Bucs Could Draft “A Technician”

January 24th, 2014

A “quarterback-crazy” frenzy early in the first round of the NFL Draft could be a darn good thing for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay might end up with a shiny new right tackle, explains one noted NFL Draft guru.

NBC Sports NFL Draft analyst Shaun King, the former Bucs quarterback, told the Ron and Ian show this morning that if the Bucs can’t upgrade at quarterback because it will be too late with the No. 7 overall pick, then the Bucs would be sitting in fantastic shape to bolster their struggling offensive line.

King is high on Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, who comes from great lineage and has performed tremendously. Yes, Matthews is a blue chip left tackle prospect. But King notes that Matthews played right tackle for A&M until the 2013 season, when Luke Joeckel graduated to the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft.

“He’s a technician,” King said of Matthews. “As you would think of Bruce Matthews’ son, he’s a technician. He’s not one of those elite athletes, but he does every good. “

King, one of three QBs to lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, believes the Bucs, if they can’t score Johnny Football or another blue chip QB, will snatch an offensive linemen (possibly Greg Robinson out of Auburn) or a linebacker. (You can enjoy the full WDAE-AM 620 audio below. King also gives his take on the Lovie Smith-Jason Licht relationship, and more.)

Joe has been a proponent of Matthews for months. It’s hard to go wrong with a stud tackle, though it’s never a sexy pick for fans. Joe would love to see Matthews and Donald Penn on the Bucs roster next season.

64 Responses to “Bucs Could Draft “A Technician””

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Any upgrade to the D-line or O-line would be fine with me.

  2. T in Orlando Says:

    I agree with TBR, we need upgrades in the trenches

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I’m all for LT Greg Robinson. Damn kid has steam rolled some the best DE’s in college. A staple to OC Tedford’s power running style of play.

  4. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Greg Robinson (Auburn OL) vs Missouri (2013 SEC Championship)

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    *The draft this kid is our new (Pulling Guard)
    -Billy Turner (Highlights)

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joes says
    “…one noted NFL Draft guru. NBC Sports NFL Draft analyst Shaun King

    Lost me there.

  7. Mark G Says:

    Please let us know if it is crap from Shawn King in the header so we know not to click on the link. . .

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    +Ja’Wuan James
    As our new Swing Tackle

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Gotta be a quarterback. We’ll hear all kinds of things about how Tedford and Lovie like Glennon before the draft because its smoke and mirrors.

    But come the draft we will get a QB, unless we land one during the free agency. There are some QBs that will be cut. And one of them might do better in a new environment.

  10. Mazz Says:

    Honestly, If Sammy Watkins, Brotles, Bridgewater, Barr, or Mack are available and we choose Matthews I will be upset.

  11. phil Says:

    If we don’t get a quarterback it’s going to be another very long season with sad results.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Competition for QB Mike Glennon (FA Options)
    -Josh McCown
    -Shaun Hill
    -Chad Henne

    Draft (Later Round Options)
    -Zach Mettenberger
    -David Fales
    -Brett Smith
    -Tajh Boyd
    -Aaron Murray

    +Camp Arm( UDFA options)
    -Keith Price
    -Jeff Mathews

  13. rdbucfan Says:


    Are you saying that any QB might be better in a new environment, except for Glennon?

    Maybe Freeboy can come back and be better in Lovie’s environment.

  14. bee Says:

    Boooo! Draft a QB! Glennon needs real competition.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    When did Shaun King become a guru? Who anointed him one? & What are the qualifications to be a draft guru?

    Oh and hell yeah I say draft o-line baby. Matthews works for me. Much better idea than drafting Manziel of course.

  16. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    On NBC sports live (PFT) Licht just said after watching the tape the first time taht “He is very impressed with Glennon”. I am quoting it here. Read’em and weep Joe.

  17. DontBucNH8 Says:


    I like Billy Turner alot and we could get him int he mid to late 2nd rd(IMO). Also Jake Fisher would be a good guy to pick up in the later rounds. That guy opens up holes.

    I like the idea of trading down and gaining more picks. I wouldn’t take anyone at 7 unless we can’t trade down.

    Some of the players I’d like to see the Bucs target would be Yawin Smallwood, ILB , Aaron Donald, DT, Billy Turner OT, Jake Fisher OT/G ,Josh Huff, WR/KR, Bruce Ellington, WR/KR,(both good slot WR). Now I’m not saying this is the order to draft them, just guys I like.

  18. DontBucNH8 Says:

    I know we need DE help, but I believe that will be addressed in Free Agency.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Nice, like the way you think

  20. bucsQcCity Says:

    I would ask what cost more in FA? Sign the (relative) cheapest long term position and draft the more expensive one.. More cap space and we need WR, DE, OL and even QB if value is there

    Licht said it was all about value in FA.. I can’t wait for the FA to start!

  21. Jordan Says:

    Hopefully we are successful in bringing in pass-rushers through free agency prior to the draft. Ideally we arrive at draft day with the ability to draft any position based on “want”(best player available) and not on “need”. Much like the Lightning took Jonathan Drouin 3rd overall even though they had an abundance of high-scoring forwards.

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    In the spirit of One of the best talent evaulators of All-Time. And a gentlemen I deeply respect Joel Buchsbaum. You just gotta have one keen eye for talent. Basically the exact opposite of Nolan Nawrocki.

  23. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Echoing others, I’m all for upgrading the line. I would be elated with Matthews. It may not be the sexy pick, but it’s prudent.

    I see one QB worthy of a first round pick. If your name isn’t Teddy, step back from the line.

  24. Couch Fan Says:

    Can never go wrong with a lineman, especially if you need a few.

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    “Joel Buchsbaum, who turned a thwarted childhood interest in sports into a career as a nationally recognized analyst of professional football

    Mr. Buchsbaum was born in Brooklyn in 1954 to Stanley and Frances Buchsbaum. His father, who died in 1999, had been a first assistant corporation counsel for New York City.

    Deemed too small and uncoordinated by a coach in the Police Athletic League, Joel Buchsbaum spent hours in the stands studying the players.(*Joe Luvs doing as well)

    In 1979, he began writing for Pro Football Weekly, and that year he wrote the first draft book, ”Pro Football Weekly and Scout’s Notebook ’79.” An annual analysis of the top 600 college players followed, based on Mr. Buchsbaum’s interviews with hundreds of people. Despite the title’s reference to scout, Mr. Buchsbaum rejected the notion that he was one.

    ”He always said, ‘I don’t evaluate players, I listen to the right people,’ ” Mr. Accorsi said.

    *Joe rehashes a great article on him every year. To cherish his Memory

    -Cheers to the memories of you Mr. Buchsbaum-

  26. ROBERT6 Says:

    as tired as I am of Penn, I would hate to see Glennon or a rookie with a rookie LT covering his blind side.

    we need BEEF in the trenches and depth.

    now a stud DT or LB @ #7 or trade down would be nice.

  27. thegregwitul Says:

    I know that the QB is viewed as the leader of the team, but how can anyone with a straight face claim that Shaun King led the Buccaneers anywhere? It’s an insult to an all-time great defensive unit that essentially shut down the Greatest Show on Turf, holding the Rams to one field goal and one TD, while King took the opportunity of a lifetime and squandered it to the tune of 163 yards passing, two interceptions and a safety given up. That offense was utterly anemic, and I’ll go far as to say if Mike Glennon were behind center, the Bucs would have been in the Super Bowl, and Glennon didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his rookie season. Ridiculous.

    Anyway, with that rant out of my system, I would be okay with Matthews if the Bucs missed out on Bridgewater or Johnny Football. I fully expect the Bucs to fill a few positions of need in free agency and a QB can always be drafted in rounds 2 or 4.

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    ’24 hours a day’

    While NFL scouts were traveling to colleges to check out players, Buchsbaum was perched in front of his TVs, studying videotapes of games and workouts. That was his advantage.

    “He knew the players better than any scout for any team,” Belichick said. “Studying film is crucial, and that’s why he was so good. He did it 24 hours a day.”

  29. lurker Says:

    @luvmybucs…who cares? just you.

    sometimes the passages you write are just an annoying soliloquy where you ramble just to ramble or pat yourself on the back.


  30. lurker Says:

    I thought st.louis was going to draft Matthews. even if the falcons trade up to 2 to take clowney, st. Louis would still probably take an ot.

    in this same interview, king says Matthews is a technician, but not elite. and with the elite talent at the top, why trade down? to miss on one of the great prospects?

  31. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Shaun King really is a draft expert….Budweiser Draft, cheese fries and wings along with various other calories.

    “Shaun King, one of two Buc Quarterbacks that lost a NFC Championship Game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Welcome to worldwide web of blogging. Where you can speak your Bucking mind, whenever you like. I don’t come on these blogs to offend nobody, call names. Just talk football. So it what it is. You problem with that.. Buc it!!

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    You have problem with that.. Buc it!!

  34. lurker Says:

    yes, you act like you know what you are talking about when you know crap, like us. so if you are the great talent evaluator, why are you here…lmao.

    who cares about buschbaum…just joe once a year. and so you quote the article on buschbaum before joe posts it this year? and then what, later in the article’s comments section you will quote yourself posting the same but back on 1/24 @ 2:00pm…snore

    i’m soooooooooo glad you amuse yourself and need credit and attention for saying things first..lmao


  35. oldfart44 Says:

    Dump and crap all over me if you wish, but I would try to get Michael Vick, who has proven to have an exemplary attitude in Philadelphia.

    If we are stuck with Glennon then he could sit and learn.

    To really piss you guys off how about a heart to heart with Freeman?

    Let the hate and virulence begin! I can take it; I’ll get my nitro pills ready.

  36. Fishfries Says:

    I agree 100% with the Matthews pick. I’m hoping he falls to us. If not, take Watkins or the best available pass rusher. The only QB I like in this draft is Manziel, but he won’t be available at 7. I think Glennon will surprise you next year Joe.

  37. SAMCRO Says:

    Joe would love to see Matthews and Donald Penn on the Bucs roster next season.

    Personally, I would let Penn keep his LT spot only until he starts giving up big plays like he was doing last year. He gave up a lot of sacks on our QB’s last year, and he showed major signs of decline. I would certainly have a faster hook this year. I might even move Penn to left guard in Nicks vacated spot. Move Zuttah to RG, put Dotson at LT, draft Matthews for RT and turn to FA for a center. Keep Joseph and Meredith as backups and injury settle Nicks if he can’t go.

  38. lurker Says:

    also, if Cleveland doesn’t take a qb in the first, they will take garapolo in the second, before we pick.

  39. lurker Says:

    love Watkins

    an offensive tackle, if needed, can be gotten in free agency this year…a decent qb can not.

  40. aj Says:


    If we did draft Matthews or Robinson, what do you think the bucs do with Penn/Dotson?

    Would they cut Penn and move Dotson to LT? Or just start matthews/robinson at LT right away? I definitely see no reason why they would cut Dotson, with how little money he is making.

    Hard to say. Joe’s not sold on Dotson being untouchable, and he’s really not a left tackle. –Joe

  41. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hey didn’t mean to get you panties all in bunch for answering someone else’s post about “What are the qualifications to be a draft guru?Just giving my option since thats we do.

    As for the talent evaluation part. All of mine are time/ date stamped. As you stated, I do repost those for my entertainment. Since that’s –what this is: a source of entertainment.

    Anything else you would bring to my attention?

  42. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    **Hey didn’t mean to get your panties all in a bunch

  43. lurker Says:

    wow, so the misogynist in you is alive and kicking. it seems rampant here on joebucsfan, as I’ve pointed out before.

  44. lurker Says:

    and by the way, the poster was being sarcastic since joe stated the king was a draft guru…no one wants to read all that crap

  45. Jerry Says:

    There are too many QB-needy teams in front of us. We are not going to get one at #7 that is worth that pick.

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Lol, You must be bored or want a cookie. Because I’ve never know you to be the hypocritical type.

    Example (Misogynying):

    “lurker Says:
    January 19th, 2014 at 7:31 pm
    as I posted earlier this week…

    the 2 side will have issues with the franchise tag. new orleans will want to tag him as a tightend. graham and his agent will want to get tagged as a receiver. the difference is like $6.5 million vs $11 million. as evidence, graham line up more in the receiver position than in the tightend position this past year. I wonder how this gets resolved…arbitration?

    Ooo that’s wasn’t you maybe it was Bojim, or maybe buc4lyfe? lol Since you guys are always high fiving each other and saying the same damn thing.

    But then again Nah….can’t be…since your not the cowardly type right? No way– Nah not one my fellow BUC brothas, ain’t no b#tch in our blood.


    Options are what they are.

  47. James Marlow Says:

    It begins up front! I am all in for a DE or OL with our first pick. Get a vet QB through FA.

  48. lurker Says:

    wow, keep rambling about nothing. no idea what you are sayin about bojim or buc4lyfe. feel sorry for you at times, man.

    maybe u type so much because no one pays attention to you in real life…sad, but probably true.

  49. Bobby M. Says:

    Take the top lineman, free up some cash and build with Glennon.

  50. SoonerinTampa Says:

    Shaun “I ate the entire buffet” King is a “draft guru”? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  51. Bucsfanman Says:

    Ok you two! Don’t make me pull the car over!!!!
    OL is a position of need for this franchise and Matthews would be a logical pick if he’s the best available player at #7. Personally, I am not a Clowney fan and I see no need to waste #7 on a LB either. If no playmaker is available(including Manziel) you draft need. There will be QBs available in later rounds with value so don’t jump off the ship if we draft a Matthews type in the first.
    oldfart44- I like your moxy! I don’t agree with Freeman but Vick is intriguing, he’s got some football left in the tank.

  52. Goodolebucfan Says:

    You don’t draft need you should draft best player available!!

  53. SAMCRO Says:

    Goodolebucfan Says:
    January 24th, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    You don’t draft need you should draft best player available!!

    What draft board used a crystal ball to say definitively where each player is ranked. Every teams draft board will be different from each other. So how do you actually draft BPA when the player I think is next best may not be the player you think is next best. You incorporate both by drafting BPA by need if they are that close in rank. Wouldn’t you think?

  54. dee Says:

    If nobody is their at 7 trade back and draft timmy jernigan from florida state dt he`s a beast.

  55. Buc1987 Says:

    LUVMYBUCS has bad B.O. lol

  56. Cmurda Says:

    Agree with 2 of Bonzai’s points. NBC draft guru, Shaun King. WTF? When did SK become a draft guru? Also, the Tedford love for Glennon etc. could easily be smoke and mirrors. Tedford knows that the draft could go very differently and “his guy or guys” could be on the board at #7. Lets just hope his guy is Johnny Football and he falls to #7. Know what I’m sayin Joe?

  57. BoJim Says:


    Just chill and stop with the “I told you so” posts.

  58. Brandon Says:

    DE or trade down and stockpile picks. The 4 LTs in last week’s championship games were Russell Okung, Joe Staley, Chris Clark, and Will Svitek. Point is, you don’t need elite LTs, only Okung is, to compete at the highest level. Of course, having one is nice, but if you don’t have the right talent around him, it won’t necessarily lead to wins. Just ask Joe Thomas.

  59. Bruno Says:

    These are the kind of picks where every goes…”meh”. It’s hard to get excited over a new Tackle. However, in the long run you end up loving it. (i.e. Paul Gruber).

  60. Mike J Says:

    LUVMYBUCS , I don’t think ”PFW” ever got over Joel’s death (from allergies); they folded after the la2013 preview. J.B. had offers to become a PPD guy but turned them down; he wouldn’t even make a trip to Chicago, the ”PFW’s HQ. Stayed in Brooklyn & had dinner w/ his mom on Sundays, & went to his gym–other than that, football was his life.

  61. Bobby Says:

    Man, I grew up with three sisters who didn’t fight this much…..just sayin’.

  62. Clowney Says:

    “On NBC sports live (PFT) Licht just said after watching the tape the first time that “He is very impressed with Glennon”. I am quoting it here. ”

    I guess MC Licht is already playing Liars Poker.

    I would be impressed with our new emcee if he trades back and exchanges the #7 pick for a later 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Then he could pick the best QB in the draft, Garropolo, before the 2nd round begins and add more quality players as well.

  63. Sean Says:

    I just don’t see it. If we’re all so high on Penn then we don’t need a LT….. And Dotson was our best lineman this year. So…. We don’t need a RT either.

  64. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I trust Lovie/Licht/Tedford -Have a great plan in place (Unlike the Raiders)

    Competition for QB Mike Glennon (FA Options)
    • Josh McCown

    Draft (Later Round Options)
    • Zach Mettenberger
    • David Fales
    • Brett Smith
    • Tajh Boyd
    • Aaron Murray

    +Camp Arm( UDFA options)
    • Keith Price
    • Jeff Mathews

    Since they’ve signed their veteran quarterback to push Mike Glennon- I can see them drafting another prospect in the later rounds. Possible sign another camp arm with potential to make the practice squad.

    (Note:Just because you announce a QB in March-Dont mean he will be the starter in Sept-ref: Seattle QB Flynn)

    Keep an eye on QB Chase Daniels (Chiefs)