Suspicious Of Carl Nicks ReturnMay 6th, 2014
There are all sorts of ways for the Bucs to go with their No. 7 pick, or for that matter, their first two picks in the draft. Many Bucs fans, who love shiny objects, are stomping their feet for a wide receiver, even if it is a Vincent Jackson clone (Texas A&M WR Mike Evans).
Joe is of the belief if the Bucs don’t draft Johnny Football at No. 7, while it may not be sexy, drafting a tackle would sure be a smart move.
All fans should be aware by now that there is a hole on the right side of the line at guard, and with the uncertain status of Carl Nicks, perhaps a hole at left guard. And no, Joe is not all that comfortable knowing left tackle Anthony Collins has never started half a season in the NFL much less 16 games in a year.
Add Rick Stroud to the list of those suggesting offensive line may be the Bucs’ biggest need. The longtime Bucs beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times has an eyebrow raised when folks at One Buc Palace invoke the name of Nicks as a key element to the offensive line.
It’s a deep draft for receivers, and the Bucs have a lot of other needs. Start with the offensive line. They are set with left tackle Anthony Collins, right tackle Demar Dotson and center Evan Dietrich-Smith. But neither guard spot is secure, especially with the uncertain status of Carl Nicks.
The Bucs are saying all the right things about Nicks possibly being ready by training camp. But foot injuries with nerve damage don’t mix well with 360-pound players who get paid to move piles. So it’s a given the Bucs have to come out of this draft with a guard or, at the very least, a tackle who can play guard for a year or two before moving outside.
Joe has been preaching this for weeks. A tackle who can move inside would be nice. Joe loves Demar Dotson, but geez, since when has he morphed into Dan Dierdorf at right tackle?
Drafting an offensive lineman, a tackle, at No. 7 may leave fans wanting more. But it is a damn smart pick.