A Pass Rusher Is Coming

March 20th, 2015
How would UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa look in pewter and red?

How would UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa look in pewter and red?

OK, so free agency, unless the Bucs are looking for bargains at depth, is over. Given how the Bucs “won” free agency season last spring, Joe is happy the Bucs lost so terribly this spring.

Just a hunch, but Joe’s guessing Team Glazer is happy Nexium can be purchased over the counter now.

In Joe’s eyes, the Bucs need to fill three positions: quarterback, defensive end and pick your spot on the offensive line. For nervous fans wondering why the Bucs didn’t go hogwild again in free agency, Pat Yasinskas has comforting words posted at ESPN.com.

And now the [free agent] shelf is pretty much empty, and it looks like the Bucs have nowhere to turn. But that’s not quite true. There is another opportunity on the horizon.

That’s the NFL draft. It’s loaded with some good edge rushers. The Bucs won’t use the first overall pick on a pass rusher because that’s ticketed for a quarterback (either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota).

But the Bucs hold the second pick in the second round (No. 34 overall), and they should be able to get a pass rusher in that spot. UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Oregon’s Arik Armstead and LSU’s Danielle Hunter are among the pass rushers who could be available at that spot.

No less an authority than Mike Mayock of NFL.com has already stated this is such a top-heavy deep draft for defensive ends, maybe the best in years. And the Bucs have the No. 34 pick. Always, a decent player or two slips to the second round. Or the Bucs could trade back up into the first round and nab a defensive end?

It’s not the end of the world (yet).

56 Responses to “A Pass Rusher Is Coming”

  1. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    It’s possible, but they also need an Offensive Tackle, and they need to take Eric Kendricks at MLB with the third pick. We might…MIGHT get by without an OT if they can sign Wiz. That would fill the center and guard positions at least.

  2. meh Says:

    So we need QB, DE, OT, OG, and MLB with our first 3 picks. What could go wrong?

  3. Buc Neckid Says:

    Scary to think the BUCS don’t draft a OT with the second pick
    E.Flowers and/or C.Erving might slip to there

  4. Buc Neckid Says:

    *or even TJ Clemings

  5. Another J Says:

    I think Team Glazer put the brakes on the check book this year. We’ve spent tons the last few years, and Don’t have much to show for it now.
    If Lovie wants new talent, He’s going to have to draft it, and Coach it!

  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    “It’s not the end of the world (yet).”

    What are you trying to do? Ruin the morning for the half of commenters here who simply love being Chicken Littles.

    Haven’t you read Joe. At OBP the sky is falling…the sky is falling!

  7. PanthersSuck! Says:

    We will probably grab a TE or RB in the second…

  8. Bucco bruce Says:

    Plug and play LT has to be a top priority…..humphries or flowers in 2nd round….don’t like Dotson at LT

  9. 1bucfanjeff Says:

    We need a STARTING: QB, DE, and TWO OL. That’s 4 positions we need to fill in the draft – 4 STARTING positions. Assuming QB and DE are #1 and #2, you trying to tell me we’re going to get two starters with picks #3 and #4? I’m skeptical. It’s possible, but you know – tough to do to go 4 for 4 in starters your first four picks.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t forget that the #1 pick gives us first shot at the waiver wire……we have cap space and get to pick first and there will be some decent players cut.
    Our pick at 34 is close to a first round pick and we should be able to get a good Olineman @ 65……

  11. Eric Says:

    The Glazers have needed Nexium for six years.

    Even during that time when the super fabulous Mark Dominik was here, along with the superlative Raheem Morris and the spectacular Greg Schiano.

    Lovie will get us out of this disaster he inherited, given a little time.

    Lots of close losses last year where we were one or two play away from victory.

    Go Lovie.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Odighizuwa, hip injuries have to be concern. Especially with him missing all of 2013-while he recovered from not one but two hip surgeries. A recurring injury or degenerative condition could end his career quickly.

    ←Remember the last to prospect to come out of UCLA– with an existing hip condition –*BRIAN PRICE

  13. MadMax Says:

    If we’re going DE with our 2nd pick, then give me Nate Orchard, and he just might be there at the top of the 2nd!

  14. WS99 Says:

    Ahh another beautiful day in Tampa bay. You guys ready for some more arguing and name calling today? Lol.

    This is what made me chuckle this morning, thank you I needed a good laugh.
    “If Lovie wants new talent, He’s going to have to draft it, and Coach it!”
    Now that’s funny.

    Ps. The ground is crumbling

  15. Horice Says:

    Do we “REALLY” understand how many years in a row draft pundits miss on DE’s. I’ve been actually studying the draft (for my Buc’s knowledge) for 3yrs now. I save all the top experts to see who is the more accurate. And if you think the QB’s are hard to gauge, look at ALL of the DE BUSTS. And personally I have NO FAITH that Lovie can pick a good one, remember he took Gains Adams from us. Hardy was Lovie’s chance to land his “J. Peppers” and he missed. So for all holding your breath for a rookie to come in and beat he leagues best OL position, good luck with that! It ain’t happening! Especially if Lovie chooses! I use to support the man, even wanted him back when we chose Schiano, God that was a bad wish!

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    (Outside Speed Rushers)
    • Lorenzo Mauldin (Louisville) 6-4 || 252 ||40-Time: 4.75
    • Davis Tull (Tennessee-Chattanooga) 6-3 || 240 || 40-Time: 4.60

    Outside / Inside Pass Rusher
    • Preston Smith (Mississippi St.) 6-6 || 270 || 40-Time: 4.90
    • Henry Anderson (Stanford) 6-6 || 287 || 40-Time: 5.05

  17. Jacko101 Says:

    Bonzai, Kendricks is a 2nd rd pick. No easy he slips to 3rd

  18. Rob Says:

    “No less an authority Mike Mayock” also said that you have to take Mariota because Winston’s too big of a risk.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Nate Orchard is solid

  20. MadMax Says:

    Yes Sir Brother Luv! And he’ll probably be there when we pick in the 2nd…..and I wouldnt gamble on him falling much after that.

  21. Eric Says:

    Well Lovie picked good enough in Chicago to field top ten defenses on a regular basis.

    And how about that Evans pick? Rookie of the year candidate.

    Just a little patience please.


  22. WS99 Says:

    Off topic.

    That awkward moment when your wife texts you “happy anniversary”. Uhm yea right back at cha. Lmao oops.

  23. MadMax Says:

    Preston Smith is another to look at very closely!

  24. WS99 Says:


    It’s takes time. We’re on the verge.

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Yep-your right-he should be there in the 2nd

    Are you worried about his 1 year mass production?

  26. MadMax Says:

    @ws99, you live that far away from her?

  27. MadMax Says:

    Na, I think he’s just getting his motor going Luv. I’d gamble our 2nd on him…and he’s growing, can easily put on another 10 to 15 lbs.

  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Lol, yeah

  29. Martinii Says:

    What’s this talk about George Selvie? Is he a rotational option?

  30. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I can respect that

  31. MadMax Says:

    @LUV, heres an answer to why he improved so much last year.

    “Improved hand use as a senior to work off blocks, keeping himself clean with good length for the position. Works his tail off and highly competitive, giving consistent effort each snap and through the whistle. Wants to be the best and expects a lot out of himself. Defensive leader with excellent physical and mental toughness (wore the ?C? proudly on his Utah jersey). Experienced at left and right defensive end

  32. WS99 Says:


    I know there’s a joke in there somewhere. Lol

  33. bucs4lyfe Says:

    what a desperate state this city is in, it’s honestly hilarious how the draft picks are talked about in the same light as top end free agents lol people that have been on here talking as if they know Winston or mariotta would be a bust with the first pick overall but sit here talking about 2nd round defensive ends as if one is going to come in here and blow the competition in house away. no wonder your mad every year and disappointed that a rookie usually actually has to develop

    before someone starts taking shots at me for my take i’ll end my comments with this :Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Justin Gilbert, Khalil Mack, Clowney, C.J. Mosley

    all these guys were picked 17th overall or earlier somebody please tell me what other picks had their kind of season being picked later in the first or second round because none stand out to me. just accept that lavonte david was one of the rare exceptions and usually teams get 3rd round picks more like mason foster not lavonte david. I like ASJ in the 2nd last year but still taking him time to come on in the nfl

  34. MadMax Says:

    If we’re going QB with our 1st, as much as I want a LT, we’re also in dire need of pass rush and Orchard fits the bill IMO….and we can pick up Ali Marpet for the O line with our 3rd.

  35. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    What No Luv for Lorenzo Mauldin?

    Lorenzo Mauldin – Louisville Football – DE / OLB – 2014 Virginia Game

  36. MadMax Says:

    @WS99, Exactly! HAHAHA!!

  37. Arealbucsfan Says:

    @madmax Orchard could fall to the 3rd

  38. ddneast Says:

    I picked up the same tome from the first three stories posted, too, StPeteBucFan.
    It’s just a ploy bY Joe to pick up hits on his site by the haters so he can show it to his advertisers.
    He plays these haters like they were his puppets which they are.
    Every time I hear what a teams need are I hear “edge rusher.”
    I think thee are 26 teams looking for edge rushers.
    Was listening to the Dummy talking out of both sides of his mouth last night on Sirrus NFL about Adrian Clayborn who he had as a guest.
    Making all the excuses about why he hadn’t developed into an edge rusher. Said he didn’t draft him with that in mind.
    This team needed an edge rusher back then and that’s not what you drafted him for.
    No wonder he will never get another GM job in the league after the train wreck he engineered.
    Next thing we will hear is he didn’t draft Freeman to be a Super Bowl QB.

  39. Celly Says:

    WS99 Says:
    March 20th, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Off topic.

    That awkward moment when your wife texts you “happy anniversary”. Uhm yea right back at cha. Lmao oops.


    You have no one to blame but yourself on that one. You should’ve done like I did and made sure your wedding anniversary was around the same time as a holiday.

    My wedding was 5/25 last year…Memorial Day weekend. LOL.

    I think 1-800-flowers does same day delivery. I also don’t think its too late to do some dinner reservations.

    good luck.

  40. MadMax Says:

    If Orchard falls to the 3rd, than thats even better, we can get him there after going LT with our 2nd. I just like the guy, has a high motor, even in his interview on utube, he’s ready to get after it. Dude has a motor and we need that.

  41. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I hear you brotha-feel the same about Lorenzo Mauldin

  42. ADown88 Says:

    I think Orchard will be there in the 3rd as well.

  43. ADown88 Says:

    My dream first 4 rounds would be:

    1. Jameis
    2. Cam Erving
    3. Nate Orchard
    4. Tyler Lockett

  44. MadMax Says:

    Mauldin is awesome against the run, just not much of an edge rusher after the QB.

  45. Buc-O's 82 Says:

    I just hope that no matter what the L & L team do, that they get it right.

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    What No Luv for

    21 New England Patriots Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
    25 New England Patriots Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama
    29 Minnesota Vikings Harrison Smith DB Notre Dame
    46 Philadelphia Eagles Mychal Kendricks LB California
    47 Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner LB Utah State
    62 Green Bay Packers Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
    65 St. Louis Rams Trumaine Johnson CB Montana

    (Solid Later Prospects that year )
    105 Buffalo Bills Nigel Bradham LB Florida State
    123 Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
    132 Green Bay Packers Mike Daniels DE Iowa
    142 Jacksonville Jaguars Brandon Marshall LB Nevada-Reno

  47. Sam Says:

    Wisniewski is still out there. Equal money I’m sure he’ll choose Seattle, but if the Bucs could make it happen I think it would be a major boost!

  48. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    A pass rusher is coming, but not necessarily from the DE position…his name very well could bec Leonard Williams if the Bucs stay at #1. I realize for many here it is unfathomable that the Bucs could very well pass on Winston or Mariota, but neither player will likely make an immediate positive impact on the field (as in winning!) as Williams potentially can

  49. Jack Says:

    I am feeling very good about the BUCS FA, Waiver Wire, and Draft plan. I can see us filling our needs with quality picks.

  50. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Davis Tull (Tennessee-Chattanooga) 6-3 || 240 || 40-Time: 4.60

    There you go. Remember T.O. came from UTC. I think lots of the diamonds come from smaller schools in unheralded conferences. Of course you have to dig to get past all the cubic zirconia to the real diamonds.

    But damn…a 4.6 40 on a DL looks promising.

  51. BIGPAPI Says:

    The Bucs need a DE but they desperately need to fill the holes on the OL before anything else.

  52. JFF Says:

    Owa is a top 20 talent so if he’s available in the 2nd round that means he has major injury redflags with his foot. In that case I’ll pass on another potential Price/Bowers situation.

  53. Cody Says:

    As much as we need a pass-rusher, I think O-line help is more of a need…DE Lorenzo Mauldin out Louisville should be available in the early 3rd Round..

    1st. J. Winston
    2nd. OL
    3rd. DE
    4th. OL

  54. iamkingsu Says:

    I’ve been saying this on here since the combine if his hips check out its a no brainer. Again we lucked up because dallas needs a running back and seattle traded away their number 1

  55. John McKillop Says:

    @Eric, I couldn’t agree with you more. Sometimes people can’t see the forest for the trees. Build through the draft and develop. Go Bucs!

  56. feelthepewterpower Says:

    DE>OL our defense will keep us in games with a struggling rook.