Bucs Appear To Be Leaning DT In The Draft

March 20th, 2019

Joe has been very busy the last couple of weeks gathering information swirling inside the walls of One Buc Palace.

Joe has shared some nuggets, as regular readers know, and there are many more to come.

One thing Joe can say with certainty is that head coach Bucco Bruce Arians is extremely high on defensive end Carl Nassib. And he’s so big on Nassib that Arians has been saying with certainty and confidence that Nassib is his starter at defensive end opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. And, just like he did on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians is quick to shoot down any notion that JPP won’t fit in his defense. Joe shared weeks ago that JPP was a target of Arians in Arizona, but he couldn’t get him so a trade was made for Chandler Jones.

Joe is confident typing here that Arians is so strong on Nassib, and combined with GM Jason Licht raving about Nassib consistently and passionately all last season on the Buccaneers Radio Network, it’s safe to say the Bucs are leaning defensive tackle with the No. 5 overall pick.

Arians already has stated publicly that his first choice at No. 5 is to draft a guy, not to trade down.

Of course, the Bucs should be in line to hit the jackpot with a defensive line prospect — edge or inside — at No. 5 overall. And if two quarterbacks are selected in the first four picks, then it could get very interesting in a hurry. Right now, March 20, would Joe wager on the Bucs taking a defensive tackle? Absolutely.

82 Responses to “Bucs Appear To Be Leaning DT In The Draft”

  1. Tbbucs3 Says:

    We already have a run suffer and an overpaid softie why would we need another DT?

  2. OneBucPerson Says:

    Either Q or Allen are obviously the dream right now, but if we can’t get either of them than either stand pat at 5 and pick Devin White/Montez Sweat/Greedy Williams or trade down and pick up the best O-lineman available.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Most likely Q. Williams or Ed Oliver.

  4. Ndog Says:

    Or linebacker 😁

  5. Ant Says:


  6. Jean Lafitte Says:

    the Bama guy

  7. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I like Nassib and JPp but there’s a good chance neither will be here next year. JPP because of age/contract and Nassib will need a new deal this offseason.
    If one of the best 3 dlineman are there you HAVE to take them!
    I think J Allen would be the best fit for our defense but I think Q is the best player in the draft. So yeah, please don’t pass on these guys for a LB! If they are gone, trade down and get Oliver, White, Sweat, or Bush.

  8. Lamarcus Says:

    I don’t care who they pick but it better not be a bust…… I friggin hate having top 10 picks. It’s truly embarrassing. But ppl celebrate it I won’t ruin your moment but who knows if any of these guys are any good? They are not NFL players.

  9. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Arians can SAY what he wants, but if we get a good enough deal, just watch them trade out of Pick 5.
    We have a TON of needs

  10. THETRUTH Says:

    How long joe been doing this ?

    Yes believe that joe cause every coach tells media their game plan on draft day so that all teams know already.

    It’s called false information so people take the bait and run with it. Than they trade pick for someone who wants a DT at the top or get the person they really want.

    Another month of this stuff

  11. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I think Joe is hoping that if he says it enough they won’t take White. If he is BPA when the Bucs are on the clock they better damn well take him. Most mocks have all 3 of them gone in the top 4 so my guess is White will be the pick no matter how many times Joe says he doesn’t want. It to happen. At least Ira is reasonable about this. Once Joe gets something in his head he won’t budge!

  12. Bird Says:

    Smokes and mirror time.

  13. BOD24 Says:

    Obvious smoke and mirrors at play here Joe. You of all people should know this! Then again, it IS a Bucs life….

  14. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    Q.Williams please…..go Bucs.

  15. Alstott up the gut Says:

    I secretly have hoped it’s Ed Oliver since the beginning. His potential gets me giddy.

  16. straightcashhomey Says:

    Oliver….couldn’t hold Quinnen’s jock. Hopefully we’re crystal clear. Cause Nick Saban got on his plane, and personally flew to, and recruited, Ed Oliver to not commit to….Houston. OH WAIT…THAT didn’t happen. Shucks.

