Welcome To “Dunkaneers” Football

May 9th, 2014
Bucs GM Jason Licht explains Friday's draft picks.

Bucs GM Jason Licht explains Friday’s draft picks.

A giddy Bucs general manager Jason Licht took the podium at One Buc Palace after the team’s second draft pick tonight to explain himself.

The two positions on offense where the Bucs did not need an upgrade, did not have any holes, were tight end and running back.

So why the choice of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims? Basically, Licht said, they were too good to pass up.

“We didn’t necessarily look to [add to] tight end,” Licht said. “We were perfectly happy entering the season with Brandon [Myers] and Tim [Wright].”

[Editor’s note: Notice no mention of Luke Stocker or Tom Crabtree in previous quote.]

Licht said Seferian-Jenkins was “sitting out there like a sore thumb. It was time to pounce.”

Essentially, Licht said, the Bucs had Seferian-Jenkins so high on their board that when the Bucs turn to pick came along at selection No. 69, and Seferian-Jenkins was still on the board, Licht called his number.

With Sims, Licht said he had the best pair of receiver hands of any running back they scouted. It didn’t hurt that he was big and quick and also ran for more than 1,000 yards last year at West Virginia.

“He’s an explosive athlete with great hands,” Licht said. Hands “was a point of emphasis.”

Licht yesterday talked about the ‘Twin Towers” of Bucs receivers with Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans. Now, with the addition of the 6-5 tight end Seferian-Jenkins, the Bucs were the “triple towers,” and then Licht coined the phrase that Joe thinks will stick for sometime, given the basketball backgrounds of both Evans and Seferian-Jenkins.

“The Dunkaneers.”

Licht believes the three players selected in his initial draft as the Bucs GM may be the three players with the best hands in the draft.

93 Responses to “Welcome To “Dunkaneers” Football”

  1. MadMax Says:

    He wasnt at #69, it was #38 😉

  2. Nybucsfan Says:

    We are hands down the joke of this draft so far. Licht is having the worst bucs draft I can remember it really pains me I love the bucs and to see what he is doing is making me crazy. Is it a lot to ask to try to win games

  3. Dan A Says:

    Pre-draft I was 10 out of 10 on the Bucs this offseason….. I sit at a lowly 6 out of 10 in regards to looking forward to the season… Stop repeating Glennons ok numbers over and over. Anyone remember Freeman’s 26 td’s and 6 int’s? Glennon gave up way too many sacks…. and was too inconsistent. Last ranked offense says it all..

  4. MadMax Says:

    Looks like L&L did some serious homework on getting some hands to catch AND block. I was perplexed at first by the Sims pick, but its making sense now….Im giving this draft a B+ so far, assuming Nicks is healthy enough to play. Still need some O line help though.

  5. Greg Says:

    They are taking what they think are the best players available for an offensive scheme none of us have seen, but even then, you still have to scratch your head at the choices. Tonight is one of those nights though that the more I drink, the more apathetic I get!

  6. John23 Says:

    Love the picks tired of us having tiny RB and WR and TE size is just why ppl like Calvin Johnson jimmy graham gronk dominate

  7. Brandon Says:

    Nybucsfan Says:
    May 9th, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    We are hands down the joke of this draft so far. Licht is having the worst bucs draft I can remember it really pains me I love the bucs and to see what he is doing is making me crazy. Is it a lot to ask to try to win games

    Really? You mean you were doing cartwheels when the Bucs took a one-armed RDE-only with little speed or explosion? You were ecstatic when the Bucs drafted a 24 year old 6th year senior DE in Adams… or when they took a slow as molasses WR from LSU? I would say this draft is better than last year’s giving up a 1st and 4th for a 28 year old CB coming off an ACL tear and then handing him $1 mil a game. I also prefer the #1 pick of Evans far more than I liked the picking of the over-hyped under productive safety from Alabama in the same spot.

