“It Would Be An Ideal Fit”

January 16th, 2019

Forecasting Bucs defense.

Yesterday, Joe brought the first of a three-part story discussing the Bucs with the “Czar of the Playbook,” the underrated draft guru Emory Hunt.

A small college football analyst, a big player in #NFLDraftMedia and a member of the CBS Sports team, Emory Hunt is one of the best guys to talk to when it comes to the NFL draft.

Hunt is attending the East-West Shrine Game practices this week at the Fruitdome in St. Petersburg. They are open to the public and free to watch (There Joe witnessed Troy corner Blace Brown make a sweet play by out-wrestling his receiver at the line and then getting position to pick off a pass that brought loud oohhs and aahhs from hundreds of NFL scouts and general managers).

The game will be televised Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. on NFL Network.

Yesterday, Joe got Hunt’s thoughts on who the Bucs should target at No. 5 overall if they have their minds set on a pass rusher. Now some Bucs fans want the Bucs to go after a corner. Joe’s not on board with that. The Bucs have spent enough draft capital on corners, a first-round pick and two second-round investments in the past three seasons. If the Bucs still need a corner, then go buy one and use that coveted pick on a gamewrecker who will be around for a decade.

But to be fair, Joe asked Hunt about corners. Hunt said in no uncertain terms Licht should have one corner circled dozens of times in red ink if the Bucs go that route at No. 5. And that would be Georgia corner Deandre Baker.

“Well, I think because [Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and his assistants] love to play press, they love guys that can mirror and match, DeAndre Baker of Georgia would be ideal because he does exactly that,” Hunt said. “When you look at the defense the Georgia Bulldogs played, in conjunction with what the Bucs tried to play last year, in conjunction with what New York did under Bowles, it would be an ideal fit and almost a perfect fit — the best-case scenario which means it won’t happen because it makes too much sense for it to happen. That’s that type of player he is.”

Strong comments from Hunt. Now normally, an SEC defender is a good defender but when it comes to corners, are they tested enough? It’s not like the SEC pumps out ready-made NFL quarterbacks by the bushel each year.

Then again, that hasn’t stopped LSU from developing quality NFL corners.

Joe strongly encourages readers who like to monitor the draft to follow Hunt on Twitter or his YouTube.com channel, both of which are full of solid information and player breakdowns.

Tomorrow, Joe will bring you Hunt’s take on Bowles. Hunt is a credentialed member of the Jets media throng.

54 Responses to ““It Would Be An Ideal Fit””

  1. bucsfaninchina Says:

    I like it, not at pick #5 though. Greedy Williams looks a tad bit overrated but someone will pick him top 10. If Bucs can trade out of top 10, Baker would be a fantastic pick in the early teens IMO.

  2. AlteredEgo Says:

    Yep…Deandre Baker > Greedy

  3. bucsfaninchina Says:

    Also, love the love you’re giving Hunt, Joes. Besides the quality takes, love the fact he doesn’t ape for subscriptions and likes and his passion really comes through. Please keep posting columns on his Bucs takes!!

  4. Doctor_berto Says:

    agreed bucsfaninchina, if we stay at 5 then gotta take d lineman

  5. bucsfaninchina Says:

    With his size Carlton Davis looks like an ideal press corner that Bowles can work with.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We simply don’t need to draft a corner that high…….sure if we trade down, perhaps…..but we need to work on the trenches……both sides.

    We can pick up a corner in FA….but finds like Nassib are hard to come by…

    I like Dline or trade down at 5.

  7. AlteredEgo Says:

    DL with 1 & 2 will help the existing DB’s…DE-DT in either order
    I like Rashan Gary’s size (weight) and speed…
    hopefully we can trade down because we need immediate young talent on the OL too

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    dline is an issue especially after that glorious day we learn that cancer93 will not be back but people don’t forget oline does not have a single keeper… yes i am including another popular but not great player in marpet. remember you win on Sundays with talent and greatness, not popularity or BS community service.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    @ #5…ed oliver/quennin williams/trade down….


  10. TOM Says:

    #5 Jonah Williams

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    drew lock
    jake fromm

    those are 3 soon to be QB’s in the NFL…..


  12. TexBuc Says:

    Dear Bucco Bruce

    Please draft a rushing OLB (Josh Allen) because we all know after evaluating the roster we will be a one-gap 3-4 with some free agents added to the defense.

