Monday Morning Rant! The Good, The Bad, The Ugly!!
Monday, September 09, 2013
Darrelle Revis started his first game in a Buccaneers uniform and, on a limited amount of plays, looked like the Revis we all are accustomed to watching. Dashon Goldson is a beast and plays the way the game was intended to be played. That's it for good!
There was way too much bad in yesterday's game for just one article. I will try to limit this to the more severe "bad" that I witnessed. Mostly every person that has ever read my articles knows that I have stood in Freeman's corner and argued breathlessly as to why he may emerge as a premier quarterback. So much for that. Yesterday I witnessed a young man that was timid, scared, confused, unable to make a decision, and possesses absolutely zero amount of leadership. From the most basic of fundamentals to decisions under duress Freeman fails to show any signs of growth. Anybody that has any knowledge of the game knows that a quarterback on a 3 step drop must plant his back leg on the third step and release the ball. There is zero time for holding the ball. If I watch Freeman take a three step drop and stand there like a dumb statue one more time I might break my television set. This is the most basic quarterback fundamental rule in the game. How about another fundamental rule? STOP STARING DOWN YOUR RECEIVER!!!!! Freeman continues to take the snap, stare directly at Vincent Jackson and hold the ball waiting for him to come open. Mean while he gets sacked, fumbles, or throws the ball into the triple coverage that he has drawn to Jackson with his eyes. Basic fundamentals that Freeman continues to fail to grasp. Decisions under duress? Look no further than the first series of the game. That series summed up Freeman's lack of leadership in one fail swoop. Okay, I get it, you could not hear your coach through your helmet. You called your time out and walked to the sideline with a facial expression that looked like a child getting scolded for not knowing how to tie their shoe. Did you change the helmet? No. Let's go back in with the same malfunctioning helmet and try this again. Freeman's fault? Maybe, maybe not. But what happens next falls square on Freeman's shoulders. After burning a timeout and standing on the sideline with the offensive coordinator, Freeman goes back to the huddle still not knowing what play to run. The helmet malfunctions again. Time for a leader to step up on the field and make something happen. Be a leader and call a play. I don't care what play but call a play and run it. Not Freeman. Coming off a timeout Freeman allows two consecutive delay of game penalties, puts on his confused scolded child face, burns a back-to-back time out and heads to the sideline again. This man is either scared to death or just plain incapable of making a command decision. I won't even bother with the rest of his piss poor performance. i.e. over-throwing wide open receivers for interceptions and the complete incompetence for throwing a simple pass to the flats. All this being said, I will stand on my soap box and make this announcement official: Josh Freeman, you are a joke as an NFL quarterback. I myself, am a joke for wasting over four years of my life standing up for you.
It would be simple to say that the Bucs losing to the worthless Jets is ugly enough. I wish that was the only ugliness to what I witnessed. But I am worried that the ugliness may go much deeper. There are zero championship caliber football teams that the quarterback is not a team leader. The mere fact that the players on this Buc's team did not vote Freeman in as a team captain signals a much deeper issue. Just as ugly as Freeman's performance, was Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan's game plan and play calling. Sullivan has to know that his quarterback has been struggling to say the least. Does he open the game with a game plan that helps get his quarterback some confidence? No, the exact opposite. While having what some claim to be the second or third best running back in the league in his back field, Sullivan opens the game with 8 out of 10 called pass plays. Over-all the Buccaneers finished with 31 pass attempts to 24 running attempts. Not only did I not agree with this game plan, I did not agree with the manner in which the plays were called. It was almost an exact replica on every possession. Pass on first down that more often than not was incomplete (15 of 31). Run on second down when the Jets pretty much expected it to gain 1 or 2 yards. And be faced with 3rd and 8 or 3rd and 9 for another pass play. Time after time again the same sequence. What do they say about doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? Exactly! It drove me insane at least.
Okay, I am not ready to say that the sky is falling and we all are doomed. We were out coached (wow by Rex Ryan???) and Buccaneers are preparing for our home opener against the sAINTS. I know without a doubt that I will be sitting in my season ticket seats surrounded by sAINTS fans that live right here in Tampa. All I can ask for is to walk out of RayJay, as I have many times in the past, watching sAINTS fans try to figure out how they just lost. Here's to hopes and prayers ladies and gents!! As always, GO BUCS!!
