Oklahoma Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy
Gerald McCoy: No. 93, DT, 6-4, 295
An explosive, quick-twitch interior lineman, McCoy has the first-step burst to consistently cross the face of opposing linemen and make his way into the backfield. Is very powerful and sudden on contact. He does a great job working his hands and feet in sync, instantly disengaging inside. Has a tendency to allow his pad level to get a bit upright once he gains a step. Consequently, he can be pushed past the play. But for the most part, he plays with leverage and uses his hands to slip blocks on contact. Does a great job extending his long arms into linemen on contact and maintaining his balance throughout the play. Consistently gets his hands under the chest plate of opposing defenders and generates an impressive jolt at the point of attack. McCoy possesses the ability to stack and shed inside against the run game, and he does a great job closing on the ball.
Displaying impressive lateral suddenness as a pass rusher, he has the agility to consistently sidestep blocks and close on the quarterback. At times this season, he lined up at as five-technique defensive end in passing situations. Showcases the body control to work the up-and-under move. He's a gifted athlete, but it's his awareness off the snap that allows him to routinely get good jumps inside and make his way into the backfield. His combination of explosiveness, length and instincts makes him very difficult to block inside. He looks like a playmaking three-down lineman at the next level with the ability to penetrate inside in a 4-3 scheme or even hold up on the outside as 3-4 DE.
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