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Selecting McCoy an easy choice for Bucs

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By Dan Parr

This very well could be the easiest pick Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik makes this weekend. Tampa Bay has badly needed help at defensive tackle for the past couple seasons — they ranked last against the run in 2009 — and Gerald McCoy is arguably the best player in the entire draft. This is the kind of thing general managers dream about the night before a draft. Dominik didn't just fill a need — he also landed a player with Pro Bowl potential.

McCoy will be a starting three-technique from Day One and should help vs. the run and pass. He struggled with double-teams at Oklahoma and some have questioned his strength after he didn't perform well on the bench press at the Combine, so he isn't flawless. However, if he can even force teams to double-team him, that will be a step in the right direction for the Bucs, as it could put the defensive end playing next to him in a one-on-one matchup.

The Bucs have plenty of other needs they could have addressed with this pick, but the choice of McCoy was a good one. Tampa Bay has been looking someone reliable to play the three-technique since Warren Sapp left town.


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