Tuesday, March 2, 2010
NFL combine: Suh vs. McCoy
By Heather Dinich
Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy and Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh were two of the highlights on Monday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and according to Todd McShay of Scouts Inc., Suh had the better day. He wasn't the only one who gave the edge to the Heisman contender.
Here's an excerpt of what McShay had to say:
Suh's overall day was a bit better. He checked in at 6-4 and 307 pounds, and his 40 time of 4.98 was more than adequate. Suh also put up 32 reps on the bench press, showcasing the upper-body power that allows him to lock onto and control blockers before discarding them. His strength also showed up when he was punching the bags during drills, impacts that echoed throughout the stadium.
McCoy measured 6-4 but a little lighter at 295, and his 23 reps were a little disappointing. Still, he ran a 4.96 and was able to showcase his outstanding quickness (feet and hands) during position-specific drills.
The different defensive schemes they played in while in college highlighted different skill sets for each player, as Suh has been labeled the "read and react" player while McCoy is more of a run-stuffer. Now that they've gone head-to-head in the same workouts, multiple reports are giving the edge to Suh after Monday's results. Suh was 14th in the country in tackles for loss with 1.46 per game and McCoy was 35th with 1.19. To some, numbers matter, and the bench press reps are getting a lot of attention. Still, both players are at the top of the Scouts Inc. draft board, and are expected to be taken in the first two overall picks of the NFL draft. McCoy is currently listed as No. 1, but obviously things can change.