Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was selected right after the Detroit Lions selected defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. For some time, it was McCoy who was thought to be a “bust” due to a lack of production early on in his career stemming from injuries. While Suh was the talk among many, McCoy was fading.
However, Tampa Bay’s All-Pro defensive tackle has since been one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL. He has earned the label of team captain as well as earn a contract extension -- something the Lions and Suh have yet to agree upon and most likely not agree on one period.
McCoy has also grown to be one of the most respected players in the league and the respect is the same coming from the player who was selected just one pick ahead of him.
“He’s a great player, he’s been able to do it in college [and] translated that into the pros which is hard as an athlete especially when you’re playing two different types of schemes and having coaching changes unfortunately,” Suh said via The Oakland Press. “But he has always played at a high level. I definitely respect him but yeah we are linked [because of the draft]. But I wouldn’t go against him.”
McCoy and Suh are comparable as far as their numbers are concerned for their respected careers. Both have made consecutive Pro Bowls (2012, 2013) and are on pace to reach their third straight together once again.
How their careers will play out remains to be seen. But as some have suggested, perhaps the two can suit up next to each other on Sundays in the near future.
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