How Many Starters?May 14th, 2014
It would be both bad and good if a team started all of its draft picks.
Good in that it would appear on face value the front office did one helluva job cherry-picking players who could start. Really, really bad in that your incumbent starters were losing gigs to third-day draft picks.
It is a no-brainer that Mike Evans, short of an injury, will start. There is no point in discussing that. After that it gets tricky. Austin Seferian-Jenkins may start, but it’s not like Tim Wright is chopped liver. And remember the Bucs sought Brandon Myers for a nice payday. Guys like that generally don’t watch from the sidelines.
For the same reasons ASJ may not start, even more dramatic is the steep hill Charles Sims must climb. The backfield is loaded, crowded. ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas believes the Bucs have but two starters they found in the draft last weekend.
I think the first two draft picks, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, will be in the starting lineup in September. Evans is a very safe bet to be there because the Bucs have no other real threats to win the starting position opposite Vincent Jackson. Evans is a plug-and-play starter and I think he’s got a very good chance to be productive with opposing defenses also having to deal with Jackson.
I also think Seferian-Jenkins will be an instant starter, even though he’s going to have a little more competition than Evans. The Bucs already had Tim Wright, Tom Crabtree, Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker. All four of those tight ends have some positive qualities, but Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to be the most complete player of the bunch.
Now Joe is going to throw out another possibility of a starter. Offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile out of Purdue. No, he will not unseat Demar Dotson or Anthony Collins. But Bucs general manager Jason Licht did say the team would experiment with Pamphile at guard.
There is no question the Bucs have a need at right guard. If the Bucs do not address that between now and the regular season, then don’t be so shocked if Pamphile finds his way there.
Unlikely for Pamphile to start at right guard? Yes, but not totally out of the question.