Underwhelmed With Bucs DraftApril 29th, 2013
Joe knows by the comments just on this here corner of the interwebs that not all Bucs fans are singing Hosannas at the Bucs braintrust for the totality of players selected in last weekend’s NFL Draft.
One person with a microphone who is of kindred spirit is Tampa Bay electronic media czar J.P. Peterson. The part-time host at WDAE-AM 620 panned the Mark Dominik-Greg Schiano two-headed monster’s draft picks, in particular the defensive picks, or lack thereof.
The defensive line has 2 first round picks in Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy and a high second rounder in Da’Quan Bowers. But all have been injury prone and none have proven themselves as elite or even semi-dangerous pass rushers. When you watch the tape Michael Bennett was the most effective rusher and the Bucs didn’t even make an effort to keep him. The additions of 4th round picks Akeem Spence and William Goldston do not scream pass rusher. Spence had 3.5 sacks in 3 years at Illinois while Gholston had 10 in 3 years. 5th round pick DE Steven Means, from Buffalo…and not the Bills…had 18.5 in his career but against offensive tackles who will soon be accountants. Give Drew Brees and Matt Ryan enough time and they can torch any secondary.
As for the linebackers the Bucs signed Jonathan Casillas who couldn’t start for the Saints defense…one of the worst in NFL history. WLB Lavonte David is a budding star but MLB Mason Foster struggles in coverage and to get off blocks. SLB Quincy Black is no longer on the roster. Adam Hayward will finally get a shot but these seems like a position that needed upgrades and got none.
Joe believes J.P. makes some good points about the defense, though Spence is not, never has been and isn’t expected to be a sack monster. He is the clone of Roy Miller, a tilted tackle who is expected to eat up blocks in the middle and set Gerald McCoy free to ravage the opposing quarterback, a trait that worked well last year. GMC apparently impressed his NFL brethren enough to get elected to the Pro Bowl.
Now Joe will have a story tomorrow from both a college and NFL insider who is really, really high on Gholston, so we shall see. Joe found it interesting that Dominik said Gholston can play in the middle on passing downs a potentially smart move with a giant like that.
Joe also thought Peterson nailed it with Casillas. Joe had learned from an insider at One Buc Palace prior to the draft that Schiano wanted depth at linebacker. He basically got none.
As for Casillas, if he couldn’t start for a garbage defense in New Orleans (unless they faced Josh Freeman), how can or why should Bucs fans have feel secure that Casillas can do anything with the Bucs?