Gerald McCoy – Defensive Tackle
Who else could be number one?
Since being drafted third overall in 2010, Gerald McCoy has been able to accumulate more accolades and national spotlight than any other Buccaneer. The 28 year old McCoy is a five time Pro Bowler, three time All-Pro, and has more sacks than any defensive tackle since 2012. Last season, McCoy tallied seven sacks, 34 combined tackles and two forced fumbles; Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 10th best tackle on the season.
McCoy’s trademark smile is perhaps the only aspect of him more well-known than his expert burst off the line of scrimmage. Dating back to his days as an Oklahoma Sooner McCoy has had legendary snap anticipation, constantly making a mockery of offensive lineman on his way to the football. For a short time there were whispers that McCoy couldn’t produce in the fourth quarter but he has put those criticisms to rest with game winning sacks, batted passes and hurries.
Gerald McCoy has the stats, the accolades and the reputation to make a compelling case for the Hall of Fame. Like his fellow Buccaneers he needs to add some playoff success to the mix, but more than that he has to be on the field. The only thing that’s held McCoy back in the past is injuries and availability, two things that could derail the continued building of his Hall of Fame resume.
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