“With The Seventh Pick… “April 3rd, 2014
Yes, the Bucs return to work Monday and will hit the practice field next week. That should break up the painfully long wait for the draft coming in May. Yes, Joe is anxious, too.
Now don’t buy for a moment the NFL had a scheduling snafu with the Radio City Music Hall, which pushed the draft back into May. That’s a bunch of bunk. The NFL is holding the draft in May because it is TV sweeps month, one of four including November, February and July.
(July is a terrible month for TV viewing as summertime habits away from home are in full force.)
TV networks pay more for broadcasts they know can draw eyeballs. The NFL Draft, like the NFL as a whole, is bulletproof programming. The more eyeballs on a network in a sweeps month, the more they can charge advertisers for commercial time during all their shows, NFL or otherwise.
Anyway, back to the draft. Joe fully expects the Bucs to draft a quarterback and a wide receiver at some point. The draft is lousy (hard “s” pronunciation) with wide receivers, likely starter will be available in the third round (Joe has been pimping Allen Robinson in the third round).
But Joe’s friend Jason McIntyre has other ideas. Yes, the founder and editor-in-chief of TheBigLead.com believes the Bucs will draft a wide receiver. No, he doesn’t think the Bucs will wait until the third round. McIntyre believes the Bucs will grab a wide receiver with the seventh overall pick and it won’t be Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Instead, McIntyre is of the mind that the Bucs will grab Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans at No. 7.
7. Tampa Bay – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Much has changed for Tampa since the last mock draft. New coach, new GM, a slew of free agents, and a new QB (Josh McCown). Beefed up big-time defensively and on the OL. Mike Williams had such a bad offseason, Evans makes complete sense. Pair him with Vincent Jackson and you essentially have what McCown had in Chicago.
Now Joe wouldn’t mind a wide receiver at No. 7. Clearly, Joe has his sights on someone else.
Despite how former Bucs defensive end Steve White gushes over Evans, and rightly so, Joe wouldn’t pick Evans because, as McIntyre pointed out, he is a virtual clone of Jackson. Why not get someone with a different skill set to stretch the field?
Joe won’t go trying to tackle a moving train if the Bucs drafted Evans. But Joe thinks the Bucs can do better.