Sure Things For The Bucs’ Draft: No. 3May 5th, 2014
Joe continues with his educational series.
No. 3 will surprise some fans.
No. 3: The Bucs will add a legitimate pass rush prospect
Translation: Look at Lovie Smith’s history with the Bears. In 2012, the Bears’ first pick was a defensive end. In 2011, their second pick was a defensive tackle. In 2010, a DE was snagged in the second round. In 2009, two of Chicago’s first three picks were defensive linemen. In 2008, the Bears took a DT in the third round. The train was rolling in 2007, when a DE was taken at No. 62 overall. In 2006, Lovie was at it in the third round.
Yes, Lovie did not draft a D-lineman high in 2005, but that was after drafting defensive tackles Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson in the first- and second-rounds of 2004.
It’s hard to argue with that kind of data, especially with DaQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn in their contract years and no backup for Gerald McCoy. Would Lovie draft a “run stuffer?” No, if you ask Lovie, he’ll tell you pass rushing is the most important skill for any successful defensive lineman.