Bucs Have No. 7 Pick Tipped?

April 26th, 2018

What did he say?

Did loose lips sink the surprise the Bucs are going to unleash on the NFL tonight — yes, tonight!

Wednesday, the NFL had many of the top draft prospects who are in Dallas for tonight’s draft available for media hunting and pecking. Cowboys beat guy Joe Machota of the Dallas Morning News happened to corral Florida State safety Derwin James and asked him about his chances of playing for the Cowboys.

How James responded has Joe’s antenna at full-mast.

@jonmachota: Derwin James told me the Cowboys will need to get ahead of the Buccaneers at No. 7 if they want to draft him. “That’s a great organization. And I love their fans on social media.”

Well now, isn’t that interesting? The magic of social media!

Joe knows this: If the Bucs draft James, it is going to be a major pain the @ss for Joe, for some time, not misspelling “James” for “Jameis” and vice-versa.

80 Responses to “Bucs Have No. 7 Pick Tipped?”

  1. Chris in WA Says:

    I like James, but the Big 3 better be gone as well as a lack of trade down options if Derwin James is the pick at number 7.

  2. denjoe Says:

    It is going to be a major pain the @ss watching this team, having another losing year. I hope Licht’s not that dumb.

  3. Topcoach_78 Says:

    We’re about to mess this ish all the way up! Smh

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We’ll see. We are at the very height of the lying season. I hope the cowboys do trade up, because it would be with a team that doesn’t need a qb.

  5. Realbucfan Says:

    James is overrated, he is nothing compared to Fitzpatrick. I’m praying Nelson falls to us. You win in the trenches.

  6. Bucco bruce Says:

    Somebody name me one safety in the league that would be worth pick number 7. Safety is just not that valuable haven’t we learned anything from a safety at number seven with Barron.tampaaaa.

  7. Bucco bruce Says:

    I think the best scenario for us would be trade with Buffalo get Marcus Davenport at 12 and Sony Michelle at 22.

  8. Bucco bruce Says:

    I am currently watching on NFL Network destination Dallas one of the players on it is Derwin James I hope it sells me on him even though he’ll have to be the best safety in the league to be worth the 7th pick overall. Weather projected to go nevermind you can’t sell me on a safety at 7.

  9. Bucco bruce Says:

    Agree with ya realbuc!win in the trenches.come on Nelson or trade back!Tampaaa1

  10. Gambelero Says:

    I see James going around 14 if we don’t take him. Ward is more of a Mike Smith corner, but I don’t think anyone with draft responsibilities is talking much to Smith these days.

    Mary Kay is saying Allen and then tradedown at 4 unless Chubb is still there.

    Buscaglia is saying the Bills aren’t moving to 2. Gettleman’s price is too steep and the word is that they like Rosen.

  11. martinni Says:

    If big 3 off the board, James would be great.!t Would be nice to have 6’3 hunter patrolling our Defensive Backfield. Great in club house and Jameis can mentor. Big check mark off our list of needs.

  12. Ocala Says:

    Man we have some idiotic fans.
    Derwin James would be a fantastic choice for the Bucs.
    Former GM Charlie Casserly of the Redskins polled NFL teams which prospect was better between James and Fitzpatrick and the choice was James.

  13. Joe Says:

    Somebody name me one safety in the league that would be worth pick number 7.

    Maybe Eric Berry when healthy?

    If James turns into the next Troy Polamalu, then he is easily worth a No. 7 pick. Sure didn’t see that from him at Florida State.

  14. Bucco bruce Says:

    Exactly Joe! Troy Polamalu was the exact name I brought up to my buddy. Then he would be worth the 7th overall pick.thats one heck of a stretch.

  15. Bucco bruce Says:

    So if the big three are off the board and no one wants to trade. I would rather have Marcus Davenport, Denzel Ward the true Corner not a safety, Mike mcglinchey, screw it maybe even Sony Michelle at 7 some people say he might be better then Berkeley when they get to the big league.

  16. NFLNut Says:



    Come on man … you sound crazy.

    Davenport is a total project and will probably go no higher than 14 and could slip into the mid 20s

    Sony Michelle is a 2nd round back that might slip into the 1st round if he’s lucky

    Derwin Jameis is probably the 2nd best athlete in the draft next to Saquon and a top 10 talent overall … if we pass on him at #7, the 49’ers at #9, Raiders at #10, Dolphins at #12, Redskins at #13 and Packers at #14 will all be interested … I’d be shocked if he wasn’t a top 14 pick.