Geno Smith Finds No Need To Study Revis Island! Hilarious!
Thursday, September 05, 2013
If I was a rookie quarterback about to start my first game in the NFL against one of the best corners in football, the first thing I would do is study tape of that corner. Especially if it was Darrelle Revis. Geno Smith, named on Wednesday as the starting QB for the Jets, feels differently.
Smith said he doesn't "think it's necessary" to watch tape on Revis before he goes up against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
"I mean, I don't think it's necessary," Smith said. "Maybe I will, maybe I won't. You pretty much get the idea of what kind of player he is based on his reputation."
Right, I can totally see how you base your offensive attack solely on his reputa-- ... wait, what?
Excuse me while I whip out my "oh my god I need to challenge this statement while simultaneously throwing a red flag" NFL-relevant picture gallery:
Surely Geno can't be serious about that. Darrelle Revis, one of the best defensive players in the game, is going to be hawking his every move in his first NFL game and he's not going to study him?
And not only is Geno not going to study Revis, he's just going to rely on what Mark Sanchez says about Revis? If these quotes hadn't been distributed by the Jets I wouldn't believe this is real life.
"I mean, we all know about Revis," Smith said. "Basically from talking to Mark, talking to our personnel guys around here. If you talk to anyone in this locker room they'll let you know when healthy [Revis is] one of the best if not the best corner in the game. He's the guy you definitely have to pay attention to on the field."
Is Geno joking? He must be joking but apparently he's just not. It's worth noting that Smith said he took upon himself to start watching a bunch of Buccaneers film in preparation for the upcoming Week 1 game. That's a good thing. But one of my biggest concerns would be Revis.
Not sure how this story hasn't gotten more run (maybe actual football is the sideshow for the Jets circus?) but as you can imagine, word of this most ridiculous notion made its way to Revis.
And Revis found the idea of Geno not studying film of the Buccaneers top corner quiteamusing.
"I don't understand why [laughing] he didn't study me?" Revis said. "[Laughing more] Because I will be on the opposite side. But I don't know what their gameplan or their preparation is. And personally I don't know what Geno's preparation is but I would hope if you're playing against another opponent you should [laughing once more] study everybody on the opposing team.
"I'm studying him. [still laughing] Just to let him know, I'm studying him."
That's the only reaction you can have, really. You're Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback on the planet, you're playing the team that just traded you, that team is starting a rookie quarterback, that rookie quarterback -- who has access to TONS of Revis film -- just said he isn't studying you.
There's not much else to do other than laugh.
Written by: Will Brinson, CBSsports
Freeman Poised For Great Season
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A very well written article by FRED GOODELL, Associated Press:
Josh Freeman says he's focused on trying to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs, not the big contract he probably will command if he's able to accomplish that mission.
The Bucs have not earned a postseason berth since 2007. Freeman's coming off the most productive season of his career, but remains under pressure to prove he's worth the kind of money it could take to keep the 25-year-old in a Bucs uniform for the long term.
Freeman threw for a club-record 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012, his first season in a system installed by offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
The quarterback, Sullivan and coach Greg Schiano all agree Freeman's familiarity with the scheme should give him a chance to be even better in the final year of his contract.
"It's the second year in this system. I feel that much more comfortable," Freeman said. "Last year was kind of a whirlwind, trying to pick up things and trying to learn them on the fly. This year I had an entire offseason to kind of go back, study and really take my game to the next level."
Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik have surrounded Freeman with some talented players who give Freeman a chance to be successful.
Vincent Jackson averaged over 19 yards per reception after being signed in free agency a year ago, Mike Williams fell 4 yards shy of giving the Bucs a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season for the first time, and running back Doug Martin rushed for 1,454 yards and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last season.
And with guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph returning from injury, the offensive line figures to improve, too.
"There's always going to be pressure, but it's all internal," Freeman said. "When I look at things, look at what I want to be and who I want to be as a player, it exceeds everything that anybody else could hope for. I want to push it. When I leave the game I want to be regarded as one of the best who ever played."
