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DraftWatch: McCoy ahead of Suh?

Much of our draft discussion has revolved around the Detroit’s chances for drafting Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh with the No. 2 overall pick. Most media analysts have Suh atop their list of potential targets, but one of the most prominent observers believes there is almost no difference between Suh and the consensus No. 2 defensive tackle.

In fact, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network considers Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy a slightly better NFL prospect than Suh. You can watch Mayock’s entire explanation here.

The digested version: Mayock referred to McCoy and Suh as No. 1 and 1a in his rankings, but added this: "I look at McCoy and I see the most disruptive force coming out in the draft as far as an interior defensive lineman in years. He’s got a little bit of Warren Sapp to him, a little bit of Tommie Harris to him. He’s explosive. He’s lean off the field. And in my opinion, he’s a guy that those one-gap penetrating fronts are going to love."

ESPN's Todd McShay has adjusted his rankings in a similar way. You need an Insider subscription to read the full account, but I can tell you McShay's latest mock draft has the Lions taking Suh at No. 2 overall.

If Mayock’s analysis is accurate, it means the Lions are going to get an elite player no matter who they take at No. 2. Who would have thought Suh would be a consolation prize? Player rankings at the top of the draft should begin to clarify at the annual scouting combine later this month.