Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has seen the mock drafts pegging former Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald to Tampa Bay with the seventh pick in the draft. And McCoy has one thing to say about it: I’m not changing positions for a rookie.
McCoy currently plays the three-technique tackle position, and there has been some talk that if the Bucs draft Donald, they’ll move McCoy to the nose tackle and let Donald play three-technique. McCoy wrote on Twitter today that he thinks that’s ridiculous, and that there’s no way he’ll move to nose tackle no matter who the Buccaneers draft.
Hahaha all the speculation on draft is funny. I GUARANTEE this..... I WILL NOT. I repeat WILL NOT move to nose, regardless of who we draft!!—
Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) May 07, 2014
Some fans responded to McCoy by saying that’s a selfish attitude, but McCoy said it’s simply a matter of knowing what he does best. McCoy says he can best help his team as a three-technique tackle, and that if the Bucs draft another three-technique tackle, they’d be better off giving that rookie the starting job and having McCoy as the second-string three-technique.
“Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are what makes you a professional,” McCoy wrote.
McCoy is an excellent player, and it seems strange that the Bucs would be considering moving him. Then again, McCoy is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, and it’s possible that the Bucs are already planning to let him walk next year. If that’s the case, it would make a lot of sense to draft his replacement, whether McCoy is ready for it or not.