    Texas Bucs Fan Association

  13. GoBucsOhio Says:

    I would suggest going out and grabbing Tyrann Mathieu then trading Djax for a 3rd. Use the money from djax salary and grab a guard or a tackle. Draft DL first round I really like Rashan Gary game he can play inside or out. Second round best available.

  14. TexBuc Says:


    Did you see how ordinary Tua looked trying to pass from a dirty pocket with pass rushers hitting him?

    Hint so did everyone else.

  15. teacherman777 Says:

    Top 10 picks are for the trenches!

    Bottom Line!

    DE/DT or OT thats it!

    Greedy Williams is SKINNY and look at his stride. He has a short gait. Plus, he has a long, skinny neck. Hes injury prone! He aint no Aqib Talib! Top 5 is only for freak CB’s like Peterson, Bailey, Talib, Revis.

    I thought we learned our lesson with Hargreaves?

    DT/DE or OT.

    But I say trade down again!!!

    We need a LT, a RG, a CB, a DT, a DE, a LB, a safety, a RB.

    We need 3 2nd round picks again!!

    Draft a new LT in the middle of the 1st round.
    Draft a new RG at the top of the 2nd round.
    Draft a new RT at the middle of the 2nd round. (But I love Dotson)
    Draft a DT at the end of the 2nd.

    Draft a RB at the top of the 3rd.

    Draft a MLB in the 4th- Alexander, Beckwith, Cichy all hurt!

    Trade our 5th, 6th and 7th for another 3rd rounder.

    Draft another RB in the 3rd. Two young backs to replace Jaquizz and Cross.

  16. 813bucboi Says:


    not sure if any QB would look good passing from a “dirty pocket”…..jonah williams sure didnt help him out….c.ferrell gave him the business all game….


  17. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    That boy has some dog in him for sure. Our defense needs that like a fish needs water.

  18. Jimbo Says:

    You’re all totally baffling. The Bucs O-line absolutely stinks.

  19. Polkfan Says:

    Lsu is DBU. Pat Pete, Jamal Adams, Tyrann Mathieu, Tredavious white and Eric Reid. Not to include the Linebackers Deion Jones and Kwon. When there’s a high class defensive prospect coming from LSU it would be very foolish to pass on him.

  20. TexBuc Says:


    Bingo you win!

    That is my point any QB can be accurate from a clean pocket what seperates the good from the bad in the NFL is the ability to operate within a dirty pocket,

    MY armchair GM/HC hat says that Winston is very very underrated ability to operate with a dirty pocket is whey I wanted him to be the Bucs QB.

  21. Wausa Says:

    I agree Jimbo.

    The OLine stinks.

  22. TexBuc Says:

    Excuse my typing errors

  23. Pistol Pete Says:

    We drafted a bunch of secondary guys last year. They will be better if we field an aggressive pressure-heavy front 7.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Baker. Live up near Athens and Baker is the real deal. But, without pressure, just like with Smith at the helm, our secondary will get destroyed.

  24. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    winston is underrated from a dirty pocket….and he’s underrated making throws outside the pocket as well imo….i hope bruce uses more roll outs because winston always seemed pretty accurate doing that…..

    his biggest problem has been forcing throws and his fumbles….if we can get him to use his check downs more or throw it out of bounds combined with better pocket awareness, i think we’ll see a big different and a huge jump in his development….


  25. Stanglassman Says:

    I’m loving all this draft coverage. Keep up the great work JBF.

  26. 813bucboi Says:

    UF is DBU….

    too many DB’s to count…

    better luck next lil kitty…..lol…


  27. Lord Cornelius Says:

    The report I read on Baker said there were concerns over his long speed. He has big arms but isn’t super tall either. Sounds like deja deja vu.

    Sign the best FA corner you can.
    Draft one late maybe.

    I’m ok with that.

  28. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…

    with bowles coming in and playing more man press, that will benefit VHG, ryan smith, c.davis, and d.harris…..i would think about drafting 1 late 5th or 6th round but i would definitely sign 2 FA CB’s….not a boat load of money but 2 veteran capable CB’s…..


  29. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Sounds good to me!

  30. TexBuc Says:


    Agree Winston does make mistakes, but that is the whole point of a pass rush to hurry the QB and sometimes you get mistakes and sometimes we get a biscuit. According to Bucco Bruce “no risk it, no biscuit”

  31. Bucsfanman Says:

    There’s going to be a party at tmax’s house when/if GMC leaves Tampa Bay!!!
    I agree with corner being too high a pick at #5. Besides, we still have trench problems to deal with.
    OL or DL all the way. We are lacking in both areas.

