Prospect Profile: Gerald McCoy's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy inside.

Gerald McCoy
School: Oklahoma
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-4
Weight: 298
Projected 40-Time: 4.90

Star Rating: Grade: 98
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

If it weren't for Suh, McCoy would be the first DT off the board in April.
Oklahoma Athletics

Strengths: McCoy is an explosive, productive interior presence who can be used at defensive tackle in a 4-3 or defensive end in a 3-4. He possesses a tremendous first-step, uses his hands very well while delivering a devastating punch, plays with leverage and has a solid repertoire of moves to beat the opposition. He uses his strength and long arms to his advantage in pass and run defense, and is tough to handle in one-on-one situations. He keeps his feet moving up field at all times and is always focused on the ball. He generates a burst of speed, is able to change direction fluidly defending down the line of scrimmage and quickly closes on a play. He’s a maximum effort type of defender who consistently plays with a high motor. He’s a high character individual who will be a welcomed presence in a professional locker room.

Weaknesses: He tends to play too high and can be handled by a large interior blocker. He struggles to disengage when double teamed and at times can disappear on the field. He has good size, but could add more bulk to his frame.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Oklahoma, McCoy enters the 2010 NFL Draft as the consolation prize to Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. In saying that McCoy is the consolation prize to Suh doesn’t mean that he isn’t on the same level as the Nebraska Nightmare, because in any other draft year, McCoy would be the top defensive tackle. McCoy has all the intangibles that you look for in a cornerstone defender and has been extremely productive the last two seasons with the Sooners producing 26.5 TFL and 12.5 sacks. While his impact numbers (TFL and sacks) are impressive, McCoy registered just 64 tackles over the last two years, and that’s alarming to scouts. The low tackle totals for McCoy have to do with him being double-teamed, and that’s something he has to continue to work through. While his game isn’t as complete as Suh’s, McCoy is still an attractive option for many teams in the top ten, and he’s likely to come off the board in the top 5 to either the Detroit Lions or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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