Clashing Headlines Reveal Draft SmokeApril 30th, 2014
The laughter and high-five slapping you’re hearing driving down Dale Mabry Highway are probably coming from the fancy offices of One Buc Palace, as two longtime Bucs scribes and analysts appear to have reached opposite conclusions on the Buccaneers’ draft strategy.
Of course, the unspoken goal of an NFL team’s pre-draft chatter is to have analysts and fans split on its position — but at the same time passionate about their prognostications. In other words, the consensus should look messier than Joe’s face after inhaling a giant plate of buffalo shrimp at Hooters.
In a story last night titled, Bucs Don’t Appear Interested In Using No. 7 Pick For QB, Tampa Tribune beat writer Roy Cummings opened with the following paragraph:
“Have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers abandoned plans to draft a quarterback with the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft? Listening to coach Lovie Smith, you get the feeling they might have.”
And, as if guided by a Hollywood script, TampaBay.com beat man Rick Stroud published a piece titled, Bucs Will Strongly Consider Johnny Manziel In First Round.
“Unless they get the Heisman stiff-arm from one of the six teams picking ahead of them, the Bucs will give heavy consideration to selecting Johnny Manziel in next week’s draft.”
Regular readers here know Joe is confident the Bucs are strongly considering adding a QB in the first round. So Joe is on board with Stroud’s assertion. And Joe absolutely would bet the Bucs add a quarterback next week, though it could be a guy like Aaron Murray in the third round.
Regardless, the Bucs front office has accomplished its misdirection mission.