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What Tampa Bay Fans Are Saying About Gerald McCoy

Generally speaking... on the scale of brute power vs. greasy speed, McCoy falls squarely on the side of speed. That's not to say McCoy can't get pressure through a power move/bull rush. He can. What he does is explode off the line and get on the outside shoulder of his blocker and get into the pocket quickly. He probably boasts the quickest first step out of any interior defensive lineman in this draft and possibly in the past 3 or 4 years. As we all know, quick, pocket-collapsing DT's are a premium in the Tampa 2, so, at first glance, McCoy's speed through a single gap would put alot of pressure on opposing guards in one-on-one matchups and would likely draw help from an offensive linemate, freeing up a lane for the quick Geno Hayes to blast into the backfield. That simple chain of events would likely cause the opposition to keep a running back in the backfield to chip the linebacker, taking another receiving threat out of the play. That's the ripple effect that an impact defensive lineman can create.

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