Smells Like Bucs Grab A Defensive TackleApril 26th, 2013
In the past few weeks, Joe has noticed Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik raving about how deep the cornerbacks depth is in this NFL draft. Joe also has noticed Dominik has often invoked “third round” in talking about the depth.
Now Joe has detailed the gaggle of talented cornerbacks still available; quite a few in fact.
But back to Dominik. Joe has never detected Dominik talking about the draft’s depth at defensive tackle, which is another area of need for the Bucs, perhaps more so than corner.
This is why Joe fully expects the Bucs to grab a defensive tackle at No. 43 tonight. Let’s look at who is still out there.
First, there is Johnathan Hankins, a quick, beastly tackle from Ohio State whose forte is stopping the run. We all know how Bucs coach Greg Schiano prioritizes stopping the run.
The neat thing about Hankins is that he can also play defensive end because of his quickness. Given the injury-crossed careers of Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, this trait shouldn’t be overlooked
Then there is John Jenkins of Georgia. Jenkins has good hands to fight off blocks, eats up double-teams to stop the run, and he can bull rush like a Mack truck. The trick is, he is likely better suited for a 34 defense.
How about monster Kawann Short, a two-time captain at Purdue (we all know how the Bucs covet captains and multi-year starters from BCS schools)? Short is a smart guy who rarely gets lured into a fake block on screens. He may not be a great pass rusher but he is good on the run.
If the Bucs are just worried about stopping the run with a new defensive tackle, it might be hard to pass up Bennie Logan of LSU. He eats up interior ballcarriers and rarely gets moved off the line.
All these players mentioned in this post were listed by Mike Mayock among his top 100 college prospects.