Thanks A Bunch ChuckyApril 22nd, 2009
Chucky, who will be part of the NFL Network’s draft coverage this weekend, spoke about his time drafting with the Bucs and confessed, as documented by eye-RAH Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, that he reached for (the bad) Dexter Jackson.
“Last year, we were starving to take one [receiver] and probably reached, if you want to be honest, in the second round,” Gruden said on a conference call with fellow NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci.
Jackson didn’t register a reception in seven games during his rookie season and averaged only 4.9 yards as a punt returner before losing his return duties to Clifton Smith, who went on to make the Pro Bowl.
Now he tells us. Gee, thanks Chucky.
Look, Chucky didn’t just reach for (the bad) Dexter Jackson. He traded down, passing on a chance to pick Limas Sweed of Texas, who, after the Bucs traded down, was picked up by the Steelers. Though he started off slowly, by the time the Super Bowl rolled around, Sweed had become a productive receiver for the eventual champs.
But no. He wasn’t good enough for Chucky and Bruce Almighty.
Chucky also said he’s not apt to draft a junior quarterback “very high.” That’s a dead-solid perfect comment. Joe hopes Mark Dominik realizes that if he’s about to draft NFL bust-in-waiting Josh Freeman.