About That Pass RushFebruary 14th, 2014
Yes, the Bucs need a pass rush. But do they draft a defensive end in the first round? That’s the question.
Sure, everyone this side of Steve Spurrier seems to be riding the jock of Jadeveon Clowney, a manbeast from South Carolina. It sort of irked Joe that when he was asked about the whispers — that Spurrier seemed all too willing not to deny — that he took off plays in college, Clowney dodged the question basically saying people who asked the question never played football.
Smells like a little bit of a wide receiver diva there, doesn’t it?
Well, unless something shocking happens, Clowney likely won’t be there when the Bucs pick, short of trading up. So do the Bucs wait and draft a guy later or do they panic and reach for a defensive end?
Joe was looking at NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah’s ranking of top 50 players in the draft, and the next best defensive end (sans trying to convert an outside linebacker into a guy who plays with his hand in the dirt) is Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame. Jeremiah projects he’ll sink to late in the first round. Tuitt is also better suited for a 43 defense.
So Joe wonders if, rather than gambling on the draft at trying to make a guy fit into a 43 defensive end, the Bucs simply go out with Team Glazer’s vault and buy an established defensive end in free agency?