Greg Schiano And The Draft

February 21st, 2013

Last year at this time, Bucs coach Greg Schiano was barely into his first month as the Bucs head coach. As expected, it was a whirlwind month for the former Rutgers coach, trying to get his family settled and taking a crash course in the draft.

Not this year. Schiano spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine today about the difference a year makes from preparing for a draft before he got a chance to unpack his belongings at One Buc Palace.

“It is what I am most excited about. The personnel group, headed up by Mark Dominik, they do an awesome job,” Schiano said. “They were at the same spot, well, maybe Mark wasn’t because he was out hiring a head coach, but the rest of them were. Now, for Mark and myself, to be able to sit in our draft meetings and our pre-draft meetings in January and really get a read on kids and hear about the kids we will eventually be watching, you know, the young men, that is huge for me now to be looking out there and knowing a lot of these guys and watched film on them, not going it after the fact [after the combine], it makes it more enlightening for me when I get to sit down with them in interviews.”

Ah, so it was Dominik and his staff that prepared for the draft and helped Schiano with a Reader’s Digest version of the draft. Yet Joe was told by many fans that Schiano was running the draft and not Dominik, despite what Schiano has said to the contrary up to and including Thursday while speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This year adds intrigue to the draft. With Schiano and Dominik coming together as one with full preparation, it will be interesting to see how this draft transpires, not just the weekend of the draft, but roughly four years down the road.

18 Responses to “Greg Schiano And The Draft”

  1. BadNewsBucs Says:

    Joe, with the likes of Schiano, Davis, & Wannstedt on deck, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us draft an ex-player of either of our ex-NCAA head coaches.

  2. T in Orlando Says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say again, I think Dominick is a good; not great; personnel guy (or at least he’s built a good personnel staff), that with his previous head coach, didn’t have the best communicator for the type of player he wanted, to accomplish what the head coach was trying to build with his team.

    With the level of detail that Schiano seems to put into everything he does, he and his coaches will tell Dominick and the scouts exactly what Schiano’s looking for in a player at a given position (not just “plays hard, smart and fast”), and this personnel group will be able to find candidates that fit those criteria, and rank them within the draft.

    Pointing out the best college players is easy, finding the right college players that will come in and excel in the team’s system is the tricky part.

  3. jarrett Says:

    @badnewsbucs, I would be fine with kaseeme greene, or logan ryan from rutgers.

  4. Andrew 1 Says:

    where are all those ignorant commenters that stated (Lied) about the fact that it was all Schiano’s draft picks and Dominick had nothing to do with it, then ridiculed me for telling them they didn’t know that for a certainty and that they didn’t know what they were talking about. I just want to line them all up and throw tomato’s at them.

  5. Stevek Says:


    Pat yourself on the back, buddy.

    Who the hell did Dom draft before this year, that has proven anything before this year?

    5 years since we last smelled playoffs, that’s what I give a sh!t about.

  6. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Stevek

    I dont want a pat on the back. Just tired of people talking out of their a$s then reporting it like its a fact. Maybe the players that Dom draft like Gerald McCoy haven’t proven anything before this year because before this year we haven’t had an competent coach to get the most out of the players that Dom drafted. did that ever cross your mind?

  7. Joe Says:

    Maybe the players that Dom draft like Gerald McCoy haven’t proven anything before this year because before this year we haven’t had an competent coach to get the most out of the players that Dom drafted.

    By adding one player, Lavonte David, a rookie, the Bucs went from worst rush defense to the best in one season.

    Oh, that’s right, the Bucs had a new coaching staff this year. Imagine.

  8. the_buc_realist Says:

    The Bucs have finished 4th, 3rd, 4th and 4th in the division!

  9. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Joe

    thank you for proving my point. the second we got a good coach Dom’s draft picks started panning out. If, as you stated in you article, that is was infact Dom’s draft and not Schiano’s then Dom should get some credit and be recognized as at least a good GM by all the Dom haters. btw none my comments were directed at you, they were directed at some of the people commenting.

  10. Joe Says:

    No problem Andrew.

  11. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Joe

    A little off topic but, there’s something Ive always been curious about. Is there more than 1 Joe that post articles?

  12. Jacko101 Says:

    @Joe And everyone else who would you like to see the bucs draft at 13?

    I like Ogletree, Vaccaro or Dee Mil

  13. Kryq Says:

    I Like Dion Jordan , Ogletree and Vaccaro. Dee Mil mostly won’t be There .

  14. MadMax Says:

    Milliner probably wont make it, although Ive read where he is going to have shoulder surgery after the combine, so who knows.

    Id go DE Werner/Ansah or trade back for extra picks and get Short. Then CB, then DE.

    All dependent on what we do in FA though.

  15. Dave Says:

    Report: Alabama’s Dee Milliner to have surgery after combine

    Since most believe rounds 1-4 have lot of CBs with value but no real standouts, Dee could very well fall to the Bucs.

    He is the only CB I would take at 13… othewise, Id take a TE or DE and get a CB in round 2-3

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    With Schiano, Davis, & Wannstadt to help Dom this year, we should have another great draft. I hope for some surprises to fall our way, and maybe some team makes a stupid trade with us, we load up on extra picks, and still get our guy?

  17. scubog Says:

    Look around the league and one can easily see that all GM’s have their successes and failures in selecting players each Draft. But as “the_buc_realist points out, the proof ultimately lies with the won-loss record. As much as I think Mark Dominik is a bright young man, we will need to see results on the field very soon. The one-time valid excuse of losing premium picks to acquire Jon Gruden has now run its’ course. This is now Mark’s fifth chance to build “his team”. There appears to be enough decent players on the roster to compete. What the team needs now is more “stars” to take the step into the Post-Season and advance. A repeat of the 2012 off-season acquisitions in this Draft might just be enough if the team can remain at full strength.

  18. astrobuc Says:

    I would like richardson, dt from mizzou. He reminds me of sapp. After that, i would like lane johnson, vacc.aro