It’s one of the best shows on NFL Network and, honestly, the only “top anything” list you should pay attention to. The NFL players are the ones doing the ranking and this yearGerald McCoy
came in at number 63.
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Anyone can put together a top ten, twenty, fifty, or hundred list about anything, but it’s purely a reflection of their opinion. Now, to have every player in the NFL rank their top twenty players? Now, that means something. That’s the respect and acknowledgement of your peers, saying that you’re one of the players they appreciate the most. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy made this list yet again, this time coming in at number 63.
Now, that’s a bit of a drop-off compared to his number 28 finish last year, but McCoy managed to play through a torn rotator cuff and a broken hand. As critical as I was of McCoy’s performance at times last season, he’s one heck of a defensive tackle.
Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers’ defensive tackle, had some kind words to say on McCoy, and was a bit surprised at some level;
"“Gerald McCoy – I’m not gonna say what he does, but they can’t stop it. Oh my goodness. This guy does the exact same thing, but they can’t stop it!”"
Hey, if it works, keep doing it. McCoy led the Bucs with 8.5 sacks in 2015 and was named to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Teammate Jameis Winston still marvels somewhat at his teammate, who he said reminds him of comic book character The Hulk;
"“The hardest thing to escape from is when a D tackle is pushing the pocket. you don’t necessarily got nowhere to go. [The] edge rushers, they contain. When you got a guy inside pushing linemen in your lap…He’s a speed rusher as well, so he can get some sacks, too. What Gerald does? Like I said, I’m happy I just practice against him.”"
There’s no doubt Bucs fans want to see more out of McCoy in 2016, but there is also no denying the guy’s talent. A 35-spot fall in the countdown was tough, but could also be motivation for GMac to prove to his peers that he’s better than being in the high 60’s.
As for the rest of the countdown? I would expect appearances by Doug Martin and Lavonte David. As disappointed as most Bucs fans will be, it doesn’t appear Winston will be making his debut on the list this year. Only one rookie remains and all signs point to it being Todd Gurley.
What do you think of Gerald McCoy’s spot? Too high? Too low? Just right? Sound off in the comments below!