Aaron Donald Better Be SmokescreenMay 6th, 2014
Lots of Bucs fans, maybe in a borderline panic mode because they think the Bucs may draft Johnny Football, are reaching into the wayback machine. They look to the early 2000s and see Warren Sapp and Booger McFarland manning the starting tackle spots on one of the game’s greatest defenses.
They see that Team Glazer reached into the wayback machine as well to hire Lovie Smith to build a defense that will have fans wrapping themselves in their favorite blanky at night with feel good memories.
So these same fans want to play along. Despite the Bucs already having the best three-technique tackle in the game in Gerald McCoy, and a big in vestment in Clinton McDonald at the other tackle position, they want Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who draftniks believe is the best three-technique available.
Why it would be just like the days with Booger and Sapp (somehow forgetting the Bucs signed McDonald), say these same Bucs fans. Well, one of those famous tackles, McFarland, would be outraged if the Bucs drafted Donald, so Booger Twittered yesterday.
@lsubooger: If the bucs drafted Aaron Donald i would be as upset as i’ve ever been. McCoy McDonald w/ McCoy new contract will have over 100 mil in DT’s
Exactly! (Though Booger is off with his financial projections. McDonald only earns $3 million per year and the No. 7 overall pick will make about $4 million. McCoy would probably command about $13 million per year.)
First, when fans were Twittering Joe about the Bucs drafting Donald, Joe asked if GMC had retired without Joe knowing about it. Why would you draft a defensive tackle who plays the same position as the best in the game? That just makes zero sense.
Now, yeah, if the Bucs had a need at the other tackle, Joe could sort of see that. But the thing is, the Bucs don’t have a hole there with the McDonald signing. You know, the same guy who played a lot for the defending Super Bowl champions.
This team has enough holes as it is. This is why Joe believes the theory of drafting “best player available” is a joke. You think the Colts are drafting a quarterback in the first or second round? You think the Stinking Panthers will be drafting a middle linebacker? Or the 49ers?
Hell, last week, Jimmy Johnson was on NFL Network and proclaimed the “best player available” theory was a farce. He said he wanted guys to fill holes in his team, not be part-time players. Bill Walsh always drafted for need. Those two guys mastered the draft like few others.
Besides, as Booger — a frequent personality on SiriusXM NFL Radio and the soon-to-launch SEC Television Network — suggested, drafting Donald means the Bucs will commit a crazy amount of money to two positions.