  8. Harry Says:

    @MadMax Says:
    “…He wasnt at #69, it was #38…”

    That explains the problem. Licht thought he was picking ASJ in the 3rd round, THEN it would have made a little bit of sense picking a player at a position in which we are solid.

    I’m still waiting on a equally crazy explanation on why we drafted a RB in the 3rd rd when we NEED a freaking OG and a 3rd WR. All the crazy ppl think we used a high 3rd rd draft pick to convert Charles Sims for the slot – brilliant.

    Very damn unimpressive draft.

  9. Drew Says:

    Wow, you people who post here baffle me. We just got 3 first round talents for our first 3 picks. Evans WILLIAM be better than Watkins in long run. Austin SJ is the most talented TE in the draft, problem is he played for Washington. And Sims is a steal, he is Percy Harvin Jr, this guy is a freak, he will end up being our best pick, guarantee it.

  10. Bucnnole Says:

    OL OL OL OL OL OL. This is a freaking joke. You build championship teams inside out. Who are the guards??? Where is the depth??? Winners dominate with a strong OL. These jokers are window shopping for pretty pass catchers. Answer me this.. How the hell do you get the ball to these five TEs and six RBs with your journeyman QB on his back……. What an absolute disappointment.

  11. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    Landry just said today on the radio with T-Kras, that good teams draft best player, not for9r need. He said when you draft for need teams end up reaching. Instead, draft the best player on your board and eventually you end up with a better football team.

    Listen to the WDAE show today and his comments. Really good stuff.

  12. MadMax Says:

    @Harry, I think we’ll be very happy with Sims….a poor man’s Watkins.

  13. Drew Says:

    We rushed for 1600 yards last year as a team. We u graded at LT, and center. Dotson is a great RT, look at his reference he killed Penn last year. Merideth is way underrated at guard, and when Nicks comes back, he will, it’s why we have not addressed it, we have a better line than last year. Why our line looked bad was not because of them, it was because of the CONCRETE FOOT CAN’T MOVE TAKE SACKS ALL DAY QB. READ PEOPLE COME ON!

  14. Drew Says:

    I meant upgraded at LT and C

  15. Bucnnole Says:

    Drew, where’s the depth at OG and C??? Who comes in if Dotson gets hurt? Delusional. Can’t win games without a solid O line. Meredith is mediocre at best. C’mon man

  16. BIG SIR Says:

    Vjack is a former b-ball player as well. Jenkins is my favorite pick so far. There is no doubt in my mind that Tedford will use these guys to put up points. And if you think we are the joke of the draft you are not paying attention. The very next pick by the Saints was a huge CB. We got their attention. We dictated that pick.

    I too was chapped that we passed on Johnny. I don’t quite get the Sims pick. Maybe the use him like a Dexter McCluster type. The more I look at this draft the more I like it. Eventually, you guys will too.

  17. passthebuc Says:

    I must be in the war room of the NE patriots. I mean with so many knowledgeable people posting here it amazes me. What really baffles me if you people are so knowledgeable about drafting, get a gig working for one of the teams. I have never seen so much football negativity in Tampa since I moved here 30 years ago. if you don’t like the teams choices, find another team to root for.

  18. You go Joe Says:

    Rookie mistake by licht??? Remember he has the final say and I don’t know enough if previous employers did the same mantra, best on the board vs team needs.

  19. BUChead Says:

    They can still draft a guard, or sign one of a few veteran FAs still hanging out there if all else fails.

    Bucs are loading up on weapons and just acquiring the best receiving talent possible. I can see Tim Wright and Sims playing WR even, so the skill positions are finally deep!!

  20. Jon Says:

    Great. Let’s play basketball. Tired of smaller running backs like Doug Martin? What the heck is wrong with us? Btw, I laugh at the media (not Joe) for the weeks of hated on glennon. Classic. Jenkins is interesting but I just talked to a buddy in Washington. He said enjoy Jeremy Stevens 2.0. Wow!?!

  21. BUCTROOPER Says:

    This is possibly the dullest Bucs draft I can remember. Just a big honkin’ bowl of vanilla.

