Pro Days Won’t Influence Licht

April 29th, 2014

jason licht 0429NFL fans are so hungry for any morsel of football information that anything resembling even a rumor in the offseason is treated like the kickoff for the opening weekend.

It has gotten to the point that pro days are telecast live before breathless fans, thinking a pro day can make or break a player.

Hogwash, said Bucs general manager Jason Licht today at One Buc Palace. While he did admit pro days are a part of a large puzzle, pro days, unless under rare circumstances, will not sway Licht in his decision to select a player.

“We try not to let the pro day dictate where the player gets massaged up the board or not,” Licht said. “Opinions have changed only if Lovie and I haven’t had a chance to see a lot of the player, especially underclassmen. [Evaluating] underclassmen is where your biggest mistakes are made. If scouts really haven’t had a full evaluation [of an underclassmen], we are all kind of starting from square-one. But pro days and the combine, we may tweak here or there but you have to be careful with major moves.”

As Licht later noted, the core evaluation of a player first and foremost is game tape. The foundation of the player’s resume is how he plays on Saturdays in the fall.

In short, no Mike Mamula-type pick for Licht.

7 Responses to “Pro Days Won’t Influence Licht”

  1. Gusjackson Says:

    Well, than hopefully he does the right thing and selects Bridgewater

  2. Chef Paul Says:

    I’ll admit Johnny’s pro day won me over. I know it’s not supposed to but it did. It’s like when a hot hooker tells you you have the biggest D she’s ever seen. You know she is full of it, but cant help but be flattered.

  3. Nick H Says:

    Throwing in helmet/shoulder pads was kinda cool, almost seems like that should be common practice considering you’re never going to throw a pass in an NFL game without those items.

    I thought Licht kinda hinted towards Jonathon and Mike Evans a little bit in the presser but only time will tell.

  4. Eric Says:

    Wonder why they bother going to all these pro days, and bringing guys in and stuff.

    If it doesn’t change anything……………

  5. biff barker Says:

    They go to the pro days to learn just like every other team does.

    Pro days are scripted, game film is not.

    That’s all Licht is saying.

  6. owlykat Says:

    That will be a good sign for Louisville’s QB who has three years of great film but is slipping on many charts since he had a bad Pro Day. As long as Tedder says he can make a Franchise QB I would be for picking Teddy Bridgewater in round one if Carr and Bortles are gone.

  7. Kurius Boy Says:

    I hope that means we’ll draft Bridgewater if Watkins isn’t there.

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