There was a time when it was debatable as to whether the Lions should select Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. As such, I’ve kept my eye tuned for news regarding McCoy and will probably follow his career more closely than I otherwise would have. The success of Suh’s rookie season is a strong indicator that the Lions made the right choice and a recent quote from McCoy suggests he wouldn’t have been as successful if the two had switched places.
My first snap as an NFL player against Cleveland, I didn’t even play (tackle). I was an end. I was moving all around. So, finally, I just said to Coach, ‘Man, please let me play one position so I can learn it.
Gerald McCoy may very well turn out to be a great player but the aptitude Ndamukong Suh showed as a rookie suggests his ceiling is even higher. Even as a rookie, Suh was able to play his defensive tackle position at a high level and demonstrated the physical and mental flexibility necessary to be used in more exotic formations. It doesn’t sound like the Lions would have been able to do the same with McCoy.