Shaq In Round 2?

April 27th, 2015

ShaqJoe’s seen his share of unbelievable draft chatter, and this one is up there.

Intelligent draft analysts must be smoking hard drugs if they’re predicting the Bucs draft a linebacker/safety/running back with the No. 34 overall pick.


Well, that’s what scouting guru Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter are thinking. They’ve got the Bucs heading back to the Pac-12 for the most interesting man in the draft, converted running back Shaq Thompson.

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington
Thompson could play safety or linebacker in the NFL, making him a better fit for the Bucs’ defense then former starter (and fellow “U-Dub” star) Mason Foster.

Thompson played linebacker last year but also rushed for 456 yards rushing on 61 carries. The guy is a throwback, and an athletic freak.

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock grades him as a safety. Thompson compares himself to Lavonte David and insists he’s an outside linebacker.

Joe insists the Bucs won’t go near Thompson. He can’t keep Jameis Winston upright or rush the passer.

29 Responses to “Shaq In Round 2?”

  1. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Anything but O-line after the first pick and Lovie should be fired and thrown in prison for being responsible for the killing of Jameis Winston. I don’t care how much you ride Winston’s jock, it’s insane to think he’d amount to anything other than a sitting duck behind the current Buc O-line.

  2. Chocolatecvb Says:

    Shaq would be an intriguing prospect but the Bucs should pass. A lot of mocks have tackles falling. Round 2 pick has to be a tackle unless an unbelievably talented Round 1 DE falls.

  3. WS99 Says:

    A lot of chatter about these huskies. Someone mentioned we could be looking at their DE (Hawaiian dude) who actually reminds me of mason Foster. There’s also a second DL (not Shelton) that I heard we were looking at.

    With so much talent at UM, FSU, UCF and USF why do we need to go across country for a lb. seems to me the SEC or ACC should be able to provide some freaks.

  4. Que589 Says:

    1. Winston
    2. Landon Collins or Laken Tomlinson (if Collins don’t drop)
    3. Donovan Smith

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I know its a job….but one would think that players would prefer to play closer to home……Washington is a long way from Tampa…..surely we can find players closer to Tampa….

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    So many needs for the Bucs!!!

    But joe still thinks that dominik is a top 5 gm!!!

  7. BuccaneEric Says:

    The most important need is the OL. I don’t care about the DL, or the LB, or the DBs!!! Protecting our rookie QB is priority number 1!! If we don’t develop him the right way by letting him sit a while, at least give him a running game and some freakin time to throw. He ain’t learning $hit on his back!!!!!! OL picks 2,3, and maybe even 4!!! Ok, maybe round 4 I’d go DE or WR/KR/PR.

  8. Jim Says:

    They have to get the QB some protection.

  9. Waterboy Says:

    Eric Kendricks with the 34th pick.

  10. Dick2111 Says:

    Bucs have some huge needs, especially QB, OL and DE. How anyone could even think that they’d use their #1 pick to draft any player to fill other than one of those three needs is way beyond me.

    Don’t know that I’d call either Lance Zierlein or Chad Reuter a ‘draft guru’. Looks more like they just want to get themselves noticed for picking ‘different’ from the rest.

    Congrats, it worked. Here’s your sign.

  11. R.O. Says:

    Agreed.. Great athelete with no position. Doesn’t want to play RB. Don’t need a Weakside LB. Not enough experience to play safety.

  12. USMC-BUC Says:

    1: QB
    2: DE/OL
    3: OL
    4: OL
    5: OL
    6: OL
    7: OL

  13. Waterboy Says:

    I agree that OL is a huge need but if the offensive lineman that are available in the 2nd round aren’t the best available player on the board based on their scouting evaluation I’d say fill another need. They aren’t going to be able overhaul the whole line in one draft. The biggest need on O-line going into this season is LT.

  14. Waterboy Says:

    Biggest mistake teams make in the draft is to reach on a player that they have rated as less talented than other available players just because they have an immediate need at that position. And 2 years later they find that they still have a need at the same position.

  15. Buc Neckid Says:

    1 – QB (1a or 1b, tired of this arguement on this on this site)
    2 – OT (One of 4 will slide to here)
    3 – OG (One of 4 will slide to here, too)
    4 – DE (Hoping Maudlin slides to here)

  16. rayjay1122 Says:

    We cant afford to reach on any of our picks. After round 1 QB, I would be ok with BPA each round there after as long as it fills a need as well. So, in round 2 if the highest rated player is OL then go OL if it is a defensive player or even a slot WR , go that direction.

  17. Lou. Says:

    The Bucs are boxed in — their needs prevent them from taking the BPA. R-2 almost has to be O-line. After that, I expect them to look hard at DE and FS. I would love them to look for a MLB, but the supply of players suited to this system is very low.

    A real question is whether L&L buy into the theory that the line is built middle-out. We expect them to go LT in r-2, but it they are following the current fad the will look C then G.

    We will know in four days.

  18. Waterboy Says:

    Eric Kendricks is a PERFECT fit at MLB for this system and he’s expected to be available early in the 2nd round. That dude is a ball hawk and has the hands to intercept it when in pass coverage.

  19. DallasBuc Says:

    Have to disagree Joe. These incompetent bozos running the show thought it was a good idea to start loser McCown, draft a TE in the 2nd and a RB in the third. Don’t be surprised if bobblehead Licht decides we need a long snapper with our 1st overall and a stud placekick holder at the top of the 2nd. That would be sickest draft evah yalls!

  20. Architek Says:

    It’s like the closer we get to the draft the more stupid the analysts get with these wild predictions!

    There is NO WAY the Bucs draft this guy in the second round, are you kidding me!!!!

  21. BirdDoggers Says:

    Build the trenches. If a DE drops to the 2nd round and he’s rated higher than any of the available O-line prospects, take him. There will be very good lineman available for both sides of the ball with the second pick. Take one and move on to the 3rd round.

  22. LargoBuc Says:

    We have no left tackle! DJ Humpheries would be nice. If not then go for Cann or Jackson and draft a T in the third. But left tackle is our biggest need after quarterback.

  23. mac Says:

    Second pick will be a tackle… Third pick will be a guard… Fourth pick will be best player available LB, DE, DB, SLOT WR…

  24. bucsbedabest Says:

    Shaq Thompson is not a bad pick at 34. If Eric Kendricks is there he is the pick. Draft Donovan Smith in the 3rd and take the best FS available in the 4th.

  25. bucsbedabest Says:

    Shaq Thompson is not a bad pick at 34. If Eric Kendricks is there he is the pick. Draft Donovan Smith in the 3rd and take the best FS available in the 4th.

  26. MadMax Says:

    We need a Strong Safety with SPEED!. Some size and strength too. We have Free Safties already. While Collins isnt the fastest in the 40, his instinct and football speed make him ideal IMO, for the Tampa 2.

    We need a SS almost as much as we need O line (assuming QB has been fixed already with Winston). This is why I hope we use a few picks from next year to trade up while keeping our 2nd and 3rd this year.

    Dont dis on the SS position.

  27. Bucfan4life Says:

    Was just looking over the six mock drafts on Two of them have Randy Gregory falling out if the first and the other four have him going late in the first. I wonder if the Bucs should and would be willing to take him with their 2nd pick if he’s there.

  28. Waterboy Says:

    I’m not opposed to taking players that aren’t choir boys but I highly recommend against drafting players with drug dependency issues. Guys like that will let you down more times than not.

  29. BuccaneEric Says:

    Gregory is way too small to play 4-3 DE. He’s a 3-4 OLB. Only 235 pounds. Needs to be at least 260 to play all three downs and not be a situational guy.