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Gerald McCoy meets with Tampa media

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: April 22, 2010

Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick of the Buccaneers, met with the Tampa media Thursday night.

Here’s what he had to say:

On feelings after being selected by the Buccaneers:
“I’m very emotional, being a Buccaneer fan. My mother was not here today to witness it, but she [saw] it. That’s really what the emotion was, just missing my mother and trying to make her proud today.”

On whether it was the case that he wanted to be a Buccaneer:
“It was. I couldn’t wait to be a Buccaneer. I grew up a fan and I knew a lot of the history of the team and I’m just glad that I can come here to help and do what I can.”

On his expectations coming to the Buccaneers:
“They didn’t bring me in to not play, I know that much, so whether I start or not, I know I’ll get considerable playing time. I just want to come in and do what I can and do my best for the Buccaneers, no longer for the Sooners.”

On fitting into the team and possibly starting:
“I might, I plan to. That’s the plan. I want to come in and be a starter, I wanted to do that in college, and [they] play the same thing we did in college, the Tampa-2, they play that in Tampa Bay, they went back to it, and they think I’m the best fit for it. I can’t wait to get going.”

On the poor success rate for defensive tackles drafted in high spots:
“That’s the past. This is the 75th Draft, 2010. Ndamukong Suh was a great pick, I feel I was a fairly decent pick, and my boy, actually, Tyson [Alualu], who I trained with went in the Top 10 and I’m happy for him. It’s going to be a different kind of draft for [defensive] tackles.”

On when, exactly, it became clear that he was going to end up with Tampa Bay:
“I wanted to be a Buccaneer, I’m not going to lie. I couldn’t just openly say that, but now that I’ve been picked, I want to be Buccaneer and I always wanted to be a Buccaneer. When they were there in the top three I was happy about that. I actually didn’t know [that the Buccaneers would select me]. You never know. This draft right here, I’ve been listening to it and the things I’ve been expecting have not been what’s happened. So it was unpredictable. I had no idea until I saw Ndamukong Suh’s phone ring.”

On his relationship with Warren Sapp:
“I just met Warren Sapp a few weeks ago. He’s a great guy. He said he’s going to take me under his wing and he’s going to help me out. He’s going to work with me on the field, off the field, I’m going to be his guy. I’ve come in to help this team, I didn’t come in to be on the sideline and just be another rookie who got paid a lot of money. I want to be a great football player and I plan to do that for Tampa Bay.”


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