  22. Bucnnole Says:

    Passthebuc, no one can have an opinion or have passion for their team and their draft picks? How about you pick a new forum or move back to wherever it was you came from 30 years ago and take your soft attitude with you

  23. Pierce Says:

    Please don’t coin that phrase, “the dunkaneers” Please, I beg of you media. Please don’t do this!!!! He didn’t mean it!! I promise!!! He was just trying to be funny and it kinda backfired! Please, you love this town just as much as I do! Don’t go after the softball – go after the home run! Please!!!

  24. Jaydid Says:

    I have never seen fans upset because a team didn’t pick a guard. Come on, you can find guards after the draft too in undrafted free agents and the second wave free agency. Yes, we are thin at OL but this offense should be fun to watch! That Sims kid can catch and cut and accelerate! He won’t be the main running back but he can play in the slot and running back and is a match up nightmare to tackle in space. Not to mention he is 214lbs too! Not some Dexter Jackson small speed guy that is scared to get hit.

  25. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Why the doom and gloom? Wasnt the biggest excuse for Glennon’s play that he had zero playmakers to work with? We got Johnny Football’s insurance policy, winner of the John Mackey award, and the Weapon. Very happy tonite

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    Harry they did bring in a FA and they still do have Wright that can line up at slot. Sims as well. Don’t see what your problem is.

  27. Buc the Haters Says:

    We basically drafted a young Vincent Jackson, Jimmy Graham, & a Percy Harvin/Matt Forte hybrid who can be explosive and take it to the house from anywhere on the field including the slot….. I would say GREAT DRAFT SO FAR! ANYONE WHO DOESN’T REALIZE THAT IS NOT A VERY KNOWLEDGABLE FOOTBALL FAN. DO YOUR RESEARCH, GENTLEMEN.

  28. Buc the Haters Says:

    *as I misspell knowledgeable….

  29. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Pierce

    LMFAO. Get ready for Joe to use it at nauseum.

    @ Jaydid

    Your probably right. Lets be honest, if we would have picked a guard with our 3rd round pick, a lot more people would have been applauding this draft, but since we picked a RB instead, the whole draft is ruined because of it. The truth is, only the bucs know why they picked Sims, and they are not going share the exact reason why. We are just going to have to wait in see how Sims fits into the puzzle.

  30. Greg Says:

    Yeah this draft is growing on me too. Of course I’m on my 9th beer after having a root canal today!

  31. williethewonder Says:

    Aside from needing a better QB for the future (still hoping one will come along at some point), these draft picks have been outstanding. Great teams don’t draft for need (“We need a guard, so we’re going to take one, come hell or high water”), great teams stockpile the best talent available, regardless of need, which is what they have done. Guards are a dime a dozen, you can always find them later in the draft or in free agency. They have taken outstanding talents who have made us a much more dangerous team, scoring-wise. We will be extremely difficult to defend against. Now Lovie, just don’t forget what you said about wanting to be more athletic with greater speed at every position, including quarterback. Your very words.

  32. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “We are hands down the joke of this draft so far. Licht is having the worst bucs draft I can remember it really pains me I love the bucs and to see what he is doing is making me crazy. Is it a lot to ask to try to win games”


    You are so amazing that you can judge the draft now! What a great GM you must be? Tell me again, where were you a GM last? You are hands down the joke of this website with a ridiculous post like that. What if these guys end up Pro Bowlers? Then what are you going to say? You’ll crawl in your little hole and disappear, and I look forward to that day. It’s f-ing May and you are in full b!tch mode. What a crybaby little girl.

  33. williethewonder Says:

    BIG SIR said he didn’t quite get the Sims pick. Lovie looks at him and sees Matt Forte. He’s a nice blend of size and speed, running 4.46 in the 40, has a background as a receiver, has the best hands of any RB in the draft, and can be an asset lining up in the slot.

  34. Ed Says:

    I have to disagree with the negative thoughts. As far as the draft, the people we drafted will be an upgrade to what we have. Glennon stunk but had no one got separation (height or speed) and when they did they dropped catchable balls. In the past, we’ve seen undrafted free agents make the team at CB, OL, and DL. Also, I see those three positions open up with some value vets in “second free agency.” So stalk up on beasts who can make this team better. I see a Lb in 5 & 7 and Savage in rd 6 if he lasts that long.

  35. RealityCheck Says:

    @passthebuc – Exactly! We have absolutely no clue what the offense will look like next year and everyone is so absolutely certain that all of these picks are horrible and blah, blah, blah, complain. From the start, this organization had a plan, got their coach, got the GM and coordinators they actually wanted, and started making roster moves. You all are not player personnel experts, regardless of your Madden championships. Sit back and enjoy the mystery and stop complaining about every single little thing that happens. I think I’d like to see at least a single game played before I start crying that the sky is falling on our 4-12 football team.

  36. Buc the Haters Says:

    williethewonder(ful)… I agree, and I love the positivity & wisdom. But our current starting QB is pretty darn athletic, accurate, & polished… We just need a more athletic QB to battle for the ‘QB of the Future’ job

  37. JBuc Says:

    It really is sad to see the lack of football intelligence displayed on this site on a daily basis. I realize it’s fun to predict and 2nd guess but L&L clearly have an idea of the type of talent they want and need in order for this team to be successful within their system. If they listened and agreed with most of the predictions made by all of us (which is largely biased by the great football minds of mcShea & Kiper) then we should all be concerned.

    While I would agree that it would appear they lack OL depth, I’m also much more inclined to believe that these guys feel comfortable in their ability to address these positions later thru the draft or free agency. Lots of time to go before the season starts. Relax people! I think they upgraded the talent on this team today.

  38. Buc the Haters Says:

    Finally! The intelligent people are starting to come out of the wordworks…. Thanks. I’ve missed you guys. Nice to see you, Gentlemen.

  39. Harry Says:

    @Buc1987 Says:
    “…Harry they did bring in a FA and they still do have Wright that can line up at slot. Sims as well. Don’t see what your problem is…”

    I understand that 87. I know the plan is to bring in players who get cut after the draft to shore up what we did not get in the draft. But ASJ has numerous question marks and was projected to go bottom of the 2nd to the 3rd rd. And to draft ASJ we pass on Marquis Lee who was graded as a 1st rd pick and went to MIN right after we picked ASJ.

    My bigger complaint: why do we feel it is necessary to convert a RB to a Slot (if thats the case)? In the 3rd rd, why not just draft a WR instead of converting a RB? The WR was the deepest position in this very deep draft and we feel the need to convert a RB to WR? I think those are legitimate concerns. My feeling is we got cutesy. Hey, maybe I am wrong. I will be VERY HAPPY to be wrong.

  40. Buc the Haters Says:

    *as I misspell woodworks lol

  41. Couch Fan Says:

    Because we are not converting him to WR. He will stay a RB who will move around a lot. Like a Reggie Bush, sproles, Harvin. It’s something we’ve never had before.

  42. Couch Fan Says:

    Or at least not in a very long time.

  43. williethewonder Says:

    Agree with you, Buc the Haters. I’m satisfied with our current starting QB, too (McCown). And that we need a more athletic QB of the future. Heard Chris Landry say something astute about that, as well. When Lovie says “You’re our QB of the future” it’s like what he said to Revis and Penn (implying “until we find someone better to replace you”).

  44. Buczilla Says:

    @Bucnnole = Troll. Don’t let him get to ya people…

    @Pierce is dead on. PLEASE do not run with the Dunkaneers. I can hear all the AM sports guys on the radio having a field day with that one.

    @BUChead may have the most level headed take on here. Assuming Licht is drafting BPA (which I think we all can agree seems to be the case), you have to like what he has done. Targeting skill players in the top half of the draft. Yes we need depth on the OL, but after the first 2 or 3 in the draft, the talent delta between picks starts to narrow tremendously. How many long time successful OLs (especially OGs) have you heard listed as late round picks or UFAs? The answer is a ton of them. Let’s not crap on this thing yet, we still have to see what Tedford’s master plan is. It will probably take most of the season to see it gel, but I am looking forward to it. Oh and for those of you wondering what other teams usually target BPA instead of drafting by need… New England and Green Bay (who year in and year out has the highest amount of drafted players on the roster). Yeah, clearly those guys have no clue.

  45. gatrbuc17 Says:

    All this really means is that Wright is probably going to 3WR so we will have THREE 6’5″ WRS……………..Can you say matchup problem?

  46. JBuc Says:

    Harry, how do you know where players are projected to go? Have you seen every teams draft board? Lee was a first round projection and yet everyone passed on him. If the Bucs consider ASJ to be the second coming of Jimmy Graham and he is available when they picked would they not be crazy to pass on him. This selection along with Evans, should they both be what the Bucs hope they are, immediately create massive problems for any defense they come up against. Red zone offense receives a huge boost. See the possibilities! This team got better today.

  47. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Harry

    Dont assume we wont take necessarily take another WR. You said this draft WAS deep with WRs, but there are still some good ones left, and THAT my friend is exactly why this WR group is considered so deep. Just to throw some talented names that are still available would be Bryant, Gallon, Patton, and Abbrederis. I tell you what, if we get Gallon, I will be doing cartwheels.

  48. Orca Says:

    The idiots come out in droves when a new opportunity to complain appears. Way to stay open minded folks.

  49. williethewonder Says:

    ASJ began the season as the top rated tight end, even over Ebron, but was overweight and fell to the 2nd or 3rd by the end of the season, but was still a projected 2nd round pick. He’s the most balanced of all the tight ends and now that his weight is back on track he will be a Gronk-like force to be reckoned with who can also block.

  50. Justin Says:

    They upgraded the weakest part of the team and made sure they don’t need a pro bowl caliber qb now with this incoming class..put the tools around the QB to succeed and he will have no excuse if he underperforms…whichever may get the final call. O line is definitely a need and they should have grabbed someone in the 3rd without question. But none of you can sit there with a straight face before the draft and say their offense had enough playmakers on it to be successful

  51. Greg Says:

    I will be the first to admit I was pissed we didn’t take JF last night, but now I’m starting to see Tedford is bringing a hybrid West Coast, spread, New England type offense here to Tampa, and that is getting me excited! If that brings playoffs and championships, then I’m back on the Homer train! I’m liking our draft, can’t wait to see what we add tomorrow!

  52. Greg Says:

    I can see the Bucs getting no love when the NFL network posts it’s draft grades, but I think by time the next season is over, people are really going to be surprised by the Bucs this year!

  53. Orca Says:

    Nybucsfan Says:
    May 9th, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    We are hands down the joke of this draft so far. Licht is having the worst bucs draft I can remember it really pains me I love the bucs and to see what he is doing is making me crazy. Is it a lot to ask to try to win games

    You are hands down the joke of this message board so far. You have written the worst bucs comment I can remember. It really pains me because I love the Bucs and to see what you are writing is making me crazy. Is it a lot to ask to keep an open mind and sh1t negativity right out of the gate. You sir, are a fool.

  54. williethewonder Says:

    Au contraire, Greg. I think they will respect the talent we are stockpiling that will be a nightmare to defend against. By the way, how are those beers treating those pain meds? ; )

  55. MadMax Says:

    Hahaha, if its tylox (that I was on when I went through 2 root canals on the same tooth) then he probably wont be awake long 😉

  56. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    Love the first two picks. Sims is a dangerous player. Just confusing because we are deep at RB

    But Tedford’s offense apparently uses a lot of passes to the RB- which isn’t any of our guys specialty.

    We can get veteran linemen in the second wave of Free agency. Especially guards.

    I think I’ll give this draft a B. Evans and Jenkins- along with Jackson- will create a nightmare for Defenses

  57. L&L Buc Says:

    WOW What a Change ! Come Monday it will be Run Lovey out of town now. Really people, that means you too Joe’s, quite your bitching about L&L draft choices. They are running the team not you. I know you miss Rha and Freeman but some of us told you you were not getting Johnny, money sign flasher, football. Get over it already.

  58. bigpoppabuc Says:

    I am really liking this draft… We’ve (or at least I’ve) been saying since we got Tedford and then list Mike Williams that we needed to stock up on playmakers. Sims in the third is a but of a reach, but he’s just the type of player that Tedford can utilize and add to what is now an amazing mix of playmaking ability from a number of different players.
    FINALLY! No more predictable, blood pressure raising play calling in Tampa Bay! We will be spreading the Love… From the backfield to the edges, in the slot and up the seams… The Bucs will finally have an offense.

  59. Greg Says:

    Willie, I’m on my 11th beer now, and I can honestly say they are working wonders together! I do hope you’re wrong though about the Bucs getting love, hopefully they’ll slip thru the cracks so they can be the big surprise of the NFC South this year! Good posts from you tonight by the way!

  60. Greg Says:

    @ MadMax, I pray I don’t have to go through another root canal again!

  61. Greg Says:

    @ big poppa, I don’t think Sims is a reach, I think he’s our Percy Harvin out in space and will make big plays for us!

  62. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Some people are just going to complain regardless. Every draft , every coach, every gm, every season. This is the first time in 5 years we have a real coach, I don’t want anything to be the same as what we’ve been doing. Shake it up, think outside the box, whatever it takes. I have absolutely zero doubt we will be CONSIDERABLY better than what we have been. Even if I didn’t, I’m not going to spend the entire off-season crying like many of you. I’ll save that for the season, if necessary.

  63. williethewonder Says:

    Thanks, Greg. Hope you’re feeling better (though it looks like that shouldn’t be any problem). ; ) Not sure we’re going to be able to sneak up on them though. Noticed that the Saints made an effort to draft a bigger corner, which I feel is in response to our moves, sort of like how the Packers did in response to having to cover Randy Moss, in years past.

  64. MadMax Says:

    @Greg, it was the absolute worst pain ever that Ive experienced….I couldnt believe it…how a 2nd time on the same tooth, on a Sunday morning at that. It was an emergency visit that was just over $1200 to take care of. He drilled through the cap, removed and relieved the infection, then sent me on my way. I was standing and clinching my fists in pain, I couldnt sit until he made it to his office. Good luck buddy!

  65. L&L Buc Says:

    @Harry Quite giving real Harrys a bad name with your asinine posts. Using Lloyd Bentsen’s quote with a bit of liberty, Sir I served with a real Harry. I know a real Harry. A real Harry is a friend of mine. Sir, you’re no HARRY! If you have nothing good to say, STFU!

  66. BRob Says:

    @Harry…you do realize it was Jacksonville who took Marqise Lee after we took ASJ and not Minnesota, right? You’ve said it a few times now. And you wonder why no one takes your rantings seriously.

  67. Mitch Says:

    Too many whiners on this board. We won’t know sh!t until these men hit the field & play ball. Keep the faith.

  68. Anzac Buc Says:

    What a bunch of moaning old women. Reserve your judgements until at least week 8. Be optimistic and support your team

  69. CLW JB Says:

    Maybe we move one of the RB’s for a 4th? L&L talk about having 4 backs, we have 5 now -Rainey makes most sense to me, showed out last year and has a low contract, but RB value has been dropping for a few years now..

    Absolutely LOVE the picks – when is the last time we had weapons that we could roll out in all types of variations? NEVER! Just think of all the formation groupings with the size guys and speed guys mixed in….going to make this unknown offense tough to decipher and will isolate coverages for mis-matches

    We have big, strong and fast, we have speed in space, we have freaking DEPTH! About time….and the people saying take a G over the weapon and a BEAST TE need to realize we have half a draft to go and 2 months post draft, we need a G,swing G/C and a T or two, but all depth – we can start Collins/Nicks/Smith/Meredith/Dotson and do very well….

    And Joe, you are so right about the D – a few tweaks in personnel to balance out the payroll vs. talent numbers and actually put MCCoy/David/Barron in a scheme that maximizes their skill set. We may not be SB ready for a year or so, but at minimum this is a dramatically improved football team that will compete every Sunday and win half their games.

    Keep it up Bucs!

  70. Lewis Says:

    Awful draft! Bring back the ”Rockstar”!

  71. Roscoe the Pirate Says:

    Sorry just woke up, did we trade for Revis again?

  72. BranonBucsFan Says:

    Austin SF has some recent and serious off-field issues, so that’s probably why he was still on the board. And I am not a Tim Wright disciple. Yes, he did okay last year but he is no Tony Gonzalez or Jimmy Graham. TE was not the greatest need, but the need includes ANY pass catchers, and Bucs drafted 3 pass catchers. I don’t like “dunkaneers” though and I don’t recommend the Bucs throw “twin towers” around, as that was the nickname for the World Trade Center–while meant well, can be taken as cheapening the loss for 9/11–no, just PC BS but courtesy to those families who lost someone. I overall like the picks and look forward seeing what the Bucs blueprint actually is.

  73. kaput Says:

    So, some of you were satisfied with the Buccaneers TE’s? Really? The guys they had going into last night wouldn’t scare anyone during the implementation of defensive game plans. There guys aren’t special. At all.

    ASJ has a chance to be a consistent pass catching threat, a guy that impacts coverages for seasons to come. If he hits, this is a huge win for the Bucs.

    The RB position, on the other hand . . .

    Why? With the three guys returning, it doesn’t seem like this was a need position. That said, if this guy makes an impact and helps the Bucs on third down conversions that it’s a win as well.

    I’m as critical as any Bucs fan of what’s been going on over there the last several years, but these picks look thought out.

    Now back to the salary cap, aren’t were 15 million under? That’s the bigger problem to me.

  74. Bricker Says:

    Joe-do you think the saints drafted 6’3″ cb jean-baptist as a reaction to our draft?

  75. Harry Says:

    @L&L Buc Says:
    “…@Harry Quite giving real Harrys a bad name with your asinine posts…”

    I don’t normally complain, but I am entitled to my opinion. You can mind your own business and kiss my a$$

  76. Jim Says:

    I have no problem with L&L’s fourth round pick. Thanks Dom &

  77. Chef Paul Says:

    “Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet 11h

    The #Saints select at No. 58 CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a looooong CB. Why? Well, someone needs to cover the #Bucs WRs.”

    Can you imagine if this is true? If the Saints are drafting guys in reaction to our draft says something. It almost feels like the changing of the guards is beginning right now.

  78. BigMo Says:

    I can understand the running back pick. Our #1 And #2 guys are both coming off of injury, you don’t know how they will come back. Remember when Cadillac came back. The TE picks makes sense if they plan on moving Tim Wright to WR or do alot of two TE sets for passing instead of blocking. Imagine they come in we two TE’s like a running play and the go deep. that mess with everyone. 4 big guys going long and a back with good hands coming out of the backfield.

  79. Ryan Says:

    Goodell picked the wrong time to ban dunking on the goal posts.

  80. Eric Says:

    Bucs fans are mad because we are choosing offensive playmakers designed for the passing game?

    Go figure.

  81. BFFL Says:

    This draft tells me that Nicks will return and Doug Martin is a poor receiving RB. They are also copying the Bears offense. Sims is tall elusive pass catcher like Forte, the WRs and TE are tall like those Bears players and oh yeah, we even have their QB from last year.

  82. Chris Says:

    Meredith was solid at RG and LG the past two seasons. He’s a good starter. Nicks must be healthy.

    But I agree. You take the G
    BPA on your board. Ozzie newsome does it. Bellichik did it. Licht learned from the pats organization and looks to have developed that philosophy. These 3 guys are explosive playmakers. They felt they were strong on defense with what was added and licht and lovie not only added starters in the FA portion but depth behind them. Something Dominik couldn’t do. When you see Tampa get blown out in preseason games it shows your depth sucks behind the starters.

  83. BoJim Says:

    First, half of you are whining about needing more offensive weapons and when we draft them they still whine. Good draft so far.

    Root canals? Sheet I get them just for the pain meds.

  84. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Awesome picks thus far. Our offense has been upgraded in a major way. All you arm chair GM’s STFU and go back under the rocks you crawled out from. Come back next year around draft time so we can hear your feminine bitching for a day or two then disappear again. F-ck you.

  85. Cmurda Says:

    I think you have to sit back and think about our first 2 picks. Joe does make a valid point that clearly Lovie has supreme confidence in himself as a coach by not addressing the defense until at a minimum round 5. I expected Cyrus K (OT from Bama) or Tuitt (DE from Notre Dame) and quite frankly was pulling for Tuitt. That said, after reading about ASJ, Im extremely excited about the potential mismatches he can cause. Our offense was clearly our biggest weakness last year and it was to be expected that it would be concentrated on. We shall see if passing on Johnny bites us or not. Evans has the ability to make us forget about it, but somebody has to throw it to him. Here’s hoping Josh can be that guy for a year or two. Im still holding out hope that Murray will be available in Round 5 and we take a chance on him.

  86. Cmurda Says:

    …I expected Cyrus and Tuitt at pick #38….

  87. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    New guys come in, and have a plan on what they want their team to be. They’ll be judged on wins and losses, just like Dom, Rah, and Schiano. So, I certainly don’t begrudge them doing whatever they want to create their vision of the team of which they will be judged upon.

    That’s what’s funny about everyone dissing Licht’s picks and trades. You have no idea what will come from them. Dominick was like the combine underwear olympics guys. Mike Mamula, if you will. What counts is on the field. Results matter. Give them half the chance you gave Dom and Freeman.

  88. bucrightoff Says:

    Well at least if the NFL ever has a 3 on 3 basketball tournament we’ll be the overwhelming favourites. But if you don’t like these picks, the silver lining is it appears Lovie is going to stay the hell out of the way of the offense and let Tedford do his thing while Lovie will do his thing with the defense.

    As to which running back(s?) will be going, the reason why Martin has to be considered is he will bring back the largest return of all. Mike James might fetch a 6th rounder and Rainey is probably worth nothing. If they shop Martin and someone offeres a 2nd, I imagine the Bucs will seriously consider it.

  89. 24b23u93c54s Says:

    WIN NOW moves. McCown was brought in to win us another SB so they’re givin us every chance to score 42 a game. Ik it’s hard to get used too, I want a defense first team myself. But F*%# if I ain’t excited to see this new offense. I love big recievers (height wise) and Seferian-Jenkins is 6’5″ so that’s nice too. We are super stacked at TE and that helps when we only got 2 good recievers now.

  90. Danati74 Says:

    The best part,..is the draft isn’t over yet. After draft, the players that don’t get picked will want to come play for Bucs. Shoot maybe Browns,Raiders, and Vikings…Patriots too. All having good drafts.

  91. Greg Says:

    @ BoJim, you are a bigger man than me then bruddah! 🙂

  92. Bucky1 Says:

    @Harry What is this, you don’t usually complain sh!t? You have been bitching all off season. I believe it was another Harry (one with balls) who said, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

  93. John A Says:

    The lack of logic by some of the people on this topic is astounding. The Bucs got three playmakers for an offense that was dead LAST !!! Free agency upgraded both an already good defense AND a needy offensive line (LT and C) OG’s can be had late in the draft, during camp, trades etc. There’s a reason most of them don’t get drafted until the third round or later. Not to mention we didn’t even have a fourth round pick. I’ll trust the guys making the decisions, the ones who have a combined five Super Bowls between them. They know a lot more about football than you or I.