Licht Doesn’t Care About SEC (Or MAC)February 21st, 2014
Joe knows many local college football fans grow bitter when the Bucs draft a guy out of the Big Ten. The same crowd sneers when a guy from the Big XII is selected. The same fans scoff if a draftee (not from Florida State) played in the ACC.
And the same crowd grabs a bottle of Absolut if a player from the MAC is chosen.
Why, these bitter Bucs fans say, only players from the SEC should be considered!
You know what new Bucs general manager Jason Licht thinks? He believes the conference affiliation of a player carries about as much importance as the hair color of the player’s girlfriend.
Speaking before Joe and the assembled NFL media yesterday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Licht explained if a player can play, he can play, no matter where he played.
“Good players are coming out of all divisions and all levels,” Licht said. “I guess in the back of your mind your saying to yourself that you would like to see him go against top competition. But, really, you can tell on tape that he’s a good football player. “
Let Joe just type this: elite NFL quarterbacks are Big Ten products. One with two rings is a MAC product. The Bucs’ best player is from the Big XII. And Bucs fans (some of them) are pining for wide receiver Sammy Watkins, an ACC guy.
So, no, it really doesn’t matter where a player comes from, so long as he can play. Remember that when the Bucs draft players this May not from the SEC.