Picking Winners On The D-LineFebruary 9th, 2013
After five years in the gut of the Bucs’ defensive line, it’s no surprise that Chris Hovan says the Bucs should draft a defensive lineman in April.
Speaking to Rock Riley on 98.7 FM this morning, Hovan also said if he were a general manager, he would draft a defensive lineman in the first round every year.
Hovan said he’s a big fan of how the Giants have attacked drafting for their defensive line and he’d like to see the Bucs follow the same track — to have “depth that are playmakers.”
This got Joe thinking and researching, and the somewhat sad fact is the Bucs have invested as heavily as the Giants on defensive linemen over the past 10 NFL Drafts. The problem is the Bucs weren’t as successful.
Bucs’ premium D-line picks through last 10 drafts.
2011 – Adrian Clayborn (1), DaQuan Bowers (2)
2010 – Gerald McCoy (1), Brian Price (2)
2009 – Roy Miller (3), Kyle Moore (4)
2008 – Dre Moore (4)
2007 – Gaines Adams (1)
2003 – DeWayne White (2)
Giants’ premium D-line picks through last 10 drafts.
2011 – Marvin Austin (2)
2010 – Jason Pierre Paul (1), Linval Joseph (2)
2007 – Jay Alford (3)
2006 – Mathias Kiwanuka (1), Barry Cofield (4)
2005 – Justin Tuck (3)
2004 – Reggie Torbor (4)
2003 – William Joseph (1), Osi Umenyiora (2)
Obviously, the Giants have had their misses, but they’ve also numerous home runs — and two Super Bowls. Even Barry Cofield, hardly a household name, has had an impressive career.
Joe has hope for the Bucs’ more recent picks on the D-line given the run-stuffing prowess in 2012 , but the Mark Dominik-era D-linemen still have much to prove.
As Joe’s written previously, Joe would have no problem with the Bucs snagging a D-lineman in the first round this April. Decisions on free agents Michael Bennett and Roy Miller, however, will go a very long way toward making that call.