  32. Cb13 Says:

    Jonah Williams @5!!!!!

  33. Jason S. Mclaurin Says:

    Trade down and draft D. Lawrence. No one is saying it or hyping it right now either. We draft Dexter Lawrence and move Vea to defensive end in the 3-4 or play them both in the middle in a 4-3. Trade down and draft Dexter Lawrence another huge guy in the middle. I’m not for drafting on the oline we’ve made a pick there every year. We are about to lose another one that we’ve drafted since Licht has been here in D. Smith looks like it too. We drafted Cappa last year we got some quality guys off the street. I say switch Cappa and D. Smith around to play their natural position. I like Marpet at LG but we should move D. Smith to guard and Cappa to LT which at 6’7″ he’s better suited there anyway. Smith has the size and looks of a great RG or LG but he should be moved to RG. No to drafting offensive line. Draft Dexter Lawrence and watch the defense ball out. No more CB either unless it’s late in the draft and maybe some LB in the draft as well

  34. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    I think they can fix Smith. I know it looks like he gives up at times but u have to have alot of toughness to never miss a game. That’s if he doesnt cost a fortune. As far as marpet, tmax u lost ur mind if u think hes going anywhere. We still have cappa that we need to see what hes got. He definitely didnt get enough play time to give up on a 3rd rounder yet. Also if enough players have a f it attitude it makes young good players not play as hard as they can BA will change that then we will see what talent we really have in the young players. Everyone will shape up or BA will ship them all out

  35. TexBuc Says:


    I agree great opinion. The Bucs have to draft DL and LB .

    In Bucco Bruce I trust.

  36. Dubcity06 Says:

    So just ignore the most glaring need on the team? OL? If this is a make or break year for Jameis, why not protect him and help the run game? They should go OL, OL, RB, RB. Fix the offense. Make the strength of the team (the offense) unstoppable. That’s what makes the most sense

  37. jjbucfan Says:

    UF is DBU? LOL

  38. Polkfan Says:

    813 if you can name me the defensive talent that UF has put out that’s better than LSU’s I will wire you money.

  39. JimmyJack Says:

    Dubcity the most glaring need on the team is getting the defense to play at a competent level.

    They have given the task to Bowles and he must be given a Top Five player to help install his D. If he’s the coach I think he is he will be taking somebody for the Front 7. He better not even consider a DB.

  40. JimmyJack Says:

    OL, OL, RB, RB? Lay off the sauce.

  41. JimmyJack Says:

    Patriots will be willing to trade a tackle. This might be a good option.

  42. 813bucboi Says:


    reggie nelson
    keanu neal
    joe haden
    janoris jenkins
    marcus maye



  43. 813bucboi Says:


    i hope its trenton brown….that guys a franchise LT….


  44. SOEbuc Says:

    You’re not allowed to play press CB in the NFL anymore and certainly not if you’re as short as Baker. Watch his highlights and think about what NFL PI penalties look like now a days. It’s gonna come down to Jonah Williams or Ed Oliver. Jonah is this years Q. Nelson but Oliver could be that dominating force next to Vea for the next decade.

  45. Polkfan Says:

    813 … Patrick Peterson has more All-pro team appearances than that whole list.

  46. tmaxcon Says:

    Bucsfanman Says:
    January 16th, 2019 at 11:57 am

    There’s going to be a party at tmax’s house when/if GMC leaves Tampa Bay!!!

    complete with strippers and preachers daughters my man!!!!! and you need to take that IF out sir…

  47. tmaxcon Says:

    the best player the gaytors have put out committed suicide in prison over his boyfriend. gaytor fan needs to stay inside and be quiet that’s tough to overcome. can you even get a job with a gaytor degree….

  48. 813bucboi Says:


    you said talent not accolades….


  49. 813bucboi Says:


    what?….i guess you forgot percy harvin….jordan reed….


  50. Joeypoppems Says:

    I agree that 5 is bad spot for CB. Use the pick in the trenches or trade down

  51. tmaxcon Says:

    813bucboi Says:

    i’ll give you reeed sir but Harvin was more fragile than that bum Murphy and pansy mariotta combined

  52. 813bucboi Says:


    but percy has the ring…..

    at the end of the day, thats what its all about….


  53. Broy34 Says:

    Are you seriously saying gators over LSU for d backs. Lmao wow man some people

  54. RealBucFan Says:

    Trade for Patrick Peterson