Nicks Not ForgottenJuly 1st, 2013
There are big offensive linemen, and then there’s the human armoire, Bucs guard Carl Nicks, an All-World manbeast with the Saints before rockstar general manager Mark Dominik signed him to a fat deal a year ago.
Joe can only think of Andre The Giant when looking for one who compares to Nicks’ almost inhuman stature.
Nicks was superb for Tampa Bay while battling a heinous toe injury that cut his 2012 season short and sent him under a surgeon’s knife.
Though Nicks had been honored by his peers previously, Nicks did not appear on the recent Top-100 feature on NFL Network, a ranking of players based on fellow players’ votes. However, Nicks showed up this afternoon on a new ProFootballTalk.com Top-100 list voted on by 50+ NFL media types, including two Tampa-area locals, former Buccaneers Anthony Becht and Shaun King, one of three quarterbacks to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game.
76 Tony Romo, quarterback, Cowboys
77 Doug Martin, running back, Buccaneers
78 Frank Gore, running back, 49ers
79 Carl Nicks, guard, Buccaneers
80 Maurice Jones-Drew, running back, Jaguars
81 Vernon Davis, tight end, 49ers
82 Evan Mathis, guard, Eagles
83 Alfred Morris, running back, Redskins
84 Joe Haden, cornerback, Browns
85 C.J. Spiller, running back, Bills
86 Calais Campbell, defensive end, Cardinals
87 Matthew Stafford, quarterback, Lions
88 Antonio Cromartie, cornerback, Jets
89 Jason Peters, offensive tackle, Eagles
90 Jordan Gross, offensive tackle, Panthers
91 Mike Pouncey, center, Dolphins
92 Mike Wallace, receiver, Dolphins
93 Reggie Wayne, receiver, Colts
94 Ed Reed, safety, Ravens
95 Henry Melton, defensive tackle, Bears
96 Lance Briggs, linebacker, Bears
97 Steve Smith, receiver, Panthers
98 Antoine Winfield, cornerback, Seahawks
99 Max Unger, center, Seahawks
100 Matt Forte, running back, Bears
Joe’s glad Nicks was remembered. He deserves the accolade. And if he comes back to the Bucs healthy (Nicks did not participate in offseason practices), then Joe’s confident the Bucs will run the football more than most fans envision. And why not?
As for the rest of this list, Joe’s getting the feeling that the Bucs might not get a lot of love from the assembled media if Doug Martin is only ranked 77th. We’ll see. The next 25 are released July 8.
One name that Joe found interesting was Antoine Winfield. The former Vikings cornerback was a free agent for a month before signing with Seattle in April. That’s an awfully long time for someone ranked that highly to be NFL homeless. Apparently, the Bucs saw no use for Winfield’s stature and experience, preferring to rely on a rookie and Eric Wright.