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BBV Community Mock Draft: At No. 3, the Bucs select ...

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.

In the role of General Manager for Tampa Bay, 'i_formation27' writes:

The Bucs desperately need upgrades at the defensive line positions. McCoy would instantly improve their line play, and their inability to stop the run. The Bucs were last in the league in run defense last season, allowing opposing teams to rush for an avergage of 158.2 yards per game. The Bucs are obviously in a rebuilding period and could also use some weapons on offense, but improving their run defense will help to keep them in games, especially against elite runners such as DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Michael Turner of their rival NFC South teams.
McCoy possesses many attributes that are hard to pass up. He has "Ideal height and bulk --- Outstanding athleticism --- Excellent speed and quickness --- Explosive and fires off the ball -- Exceptional strength --- Terrific range with a burst to close --- Does an incredible job in pursuit --- Uses his hands well and flashes some violence --- Employs a wide array of effective pass rush moves --- Consistently penetrates and wreaks havoc in the backfield --- Stout at the point of attack --- Shows the ability to shed blockers --- Active with a non-stop motor --- Hard hitter and a powerful, reliable tackler --- Very tough --- Superb instincts and awareness --- Offers a lot of versatility --- Hard worker --- Team leader" (
McCoy is also arguably the best player available at #3. Eric Berry could also have fallen here, but the Bucs faired much better in pass defense than in run defense last season. Gerald McCoy would be the ideal pick here for the Bucs.

My take: This is the right pick, and the obvious one, for the Buccaneers at this point. So far, our draft looks pretty much the way I would expect the real deal to go down in a few weeks. I think, though, that things will get interesting soon. Remember to click the highlighted player names to reach the reasons given for prior selections.

'G Fan in England' is now on the clock with the Redskins pick.

1 St. Louis Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma Soldier_
2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska soulpower
3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma i_formation27
4 Washington G Fan in England
5 Kansas City ronjohnson
6 Seattle CCE718
7 Cleveland GreatGatsby
8 Oakland Hoyadestroya85
9 Buffalo The Greek
10 Jacksonville jp2y
11 Denver NYG_Slater
12 Miami sunlion333
13 San Francisco RIPShea
14 Seattle CCE718
15 N.Y. Giants Ed Valentine
16 Tennessee Jason??
17 San Francisco RIPShea
18 Pittsburgh ross_stephen
19 Atlanta daddyzander
20 Houston BitterEli
21 Cincinnati Woogie526
22 New England Ryan Valentine
23 Green Bay Dan Luibil
24 Philadelphia Bye Dawk
25 Baltimore Larry Soprano
26 Arizona Snipah
27 Dallas pataroons
28 San Diego hakeemthedream
29 N.Y. Jets Brooklyn58
30 Minnesota hurikaine
31 Indianapolis Charles L.
32 New Orleans GiantsReignSupreme