A Man Behind The CurtainApril 25th, 2013
Now Joe knows that despite recent additions the past couple of years to the Bucs roster by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, there are still Dominik detractors out there.
One bone of criticism is that Dominik, being a draft-first guy, has a poor batting average of picks in the middle-to-late rounds. That’s a fair rebuke. But that may soon change.
This year, joining Team Glazer, Dominik, Bucs coach Greg Schiano, trainers, director of player personnel Dennis Hickey and Bucs scouts in the draft war room at One Buc Palace will be a guy by the name of Eric Stokes. While many Bucs fans may immediately ask “Who?” Stokes may be Dominik’s biggest selection since Gerald McCoy.
Stokes, Bucs director of college scouting, was groomed in the Seahawks organization, a scouting department once tutored by current Packers general manager Ted Thompson, perhaps the best general manager in the NFL. Thompson avoids free agents like the Ebola virus yet because of solid scouting, the Packers are an annual playoff contender, if not a Super Bowl contender, because the Packers are able to succeed in the draft.
Consider some of the draft picks Stokes helped oversee while in Seattle: running back Robert Turbin, a fourth-round pick; cornerback Richard Sherman, a fifth-round pick; safety Kam Chancellor, a fifth-round pick; and running back Justin Forsett, a seventh-round pick, now with Jacksonville, who rushed for over four yards a carry in two seasons with the Seahawks.
If Stokes can help mine talent for the Bucs like he did in Seattle, he may prove to be almost as valuable a free agent signing as Dashon Goldson.