    Also, MANY safeties were worth a top 7 pick … Ronnie Lott, Ed Reed, Polamalu, Eric Berry, Jamaal Adams, Earl Thomas, etc.

    HOWEVER … I believe we will be able to get one of the “Big 3” or trade down.

    If we actually pass on one of the “Big 3” to draft Jameis, then you can flip out and you’ll have a whole lot of company as many Bucs fans will likely be cursing Licht at that point as well.


  17. NFLNut Says:


    ^ Hahahaha, I just saw I did what Joe said he’ll do … I said “Jameis” instead of “James” … ah well, if we get Derwin, he will be the “Jameis” of the defense imho … maybe we’ll all just call him the defensive Jameis …

    I am so geeked for the draft … I’d love to see a bunch of trades and something really crazy happen … like the Falcons trading Julio Jones to the Dolphins for #11 or the Giants trading Odell and a 2nd round pick to the Raiders for Amari Cooper and #10 … obviously there is next to chance a trade like that happens, but man, it would be fun!


  18. Stanglassman Says:

    James could be the best choice, my only concern is will this coaching staff get the most out of him. He’s best closest to the line of scrimmage, locked up one on one with Y reciever or tightend and when used creatively on blitzes.
    I’ve been banging the drum for him since February though it would be tough to pass on Nelson or any of the big 3 if they dropped to 7.
    Look for the Bucs to trade down in the 2nd round in order to recoup the 3rd pk they lost acquiring JPP. (Credit- Pickgrin)

    Please update your “Mark Barron was a bust” takes. It not his fault the Bucs coaching staff didn’t know where to play him. At Lber He’s adveraged 115 tackles per season over the last 3 years.

  19. lambchop Says:

    Troy Polamalu? So, we’re looking for an oft injured safety? The NFL is changing the way you can hit, how will that impact James? Kam Chancellor pretty much screwed up his career with his vicious style of play. When will players learn?

    The new rules are for their safety. Wrap up so you don’t get hurt and don’t whiff and let Stefon Diggs score the Minny Miracle!

  20. lambchop Says:

    Derwin James is a no brainer in the teens. At 7 though? If Nelson is gone, get Denzel Ward instead and get Sony Michel in the 2nd. Much much better way of using the pick wisely. Keith Tandy, Chris Conte, and Justin Evans can hold their own with a better pass rush and Grimes and Ward on the outside. Why would you go safety at 7 when there are bigger needs?

    I hope it’s a smoke screen just like last year when people thought the Buc’s worst kept secret was Dalvin Cook. Even if Juice didn’t fall, I don’t think the pick was going to be Cook with the way his stock was sliding. But who knows. The Bucs have a serious man crush on FSU and I’m a Noles fan and even I don’t get it.

  21. THETRUTH Says:

    Bucco :

    Your nuts !! Davenport is a project , take projects in later round. You listen lately what they are saying about him , he had few good reps at senior bowl and disappointing ever since. YOU don’t want even hear his name anymore.

    We are a bad losing team and don’t need to draft projects or experiment with players if you want to win. Winning teams have luxury to do that.

  22. Jason Mclaurin Says:

    Let’s get our guys Bucs

  23. Tnew Says:

    This feels exactly like 2016 when we drafted VH3 to me. Everyone knew who the pick was. I wasn’t happy then. I’m not overly happy now. James is super athletic but there were major issues on film and in some movement drills at the combine. I hope he can be coached up.

  24. Gruden4President Says:

    This will when the pick that FINALLY gets Jason Licht fired and we’ll deserved if he drafts Mark Barron 2.0 @ #7

  25. Stanglassman Says:


    In speaking to sources with the Buccaneers, if Howard had gone off the board just before the Buccaneers’ pick, their plan B was to select Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

    /walterfootball.com source

    The Bucs have said they would have drafted Cook had O.J. not fallen to them. They even tried to trade back up into the first and early 2nd in order to get him.

