The Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall selection in the 2010 draft was Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. He was perceived to be a supposed difference maker for a much maligned front four. But after suffering through the muck and mire, of a somewhat non-exhilarating rookie season McCoy ended up flashing the potential that the team saw when they evaluated tape of him leading up to the NFL Draft. Ultimately however, he finished his rookie campaign on the I.R. after suffering a biceps injury. While McCoy struggled noticeably to adjust to the pro level and did not live up to the level of his talent. He hasn’t made any excuses for his play.
“I’m not an excuse maker. I only require greatness,” McCoy said. “Until I get to that point, I’m not satisfied.”
McCoy is part of a large contingent of NFL players touring Africa as part of “Pros for Africa”. He completed his rehabilitation in late January and has made it a goal this off-season to add upper-body strength. With two new defensive line coaches being added to the coaching ranks, and the on-going lockout, one has to wonder just how much better McCoy will be from his rookie season to his sophomore season.