Why Linebacker?February 4th, 2014
Joe is not a mock draft kinda guy. Surely not this early. Joe has no respect for people who change mock drafts more often than they change their socks. That’s just trolling to get a reaction.
Though Joe has some respect for helmet-hair Mel Kiper, the fact he changes his mock drafts virtually weekly, well, Joe just ignores them. If you have to change your mock draft weekly, that tells Joe either your editors are demanding it (well, hello BSPN!) or you simply don’t know what you are doing. (Yes, Joe thinks Kiper knows what he is doing.)
Todd McShay? Ppppfff! The dude got only a couple right in the first round in his final mock draft last spring. A drunk in the bar could get as many right as McShay — and he ain’t getting paid six figures.
Joe will never forget the reaction of the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo to McShay’s mock draft last year, and McShay in general. Russo went on a classic diatribe against McShay, BSPN and mock drafts on the show that bears his name, “Mad Dog Unleashed,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM.
“And I’m supposed to pay for this?! I wouldn’t urinate on it!”
Does Joe enjoy reading mocks? Yeah, in April, from guys he respects starting first and foremost with Mike Mayock. Peter King actually does a decent job with mock drafts even though he is a self-proclaimed college football illiterate, and a largely unknown guy outside the Midwest who types for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bob McGinn, is pretty good as well.
One reason why Joe hates most mocks is that they are little more than throwing things against the wall, like McShay’s notion last year the Bucs were going to draft receiver Tavon Austin. Any sober person who followed the Bucs just a little bit knew this was outrageous.
McShay crosses Joe’s mind when he reads people claiming the Bucs will draft linebacker Khalil Mack from Buffalo? An outside linebacker???
Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times put the notion of drafting a linebacker in perspective when he Twittered out the following:
@gregauman: That’s why I don’t see Bucs going OLB. Leonard Johnson as nickel had 691 snaps in 2013. Watson/Casillas combined 442 on defense.
That’s just it. Surely Jason Licht will not draft a guy to take Lavonte David’s place and why would you spend a first-round draft pick on a position that will play a little more than part-time in a pass-happy division? That’s just dumb.
Unless the Bucs think this Khalil can be converted to a defensive end. Noted draftnik Russ Lande seems to think so.
So what Joe simply dismissed as nonsense from various sources ( that the Bucs would draft an outside linebacker like Mack) it’s not that he could play linebacker, but possibly defensive end. So maybe drafting Mack isn’t as crazy as Joe thought on the surface?
Still, Joe has not moved from his desire for Licht to call Johnny Football’s cell phone on the night of the first round.