“Plan B”May 1st, 2014
There is no doubt the Bucs need a wide receiver (perhaps two) in next week’s draft. Good timing, as the draft is lousy with wide receivers.
Now we all know Joe has an infatuation with everything Johnny Football, from his hyper Labrador-puppy-like running to his pocket accuracy, to his rabbit-out-of-the-hat playmaking ability and his harem of hot women.
Joe only hopes Bucs coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht are equally enamored.
Still, drafting Johnny Football is a crapshoot. There is no guarantee Johnny Football will still be standing on the sidewalk with a “Hire Me” sign when the Bucs pick at No. 7. And if what seems to be the fans’ choice, receiver Mike Evans, is also gone, what do the Bucs do then? ESPN Bucs beat writer Pat Yasinskas has an idea.
The job at right guard is wide open, and it’s unclear if guard Carl Nicks can fully recover from a toe injury. Nicks has said there is nerve damage and he might have to play in pain for the rest of his career.
That is why I’m thinking there is a real chance the Bucs select an offensive lineman at No. 7. There aren’t any true guards worthy of that pick. But there are three tackles that could be available, and none of them would be a bad choice.
Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan all could be available when Tampa Bay picks. The consensus is that Robinson is slightly ahead of Matthews and Lewan, but some mocks have all three going in the top 10 picks.
I can see the Bucs taking any one of the three. They could plug that player in at guard for the short term and eventually move him to tackle. That would give Tampa Bay’s offensive line a big boost and firm up one of the few glaring weaknesses.
Joe has stated this before but this is just downright smart. Drafting a stud offensive lineman may not be sexy, but when you have a guy who could anchor a line for a decade, that’s just intelligent drafting.
This is what makes this draft both exciting and frustrating. It is wide open. Joe could make an argument for a dozen players being picked by the Bucs in the first round.
Of course, Joe’s heart is with Johnny Football.