Dominik Had First-Round Grade On Carimi

June 10th, 2013

This morning on SiriusXM NFL Radio, co-host of “The Blitz,” Jim Miller, the former Bears quarterback who is also a Bears analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, claimed newly acquired Bucs offensive lineman Gabe Carimi was “damaged goods” coming out of Wisconsin. And that’s largely why he flamed out so quickly with the Bears, Miller said.

Freshly sheared Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik disputed that notion as he met with the Bucs pen and mic club this afternoon following the Bucs assistant coaches media day at One Buc Palace.

Dominik said that he and his staff graded out Carimi as a “late first-round” pick, “about where he was drafted,” Dominik said. Dominik waved off the label of damaged goods saying Carimi never missed a game with the Badgers.

Later, Dominik claimed Carimi, who started but two games at right tackle his rookie year due to a knee injury, suffered more from “rusty technique than lack of skill.”

Joe strongly believes that if anyone can turn around Carimi, it is the man who developed him into an Outland Trophy winner, current Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad.

25 Responses to “Dominik Had First-Round Grade On Carimi”

  1. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:

    Dominik said that he and his staff graded out Carimi as a “late first-round” pick.

    I’m positive, “staff” meant Bob Bostad, and if Gabe isn’t damaged goods, who else could probably get the most out of him, other than his old college coach.

    I wonder if Phil Emery actually reached out to Mark Dominik first…

  2. Joe Says:

    I’m positive, “staff” meant Bob Bostad,

    Bostad — nor Schiano — was not on the Bucs staff at the time. Bostad was coaching at Wisconsin when Carimi was drafted.

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Makes sense. If Dominik, Schiano and Bostad thought it was a lack of skill they would not have pulled the trigger on the trade. Obviously they see a lot of upside with this move that will allow good coaching to capitalize on.

  4. the_buc_realist Says:

    Most had a second and third round grade on the guy. This explains alot why we have to buy pro-bowl caliber players, and why we have finished 4th, 3rd 4th and 4th in the division during the Pop-star’s reign of failure.

  5. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:

    My bad, duh… This was before Schiano and Bostad. thanks, Joe.


  6. Joe Says:

    Most had a second and third round grade on the guy.

    Who is most? And just what link do you have for this information? Joe is curious.

  7. the_buc_realist Says:

    ask and yee shall receive

  8. BigBear Says:

    Definitely missed games in college. 3 to be exact. Injured his knee in 2008 against Ohio State.

    After seeing what information was left out in the internet from that draft, his grades ranged from late 1st to 3rd round. All stated his prowess in the run game and lamented his struggles with pass protection. “waist bender” and “on the ground often” were themes.

  9. Big Rob Says:

    @ the_buc_pesimist

    Live a little man… it’s got to be bad for your heart to harbor such hate all your life. I couldn’t imagine living a miserable existence like you do. You’re living proof of the old adage “misery loves company.”

  10. Vorblaw Says:

    2011 Chicago Draft grades (Random Sampling) Pete Prisco B+
    Adam Caplan Fox Sports: B, The Bleacher Report: A

    A good safe move to see if the guy can improve with his college coach.

  11. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:


    Except for Walterfootball, everybody else had Carimi graded out as a late 1st round to second round pick. Why do you insist on playing “devils advocate”?

  12. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bostad had the unique opportunity to evaluate Carimi’s performance with the Bears….watching the Carimi tapes probably convinced Bostad that Carimi could greatly improve his technique.
    The Wanstadt/Revis connection along with the Garrett/Ogletree relationship gives me some encouragement with these selections.
    There really is very little difference between many of the player’s abilities. Some have obviously better talent but motivation from familiar/friendly coaches can make a huge difference with performance.

  13. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Worst case scenario, it’s a wasted 6th. I don’t fluff up Dominik, but, I don’t dog him just to dog him. Nothing wrong with this trade. I don’t like risking high level picks, but, it’s a 6th. Not a big deal.

    He might be more of a guard though. But, if I trust anyone on this, it’s Bostad.

  14. Bobby Says:

    So Walterfootball= ‘most people’???? OOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKK.

  15. Mike J Says:

    “The Sporting News Draft” mag had Carimi’s meriting ”late third-round consideration at best.”

  16. Joe Says:

    Interesting Realist claims “most” but can only dig up a Walter Football link. How about some teams that graded him mid-round to fit your “most” narrative.

  17. GenocideD Says:

    *crickets chirping

    PS: I’m pumped for this move.

  18. Capt. Tim Says:

    Walterfootball fluctuated between first and Second round- and thought highly of him. A first OR second round pick for a right tackle? That means this guy graded out as a long term NFL fixture. I remember watching a lil tape on him- I thought he would be a terrific Right tackle. Like all rookie linemen- just needed to add core strength, and improve leverage/technique.

    I think he is a great pickup. He isn’t forced to start here. Gives him time to learn system and get to 100% physically. Then, I think we will have added a young talented piece to our OLine

    Kudos again, Mr. Dominick. The Bears should have your number call blocked!! You seem to harvest players and picks out of their camp, like its some kind of Farmers Market!!

    Well done again.

  19. PRBucFan Says:

    Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Did you seriously back up your “most” statement with a single link from Walter football???

    Come on now lololol

  20. Stanglassman Says:

    My favorite part of the article is where the guy who wrote it that he gives credit to being most said “Trueblood is just a solid starter at right tackle for Tampa Bay”. Isn’t a 2 or 3rd round pick better than 6th rounder anyway? Dominic prefers to see how O-Linemen translate in the NFL level. I don’t think you will see higher Dom draft a O-Lineman before the 3rd very often. Dom was only drafted one OL as GM X.Fulton 2009 5th, before he was GM it was Zuttah ’08 3rd rd & Sears 2nd rd. ’07.

  21. Mike J Says:

    The Rock Star in a mini-portrait sample: ”Austin Seferian-Jenkins makes up for Tampa Bay passing on Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez for the all-bust trio of Brian Price, Arrelious Benn and Myron Lewis in 2010. ”
    And Seattle wants to get Golden Tate the ball more in 2013.

  22. Kyle Says:

    Man Mike J I wish we would have known that those three guys would have a slew of injuries since none of them had injury histories in college (I totally don’t want to come to bat for Lewis but i guess…). Please tell me how your great power of hindsight works I would love to learn this super power.

  23. Bobby Says:

    It’s always ‘Dom’ who passed on these players. Forget the other 31 teams who passed on them too. Look, if GM’s were psychic like you pretend to be Mike J then none of them would miss on a pick. I think Dom has hit his fair share. This team is starting to look pretty impressive and a real threat to the NFC south for some years to come.

  24. john Says:

    this guy has noooooooo business scouting players. he would be a brilliant team president/administrator though big time.

  25. scubog Says:

    Realist: The great Mel Kiper ranked our newest OT as the 22nd best player at any position. Now, I’m not suggesting that Mr. Kiper should be confused with Mr. Wizard, but it a t least disputes your claim that “everybody” (except the Bears of course) thought he was a third rounder.