Welcome To “Dunkaneers” FootballMay 9th, 2014
A giddy Bucs general manager Jason Licht took the podium at One Buc Palace after the team’s second draft pick toight to explain himself.
Of the two positions on offense where the Bucs did not need an upgrade, did not have any holes, it was at tight end and running back.
Why the choice of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims? Basically, Licht said, they were too good to pass up.
“We didn’t necessarily look to [add to] tight end,” Licht said. “We were perfectly happy entering the season with Brandon [Myers] and Tim [Wright].”
[Editor’s note: Notice no mention of Luke Stocker or Tom Crabtree in previous quote.]
Licht said Seferian-Jenkins was “sitting out there like a sore thumb. It was time to pounce.”
Essentially, Licht said, the Bucs had Seferian-Jenkins so high on their board that when the Bucs turn to pick came along at selection No. 69, and Seferian-Jenkins was still on the board, Licht called his number.
With Sims, Licht said he had the best pair of receiver hands of any running back they scouted. It didn’t hurt that he was big and quick and also ran for more than 1,000 yards last year at West Virginia.
“He’s an explosive athlete with great hands,” Licht said. Hands “was a point of emphasis.”
Licht yesterday talked about the ‘Twin Towers” of Bucs receivers with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans. Now, with the addition of the 6-5 tight end Seferian-Jenkins, the Bucs were the “triple towers,” and then Licht coined the phrase that Joe thinks will stick for sometime, given the basketball backgrounds of both Evans and Seferian-Jenkins.
Licht believes the three players selected in his initial draft as the Bucs GM may be the three players with the best hands in the draft.