    Actually, Nick was in the living room of Quinnen Williams’ parents’ home….that musta been a mistake, or coincidence. OR….it f*ckin wasn’t, and the two players’ play on the field IS WHY WE ARE NOT HAVING ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TWO OF THEM….BEING COMPAREC. :))

    You…take Quinnen, as DT. You move up to #4 for Quinnen. And summarily trade/cut sloppy a $$ GMC.


  17. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    The reading between the lines here by Joe is nothing but an assumption. It says NOTHING about a DT. All it says is BA likes Nassib and JPP. But BA also LOVED DJax. Lol nothing but an article for clicks The negativity and bogus claims are really getting tiresome. –Joe

  18. Buc4evr Says:

    McCoy is gone if Williams is drafted. Saves Cap to sign the Rookies and maybe few more veterans…

  19. rrsrq Says:

    Round 1. Devin White
    Round 2. Trade + 2020 Round 2 for Patrick Peterson
    Round 3. Best available Offensive lineman
    Round 4. Trade for Duke Johnson
    Round 5. Edge/DL
    Round 6. Safety
    Round 7. LB/TE

  20. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Every thing and everyone else is picking Devin White! And so am I! Not that it matters

  21. BrianBucs Says:

    Need that young, stud edge rusher.

  22. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Been telling Nas a German Shepherd dog. As for DT Khalen Saunders will work quite nicely in the 2nd round.

  23. BrianBucs Says:

    Need that young, stud edge rusher. JPP is not getting any younger

  24. BrianBucs Says:

    JPP is not getting any younger. Need that young stud edge rusher

  25. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    DT at 5,🤣. Highly unlikely Joe. Just YouTube Mike Pennel former Nose tackle of the jets that signed with the pats. His highlights clearly show the look and scheme. They already have they’re disruptive pass rushing DT. His name Vita Vea.

  26. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    You people just don’t get it. Y’all refuse to start letting that 4/3 base look recede from your minds. This is not a 4/3 base anymore. You don’t draft Q when you drafted your Nose tackle last season and you don’t draft wiry Allen when Nas is coming into his own in the nfl.

  27. DayOnePaul Says:

    If Quinnen is there, of course.

    Otherwise, I ain’t buyin it.

  28. macabee Says:

    The Bucs have 30 allowed on-site visits before the draft. Per Ian Rapoport DT Quinnen Williams has lined up pre-draft visits with the first 7 teams at the top of the draft. Per WalterFootball the Bucs have a visit lined up with OT Tytus Howard/Alabama State. Go Bucs!

  29. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (the guy who had to buy '87 a Winston jersey after we drafted him) Says:

    Lol, nice try Joes…

    Season of smoke…

    Bucs are drafting Devin White LB LSU.

    You can take that to the bank.

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    “it’s safe to say the Bucs are leaning defensive tackle with the No. 5 overall pick”

    You are probably right Joe. But only if Williams drops to #5 with Bosa and Allen off the board. If that exact scenario does not play out – then you are WRONG.

    Bucs are not drafting Oliver at #5 with a stud like Devin White at a position of huge need sitting there….

  31. Pickgrin Says:

    I would be shocked though if the Bucs don’t draft at least one DT and one DE at some point in this years draft. This class of DL players is too strong across the board this year to not grab a couple at some point when the value seems right…

  32. macabee Says:

    We’re going to have to start making distinctions between DE and DE/OLB. Josh Allen/Kentucky is DE/OLB.

  33. Cobraboy Says:

    Same thing every year: Liars Poker.

    Never believe what anyone tells you is a “scoop.”

  34. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Quinnen can play across the line, he is not a pigeon holed nose tackle. He has amazing hand technique (giggity) and then the elite athleticism to go along with it.
    Nassib is a good find but if he is “coming into his own” , he will get paid handsomely next year.
    First off Q Williams is much better but even if not what is a better situation next season (2020), a Q Williams on a rookie contract or Nassib on a big second contract?
    It’s a no brainer!
    If Q is there, you do the right thing and draft that giant man child.

  35. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    Tbbuc3 cuz McCoy wont probably be with us after this year or they might try a trade. They might go trade down n get white but I think u might be right joe

  36. Kyle Says:

    trade down and draft the michigan linebacker. as of now all we have is lvd?

