DraftWatch: Kiper's thinking on Suh-McCoy

As we've looked at the top of the 2010 draft, we've noted the preference of some media analysts for Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. ESPN's Mel Kiper still prefers Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh, having placed him atop his latest mock draft.

I imagine a good part of our discussion moving forward will be evaluating McCoy relative to Suh. Just to keep the ball rolling, here is an expanded look at Kiper's reasoning and analysis of the players relative to each other:

McCoy gives you a little bit more versatility because he can be a 3-4 end and a 4-3 1-gap penetrator. Suh is a guy that is strong, powerful, an outstanding bull rusher. I think he is a better pass-rusher in general than people give him credit for. McCoy is a little bit more sudden, a little bit more explosive. But I think when you look at the productivity of Suh and the instincts and the ability to be a complete defensive tackle without being an elite pass rusher, Suh is [that].

McCoy was also very productive at Oklahoma. I have them one and two on the board and would not argue with either one going first overall...

They're different but they're both outstanding prospects...You look at Suh and the productivity the last two years tells you all about this kid. He's a warrior. I still give Suh the slightest of edges. I have McCoy at No. 2 on the Big Board overall as well, so its not like they're just projected to go No.1 and No. 2, they've been the No. 1 and No. 2 player with Eric Berry the safety from Tennessee at No. 3. That's been steady and solid since early October. Fourth has been a little fluid but the three of Suh, McCoy and Berry have been etched in stone and will be etched in stone all the way until Draft Day for me.

Kiper made those comments during a conference call this week. I think either player would look pretty good next to either Grady Jackson or 2009 draftee Sammie Lee Hill.