No Now Starters = Draft Grade Of “C”May 6th, 2013
One way to grab Shaun King’s attention is to start heavily praising the Buccaneers’ 2013 draft class.
King’s not feeling it right now. One of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC Championship game, King told WDAE-AM 620 host J.P. Peterson how and why he gives the Bucs average marks and why he’s eyeing the Panthers for future grades of this Bucs draft class.
“I hear people say this draft was a “B.” I’m like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about,” King said. “I give them a “C” because they didn’t really draft a starter. Akeem Spence is probably going to get a chance to compete with [Derek] Landi. but he’s not the starter. [Johnthan] Banks is going to get a chance to compete with Eric Wright, but he’s probably going to start off as the nickel.
“Really, to me, this draft grade comes down to what kind of an impact [defensive tackle] Star Lotulelei has in Carolina versus Darrelle Revis in Tampa. Because what people are overlooking is at No. 13 they would have had their choice between star, Sheldon Richardson and Sharrif Floyd. All three of those tackles were there. So you just think about having one of those guys under contract for the next five years next to Gerald McCoy.”
King went on to express his concern about Revis’ health as it relates to his position. “Show me the defensive player that’s bounced back from the ACL,” King said, referencing offensive players known for successful recovery. King says it’s a different animal on offense, where “you know where you’re going and you know where you’re cutting.”
That’s an intriguing point by King, and it puts another Buccaneer being heavily counted on into the spotlight: Adrian Clayborn. (You can catch the entire interview below.)