In four seasons, he's completed nearly 59 percent of his passes for 12,963 yards, 78 TDs and 63 interceptions. He was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season a year ago until consecutive four-interception games contributed to a late season-collapse that cost the Bucs a shot at a playoff berth.
After throwing for 18 TDs and just five interceptions in the first nine games, he threw nine TD passes and 12 picks over the final seven weeks.
"Whatever the reason is, you've got to find a way to not let that happen. Regardless of circumstances or situations, late in the year it's unacceptable," Freeman said.
"Yeah, I played well up until then, but it's always what have you done for me lately. We finished the year winning in Atlanta, but I feel like we had the potential to go a lot farther. Those things happen. You've got to learn from them. I continue to move forward."
A starter since midway through his rookie year, Freeman potentially could be one of the most attractive free agents available next winter if the Bucs don't sign him to an extension before his contract expires.
The young quarterback met with Sullivan after last season to discuss ways Freeman can build off his success of a year ago.
"He said you're going to get better, but find a way to get as good as you possibly can be," said Freeman, who went back watched film of every snap from 2012. "There are a lot of different things you can do from a physical standpoint, from a mental standpoint."
Sullivan said the extra work is paying off, noting Freeman has "improved command of the offense."
"He was able to look at himself and see things he did well and the things he needs to improve on," the offensive coordinator said.
Teammates notice a difference in the huddle, too.
"He's way more comfortable. You can see that already, his confidence on the field. It's fun to watch because he gets to let his physical tools take shape," Jackson said.
"He's a hungry guy. He wants to get better. He's wants to be one of the best," added Jackson, who had 72 catches for 1,384 yards and eight TDs in his first season with the Bucs. "He puts in the time in the meeting room, in the weight room, does all the things he needs to do. ... You can see the kid wants to be great. Other guys feed off that energy."
Freeman's base salary for 2013, the final season of a five-year deal he signed as the third quarterback selected in the 2009 draft behind Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez, is $8.43 million.
"He should have a lot of motivation seeing all these quarterback signings," left tackle Donald Penn said, commenting on Freeman's potential a day after Atlanta's Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year, $103.75 million deal. "I know I would if I were him."
Buccaneers and Mike Williams Complete a 6 Year Contract Extension
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and WR Mike Williams have agreed to terms on a 6 year contract extension. The new deal will keep Williams in a Buccaneers uniform through the 2018 season.
Click here for detail.
Connor Barth Out For The Season
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Per Buccaneers.com :
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were forced to make a series of moves on Tuesday after Connor Barth, the most accurate placekicker in franchise history, sustained an Achilles tendon injury that will cause him to miss the 2013 season. The Buccaneers signed veteran kicker Lawrence Tynes, a 2012 Pro Bowl alternate, filling the void at kicker quickly and with a surprisingly strong replacement.
Barth will be placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said. “Lawrence and his agent, Ken Harris, had other standing opportunities, but we are pleased that they thought this was the right place for Lawrence to continue his career.”
Barth tore his right Achilles tendon while playing in a charity basketball game with other NFL players on Friday. The sixth-year veteran had successful surgery to repair the injury on Monday but is not expected to return to the field season. Barth, who was heading into the second year of a four-year contract extension signed last offseason, has made a team-record 84.3% of his field goal attempts since signing with the Buccaneers midway through the 2009 season. In 2011, he set a single-season franchise record by making 26 of 28 tries for a success rate of 92.9%.
Tynes, a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, has made 190 of his 233 career field goal attempts (81.5%) and is coming off one of his best seasons in 2012. Playing in all 16 games for the Giants, he made 33 of 39 field goal tries (84.6%) and all 46 extra point attempts for a career-best 145 points, the second-highest total in the NFL. He became an unrestricted free agent in March.
Tynes has played at least 15 games in eight of his nine NFL seasons, reaching triple digits in scoring in each of those eight campaigns en route to 927 career points. Over the last five seasons in New York, he has made 99 of 119 field goal attempts (83.2%) and 180 consecutive extra point tries. He has also been a postseason hero for the Giants, making 13 of 17 field goal tries, including overtime winners in the 2007 NFC Championship Game at Green Bay and the 2011 NFC Championship Game at San Francisco. Tynes is the only player in NFL history to make two overtime game-winning field goals in the playoffs, in both cases propelling the Giants to an eventual Super Bowl victory. In the 2007 conference championship game, his game-winner was a 47-yarder, the longest postseason field goal in Lambeau Field history. In the Giants' two Super Bowl wins over New England, games decided by a combined seven points, Tynes was perfect on three field goal attempts and three extra points.
