC’s thang man.

    why wouldn’t he love another swatter?

    “And the great thing about him is he has a lot of power. So if he does get beat trying to use his elusive moves, he can turn it into power. He was able to do that all year.”

    that part concerns me. if he did it all year, then why the low sack count?

    especially if his team mate is regarded as the top DT and probably took heat off of him. I’m not saying no, just saying something smells fishy.

  5. MadMax Says:

    This very similar thing happened when Sapp dropped to us…deja vu? …i dont know.

    Just saying if we decide to stay put, no trade ups and my guys(Olave,Dotson,Zion) are gone, I’ll take him here…..beasts have off field issues, part of being a beast, but we’ll reel him in. Its all about contact and conversations.

  6. Cho Says:

    I don’t get the McCoy hate. Was our best player for years. And I prefer Wyatt over Davis, actually. The Bucs are already good at stoping the run. We need a rusher.

  7. gotbbucs Says:

    Drake London in the 2nd or 3rd round? He’s a consensus top 20 pick. His college tape is damn near as good as Mike Evans.

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’ve learned to look past the hype and speculation. Rarely do they draft the guy I think we need at the time. So I divorce myself of wants, we have TB12 and a Lombardi, and I just have to trust Licht and the process. I think he will make a few very wise choices and a couple swing for the fences picks that may work for Costco.

  9. MadMax Says:

    McCoy? na, he had moments but nothing a lot of times, sorry. But maybe as an analyst, he’s onto something. Dont get me wrong, I appreciate him and wont ever hate the guy. Lets give him his new chapter in life. I like his analysis.

  10. MadMax Says:

    Ok gotb, I didnt realize. Im catching up….been working a lot.

  11. Posey99 Says:

    Travis Jones > Wyatt

  12. bob Says:

    p/k araiza would be a steal in the later rounds

  13. gotbbucs Says:

    Given the character concerns as far as the domestic violence issues with Wyatt, it would not surprise me if he isn’t even on the Bucs draft board.

    It’s kind of starting to sound like Kirby Smart is running the “Boys will be boys” program that Bobby Bowden used to run. Lots of guys that are pieces of trash off the field but they can show up and play football. You can get away with that kind of thing in college because the program and donors cam make problems disappear, but the NFL is a different animal.

  14. MadMax Says:

    ^ i know bob, im trying to convince them.

  15. SB~LV Says:

    Well that is a iffy endorsement

  16. MadMax Says:

    Alright, so stay put at 27 and what do we have?….Olave/Dotson/Zion gone and wyatt consideration is out. Booth? Im all for it. Drake London looks possible, all good.

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    Cho … I don’t get the McCoy hate.

    GMC was “the leader” of the team from 2010-2017. The team went 47-81 under his captaining. GMC was legendarily, openly, and unapologetically soft. Not surprisingly GMC was the first player BA and Bowles cut to change the culture. GMC is the antithesis of who the Bucs are today.

    Joe … “Gerald McCoy, who some believe belongs in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.” Every ROH inductee since 2013 has contributed to a Bucs Super Bowl. It should stay that way. You yourself coined “Den of Depression”. GMC was the toothless lion of that den.

  18. Marine Buc Says:

    BPA – CB, Edge, DL, WR or OG.

    RB and TE in rounds 3 and 4.

    We also need another LB. We have not re-signed K. Minter yet…

  19. WillieG Says:

    What are the chances the Bucs resign Suh AND draft a DT in the first round? As for me, I’d like to see that happen.

  20. SB~LV Says:

    Multiple domestic violence incidents

  21. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    Travis Jones, Demarvin Leal or Phildarian Mathis. Wyatt and Winfrey buyer beware.9

  22. MadMax Says:

    Yeah I like Travis Jones, wouldnt mind him there…possible reach but meh, get your guy.

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Interestingly, McCoy said stopping the run is nice. But he added that a good coach could pull a big guy out of Walmart (yes, he said “Walmart”) and coach him up to stop the run at defensive tackle’.