  26. Wiscobucsfan Says:

    Looking back at it i thimk teams would have to consider kevin byard in the top 10 malik hooker before he got injured last year was looking like a real difference maker landon collins would have to be considered. Harrison smith ed reed brian dawkins. Even our very own john lynch would have to be considered looking back at it

  27. Gator Fan Says:

    Take Nelson at 7 if he’s there.

    If he’s not try to trade back.

    If we can’t trade back and have to make a pick, I’m more on the Minkah bandwagon. Dude is a young Ronde Barber with a higher ceiling. Minkah can play corner and safety. Derwin is super athletic but if you watch his tape he’s not the most instinctive guy. He just uses his athleticism to make plays, which isn’t a bad thing but everyone in the NFL is a freak. I think both guys have high ceilings but Minkah has a higher floor.

    Good luck to Licht and Co. tomorrow night and hopefully things go our way. Ideally we find a dance partner to trade back with and still end up with Derwin or Minkah.

  28. mog2010 Says:

    Really who knows ( apart from Licht n co) just hope we draft someone who fits our team. Bring it on!!!

  29. FortMyersDave Says:

    Back in 2005 Plant High’s own Mike Williams was certain he was going to be a Buc and hear his name announced when the Bucs picked 5th that year and if I recall a lot of the so called experts had that choice locked down as well….. Bucs ended up grabbing Cadillac Williams out of Auburn and Mike W slid to #10 where the Lions scooped him up and he promptly became sort of a bust for them and bounced around the NFL for 5 or 6 years before ending his pro career for Toronto in the CFL. Obviously GM McKay and Chuckie spread a bit of misdirection that year, could Licht be doing the same thing????? Guess we will find out tonight! Go Bucs don’t Hargrave/Aguoyo us fans!!!!!

  30. Joeypoppems Says:

    2016 everybody and their mother seemed to know we wanted VH3. This seems familiar to that.

    Just attempt to improve the secondary. I dont care who it is or what pick it is.

  31. Buc4life Says:

    If the Bucs draft Derwin James it will be because they feel he is the best player available and fit our needs. James has the size and ability to be the game changer we need. I would not be upset with the Nelson pick but feel we could maybe get another guard with similar ability later in the draft. As for Fitzpatrick you fans must understand that he plays the same safety position that Evans plays, who we drafted in the 2nd round last year or we can play him in the slot as Hargraves play, who we drafted in the 1st round two years ago. That defeat the purpose of what we need. With James ur getting a center fielder who can run from sideline to sideline, play over the top, play TEs, help in run support and blitz. That is everything Conte, Tandy, or any of our other safeties could do. So if there are no trade down partners, James is the correct choice of this team.

  32. Defense Rules Says:

    @NFLNut … “Derwin Jameis is probably the 2nd best athlete in the draft next to Saquon and a top 10 talent overall.” So “2nd best athlete” doesn’t equate to BPA IF Barkley is off the board Nut? Thought everyone wanted BPA. I still don’t believe that’s what really goes on … in many cases. IF 4 QBs are taken in front of us, does anyone REALLY believe all 4 were the BPAs?

    IMO, whoever we draft at #7 will help us … we’ve got that many NEEDS. But some picks could help us more than some others. CB, RB & OG come to mind, with SS slightly behind that. DT, DE & OT could also have an immediate impact, but our NEED isn’t quite as great there. Bucs literally can’t miss in the 1st 2 Rnds. Probably …

  33. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Any one of the big 3. If they’re gone VV for the D-line.

  34. El_Buc941 Says:

    Well from what it seems Colts want Roquan Smith and now Dallas wants James?they could trade with Denver for all I care and push down one of the big 3. Maybe Cleveland may trade down with Buffalo and the draft could go….QB,QB,QB,QB,James, Roquan,and…..could it be possible all of the big 3 still be available come #7?!

  35. Tval Says:

    minkah is amazing!! derwin is a transcendent talent at db. the type who could make life hard for michael thomas to rob gronkowski types.. put minkah on gronk.. lmao!! its about matchups. derwin is a MORE physical malcolm jenkins, who tackles better in space and can cover wrs. he could be sean taylor intimidating, forget eric berry.

  36. firethecannons Says:

    Just read the Packers are looking to trade up–not sure if Bucs are high enough for what they want–I think they want Derwin James–good–reminds me of 2016 also–VH3 such a disappointment

    Personally I would like to see Bucs get Nelson or Will Hernandez and Josh Jackson so WE NEED TO TRADE DOWN

  37. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    Well, to be fair and objective, this time last season everyone and their mothers assumed we were going to take Dalvin Cook in the first round.

