Throwing Away A High First-Round PickJanuary 19th, 2012
While the Bucs are embroiled in a search to fill the void left by jettisoned coach Raheem Morris, it isn’t too early to talk draft.
Apparently, BSPN’s Mel Kiper has a mock draft out — keyword: mock — and Kiper claims, via Pat Yasinskas, the Bucs are going to throw away their fifth overall pick by selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Kiper has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the No. 5 overall pick. Kiper also cautions that fans shouldn’t assume the Bucs won’t take a running back here because they already have LeGarrette Blount. If anything, the 2011 season showed that Blount probably never will be an every-down back. He simply isn’t a pass-catcher and never could pick up the pass protections well enough for the previous coaching staff to leave him on the field as a pass-blocker. I’m not sure the Bucs are going to be willing to lock up Blount with any sort of long-term deal. Blount still could have a role because he is a good power runner. But drafting Richardson makes plenty of sense because he’s an all-around running back. Also, drafting an offensive skill-position player usually generates a lot of excitement. I’m not saying the Bucs would simply draft a player to generate excitement, but this is a franchise that could use anything that might generate a little positive interest.
This is a pet peeve of Joe’s. Short of the next Barry Sanders on the board, drafting a running back with the fifth pick is an absolute waste.
Not only do running backs have short shelf lives — which means paying a running back fifth overall-cash is a pathetic investment — the best running backs in the NFL can be found off the streets.
Hell, the Bucs already have a damned good running back, LeGarrette Blount, who was found on the sidewalk when the Bucs picked him up.
Of all the dire needs the Bucs have (linebacker, wide receiver, secondary), to draft a guy at a position not needed at No. 5 overall is outrageous.
Drafting Richardson at No. 5, barring using him as trade bait, would be about as nonsensical as drafting a quarterback at No. 5.