There may not be any better guys in this year’s crop of NFL draftees than Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy and Sam Bradford. They both graduated early, have interests outside of the game of football, and oh yeah, they’re pretty good football players. Both should be gone by the first five picks, and certainly within the top 10. Whichever teams land either of them most likely will look back fondly on this year’s draft. In McCoy’s case, some team is getting an extremely impressive physical specimen – he’s both fast and strong, and might even be able to play every conceivable position along the defensive line.
McCoy joined The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio to talk about how the Sooners’ struggles last season helped prepare him for the long grind of an NFL season, how he’s not concerned about how much more media exposure Ndamukong Suh is receiving, how he thinks he might get some opportunities to line up outside rather than playing at the nose tackle position exclusively, and how he just tried to have fun with the whole evaluation process he was put through leading up to the draft.
On how the struggles of Oklahoma’s team last year will benefit him at the NFL level:
“It prepares you how to lose. First and foremost, thanks for having me on the show. Secondly, it prepares you for the next level. Some people go through their whole college career and lose like two games, three games. And losing games like that prepares you for the next level, because it’s a long season, and people rarely go a whole season without losing, or a whole season losing one game, two games. It prepared me for the next level showing me how to lose a game and put it behind you, prepare and get better the next week.”
On if he thinks the other blue chip defensive lineman in the Draft, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, is getting more publicity and hype from the media than he has received:
“I’m not worried about hype. I’m not worried about any of that. It’s all about playing. I feel I can hold my own on the field. He had a great season last year, and all the hype he has, you can’t really blame him. I mean, he proved it. He’s a great player, and I’m not really worried about all the coverage and the media.”
On if he thinks the team that drafts him will be tempted to line him up outside occasionally because of his explosive first step:
“I think they will. I think they’ll do a little mixing because I did both at Oklahoma and had a lot of fun with it. So either one. I think my best suit would be the three-technique but either one would be great.”
On the process of being evaluated and scouted by NFL teams:
“Well they pick your brain, and they ask you stuff you wouldn’t even think they know. Like, so you fell out of that tree when you were four years old. It’s crazy how they know different stuff like that, but I just take it all in and had fun with it. When people would bring up stuff that happened to me when I was younger, I’d be like ‘so you’re stalking me huh? That must mean you really want me.’ You know, you just got to have fun with it, you can’t be so uptight about it.”
Listen here to McCoy on the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio (interview begins at 7:55 mark)