Browns and Ravens seem to be the two teams Gerald McCoy
is considering after he and the Bucs parted ways on Monday.
If he chooses the Browns, the defensive line rotation would be pretty stellar.
Defensive Tackles: Sheldon Richardson, Gerald McCoy, Larry Ogunjobi
Defensive Ends: Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Chad Thomas
What I really like about this group is the combination of veterans and up-and-comers.
You have the vets on the interior in McCoy (31) and Richardson (28) and on the outside in Vernon (28).
You have lots of youth who can learn from those veterans, particularly a guy who seems destined to be one of the best pass rushers of his generation in Myles Garrett (23), along with other young studs in Ogunjobi (24) and second-year backup from Miami in Chad Thomas (23), who was a 2017 3rd Round pick and has been getting some hype by those who've seen the strides he has made.
Regardless what happens, would McCoy (again *if* he signs) round out the best defensive line in the NFL?
The whole front seven is really well put together, imo. Joe Schobert made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and likely would have made it in 2018 had he not missed 3 games. PFF had him rated the top coverage linebacker in the NFL through 10 weeks before his hamstring injury.
Despite the injury, Schobert came back after missing three games. He was clearly still playing injured, but as the quarterback of the defense, his presence was sorely missed and by season's end, PFF gave him a rating of 78.2 which was 11th among all linebackers.
He's only 25 years old, so he fits right in with the core of Baker, Garrett, OBJ, Landry, Chubb, Denzel Ward, etc in terms of the team's timeline.
Outside linebackers Genard Avery, who had a great rookie year, and Christian Kirksey, who missed most of 2018 after looking really solid his first few years.
I just love this front-seven, especially if we land McCoy. It is an embarrassment of riches in terms of talent. That doesn't always translate to wins, but it is exciting.