Licht Compares Donovan Smith To Tra Thomas

May 30th, 2015


All that show and tell this week about Kevin Pamphile being the Buccaneers’ No. 1 left tackle may not be what it appears.

Jason Licht hopped on NBC Sports Radio yesterday and said watching the No. 34 overall pick, Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith, sends him images of former Pro Bowler Tra Thomas, the former Florida State star and Eagles great.

Licht said Smith is “a big guy that’s got great feet, it’s hard to run through him and, you know, he’s got deceptive quickness and he’s a really smart guy. You know, Logan Mankins has control of that room as the leader, and even Logan is very excited about how this room is shaping up with him and Ali Marpet, who’s a small-school guy but got tremendous ability.”

The more Joe hears details of Mankins taking charge, the more Joe thinks Mankins — with a full offseason to establish a leadership hold and a barbecue regimen — might be able to raise the standards and accountability of offensive line coach George Warhop.

Bucs fans can hope.

23 Responses to “Licht Compares Donovan Smith To Tra Thomas”

  1. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Shouldn’t that last sentence read “in spite of” offensive line coach George Warhop?

  2. bucs4lyfe Says:

    fans should believe no comparisons until they see live actions IN PADS

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Donovan Smith……America’s Bohemoth/Gargantuan Left Tackle”

  4. OB Says:

    When Joe sees them against our “D”, then we will know what we have

  5. rayjay1122 Says:

    The 2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers “America’s Underdogs”. I love the fact that we are not expected to be dangerous this year. The Bucs will be like a Coral snake, they will look harmless from a distance but those who have to handle them certainly will learn how deadly they are!!!

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    I agree, the shock that Mankins went through coming from the Patriots to the Bucs is over, I look for him to settle down and play and lead more effectively. Be that mentor to the new guys. This spells a better O line in the future.

  7. OneBuc55 Says:

    @ RayJay…

    “America’s Underdogs”, I love it…

    Our offense was doomed from the start last season with the whole Ted Telford situation…I expect the combination of Koetter, Winston, and some young talent on the offensive line to really jump-start our offense…

    If we can get the offense rolling along with Lovie’s opportunistic defense/special-teams I believe we can be a dangerous football team…

  8. drdneast Says:

    Like your analogy RAYJAY, I hope it turns out to be true.
    You are on the right track OB. Actually we won’t know how the OL unit will be until preseason and even then it won’t be a complete picture but I firmly believe the experienced guidance of a qualified competent OC will work wonders with this unit.
    Hopefully then we can get the Manzell yearning Joe off of Mankins back.

  9. Zero_Bucs Says:

    A barbecue regimen! Love it Joe!!

  10. Kevin Says:

    I like Mankins…..not so much EDS

  11. The Real Malloy Says:

    America’s Barbecue Master

  12. Dick2111 Says:

    No doubt Donovan Smith will learn a bunch from Mankins, but I have a gut feeling he’ll learn even more from the 3M’s … McCoy, McDonald and Melton.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    If Donovan Smith is anything like Tre Thomas, then we are quite lucky indeed.
    If he plays up to his potential- then we will have two HuTy

  14. WS99 Says:

    I’m excited about this kid. Reminds me of Penn and I love me some donald penn.

  15. Destinjohnny Says:

    Ya his track record with o line makes me take a wait and see attitude

  16. Buc4life1979 Says:

    Scotty in Fat Antonio summed up that closing line best.

  17. Danati74 Says:

    Maybe the 4th rounder wasn’t so bad for Mankins. Sure we traded the Te and and a 4th for Mankins, but now it’s looking logical. If we can get these guys to gel sometime during the preseason, we will be set to go for the fall. Good for Winston and better for our running game.

  18. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I love that post rayjay. The coral snake analogy freakin fantastic.

  19. pancake block Says:

    last, hope = perchance?

  20. cmurda Says:

    George Warhop, “America’s Invisible Coach”.

  21. jb Says:

    Does anyone lease remember all the sugar & lollipops we heard coming from Licht & Lovie last offseason?

    Even with having drafted and signing Winston, I find a majority of there words to have a very hollow ring to them after the nonsense they were passing off last offseason.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Jb…despite it all.

    I still believe.

  23. The man who started cheeseburger price Says:

    We are going to bite a lot of teams in the ass maybe L AND L GOT IT RIGHT I wait and see