In terms of collegiate lines, however, we buy what Schiano is selling.
Stints in the National Football League coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and as the defensive coordinator for some of the Miami Hurricanes fiercest defenses mean he's seen as much top-tier talent as anyone in the game. Ohio State always has a talented defensive line.
"This is the most unselfish, humble group that I've ever been around", Schiano, who is entering his second year as Urban Meyer's top assistant in Columbus, told the Big Ten Network on Saturday of the Buckeyes' defense. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said the same. Schiano was quick to acknowledge McCoy as one of the game's elite defensive linemen, but it's a natural stretch to suggest any college line is more talented than any National Football League line, much less one featuring McCoy and Michael Bennett, who had a breakout season in Tampa under Schiano.
Don't get me wrong, Ohio State has a talented defensive line.
The Buccaneers tied for the third-fewest sacks (27) in 2012 and ranked 23rd with 35 in 2013.
Schiano's effusive praise for the Buckeyes' defense might not be all that overblown. And to include a Bucs defense that included McCoy and other solid pros like Michael Bennett, Adrian Clayborn and William Gholston? Add in true freshman Chase Young, who looks like Jadeveon Clowney, and the talent on the defensive front will haunt opposing offensive lines all season. He's a beast. Schiano also had Michael Bennett at his disposal in 2012, when Bennett racked up nine sacks before heading to Seattle.