    But then a superior prospect fell to us and we took them.

    I’m not against us drafting Derwin James at all. But not if it means drafting him over Nelson, Barkley or Chubb.

  38. Sweeptheleg Says:

    James awesome now we can watch him and conte get burned at the same time.


  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “The Hoes are worried about spelling Jameis and James…..How about poor Pablo…he has to deal with Hamus & Hames….not to mention Hason Pierre Paul…..at least Pablo doesn’t have Heorge Hohnson to mess with anymore”

  40. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    Well Gronk is probably retiring lol.

    And it’s funny that you would compare him to Malcom Jenkins, considering that most would, and have compared Minkah to Jenkins.


  41. NJBucsFan Says:

    Yeah I was thinking that Fitzpatrick reminded me of Jenkins the other day. Tried CB in the NFL and was better suited for S. James reminds me more do Barron and Eric Reid. The biggest comparison mismatch is James is the next Ramsey.

  42. Easy Says:

    Please be fake news

  43. Not there yet Says:

    Ah the ignorance of Fame that think they know more than the actual people who work in the league. How did is it too say a safety isn’t valuable? Just as stupid as it is to say that there’s a number that a particular guy should be taken, that’s media take and not a realistic way for an NFL team to draft

    How the hell can a go at 14 if you have the number 7 pick? And if he’s worth it at 14 why couldn’t he be taken at 7? Really have to scratch your head about the stupidity of Fans sometimes. STFU wait for the draft and root for the guy we draft because it ain’t about who you want it’s about who they want, it’s not actually your team and you don’t know better than the guys making millions and being a fans doesn’t mean your part owner with stock in the company.

    Enough with my rant go bucs I can’t wait for speculation to be over

  44. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Sweeptheleg. How can Conte and James get burned at the same time when the play the same position? James SS/Evans FS

  45. Buxfan Says:

    Gruden told Aaron Rodgers he would be the pick if he reaches the bucs.🤔

  46. Bucsfanman Says:

    There are bigger “needs” on this team. Now, the beauty is that he would not need to start right away, and that’s good because our corners right now are suspect. At #7 though, I’d want that safety to be Eric Berry from jumpstreet.
    I’m not sold that he’s THAT good.
    My hope is that the draft tonight is made easy for us.

  47. blind melon Says:

    Barkley, Trade back, Chubb, Nelson, James in that order. Stay true to the board – don’t pick for a need. Glad this is finally here – now looking forward to the pre-pubescent meltdowns from fans.

  48. Bird Says:

    Ed reed?

  49. Clodhopper Says:

    I’ll be happy with anyone that has dragon energy

  50. Joeypoppems Says:


    I dont think they would take him over one of those 3 so I agree with you there. And of course it all depends on how the first 6 picks play out.

    I personally think that if Barkley falls past the Giants then he will be there at 7.

  51. BucsFansince1976 Says:

    If Nelson is there he has to be the pick. If the big 3 are gone and a QB is left , then trade back. Nelson will be a difference maker in year 1 , and this coaching staff and GM only have 1 year.

  52. Pickgrin Says:

    lambchop Says:
    “Why would you go safety at 7 when there are bigger needs?”

    Same reason we should draft Nelson at #7 with bigger needs.

    Same reason we drafted OJ Howard at #19 last year with bigger needs.

    You draft the best football player you can get your hands on in the 1st rd. As long as that player plays a position of relative need for your team.

    If Barkley, Chubb and Nelson are off the board at #7 and no good trade down offers come – Derwin James will be the highest rated player on the Bucs big board – and thus would be the pick.