Born in Scotland, Tynes moved with his family to the United States at the age of 10 and played his high school football in the town of Milton in Florida's panhandle. An AP All-American as a senior at Troy University, he originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. Though he failed to make the Chiefs' roster in 2001 or 2002 and ended up playing two seasons in the Canadian Football League, Tynes returned to Kansas City in 2004 and won the team's placekicking job. After three seasons in Kansas City, he was trade to the Giants in 2007 in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.
Outsstanding Video Of Warren Sapp Press Conference For Ring Of Honor
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The timing of his Ring induction may be debated. Warren Sapp's accomplishments on the field can not. Congradulations to Sapp. Here is an outstanding video of todays press conference.
WR Mike Williams New Contract
Thursday, May 02, 2013
The 2013 NFL draft is in the books. The largest wave of free agency is over. Rookie contracts are primarily slotted by the new CBA. That means Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik can now focus his attention on the contract negotiations of a few of our returning stars.
Although QB Josh Freeman is entering the last year of his contract, I believe it is well known that Dominik is comfortable letting Freeman prove his worth prior to a new deal. That being said, the number one contract Dominik should now devote his attention to would be WR Mike Williams.
Williams has far out-played his rookie contract. In 2012 Mike Williams contract value was $674,562.00. Williams has came within a few yards of a 1000 yard season in both 2011 and 2012. Literally within one reception. If averaged out Williams posted double digit touchdowns over the same two seasons. Williams has proven to be a young, up-and-coming talent in the NFL. I highly expect Mark Dominik to announce an extension to Williams contract in the very near future.
Sapp To The Ring Of Honor and The Stinking Shame!!
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
It has been revealed that Warren Sapp will be the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers inductee to their Ring of Honor. This has quickly become a very polarizing conversation piece. I personally can't tolerate Sapp the person but Sapp the player deserves this honor. HOWEVER, it was not his time. There are far too many greats in Bucs history that should have gone up before him. They should have waited 5 to 10 more years and inducted a large group if the Superbowl Bucs all in at once.
Now Sapp has now thrown more fuel to the polarizing fire. For all those that have watched our previous greats names adorned to the current Ring, you know that their names are affixed to the east side of the stadium with LeRoy Selmon positioned at the 50 yard line. Well here is Sapp's opinion:
“You’re going to get me to stir things up, but I’d love to be at the 50 yard and the first one the west side (of the stadium),” Sapp said. “That’s where my mom always sat. And the teams that come into play us will be staring right at it. They’ll be looking dead at it and they’ll know the Bucs are coming right at you.”
I'm sorry but this just rubs me extremely wrong. You are being presented an honor that quite frankly should not be your turn yet. And you have the audacity to not want to have your name next to the GREAT LeRoy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmy Giles, and Paul Gruber. You want your private spot over by your self and with equal billing at the 50 as LeRoy Selmon. Son, you are no LeRoy Selmon of a person or player. Accept the honor you are being given with a slice of humble pie there big boy. You should step in line and watch your name placed to the east wall and be proud. But, I have little doubt that the organization caters to your request and you stand alone on the west wall. What a stinking shame that will be.
Give us your opinion in the comment section below. Let the debate begin.
Welcome To The New Buccaneers Players Draft Rewind
Monday, April 29, 2013
Well the 2013 NFL draft is in the books. By all accounts the Buccaneers have made some outstanding additions to this year's team.
The Buccaneers acquired All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson on the first day of free agency. Goldson alone raises the level of play for the Buccaneers defensive back-field. Then the Buccaneers use their 1st round draft pick, 13th overall, to trade and acquire All-Pro Cornerback Derrelle Revis. Arguably the best defensive player in the NFL is now lining up in Pewter. Outstanding. Ah, but wait. Mark Dominik was not done.
