Look For Another West Coast Guy

April 28th, 2012

Mark Dominik just snatched Utah State running back Michael Smith in the seventh round, which doesn’t surprise Joe since part of the strategy in picking a seventh rounder is taking a guy you doubt would come across the country to sign with your team as an unrestricted free agent.

Take last year’s seventh-rounder Daniel Hardy. He was an Alaska native that played for Idaho. Erik Lorig was another example, a Stanford guy who grew up in California.

The theory is the West Coast kid won’t pick Florida if he has offers closer to home, so you draft who you like but think won’t come to you in free agency.

Joe will bet a few nickels the Bucs grab another Left Coast player with their final seventh-round pick.

9 Responses to “Look For Another West Coast Guy”

  1. Big Picture Guy Says:

    I’ve never heard that before, but it makes sense. Touche, Joe!

  2. Kujolw Says:

    His JR. Pro Day ran a 4.32. He also catches and blocks good. He’s going to be our new return guy.

  3. RastaMon Says:

    kinda like GM’s tactic of moving up late 1st to catch the slipping names before teams have a night to think…

  4. raphael Says:

    Vontaze a west coast guy ….

  5. BonesMahoney Says:

    I think Dominik is looking for good players, Raphael.

  6. Patrick Says:

    @BonesMahoney……..it’s a 7th ROUND pick. we’re not investing much in him. so why the hell not? let’s take a chance. first time he screws up……we can cut him and not lose much.

  7. feelthepewterpower Says:

    They’ll come to you in free agency if you have enough dough.

  8. Big Picture Guy Says:

    If you draft someone, you have to sign them and be committed for 4 years. If you sign them as a FA, 1 and done. Peanuts to us as fans maybe, but really its a BIG DIFFERENCE if you’re gunna take a flier on Burfict.

  9. BonesMahoney Says:

    @Patrick I would agree if Burfict was actually good. But he’s just a big name because he had some highlight hits on ESPN. Tested positive for drugs, lazy, often played overweight, had a billion personal fouls, slow, not a solid tackler, not good in coverage. Why take a chance on a player that isn’t even good? Guaranteed a team like the Cowboys signs him after the draft because they are all about big names.