  53. Getaclue Says:

    If Barkley is there at 4 I’d go get him. It’s 300 points on the trade scale, next years second

  54. Frank Pillow Says:

    I’m just not sure how James, Ward or Fitz at 7 helps this team get over the hump. They’re all talented, but target locking a DB is the exact sort of mess this team needs to avoid (See, Hargreaves, Vernon). Assuming the big 3 are gone and there’s no trade partner, the pick HAS to be BPA. That means guys like Vea and R. Smith (assuming he’s still there too) must be comsidered. Vea plays a position that impacts every level of the D. Hitting on a guy like that- a Ngata-like player- makes the DL around him better, stuffs the run and frees up man-for man blocking. It also helps keep the LBs clean. All of that possibly impacts the DBs- all from one stud playing interior DL. As for R. Smith, go watch the Oklahoma game and tell me you don’t want this kid on our team. He is better than Kwon or Lavonte right now! He’s a sideline to sideline monster with great instincts and speed. He does not get swallowed up at the point of attack like 58 and 54 regularly do. Both those guys are good players- but Smith projects as a great player- a transformative player. Both Vea and Smith are better value picks at 7. The new tackling and targeting rules crush S play. The persistent PIs hamper CB play. We can get by with second tier DBs IF there’s better play up front.

  55. Trench War Says:

    Wow …that certainly says a lot, but I’m a little mixed on that answer. Was James really excited about being drafted by the Bucs or was this code to the Cowboys to trade ahead of the Bucs if they want him?

  56. mark2001 Says:

    Could this be strike three for Licht? If this schedule is the monster up front it appears to be, Licht has to make the right calls to have a chance to save his job. This isn’t just about the “right pick” three years down the road…this is about the right pick that can impact the success of this team….now. And frankly, James may be a Probowl player some years from now…but isn’t the guy we need to do that. We need that Barkley RB, Guard and 2nd rd. RB, or Chubb.

  57. mark2001 Says:

    And if those three guys are gone, trade back if possible makes all the sense in the world. Two high draft picks, Hernandez and Sony, for instance, likely gives us a better chance to effect the “here and now” than James.

  58. Defense Rules Says:

    @Blind Melon … “Barkley, Trade back, Chubb, Nelson, James in that order. Stay true to the board – don’t pick for a need.” Out of curiosity, is RB (Barkley) a NEED? Is DE (Chubb) a NEED? Is OG (Nelson) a NEED? Is SS (James) a NEED? IMO, those are ALL NEEDS. Now what IF the BPA when we pick is a QB? Or WR? Or TE? Or Center? Or LB? Should Bucs grab that BPA, even though that pick wouldn’t fill a PRIORITY NEED?

    So many keep saying ‘Don’t pick for a need” but reality is most NFL teams (and especially our Bucs) have several pronounced NEEDS. And if they don’t select BPA who fills a PRIORITY NEED then they risk going into the season with one or more obvious weaknesses. And that often becomes the ticket to a losing season, which becomes the ticket to folks getting fired … and then we start the dance all over again. No thanks; select the BPAs in Rnds 1 & 2 who fill our top PRIORITY NEEDS.

  59. macabee Says:

    Tonight’s the night and I want to be on record before the draft. I have no intel other than my own gut intuition from reading and listening over the past 7 days. The following has helped to shape my opinion:

    *Respected DraftAnalyst’s Tony Pauline reports QB Baker Mayfield being drafted by the Jets is a “done deal.”
    *AdamSchefter reports that one GM estimated today that there is a “50 percent chance” that four QBs will go in first five picks Thursday night and believes that this would be a big help to top 10 teams not in the QB market.
    *Ian Rapoport reports that the Arizona Cardinals may be the team to watch at this point. They certainly seem like they’re making the most phone calls about possibly moving up for a quarterback … it’s safe to assume that 5 or 6 could be potential slots to trade for a quarterback.
    *CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that no one is convinced that the Bills are done wheeling and dealing. All signs point to the Bills trading up in the draft for a quarterback, and Josh Rosen is the most logical fit.
    *CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco says “I have the four top quarterbacks going off the board with the first four picks — including the Buffalo Bills making a move up to the No. 4 spot to land UCLA’s Josh Rosen with a pick acquired from the Browns”.
    * Daniel Jeremiah/NFL.com says “The name that I just keep hearing over and over again [with the Colts] and I am going with where-there-is-smoke-there-is-fire theory here, and that’s Roquan Smith from Georgia”.
    *Ian Rapoport reports that the Broncos (Elway) and the Colts (Ballard) are both openly advertising their picks are for sale.
    *Adam Schefter reports not just the Denver Broncos talking about trading back; so are the Cleveland Browns, who have shopped the No. 4 overall pick, per sources.