    That’s a fascinating perspective. Got me curious to go back & look at the run defenses that McCoy was a centerpiece on since he was drafted in 2010. GMC effectively played 10 years in the NFL (9 years with Tampa Bay & 1 year with Carolina; got in 1 game in 2021 & none in 2020 due to injuries). In those 10 years, the teams he anchored gave up an average of a tad over 1900 rushing yards allowed per season and ranked an average of #20 during his career.

    Bucs & Panthers might’ve been better off drafting a Walmart greeter in 2010. And BTW, I’m not one of those who believe that he belongs in the Bucs’ Ring of Honor. McCoy lost that opportunity when he signed on with the Panthers in 2019.

  24. Mark A Swygert Says:

    Wyatt is a risk because of those off-field concerns. Some team is gonna take a shot on him in rd one though. Might be us, but I would rather not draft a guy who is a suspension risk. I think Travis Jones of UConn is being underrated. He is a little bigger than Wyatt and had similar numbers at the combine. A guy gets locked in to a pecking order by the draft gurus and everybody acts like they are never wrong. He kicked ass at the Senior Bowl. If he went to us at 27, I know a lot of you “experts” at this site would curse Licht for reaching, but it might turn out to be a great pick.

  25. BillyBucco Says:

    Difference between those 2 is one played in the SEC and beat Alabama.
    The other went to UConn.

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    But does he collect superhero toys?

  27. Marine Buc Says:

    @ SB

    At pick #27 you have to go through the “scratch and dent” isle…

    If he can play at a high level and stay out of prison for 5 years – it’s a steal of a deal…

  28. Defense Rules Says:

    Looking at various mock drafts for this year, seems like Rnd 1 picks are fairly evenly split between offense & defense. In almost all of them, DE/OLB gets picked the most in Rnd 1, along with QB & WR, followed closely by CB.

    Most of the mocks have only 1-3 DTs being taken in Rnd 1. Davis always goes first, usually followed by Wyatt. Have only seen 2 drafts so far where Wyatt made it to #27, although I’m sure there are more.

    I normally pay a lot of attention to what Walter Football says about prospects. Their writeup on Wyatt …

    ‘Strong finish to the season capped off by a good week at the Senior Bowl and an excellent combine workout. Scouts said Wyatt is only a fit as a three-technique for a 4-3 defense, but he has some gap-shooting ability and could be a nice value pick if he’s drafted for that role. In 2021, Wyatt collected 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. Off-the-field concerns are hurting Wyatt’s draft grade with some evaluators. Some teams have removed Wyatt from their boards because of what they say is lots of baggage’.

  29. 3 the hard way Says:

    Marine, that was hilarious. I’m dead… perfect analogy

  30. Greg Says:

    “Some believe he belongs in the ring of honor…” ?

    Some believe the earth is flat. GMC is a nice guy.

    235 solo tackles in his career? Suh is ten times the player McCoy ever was just based on what he has done here in the last couple of seasons. Suh steps up in big games. GMC disappeared.

  31. Mike Johnson Says:

    HE won’t be there by the time we draft. The best D linemen will be gone when it comes to our pick.

  32. PTSD Says:

    I didn’t even bother reading past the first 5/6 comments. Look, it seems that as far as Gerald goes 90% are busy beating a Very Dead horse. Geeze, EVERYBODY gets it. You don’t like Gerald. Ok, fair enough but keep this in mind

    “The Lost Decade”

    He Sure made me mad Many times BUT at least SOMEONE from the Buccaneers was invited to the pro bowl on occasion.
    And as a guy who suffered plenty like the rest of you with years of straight up comedy reels for a supposed “professional football team” for OVER A DECADE,

    If you think about it, who was around on our team to teach him to be more than he was? Certainly NOT the coaches! Teammates? Why do we pick on him? I’ll tell you why, because nobody else on the team through most of those years isn’t even worth mentioning! He’s the only one that was good enough to make it to the anything. Pro bowl? Sure. Nobody else did!
    Dancing on the sidelines while we were getting our Arses Completely handed to us again and again. We looked like the team from the “Water Boy” movie! Hell I’m surprised our cheerleaders weren’t drunk arse Wasted like the cheerleaders were in that movie much less the players! I KNOW I, AND IT SEEMS JOE FOR THAT MATTER HAD TO “STAY DRUNK” TO WATCH OUR GAMES! We’re probably lucky that dancing was all that Gerald was doing instead of constantly throwing up in his mouth and begging for it all to end without going postal!
    We were probably d*mn lucky HE DIDN’T LEAVE US while he still had a chance to go play for a team with even the SLIGHTEST PRAYERS CHANCE at actually having AT LEAST a .500 record maybe half the time in OVER 10 YEARS! So I tend to give him MORE THAN a little break for that alone!!!
    ALL the ungratefuls, (including Me) should keep in mind that he was Special ONCE along a time ago before the actual “Bad News Bears” of football warped his mind! No Wonder he turned out like he did. You can “almost” understand why he started watching cartoons and tried to hide HIMSELF from HIMSELF by trying to hide his true identity. You know (batman) It was that or go postal I’m guessing. Believe it or not I think he might have ACTUALLY felt bad for the fans and stuck in there for us. Crazy as that sounds….. Let’s face it, the team that the Buccaneers were would take almost ANYBODY’S manhood away.

    Sorry about my rant. I’m just trying to stop the throwing up in my mouth thinking about “IT” (the lost DECADE). Love and PTSD are a beotch… And THAT’S why Breweries are NESSESARY!
    Loving the Buccaneers in the lost decade+ equaled = What happened to poor Gerald McCoy.

    GO BUCS!

  33. lokog Says:

    somebody tell Gerald to go away and stay away he don’t belong here

  34. Cobraboy Says:

    @PTSD: I was no McCoy fanboi when he was here. He made a couple of first-quick-step plays a game on bad teams. That’s it.

    He was OK, maybe even decent, but by no stretch of the imagination was Gerald McCoy approaching really good, much less great. I can think of several Buc DTs before him who were far better players, and not include Warren Sapp…who WAS great.

    Even a dim bulb shines brightly in the darkness, and the Lost Decae was, indeed, dark.

    Plus: isn’t each team supposed to have at least ONE player in the PB no matter what? Who else on those bad teams would have gone?

  35. Posey99 Says:

    Travis Jones has Aaron Donald nastiness. He will grab a dude by the throat at some point in his NFL career. He embarrassed some of the top olineman in this draft at the senior bowl. Like really badly embarrassed them.

  36. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I really like Travis Jones too!
    I watched the entire Senior Bowl, and I saw what you saw, a young Man with Aaron Donald pure nastiness! I mean this young Man is pure meanness! But, he is from New Haven, CT Hood, so what would you expect ?
    I would be thrilled if we draft him!

  37. admin Says:

    Plus: isn’t each team supposed to have at least ONE player in the PB no matter what?

    No. That’s baseball.

  38. Bruce Blahak Says:

    McCoy lol

  39. Jerseybuc Says:

    Consistently aggressive. Even at home. Hard pass.

  40. Bucs Win Says:

    Devonte Wyatt must have some bad ass kimonos.

  41. MadMax Says:

    Yeah, Travis Jones….although you just never know. I wont complain if its wyatt…and Im liking Karlaftis too

  42. David Says:

    Personally, I still think Jordan Davis drops to them or at least gets close enough for them to trade up.

    I still don’t get the GMC hate. The guy was damn good and played several years with no help on the D-line.

    As for the player he’s endorsing, he’s right. The only issue is off the field and I don’t know if you risk that in the first round

  43. Anonymous Says:

    If GMC was “toothless” ….what was the rest of the team…. Suckers,..ijs!

  44. firethecannons Says:

    Chris Simms has Wyatt as his #2 d-tackle said his film is better in many ways than Quinnen Willians

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    Whoever the Geraldine says he likes, assume the opposite. We have seen enough of his disappearing acts in the 4th quarter.

    “My bad, Ben.”

  46. Steven M. Says:

    Yes a pass rushers very important, it is a passers game.