Bucs Could Draft “A Technician”January 24th, 2014
A “quarterback-crazy” frenzy early in the first round of the NFL Draft could be a darn good thing for the Bucs.
Tampa Bay might end up with a shiny new right tackle, explains one noted NFL Draft guru.
NBC Sports NFL Draft analyst Shaun King, the former Bucs quarterback, told the Ron and Ian show this morning that if the Bucs can’t upgrade at quarterback because it will be too late with the No. 7 overall pick, then the Bucs would be sitting in fantastic shape to bolster their struggling offensive line.
King is high on Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, who comes from great lineage and has performed tremendously. Yes, Matthews is a blue chip left tackle prospect. But King notes that Matthews played right tackle for A&M until the 2013 season, when Luke Joeckel graduated to the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft.
“He’s a technician,” King said of Matthews. “As you would think of Bruce Matthews’ son, he’s a technician. He’s not one of those elite athletes, but he does every good. “
King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, believes the Bucs, if they can’t score Johnny Football or another blue chip QB, will snatch an offensive linemen (possibly Greg Robinson out of Auburn) or a linebacker. (You can enjoy the full WDAE-AM 620 audio below. King also gives his take on the Lovie Smith-Jason Licht relationship, and more.)
Joe has been a proponent of Matthews for months. It’s hard to go wrong with a stud tackle, though it’s never a sexy pick for fans. Joe would love to see Matthews and Donald Penn on the Bucs roster next season.