    An old adage says if there’s enough sh!t in there, there’s a pony somewhere! I believe then that there will be draft night fireworks (trades up) for a QB. Most likely candidates to move up are the Bills and the Cardinals. Teams have seen the QB market for 2019 and it’s bleak – it’s now or never! If these expert predictions are true, then do the math!

    As such, I do not believe the Bucs will trade down – they will not need to. But they may be tempted to trade up one with the Colts if either DE Chubb or RB Barkley is there – giving up a 2019 2nd round pick (NJ.com mock) if the Colts are truly interested in selling the pick. My assumptions imply therefore that one of the Big 3 will be there most likely OG Quenton Nelson. Then it follows that the Bucs will not be drafting a S or CB at pick #7 however wise to advertise the possibility.

    According to WalterFootball, OG Nelson had two reported private visits, the Bucs and the Bears who pick at #8. My opinion, the Bucs would not like to see the Bears trade up and grab OG Nelson if he is the last man standing of the Big 3 as the Colts who pick at #6 has openly advertised the pick for sale. Better to be sold to a QB-seeking team.

    *******I predict the Bucs will pick OG Quenton Nelson at #7*******

    That is unless RB Saquon Barkley is there and that is unless DE Bradley Chubb is there and so it goes. There you have it. I’m on record. One of the Big 3 will be coming to Tampa. I am prepared to eat my ration of crow or the Bucs parrot whichever you prefer if need be. Talk to me after the draft. Lol. Go Bucs!

  60. Trench War Says:

    How is safety a priority need? We have veterans Tandy, and Conte. We have second year safeties Evans and Johnson. We need a cornerback. James is not a man on man corner. We be better off drafting Ward or better yet CB/S Fitzpatrick who has the speed to man up.

  61. Pa Privateer Says:

    Watch Cleveland go Barkley #1 and Chubb #4, draft a QB in round 2 and use Tyrod Taylor as a bridge.

    Barkley and Taylor with a good defense and decent receivers…..that will make a football fan say Hmm

  62. 813bucboi Says:

    if we cant trade down and the big 3 are off the board then I guess I’d be ok with james……

    but if nelson is available, we have to take him!!!!!!

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  63. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Pa Privateer Says:
    April 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am
    Watch Cleveland go Barkley #1 and Chubb #4, draft a QB in round 2 and use Tyrod Taylor as a bridge.

    Barkley and Taylor with a good defense and decent receivers…..that will make a football fan say Hmm
    I think it’s a good idea, but until it happens, I don’t think Cleveland as an organization is smart enough to do that.

  64. Reality_43 Says:

    @ Macabee

    Wow dude. Really.
    I stopped reading after your statement Baker is a “Done Deal.” Just yesterday Jay Glazer on NFL Total Access said “Gang Green’s focus has has shifted to UCLA’s Josh Rosen”

    I mean it took all that to say Nelson at #7

    And trust me, NO ONE believes you have intel LOL

  65. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I have to be missing something. On film he doesn’t even look worthy of a 1st round pick. I really hope that is not the direction they go. 7th for a safety is crazy to begin with, the fact that he looks average is almost mind blowing. Going to be a huge let down for me personally if they take him with that pick.

  66. DBAG56 Says:

    Nelson is the best pick. With the addition of JPP that defense is light years better. Mark this down JPP will revitalize VH3’s career and finally FINALLY 93 will have some heat taken off him and he’ll benefit greatly. Oline is biggest need right now.

    Kind of think Licht is starting to see the light.

  67. Horse Liver Says:

    My television will be in my pool if the Bucs draft Derwang James at number 7.

  68. DBAG56 Says:

    Reality_43 Says:
    April 26th, 2018 at 9:54 am
    @ Macabee

    Wow dude. Really.
    I stopped reading after your statement Baker is a “Done Deal.” Just yesterday Jay Glazer on NFL Total Access said “Gang Green’s focus has has shifted to UCLA’s Josh Rosen”

    I mean it took all that to say Nelson at #7

    And trust me, NO ONE believes you have intel LOL

    ^^^Are you retarded? He said he DOESN’T have intel.

  69. Jjones Says:

    I get what you’re saying Reality _43. Even though he said he has no Intel no one would believe him anyways…gotta read between the lines DBAG.

  70. Reality_43 Says:


    Exactly. Why would anyone believe he does with that saga?
    Pure Rhetoric

  71. NFLNut Says:


    I’m with Clodhopper … we need DRAGON FIRE!

