Clinton McDonald And Aaron DonaldApril 27th, 2014
Last year the Bucs’ defensive line stunk. Oh, they were OK against the rush. But getting heat on the quarterback? Well, that inability led to large bar tabs each Sunday for many Bucs fans… and overly sluggish Monday mornings.
It was downright appalling how the Bucs simply could not get to the quarterback. That’s why Bucs coach Lovie Smith wasted no time loading up on the defensive line in free agency with defensive end Michael Johnson and DT Clinton McDonald.
McDonald, a defensive tackle who won a ring with the Seahawks last year, has even caught the eye of the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.
@IKaufmanTBO: Got a feeling former Seahawks DT Clinton McDonald will end up being the best FA signing by the Buccaneers last month. This guy can play
And that’s the reason Joe doesn’t think Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald will play for Tampa Bay. Suddenly, the Bucs have some depth on the defensive line. Never mind defensive end where the gauntlet has been thrown down by Lovie for Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers to produce. Both need solid seasons to remain Buccaneers.
Joe really believes the wild card here is Will Gholston, who can play both inside and outside. If he comes through this year the way he improved last year, then Donald would be nothing more than a luxury pick with so many holes to fill on the other side of the ball.
Joe understands where fans are coming from when they say Lovie, being a defensive guy, will want Donald. And it makes sense from a historical view. But from a practical view, Joe would be very surprised if the Bucs drafted Donald at No. 7.