Ali Marpet Plays Drafting Bucs GM

April 26th, 2017

Man’s up on camera

Hats off to NFL Network personality and former 11-year NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson for a meaningful interview with Bucs stud guard/experimental center Ali Marpet.

On Good Morning Football, Marpet joined the fun, as he has before, and Burleson told Marpet to lose the empty clichés and the fear of hurting teammates’ feelings and give a straight answer on what general manager Jason Licht should do in the draft.

Specifically, Burleson asked Marpet to name areas to be addressed that that could help the team.

Marpet manned up.

“You’re putting me in a tough spot here. So I’m going to put my front office hat on right now, I guess,” Marpet said. “From things that I’ve seen, I think maybe some tight end depth, I’ve seen seen some secondary depth, some edge rusher stuff. I can tell you this; we’re not going to be drafting a quarterback early.”

Props to Marpet for keeping it real.

The “edge rusher stuff” is awfully interesting to Joe. File that in the back of your head.

36 Responses to “Ali Marpet Plays Drafting Bucs GM”

  1. uckinator Says:

    Sounds like the Offensive line is golden. But consider the source.

  2. BucinJAX Says:

    Is he being evasive about the WR depth and skipping RB?

  3. Clodhopper Says:

    I like Nate Burleson on the NFL Network. He’s one of the good guys. Am I the only who thinks he looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

  4. German Buc Says:

    Sometimes the unsaid is the most interesting part: He didn’t mention RB as a spot of need. I’ll file that in the back of my head, too.

  5. MadMax Says:

    I was watching it. He’s going to be awesome on Hard Knocks.

    I stumped for him just like Im stumping for Barnett and Obi right now. TE? Engram!! Leggett!! Kittle!!

  6. Tampabayucfan Says:

    This unhealthy obsession with drafting Cook in the first round continues…..don’t get me wrong, I’m OK with it but I am also OK without it.

    First, I am not thoroughly convinced that Martin is done.
    Second, I am convinced that there are good options in later rounds.

  7. Tampa Tony Says:

    But Booger said… ha ha ha

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Martin isn’t done. A motivated/healthy Martin, Rodgers, Sims and Barber make for a solid backfield.

    They way the first 3 games shake out Rodgers, Sims and Barber could carry the load.

    As long as the Bucs don’t tab some Booker Reese or Keith McCants clone at #19 they will be OK.

    In Licht I trust.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I am so sick of draft speculation, and will be glad when it is finally over for us.
    Still very much bummed out, because I have not heard of a JBF.Com draft day party.
    So, it looks like I will have to make other plans.

  10. DoNUTS Says:


    If you listen to the Ira podcasts, they promote it there a lot.

  11. DoNUTS Says:

    I think the reserved seating is sold out so hence maybe they are not pushing it with ads on JBF.

  12. Dreambig Says:

    Cobraboy, you guys that say Martin is not done are interesting. From the very first preseason game last year, he was a 2.5 ypc guy and that never improved all year. He would occasionally break one for 8 yards just to follow that with running straight into a pile of bodies for a 1-2 yard gain. He has had two good years out of five. Why the continued faith? You can’t blame the Oline because his average was lowest on the team.

  13. Miko Says:

    More Marpets on this team please, the future is bright here 🙂

  14. Travis Says:

    Should’ve gone full beast and said “Keep drafting a DE until you get one that can beat me”

  15. 941BUC Says:

    What I did hear Joe is Tight End DEPTH!NOT THAT WE NEED A TIGHT END!

  16. Lord Cornelius Says:

    lol I love this guy

  17. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    No no we dont need a TE all we need is Brate

  18. rayjay1122 Says:

    He should have said not a QB or Center!!! 🙂

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Chris, the Bucs Uncensored draft party at Sports Legends.

  20. SOEbuc Says:

    Wow. Ali just stated all the positions we already knew we needed.

  21. DBS Says:

    So even one of the young studs realizes the defense can’t get to the QB? GET Barnett Please!!

  22. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    OL probably would be another area to focus just look at last saints game and of course the cowboys game where the bucs handed that no name DE a free pass to canton

  23. Guzzie Says:

    Cobraboy….are you out of your dang mind? You really think our backfield doesn’t need a new bell cow, did you watch football last year?

  24. Guzzie Says:

    The Bucs have the worst RBs in the entire NFL

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    Would all you idiots saying “we don’t need a TE, we already have Brate” please shut up. The Bucs are looking for a TE that can receive and block on the oline. Cam’s more of an inside receiver than a TE. Shaheen in the third would be an awesome weapon for Jameis and a gigantic addition (extra points, good pun by me) to the blocking situation.

  26. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    @soe it was sarcasm u twit. Anyone with a brain knows that.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    Love the way Ali Marpet thinks. TE … check. Secondary (specifically Safety first?) … check. DE … check. Being an OLineman, Marpet’s not going to throw Martin or any of the RBs under the bus. But I’m confident that Ali wouldn’t complain too much if a true stallion RB showed up in the backfield and just ran wild when this season starts.

  28. DoNUTS Says:

    @soe What TE led the NFC in TDs last year?

    If that guy is on your team, then TE is not a strong need. Common sense.

    I see a trade down or DE at 19…it really depends on the QB selected in 1-15….How bad do the Texans want their QB?

  29. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Going by TD stats for any player as a reason we don’t have a “need” seems misguided – including the Joes for doing this.

    If Mike Tolbert vultures 10 TDs in the red zone one year is he better than Jordan Howard or Zeke Elliot if they only score 7-8 TDs that year?

    If you look at targets vs production Brate was an average TE – not some elite top 5 TE or the #1 TE in the game because he lead the league in TDs lol.

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    If we get RB, Safety, WR, TE and DE – in whatever order out of this draft with our 1st 5 picks. This team will be greatly improved.

    This is a GREAT draft for RBs, Safeties and TE talent in particular. Killer top end talent and VERY deep as well. We have all those needs to one degree or another and should come out of this draft with one of each along with a pretty good WR prospect. I could see the Bucs waiting on DE until day 3 unless a top end talent like Barnett falls in their lap at 19 or someone they have highly rated falls to where the value is irresistible in rounds 2 or 3. We need Oline help too of course but we can’t fill all the needs with high end picks in one draft and this Oline crop of prospects is the worst and thinnest in many years. Better to wait till next year for OL and DL help IMO.

    Get a good safety and some weapons for Winston in the higher rounds this year and play to the strength of the draft. I believe that’s what Jason will do. Hope so anyway.

  31. DPewter Says:

    Most fans want RB, though either a TE or DB will most likely be picked up in one or both of the first two rounds.

    We will probably pickup a RB in rnd three. Perine would be ideal but Marlon Mack is making some noise.

  32. teacherman777 Says:



    Nate Burleson is awesome. Agreed.

    A black Joseph Gordon?

    Lol!! I can see it!

  33. BucsFanFromSaintsLand Says:

    That smells like Ryan Anderson to me. A SAM lb that can also play 3-4 and rush on passing downs. They will be mixing it up this year. DO NOT BE SURPRISED WHEN THEY DRAFT A LINEBACKER!

  34. BuccoDav Says:

    I believe Blount led the league in TDs last year but RB is a need for the Patriots…

  35. Gencoimports Says:

    Good analysis by Marpet

  36. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    Rb is far from a need for the Pattiots this year!! I will be beside myself if we are unable to draft OJ Howard, Cook, CM or Cory D in the first round!!!