    Derwin has it, Minkah has it, but Saquon and Quenton Nelson have a ton of it as well!

    MACABEE, good post man … ignore the haters!


  72. Pistol Pete Says:

    All things being equal, I too am on the Nelson @ 7 unless Saquon or Chubb has fallen.
    And…if not there, there are teams with 2 first rounders we should consider dropping back.
    If we have two first rounders tonight, I will be so keyed up!

  73. FortMyersDave Says:

    Interesting read MacAbee , a bit long but informative which is the point of posting on JBF, to see viewpoints from others even the trolls who have seen to gone hiding as of late (man I hope poster T..x has not bought an ice cream truck for that matter and switched his “motivation”, hide the kids and grandkids…..). Who cares if the length of a read challenges those who may have taken the short bus….. That said, hope the Bucs simply do not repeat 2016 tonight and have a smart draft with some impact players that keep Licht and Koetter employed into 2019: implying an above average season….

  74. NFLNut Says:


    Josh Allen was expected to be the #1 pick … and today, the day of the draft, the media is running with stories about some tweets from when he was a teenager saying racist things and “LeBron sucks” … ugh, the media is despicable …

    But, for the Bucs, this could mean Mayfield goes #1, Darnold goes #2, Rosen goes #3 and the Bills move up to #4, #5 or #6 to get Allen … that would push at least one of the “Big 3” down to us at #7!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  75. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’d rather have Nelson because if we then get Guice/Chubb/Michel we’d have solved a lot…our running game and we’d have the mean three right up the middle.

    If we take James at #7 I won’t be upset but my expectations will be through the roof. We selected a safety in the second round last year and there was no patience….fans wanted him to start immediately and contribute right away…fortunately he showed enough progress to be hopeful his 2nd round pick wasn’t wasted.

    Pick a safety at 7 overall and the dude better just be short of awesome. Realistic comparision….Jalen Rose….James is a bigger only slightly slower version of Rose.

    If James could do for the Bucs what Rose has done for the Jags then of course he’s worth the pick. I just think that’s a big IF.

  76. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I’ve been watching the NFL net’s draft show and that’s how they see it coming down. I’m a little surprised Mayfield would be the top pick…not based on performance…I watched him whip the Buckeyes in Columbus…but his measurables…4 inches shorter than other top prospects.

    Right now I feel we’ve got at least a 50-50 chance at one of the big three…most likely Nelson which is fine with me. I just get really excited at imagining three guys with nasty reps right in the heart of our offense….Jameis will love feeding off that…and perhaps Jameis won’t have to punch the DE’s and one of our mean three can handle it. LOL

  77. macabee Says:

    LOL. you guys should have better things to do than discussing a long-winded post intentionally posted at what I thought was the end of the thread. I wanted to be on record – always easy to say that whoever the Bucs pick that was also my pick after the fact. I admitted that there was a pony in there somewhere. lol. I’ll be back in hibernation after the draft so don’t fret, we’ll all know tonight! Good luck with your choices. Go Bucs!

  78. NFLNut Says:



    I’ve thought for the past 6-7 weeks that we had around a 70% chance of landing one of the “Big 3” and I still feel that way *if* Allen doesn’t slide out of the top 6 … but for all I know there could be some owners telling their GM’s, “take Josh Allen off our board” just because they’re scared of the media and public backlash … I feel bad for Allen … kid could have been the #1 pick out of Wyoming which would have been amazing


  79. Brandon Says:

    I’m not big on taking safeties in the top 10 or RBs in the top 5, it might NEED to happen occasionally because occasionally there’s a guy that’s worth it… There’s never a reason to take a guy that ONLY plays guard in the top 10…. EVER. How many guards are in the HOF? Less than five…is it two or three? Don’t remember, because guards aren’t memorable because of their obvious lack of impact on the game (John Hannah, did Randall McDaniel make it? Not many others for a reason).

  80. martinni Says:


    Hey Mac, loved your post. You are one of the few fans I look forward to reading and have so for many years. A true Gentleman on the keyboard, unlike many of these sarcastic haters that care little about content and much about insults and personal recognition. The last thing we need is for you to go into hibernation you represent a generation of Buc Fans that always have something of value to contribute. Hang in there Dude.