A Guide To The JoeBucsFan.com Draft Coverage

February 14th, 2011
“I’ve heard you can really screw up in the second round.”

It would be impossible for Joe to overstate draft guru Justin Pawlowski’s obsession with the NFL Draft. Frankly, Joe’s a little scared by how the lifelong Bucs fan and WDAE-AM 620 personality pours every ounce of his giant being into studying the draft for much of the year. Starting today, Joe is proud to bring you the daily fruits of Pawlowski’s draft homework on JoeBucsFan.com  — all the way through the draft in late April. Below, Pawlowski, aka The Commish, describes the core of his draft coverage. But also look for Pawlowski to do some live draft chats, potential draftee interviews and video.

By Justin Pawlowski,

Welcome back for another year of top notch NFL draft coverage. Joe and I have joined forces again this year to bring you the very best draft coverage for hardcore Bucs fans and football fans.

When Joe and I got together to talk about the fantastic draft coverage we’ll bring to you this year, we both agreed on one main sticking point. … It had to be free for everyone! No more paid subscription like in years past.

This year’s draft has a little more meaning. With no CBA, the draft might be the last NFL event for quite some time. With no free agency, all eyes will be on preparing for the draft. Personally, I have never felt this much interest in the draft this early in the draft process. With that being said, Joe and I will do what we need to do to make this site and my rumor page at 620wdae.com Keyword: Draft, as the only two websites you’ll need to visit for all your NFL Draft coverage pertaining to the Buccaneers.

For those of you new to the draft coverage here at JoeBucsFan.com, I’d like to take you through some of the features and what you can expect here daily:

Mock Drafts (bi-weekly): I really enjoy putting my mock drafts together.  To me, it’s like putting together a gigantic puzzle.  I personally go through each team’s roster and come up with their offseason needs.  In other seasons, free agency played a factor in needs, but without a CBA, we could already have a good understanding for what positions teams might be targeting in April. As for the mock drafts themselves, I usually write out at least one mock draft a day. Since just one difference can change an entire draft, I try to write out as many as I can to see every possible scenario.  I will post the one that looks best to me every two weeks with a very detailed description for that pick.  When selecting for each team, I try to pick who I think that team’s personnel would select, NOT who I would take for that team.  A good example is the Oakland Raiders. A couple years back, I would’ve taken Michael Crabtreefor them, but predicted that they’d go with Darrius Heyward-Bey because of his speed.  Each team has a particular type of player they go after, and it’s my job to try and think like that team.

My mock drafts are pretty self-explanatory.

                        Team Name – Player Selected – Position – School

                        Height – Weight – 40 time (combine results)

                        List of Teams’ needs put together by me.

                        Commish’s Take: Detailed description of pick

Commish’s Board (bi-weekly): These are my top players available for the draft. I will start with 32, representing first-round value.  As we near draft day, that list will grow to 64. This board should change drastically over the next couple months. Next to each player’s name I will give a brief description of why that player landed in that particular slot. This list is how I would rate the players and the board I would use if in control of a team’s draft. My board usually has no correlation to my mock drafts because in those I have to think how a team would think and not just how I would do things.

Positional Rankings and Breakdowns (Weekly): Each week I will breakdown a different position. Usually, these breakdowns come out on Friday. I like to wait until after the combine for this feature, so the first position breakdown will be on March 4. In this feature, not only will I give you a complete breakdown of each player, but I rank them within their position. For each player, I tell you why I would take him, why I’d stay away, his impact if drafted by the Bucs, and who he might compare to in the NFL. Before people get up in arms over the comparison thing, remember, when I give a player comparison, I’m not saying that said players will be exactly alike and have the same career. The comparison is to show you what type of player said player is.  The ideal example of this is Warren Sapp.

Sure, any time there is an undersized defensive tackle with speed, he is compared to Warren Sapp. All that is saying, is that their types of games are similar. By no means will anyone ever compare to the type of career Sapp had, but plenty will compare to the “type” of defensive tackle he was.

32 Days of the NFL Draft: This is my own way for a countdown. Starting 32 days from the draft, I will begin a series of podcasts dedicated to every team in the NFL. These podcasts will be between 3-5 minutes long and give you a better understanding of what that particular team might do throughout the draft. Knowing what other teams will do will help you figure out who your team might be able to get with their pick. This year, “32 Days of the NFL Draft” will begin on March 28.

Commish’s Draft Buzz (twice-weekly): The NFL draft is always loaded with rumors that continue to grow the closer we get to judgment day. Twice a week, I will post a 3-5 minute podcast with the latest rumors and whether or not I call BS on them. Each rumor could change the entire face of the draft itself, which is why I’ll also let you know the ramifications of said rumor.

Commish’s Inbox Podcast (Wednesdays): Each Wednesday I will post a podcast where I only answer your questions. The length of this audio feature depends on how many questions I get from you, so it’s up to you as to how hard I will have to work.  There are many different ways to get your questions to me:




I hope you all enjoy the FREE coverage we have for you this year.

10 Responses to “A Guide To The JoeBucsFan.com Draft Coverage”

  1. Buddhaboy Says:

    Good man Justin, and Joe of course. Something to look forward to. THanks for all of the hard work ……..

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    Justin- that’s sound great! Can’t wait to see, I bet it’s gonna be a massive hit here, with all the hard core Buc fans- thanks, and looking foward to it!

  3. Matt Says:

    Looks great, thanks. Looking forward to it.

  4. Bob Fox Says:

    Justin and Joe…

    I never thought this would be possible, but the draft got even better this year thanks to your enhanced coverage. Looking forward to discussing the draft with you. Also, I wouldn’t mind J.J. Watt in a Buc’s uniform next year.

    Take Care,


  5. lakeland bob Says:

    You were on the money with Mike Williams last year.Don’t remember if you picked him going to the Bucs.but you were correct when you picked him as one of the top receivers on the board.

  6. Joe Says:

    Lakeland Bob:

    Also remember how geeked Justin was on LeGarrette Blount and how bummed he was the Bucs never drafted him.

  7. lakeland bob Says:

    Luckily we still got him.Hope he finds a few more gems.

  8. eric Says:

    Love the goat!

  9. espo Says:

    Justin and Joe,

    This will be the first year I’ve been checking this site and look forward to all your draft posts. Thanks for putting the effort into it.

  10. Fish Says: