Sure Things For The Bucs’ Draft: Nos. 4 & 5

May 5th, 2014

lovie and lichtJoe won’t offer up a full mock draft, but Joe will tell you what to bank on from Tampa Bay when the draft bell finally rings Thursday:

Here are Nos. 4 & 5 on the list. Come back later for the top-3.

No. 4: A speedy “slot” receiver will be drafted

Translation: The Bucs don’t have one, and everything known about Jeff Tedford’s approach says the Bucs need one and will desire one. Even if the apparent Jeff Demps obsession at One Buc Palace continues, Demps won’t line up inside.

No. 5: Special teams help is on the way

Translation: Joe’s looked up and down the roster, and there’s definitely a need. Key special teamers from last season were lost, guys like Erik Lorig, Brian Leonard, Dekoda Watson and others, and Joe’s not seeing where all those holes have been filled. The old regime would tell you wide receiver Russell Shepard often was their best special teams player, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be on this year’s roster.

15 Responses to “Sure Things For The Bucs’ Draft: Nos. 4 & 5”

  1. bigpoppabuc Says:

    Definitely expecting Watson’s replacement to be drafted in the late rounds. And I hope a plan is in place to get the sppedy receiver they desire, because those guys are going to be flying off the board late in the first and into the second.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Mike Evans is coming to Tampa.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    Ya know what would be really funny? If L&L draft some player from Rutgers. I’d crack up for a 1/2 an hour.

    It would be almost as funny as JF on the board at 7 and the Bucs pass on him. I’d probably laugh for a whole hour at that move.

    Draft Rutgers!

  4. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Id like to trade down and draft Brandin Cooks, he reminds me a little of Joey Galloway

  5. robert6 Says:

    it seems the theme in FA is to get a bunch of middle of the road guys. I see this theme continuing in the draft. we trade back then go OL, WR,DE,LB,QB and more DL/OL/DE (BPA)

    any takers? oh, and Mike Glennon will be your starting QB!

  6. BoJim Says:

    Arealbucsfan Said:

    “Id like to trade down and draft Brandin Cooks, he reminds me a little of Joey Galloway”

    You mean always hurt?

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc1987 Says
    “Mike Evans is coming to Tampa.”

    We’ll see 😉

    I finished my only mock draft today, but I’m holding it back until Wednesday or early Thursday.

    I’m usually wrong though, so we’ll see.

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    robert6 Says
    “…it seems the theme in FA is to get a bunch of middle of the road guys. I see this theme continuing in the draft.”

    And people wonder why I don’t care for Jason Licht…


  9. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    @Buccaneer Bonzai
    says “And people wonder why I don’t care for Jason Licht…
    😉 ”

    should you wait until the guy at least makes 1 draft pick before you start condemned final judgement on our current GM, Most people now realize what a train wreck of a roster he was handed. Lovie and Licht are trying to get the roster back to average then ” hopefully” to great. it may take more than 2 months Bonzai.

  10. Mitch Says:

    It’s all opinion based but If QB is # 1 on your list, Joe. I will be disappointed.

  11. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    C’mon Realist, Licht is 0-0, no draft. Clearly, NOW is the time to judge him. To heck with playing actual games.

    Dominik won the Looks Good in the Offseason award many times. And, look at what an awesome GM he turned out to be. 28-52 all day!!!!


  12. MarkBucsFan Says:

    Opposite then popular belief we do have “some” speed in space and that speed is some of the fastest around. With Demps finally over his track stint we might actually get the Big Blue Blur that he was at Florida. Also Murphy (not to say he is the answer) did track with Demps and claims he can beat Demps in a race. I think that does get put somewhere under “speed in space”. I would love the Bucs to take one of these big bodied receivers to pair with VJAX as to give McCown a big bodied duo like he had in Chicago (Marshall & Jefferies)

  13. MarkBucsFan Says:

    BTW Joe I hope your gunna say #1 need is one of these Blue Chip LT’s… To the smart football fan that would be a dream come true. We are going to get a “value” qb in this draft later rounds and same with passrusher. Matthews, Robinson, Lewan is as close to a warranty on your 1st round pick as it comes.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Lets add Sammy @ 7 (I know, you think he won’t be there)….but many don’t think JF will be there either but tolerate Joe’s obsession.
    If not Sammy or Mack….lets trade down a couple of slots and pick up Beckham or Matthews/Robinson, Donald or Mosely…..there will still be some great players to choose from!!!

  15. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @BoJim lol minus the hurt part.