D.J. Fluker At No. 13January 16th, 2013
There are few people Joe respects more than “The Godfather,” Gil Brandt. The architect of the famed Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the late 1960s-early 1980s, Brandt now works for the NFL and hosts a show on SiriusXM NFL Radio and his attention to detail and memory recall is astounding.
Brandt put up his first mock draft of the mock season and he has Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik picking an offensive lineman in the first round.
No. 13 Buccaneers
D.J. Flucker, OT, Alabama. Fluker is strong and is good in the run game. He’d give the Bucs someone to pair with left tackle Donald Penn.
Now in Joe’s eyes, this isn’t as absurd as it may seem at first glance.
Yes, the Bucs need corners, no question. But there really aren’t any top shelf corners in the draft, so selecting one at No. 13 may be a reach. Joe has glanced at several mocks that have cornerback Xavier Rhodes of Florida State going later in the first round.
It was just this week that Dominik gave a lukewarm response to the future of Demar Dotson at right tackle. The only reason why Dotson got a starting job was that Jeremy Trueblood played his way out of a starting gig.
It also seems unlikely that the Baron of Berlin, defensive end Bjoern Werner of Florida State, a quarterback’s nightmare, will be there at No. 13.
Joe has been told corners are “three rounds deep” in the draft and that you can get quality value on a corner in the third round. Joe can testify from first hand knowledge the Bucs are doing their due diligence scouring the college ranks and homework on corners. There’s no reason to think the Bucs are stuck on a first-round corner.
If Dominik does pull the trigger on Flucker, Joe doesn’t want to hear another word about how Freeman needs more toys.