We’re about a week removed from the start of the regular season and somehow, outlets are still coming out with top 100 lists. I have no clue how many I’ve seen this year, but I think I could start ranking them. Maybe on, like, a top 100 list. Just a thought.
Anyway, the latest top 100 list comes courtesy of ESPN and tries to predict how players will do this season. It contains three Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy at 34, Mike Evans at 49, and Lavonte David at 84. No Jameis Winston or Kwon Alexander, sorry.
Coach Dirk Koetter said it best in describing the Bucs’ five-time Pro-Bowler: “The guy who dominates practice every day is Gerald McCoy. You can’t block that guy. You think he’s offsides, [but] I’m sitting up there clicking the tape back 20 times. The guy’s got the best get-off. He’s tough to stop. He wrecks half of practice.” McCoy has more sacks since 2013 (33.5) than any other defensive tackle.
Yep, that sounds about right. McCoy’s good, though I’m not sure he’s actually better than Mike Evans now. The latter seems like he’s getting close to being one of the best players in the NFL—perhaps a top 20 player, even. That number 49 ranking is too low, regardless.
It’s also good to see Lavonte David on there, who seems ready to bounce back after a minor down year. David’s been one of the best 4-3 linebackers in the NFL since he entered the league, and that description should still apply to him.