What Could Be For The BucsJanuary 28th, 2013
Joe is already being peppered with questions about who the Bucs will pick in the first round in April’s draft. Joe sort of chuckles when he gets these missives on Twitter.
In a polite way, Joe tries to tell the questioners that it is still January and the draft is 1/4 of a year away, three months. A lot will change before then.
But Joe does tell the same fans that — and it is nothing more than a hunch — if there is a talented pass rusher available at No. 13, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik just may pull the trigger on said defensive lineman.
History shows how much Dominik coverts defensive linemen.
Sure, the Bucs could lose Michael Bennett to free agency. A franchise tag is a bit expensive for Bennett’s numbers. And the Bucs could also lose tackle Roy Miller, but Joe doubts that will happen.
One reason why the Bucs’ defensive line, though improved greatly since 2011, has trouble pressuring quarterbacks is because the Bucs’ defensive line seems to always be dinged up, as pointed out by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
If it’s not Gerald McCoy, it is Adrian Clayborn and if it’s not Clayborn who is hurt it is Da’Quan Bowers.
McCoy, Bowers and Clayborn each missed time the past two seasons, which Dominik considers one of the biggest reasons the Bucs fell short of the playoffs this year.
“We never had those four players playing together at the same time – ever,” he said. “And whether that’s us being snakebit or whatever, it’s still an important thing that just didn’t happen.”
If Bennett returns to the fold and he, GMC, Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers are all healthy, it could be living nightmare for quarterbacks.
And as we all know, a pass rush is the best medicine for a woeful secondary.
Joe thinks it’s very premature to guess who the Bucs are picking in the first round. Re-signing Bennett may just eliminate one position Dominik will select at No. 13.