D.J. Fluker And The BucsApril 20th, 2013
Don’t worry folks, only a few more days before the NFL draft hits and we won’t have to worry about who rock star general manager Mark Dominik might select.
Joe knows Gil Brandt, the famed retired player personnel director, thought the Bucs would select Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker at No. 13. It seems others do as well, which prompted a question to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN in a recent NFC South chat.
Hey Pat, do you think the Bucs could go with Fluker in the 1st round instead of Austin or the best available corner? The addition of Fluker would really solidify the OL.
Think that’s at least a possibility. Fluker would be upgrade at RT. But let’s wait and see what happens on the Revis front.
Yes, the Bucs could use a right tackle. But drafting a guy at No. 13 to fill a hole that isn’t a need position is equally as silly as this notion some try to peddle that the Bucs should draft a slot receiver at No. 13, Tavon Austin. The Bucs have many, many bucks tied up already on the offensive line. A general manager has only so much cash to play with. Using too much of a budget on one area all but forces a team to have another unit filled by lesser players, or in slang terms, slugs.
The Bucs desperately need a corner, and just behind that is depth on the defensive line. Drafting a right tackle at No. 13 is just as reckless as drafting Austin at No. 13.
A more sensible draft at right tackle, as Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune suggested, and as Joe wrote about from the NFL Scouting Combine, would be Wisconsin right tackle Ricky Wagner in, say, the fifth round.