What Happens If… ?April 21st, 2012
Though Joe is excited about the draft, Joe has to confess: He’s about drafted out. Good thing the draft is but a few days away. Joe’s ready to get this thing over with and move on.
Now Joe got into a discussion on Twitter last night and today with a few fans. Joe knows many pine for Trent Richardson more so than Joe pines for a wet, shivering Rachel Watson knocking on Joe’s door in the wee hours looking for warmth and comfort.
Joe’s in the Morris Claiborne faction, which he has made no secret of in recent months.
So let’s say the Richardson acolytes are bummed because Cleveland drafts him. And what if the Vikings draft Claiborne? What then?
ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas has that answer and he believes it to be Justin Blackmon, so he wrote in a recent ESPN NFC South chat.
Tim (Athens): Pat, do you think the Bucs have a plan if Richardson goes to CLE and Claiborne goes to MIN? Thank you.
Pat Yasinskas: I’m sure they do. Teams usually are prepared for any scenario. The thing I wonder about in that scenario is Justin Blackmon. I know they just signed Vincent Jackson and have a bunch of young WRs. But those young WRs haven’t really established themselves. I could see them going with Blackmon to give Freeman another target.
Now Joe can see Yasinskas working here and Joe doesn’t neccesarily disagree. Adding Blackmon to the unit of Jackson, Williams and Benn turns the Bucs’ receiving corps into a truly frightening bunch.
Joe’s of a different mind. Why not draft Matt Kalil? From all reports, this guy is an absolute stud of an offensive tackle, a franchise tackle that will anchor an offensive line for the next decade.
Now some of Joe’s followers claim that means too much cash is tied up on the offensive line. Well, that’s not totally accurate. Jeremy Trueblood is in the last year of his two-year, $10 million contract. So if the Bucs draft Kalil, easily he could replace Trueblood (remember, rookie salaries are locked in now to a set amount).
When Donald Penn’s career begins to wane, then Kalil could move over to left tackle a few years from now.
What better way for Kalil, who did play some right tackle at USC, to break in than to play alongside of Davin Joseph? Then down the road, move to replace Penn?
If Kalil is as good as experts say, Joe would jump all over drafting him if he is there for the picking.
As the old football saying says, “It all begins up front.”