Bucs “Big Into Measurables”

April 2nd, 2013

It may be opening day for the Rays, but draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski was up into the wee hours this morning pumping out his latest two-round mock draft for 987TheFan.com.

Joe’s highlighted an excerpt from the second round, where Pawlowski has the Bucs snatching their first cornerback of the draft. And Pawlowski reveals that the New Schiano Order is extra big on details like 40-yard-dash times and other minutiae. Whaddya know!

38. Arizona Cardinals – Tyler Bray – QB – Tennessee Commish’s Comments: A slight surprise here especially with the Cardinals recent moves at QB, but Bray has the arm strength to make the throws down the field which are necessary in Bruce Arians offense.

39. New York Jets – Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama Commish’s Comments: Lacy is a powerful runner with very good vision.

40. Tennessee Titans – Alex Okafor – DE – Texas Commish’s Comments: The Titans need a defensive end that can get to the quarterback.

41. Buffalo Bills – Zack Ertz – TE – Stanford Commish’s Comments: While at Syracuse, head coach Doug Marrone always had dangerous tight ends.  Ertz can be that for him in the NFL.

42. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Long – OT – Oregon Commish’s Comments: Long is gaining momentum, but the chips just fell this way. He’d start at right tackle for the Dolphins.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – David Amerson – CB – NC St. Commish’s Comments: I was debating with myself early in this process if Amerson would play safety or corner in the NFL.  There is no doubt that he has natural ability to play corner.  While his 2011 film is superb with 13 INTs, his play dropped off in 2012 as he was beat for many long touchdowns.  The assumption is that Amerson tried to duplicate his special year from 2011 and took far too many chances in 2012.  The natural talent is there. Amerson will need proper coaching on technique to help him reach his full potential.  The word I’m getting is that the Bucs are very big into measurables this year when drafting players.  Well, Amerson is 6’1” 205 lbs and ran a 4.44 40-yard dash.

It’s interesting that The Commish’s intelligence (he was part of the Buccaneers Radio Network in 2011) is telling him rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and the New Schiano Order are big into the “measurables” now.

Is that one reason Myron Lewis remains employed?

Lewis has more length and the same clocked speed as Amerson. Perhaps Schiano believes Lewis really can be resurrected with proper coaching.

22 Responses to “Bucs “Big Into Measurables””

  1. astrobuc Says:

    I really like the first round pick. That only problem with Amerson is “character” issues.
    Good job Justin, your picks and commentary are unique and not rehashed BS. Keep up the good work.

  2. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Now you are just mocking stevek

  3. Kennedy Says:

    Just trade up and grab Eddie Lacy and pound the rock

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    Lewis and Resurrected don’t seem to go together very well.

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I figured we would send Blount to the Jets, in the Revis trade, so they would not need to draft Eddie Lacy.

  6. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    Amerson is a ZONE CB….are the Bucs changing their defense or something????o_O

  7. BigBear Says:

    I highly doubt that Amerson will be drafted by the Bucs. He is an unwilling tackler and weak in run support. He has natural coverage ability, but will be a liability against the run. That is something that Greg Schiano will be unlikely to accept unless his coverage ability is top flight. He has a skill set reminiscent of a large DeAngelo Hall in that he is a gambler who goes for the game changing play rather than the solid play. This can be a huge weapon for a defense, but will also yield several easy touchdowns each year. David Amerson will not be a Buc unless he slides down into the third round or later.

  8. Macabee Says:

    The Bucs have needs at so many positions that whoever is picked in the 1st round will be deemed a good pick.

    However, in this draft, I will be an outlier because like Darelle Revis, I think the Bucs need game changers. Every year in the draft, there is a player like Sheldon Richardson – a very good player and one who would surely help the Bucs front seven.

    But rarely does a player like Tavon Austin and his multiple skill set come along. Is he the Bucs greatest need? No! He simply provides the greatest impact. This pick provide a premium player at 3 positions – slot WR, KR, and 3rd down RB. It’s like having 3 picks in one! Like Doug Martin, every touch becomes a possible homerun.
    I doubt that he will be the pick at 13, but my belief is when a real game changer comes along, you roll the dice and go for the “what could be”.

  9. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I agree with BigBear. In fact, his assessment of Amerson was the same knock on Talib. Plus, there are quite of few off the field issues as well. It almost even sounds like were talking about Talib here. He doesn’t fit the character mold that Schiano covets. The only way we take him is if he’s the BPA at that time. That’s it.

  10. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    Austin might be the next Buc HOFer, but, it would be downright criminal to neglect the defense any longer. And, that’s on the GM for it getting to this point.

  11. Architek Says:

    I dont wish bad or injury on anyone but I will take any opportunity to get Lewis off this team.

    I am willing to bet that Lewis is still here as a last ditch effort to coach up his measurables because Turner failed.

    Thats the only justification I can think of.

  12. Ruggyup Says:

    Saw Amerson play several times, get beaten badly, as in embarrassingly, by players not nearly as fast as NFL guys. You get what you get with Amerson, TDs and long gainers for the other team and an overall bust.

  13. Sean Says:

    Go watch Amerson try and cover Patterson, Hunter, and Rogers in the Chick-Fil-A open vs Tennessee. We the. Expect bim to cover the receivers in the NFC south?

  14. SirustheVirus Says:

    I like taking Amerson,but not with our 2nd round pick. I like taking a TE with that pick. Amerson,Mathieu,Hayden, and Simon I think will be in the 3rd round. I like Escobar in the 2nd round. Probably could even trade down a few spots and get him. I really starting to believe we’re keeping Wright, getting Revis, and Barbers coming back which make CB position not as high of a need in a draft were CB’s don’t drop off to far from one to another. That being said our defense doesn’t look too bad if that’s how things work out which makes taking a Tavon Austin at #13 and Tyler Eifert/Gavin Escobar #43 not that unlikely or bad of an idea. We’d have a better offense then we had last year(9th) and there’s no way we’d be last in the pass on defense if we had Revis,Wright,and Barber as our CB’s.

  15. Kaput Says:

    The measurable most important to the Bucs is the size if their salary cap room, and the bigger the better.

    28 million dollars!!

  16. BirdDoggers Says:

    It’s a slippery slope putting too much stock into the measurables. It’s not always about the fastest 40 time or height/weight. Trust the tape.

  17. passthebuc Says:

    The commish has some good thoughts on draft. I would add if they trade with NY for Revis they will first trade down their first pick, get a later first round pick to give to NY and pick up an additional 3rd or 4th.

  18. passthebuc Says:

    @birdDoggers: The game does not always go to the strongest or the fastest as the fable is told.

    But thats the way to bet.

  19. Buc Wilder Says:

    Amerson is big, but like some has said before- he is good at zone coverage, that’s why some look at him as a safety. He is not a press man cover corner like we need in this defensive scheme. I will be very pissed if they take him.

  20. stevek Says:

    Good point on “measurables” being the “reason”. I can live with that.

    I hope Ertz is there for us with our 2nd pick.

  21. ksneil2000 Says:

    I stopped reading his mock draft when he put Barkevious Mingo #2 overall. Richardson might be fine, but isn’t he more like a 3-technique like mccoy? We need a booger to our sapp, not 2 sapp’s, we’d be way too small up the middle.

  22. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    This is simply false. If we are into measurables why would we draft the under sized Lavonte David? I have heard from pewter report that Amerson isn’t even on our draft list because he is not a “buccaneer man” so thanks Commish but no thanks this time.