Lovie Hints At Draft PlansApril 22nd, 2014
It was a giddy Lovie Smith who took to the podium at One Buc Palace following his very first practice as Bucs head coach.
Lovie is normally a very laid back kind of a guy, a serious guy, but not in any way uptight. So how good of a mood was Lovie in after finally get his team, his Bucs team, on the field for the first time? Lovie even cracked a couple of jokes.
That is the first time Joe has ever heard Lovie try to be Jerry Seinfeld.
Of course, it is very limited what can be gleaned from the very first practice when players are wearing shorts, no pads, a football jersey, and the gleaming chrome helmets (when the sun is out). Lovie did say there were a lot of mistakes, but gee whiz, it’s the first practice for these guys learning a new defense and a new offense. Lovie expected no less.
But while discussing all things Bucs, Lovie let slip a little insight into the plans for him and general manager Jason Licht when the two convene in a little more than two weeks to run the 2014 draft.
“We plan on adding players on both sides of the ball in the draft,” Lovie said.
Well now. Joe was a bit surprised to hear that about the defense, which seems set. Perhaps the Bucs will add defensive players later in the draft, say on the Day 3?
Joe know some fans want another linebacker, but where would he play? Mason Foster seems entrenched at middle linebacker and surely the Bucs would not draft an outside linebacker at No. 7 who might only play 40 percent of the time. That just doesn’t seem smart. The restocked defensive line should be OK, though Joe knows some may want tackle Aaron Donald, who draft wizard Gil Brandt states is too high of a pick at No. 7.
The Bucs are thin as hell on the offensive line and, of course, after Vincent Jackson at receiver, there’s a dropoff since mattress-in-the-yard, stripper-pole-in-the-living-room (allegedly), blade-in-the-thigh Mike Williams was shipped off to Buffalo.