Bucs Tied For Sixth-Best DraftMay 12th, 2014
Legions of BSPN lovers and Bucs fans care what helmet hair draft guru Mel Kiper has to say in his ever-changing mock drafts.
But do they care what Kiper thinks post-draft? Apparently they do.
Kiper has brought out his professorial grading pen and has tagged each team’s draft marks behind a paywall at BSPN.com. Kiper likes what the Bucs did, but he says it only works if the Bucs’ questionable quarterbacks come through.
Summary: How we feel about this draft in a year or two has a lot to do with a pair of players who weren’t in the draft, and yet were the focus of it.Josh McCown is the presumed starter at QB, and Mike Glennonmay still have a future in Tampa. And now with Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins in town to go with Vincent Jackson, the Bucs have a bunch of small forwards at wide receiver. But if McCown doesn’t cut it, and Glennon isn’t the answer, does Johnny Manziel succeed in Cleveland and leave this front office wondering? I don’t dislike the Evans pick at all, and ASJ’s slot at No. 38 is pretty much in line with where I have him ranked. It’s just now on the starting QB to make sure this works.Charles Sims is a solid depth addition in the backfield, and Kadeem Edwards could be a needed guard solution. Robert Herron offers really good speed late in the draft. Lovie Smith and the Bucs clearly feel good about the defense. They effectively targeted the offense, and didn’t make mistakes on value. Now it’s up to a QB to live up.
Hey, those B+ grades put the Bucs tied for sixth best in the NFL among Kiper’s grades! Wow!
If Joe were forced under threat of torture to give the Bucs a draft grade — which is almost ludicrous even a full year after the draft — Joe would probably give the Bucs a C+. Tampa Bay surely didn’t blow Joe’s doors off, and Joe believes the team should have addressed the quarterback position and drafted higher at offensive line.
Now it falls on Jeff Tedord. Is he up to the task of crafting a dynamic offense with just about zero familiarity among his players and serious potential holes on his offensive line?