With reports surfacing that Ndamukong Suh, the top rated defensive tackle prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft has a visit setup with the Bucs on April 13, a week before the draft. It seems his stock has been falling of late. Many draft pundits continue to rank Oklahoma’s Gerlad McCoy slightly above Suh with the lone reason being that McCoy posses a quicker first step.
But based on film, combine numbers and on field production one might get a sense that some of these pundits are just going with McCoy for the mere fact, that if Suh bust, they can say I told you so.
Suh who played in a two-gap scheme at Nebraska, was asked to read first then attack, where as McCoy played in a one-gap scheme that allowed him to go full bore at the snap. So while McCoy was reacting from the get go Suh was asked to read at the snap. Then counter offensive lineman before he began his attack. You would think one who has the edge in supposed first step quickness and was playing in a scheme tailor made for his skill sets would have equal or great splash plays then a player who was two gaping.
Anyhow, I digress. But below you will find a chart breaking down both players numbers from the combine and stats from their collegiate career and Pat Kirwan’s Speed & Quickness Index, along with Kirwan’s Explosive Index.
|With a strong battle waging over which defensive tackle prospects game best translates to the NFL many pundits believe Gerlad McCoy of Oklahoma has far surperior quickness to that of Nebraska's Ndaumkong Suh. When you look at both players 10-yard splits, short shuttles and three cone drills its fairly obvious that even though some are steadfast in their decision to rank McCoy above Suh. Its just plain rubbish as Suh has just as quick a first step as McCoy, but has something McCoy doesn't, which is pure power and strength.|