With the Buccaneers 2nd round pick, 43rd overall, the Buccaneers grab another cornerback. The Buccaneers select Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State. At times, prior to the draft, experts had projected Banks to be selected in the top 15 of the draft with many of them projecting him to the Buccaneers at 13. For the Buccaneers to get Banks at the 43rd selection this is an outstanding pick. Banks height, length and competitive nature could make him an instant starter. Good hands for the interception, can high-point passes and make difficult catches with superb concentration. Effective on jump balls in end zone and knocks away passes from behind without interfering. Does not give up on plays even as receiver is catching the ball. Former safety is not shy of making contact, solid tackler when coming downhill. Quick to attack running plays, even when playing off-coverage, making it tough for receivers to get a hand on him. Effective as a blitzer against the run and pass. Rips at the ball whether making a tackle down field or attacking the quarterback in the backfield. Excellent mirror and change of direction skills. He has not been asked to play a lot of press coverage and he’s not very strong, but he has a quick disruptive jam.
Maybe the one pick that the Buccaneers made that had most Bucs fans scratching their head was their 3rd round selection. With the 73rd pick overall the Buccaneers selected QB Mike Glennon of N.C. State. Glennon is 6'7", 225 pounds, and 23 years old. Glennon threw for 7311 yards, 63 touchdowns, and 31 interceptions through his college career. Glennon has a cannon for an arm and can easily make every throw necessary in the NFL. He has been knocked for his accuracy at times. However, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said earlier this month that Mike Glennon "has probably -- of the quarterbacks in this class -- more of the attributes that you look for than maybe any other quarterback.". I believe that most Buccaneers fans did not mind the selection of Glennon. I believe that most thought that it was too early for that pick and believed that they could have got Glennon in the 4th or 5th round. The long standing rule of any draft, if you have "your guy" targeted then you go get your guy. You do not want to regret waiting for the next round and see your guy have his name called a couple picks ahead of you.
Mark Dominik then packaged their 111th and 181st overall pick and traded with Oakland Raiders to move up to the 100th overall pick. The Buccaneers then selected Akeem Spence, defensive tackle out of Illinios. Spence (6-foot 5/8, 307) started every game of his Illini career, racking up 16.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks across 38 starts. Short but quick-footed, Spence generated generous pre-draft comparisons to Bengals All-Pro Geno Atkins. He'll need to start making a lot more plays to reach those heights. Spence did demonstrate short-area burst with a 1.67 ten-yard split at the Combine. He's an undersized, gap-shooting three-technique prospect. It's a worthy flier for a Bucs team that needs girth in the middle after losing Roy Miller in free agency.
With their 2nd pick in the 4th round, 126th overall, the Buccaneers selected William Gholston, defensive end out of Michigan State. Gholston is 6''6" and weighs in at 281 pounds. He looks the part of an NFL starter, with height, length, and a strong overall build. Holds the line and edge well when on his game, uses strong hands and long arms to get leverage. Very agile for his size, can move with tight ends and running backs in the flat, hurdle cut blockers, and stunt with explosiveness. Can be quick in short spaces once he's in motion.
With the 13th pick of the 5th round, 147 overall, the Buccaneers selected LB Steven Means out of Buffalo. Means is 6'4", 250 pounds. Schiano has already stated that they expect Means to play at the defensive end position. Means college production is not outstanding. But Means did have to deal with 4 coaches in the 4 years he was at Buffalo. The Buccaneers coaching staff believe they see some hidden talent with Means that can develop into a productive defensive end.
The next move by the Buccaneers did not really surprise anybody. But the amount of compensation in return was. Mark Dominik pulled the trigger on trading RB LeGarrette Blount. It is well know that Blount has done very little to endear himself with the current coaching staff. Dominik shipped Blount to the New England Patriots in exchange for RB Jeff Demps and New England's 7th round pick. Florida Gator Jeff Demps entered the league in 2012. Demps has world class speed and has expressed his interest in splitting his training time between track & field training and playing in the NFL. If Demps were to dedicate his time to his football career, he could be an outstanding player. The desire to split his time is where issues developed with the Patriots.
The Buccaneers then packaged the 7th round selection received from the Patriots with their 6th round pick and traded up in the 6th round to select Mike James, running back from the University of Miami. At 5'11", 222 pounds, and 4.4 speed James is a very versatile runner, blocker, and receiver out of the back-field. James has even played at the full back position during his college career. What stands out about James is his receiving abilities. He is very adept at taking swing passes in the flats or stretching the middle of the field when isolated on linebackers.
