Pat Kirwan Talks To JoeFebruary 22nd, 2014
Yes, Joe is still bouncing around Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis trying to interview as many people as he can at the NFL Scouting Combine. One big fish Joe landed is none other than Pat Kirwan.
If you are not familiar with Kirwan, let Joe help. A former Bucs scout, Kirwan was pro personnel director of the Jets and once upon a time was an assistant linebackers coach who answered to some defensive guy by the name of Monte Kiffin.
Kirwan currently works for CBS Sports and his greatest claim to fame is co-hosting perhaps the most football intellectual show there is, “Moving the Chains,” with Jim Miller heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Of course, Kiwan talked Bucs and if he was Bucs general manager Jason Licht, he’d go after a certain quarterback locals may know about.
JoeBucsFan: Khalil Mack. Mike Mayock absolutely loves the guy. Says he would take him over Jadeveon Clowney. Are you as high on Mack as Mayock is?
Pat Kirwan: We just shared some time with him. I couldn’t be more impressed. He’s a guy who has a story to tell how he landed in Buffalo. He had two high school teammates who were offered full rides to major colleges and no one offered him. And now he is sitting here as this guy who could be an outstanding first round draft pick and I think he is a lock to be great.
Joe: It’s kind of a hurdle to leapfrog at least two teams in your division for a chance at a Wild Card when you have the No. 4 quarterback in the division. Hiring Lovie Smith, him being a defensive guy, you think they may just revert to the Bucs of old since they have so many pieces in place on their defense and try to win games with a running game and a stout defense?
Kirwan: Everyone wants to model themselves after Seattle now.
Joe: Problem is, the Bucs don’t have Russell Wilson.
Kirwan: No, they have Mike Glennon and they are probably going to pick another quarterback. Do I think they take one in the first round? No. But I think they can find someone interesting like the kid out of Georgia, in the fourth round. I love the guy. I love the guy. You get that guy into your program, and he’s the right kind of guy to put into there.
Joe: What do you think about this Jimmy Garoppolo kid out of Eastern Illinois?
Kirwan: I had him at the Senior Bowl. Thought he had an average week of practice but when the game came, which Jimmy [Miller] and I hang around to do the game, he rose up to another level in the game conditions. I was impressed with that. It’s the same thing that happened to him in the [Shrine Game]. He is another guy I wouldn’t [draft] early. Fourth round, somewhere in there, late third. That would be it. But I would take the [Aaron] Murray kid first.