Obvious Bucs Will Draft LinebackersApril 14th, 2011
Occasionally, Joe gets into an e-mail scuffle with a reader.
Joe gets lots of e-mail, usually Bucs tips, jokes, penile enlargement ads, and words of encouragement, but sometimes Joe gets hate mail or stupid Bucs takes that said reader thinks is football gospel.
Today’s genius hater decided to hammer Joe and every other Bucs fans who thinks the Bucs will draft a linebacker or two:
“Joe, you and Mr. Commish are idiots if you think the Bucs are looking at linebackers. They’ve got three young starters and Tyrone McKenzie and good backups. It shows you know nothing about football.”
Joe’s not going to re-print the whole exchange. But it’s obvious that linebacker is a position of need on the Bucs.
Aside from the fact that the Bucs can’t stop the run, Barrett Ruud, Quincy Black, Adam Hayward and Niko Koutouvides are all unrestricted free agents, so The Tampa Tribune reported months ago. It’s the most number of unrestricted free agents for any position on the team.
There’s no way Mark Dominik is going to bank on those guys returning. He can’t, with free agency eventually coming after the NFL Draft.
Joe’s happy to wager that Dominik takes a linebacker in the first three rounds.