There you have it. This is another draft that when everything is taken into consideration, i.e. Revis with the 13th pick, is an absolute home run by Mark Dominik and the Buccaneers organization. Job well done. As always, GO BUCS!!
Breakdown Of Buccaneers Possible Draft Selection
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The 2013 NFL Draft is one day away. The Buccaneers have used their first round (13th overall) selection in a trade to acquire All Pro CB Darrelle Revis. This leaves the Buccaneers with the following draft picks:
2nd Round 11th pick 43rd overall, 3rd Round 11thpick 73rd overall, 4th Round 15th pick 112th overall, 4th Round 29th pick 126th overall, 5th Round 14thpick 147th overall, 6th Round 13th pick 181st overall, and 6th Round 28th pick 196th overall.
With these selections in mind, let’s take a close look at what the Buccaneers may do with their 2nd Round selection. Do they sit and take the best available with the 43rd overall pick? Or, do they look at moving up for a player they may have their sights on? Let’s see what player may be available within a range of picks that the Buccaneers could actually make a move to select. In other words, we’re eliminating the top 12 rated players in the draft just based off the fact that the Buccaneers do not have the trading power to move high enough up to make that selection. With that being said we eliminate:
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan, Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida, Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M, Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama, Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon, Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma, Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri, Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina, Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU, Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU, Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, and Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Out of the next group of 12 there are a few players that will absolutely not drop low enough or should not be on the Bucs radar this early in the draft such as QBs. Those players are:
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas, and Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama, Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, Matt Elam, FS, Florida, Eric Reid, FS, LSU
That brings the total to 18 players that the Buccaneers will more than likely never have a shot at selecting. Now let’s look at a few players that, under the right circumstances, could slide toward the bottom of the 1st round. Remember, a lot of crazy thoughts can cause a player to slide. Bad measurable at work outs, health concerns, or just blatant misinformation taken as gospel could sometimes be a factor.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston, D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama, Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State, Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame, Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse, Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State, Datone Jones, DE, UCLA, Kyle Long,OG, Oregon, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State, Cordorelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
With the Buccaneers selecting 43rd overall if they make no moves let’s toss in the next 11 highest ranked players:
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee, Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M, Kevin Minter,ILB, LSU, Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State, Keenan Allen, WR, California, Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International, Margus Hunt, DE, SMU, Kawann Short, DT, Purdue, EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State, DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson, Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Due to my personal opinion that the Buccaneers will not look toward the QB position as early as the 2nd round, I am replacing Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel, and Matt Barkley with Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford, Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
Let’s do some more process of elimination. With the acquisition of Revis, the Buccaneers are now in a position of drafting the best available player on their board. At least that is what the talking heads will say their strategy will be. But let’s be honest. The team still has needs at LB, DT, TE, OT, (pass rushing) DE and RB. The need for a RB is minimum and only for the occasional spelling of Doug Martin. By looking at these needs I can see the Bucs selecting the best player available from those positions. Therefore, toss out the WRs, OGs, FSs and S. That would narrow our field to the following: (Listed in best available ranking)
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston, D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama, Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia, Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State, Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame, Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse, Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State, Datone Jones, DE, UCLA, Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State, Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M, Kevin Minter,ILB, LSU, Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State, Margus Hunt, DE, SMU, Kawann Short, DT, Purdue, Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia, Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford, and Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
So the top 18 are off the board with no way of reaching them. These are the 20 players that fill a need and are ranked in the top 40 of the draft. The Buccaneers currently sit with the 43rd pick. Out of these 20 I do not expect Jarvis Jones to drop into the lower 20s range and would eliminate him. From the rest, I could see the Buccaneers making a move to trade up in the draft if one of the following drop below 25: Tyler Eifert, D.J.Hayden, Xavier Rhodes, Desmond Trufant, and D.J. Fluker. Outside of these 5 players, or some unbelievable and unforeseen miracle that a top 15 player falls into this same range, I see the Buccaneers sitting pat and taking the best available from one of the players in this 20 list.
For those wanting my prediction: The Buccaneers will either trade up for TE Tyler Eifert or sit pat and take DE/DT Margus Hunt.
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