TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says he will not move to nose tackle to make room for fellow defensive tackle Aaron Donald should Donald be the Bucs’ first selection in the NFL Draft.
“Hahaha all the speculation on draft is funny,’’ McCoy wrote on his Twitter account. “I GUARANTEE this..... I WILL NOT. I repeat WILL NOT move to nose, regardless of who we draft!!’’
Talk of the Bucs possibly drafting Donald, a University of Pittsburgh product, spiked Wednesday when former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian said the Bucs probably wouldn’t pass on him with the seventh overall pick.
Polian said the three technique, which is the position that both McCoy and Donald play, is the most important in the Tampa 2 defense and therefore the second-most position on the Bucs team after quarterback.
Polian said the Bucs game plan, should they land the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Donald, would be to move Gerald McCoy to nose tackle, thereby improving a pass rush that ranked 23rd in the league last year with 35 sacks.
The Bucs made a similar move in 1999, drafting then LSU defensive tackle Anthony “Booger’’ McFarland, who was later moved to nose tackle to play alongside Warren Sapp.
A similar plan may be in the works for the Bucs should they draft Donald, who could be moved to nose while McCoy remains at the three technique, a spot where he recorded 9.5 sacks last year.
Wrote McCoy in another tweet: “I help my team best at 3 whether starting or 2nd group. Tighten up people!’’