Grading The BucsApril 29th, 2013
Yes, it’s risky if not reckless to grade out a team’s draft just hours after the three-day affair is over. And while prickly Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com admits it’s best to wait three years to see how a team’s draft stacks up, he goes ahead and gives his readers what they want anyway: draft grades!
Prisco has been kind to the Bucs in the past with draft grades and continues his pattern, rating the Bucs draft as pretty good.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Best pick: Fourth-round defensive tackle Akeem Spence can step in and start next to Gerald McCoy. They stole him in the fourth round.
Questionable move: Trading their first-round pick to the Jets to get Darrelle Revis, who is coming off an ACL.
Third-day gem: Fourth-round defensive end William Gholston has a lot of ability, but didn’t always play to it. Can they get him to do that?
Analysis: If you count Revis, they had a nice draft. They also took corner Johnthan Banks in the second round for more corner help. Third-round pick Mike Glennon could be an indictment of Josh Freeman.
Grade: B+ (counts Revis)
It’s interesting that Prisco seems high on a couple of players from the hated Big Ten. Interesting.
As always, it’s most fair to wait three years before judging a draft class. Time will tell if Schiano will be able to develop the third-day picks into productive starters and role players.