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It’s about time you came to my way of thinking, Joe. ????-Joe

    I’ve been saying all along that unless a generational DE falls to them, the Bucs won’t take one…that they don’t NEED a DE.

    And the writing was on the wall when they did not restructure GMC’s contract. Doing so would have included guarantees.

    And just last week, I pointed out that they are waiting until after the draft to decide who to cut to clear cap space.

    If they get a stud DT, they can still release or trade McCoy, or use him this season as a bridge player.

  38. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Alaskan Abdominal Snowman, expect Nassib to get a new, longer deal just before or after the draft.

  39. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Oh…and anyone remember what overall pick McCoy was?

    Pretty ironic.

  40. Lordcornelius Says:

    Just don’t f*ck this up please.

  41. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Best Player Available or trade down for need picks. What list do we go by? Who should be the best player. Not the first pick but the best player. Who should be number 2 ..#3 and so on. Once everyone agrees on the same list then revisionist can be debunked easier. Give us a list JoeBucsFan.com. Put it on paper, let it be known.

  42. Adrnagy Says:

    I agree jpp and Nassib a lock at end. Vea, beau. Spence. Barnett at a package 3-4. If bucs go DT at 5th is Oliver. This guy is explosive and attacks. You run a 4-3 with jpp. McCoy. Oliver and Nassib. With David. Minter and Beckwith. And Bucannon at SS bring wood. That leaves Carlton, hardgraves at CB we need another strong CB. For this to work at 3-4 or 4-3. And LB will not be vulnerable. Devin white will be the best logical pick but I think Licht is still high on Beckwith coming back strong. So it will be Oliver if joe has inside scoop.

  43. pick6 Says:

    d line appears to be a deep position in the draft. they might be leaning DT but the talent on Day 2 is supposed to be solid also

  44. Joe Says:

    Best Player Available or trade down for need picks.

    Sure. All the Bucs need to do is draft a left tackle or a center or a quarterback because he’s the best player available. smh

    Nothing like throwing a No. 5 pick away by having him ride the pine for a few years.

    (When will people learn?)

    And for the trade down crowd, does this team really need another M.J. Stewart, Ronald Jones, Noah Spence, Roberto Aguayo or Austin Seferian-Jackwagon?

  45. FireJasonLicht Says:

    Greedy Willams at 5?😂😂😂 yea lets take a corner that cant tackle at 5.

  46. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I don’t have a QB, a LT, a center or a kicker as the top 5 best players in the draft. Do you Joe? Give us your list of the top 5 players in the order you believe?

    #1 through #5

  47. Nate Says:

    Nahhh you people that say dont draft a tackle dont get it….

    When we won the superbowl we had 2 pro bowl inside OL….and a Rice on the outside

    2) Booger (although got hurt in week 6 that year)

    You have to have a nose tackle n 3 tech

  48. Jean Lafitte Says:

    For the Bucs we don’t need a QB so why would I make a QB the best player in the draft. It’s only one position and that position is taken so obviously my first ranked player would be any other position. I personally believe that Allen is the best player on my board with Quinnen at 2

  49. Joe Says:

    For the Bucs we don’t need a QB so why would I make a QB the best player in the draft.

    See? Now you’re catching on.

    Drafting a quarterback when you don’t need one is the mess you get into when you follow the doctrine of this “best player available” crap. If you don’t fill a need, you are drafting for the next coach and likely general manager. And Arians has made it clear he’s not here for a rebuild.

  50. Not there yet Says:

    I’m hoping for Q Williams this year at 5 to replace Geraldine now and JPP replacement in the 2 nd round

  51. pick6 Says:

    You need at least 2 awesome d linemen and 1 above average lineman to have a top shelf defense. it doesn’t necessarily matter what combination of positions, you just need 1 or 2 winnable matchups per down.

  52. Jean Lafitte Says:

    best player available on your board ..not Joe Smoes ..no pun intended lol

  53. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    Every other article on here is completely YOUR negative view on this team. U showed NOTHING in this article saying that the Bucs are targeting a DT. Just an assumption. Which is all I brought up. Lol. All these other people on here that are clearly trolling and u want to get mad at me?
    That’s laughable. I’m one of the few people on here that is actually positive. First, Joe is not a lollipops and cartwheels kind of a guy about a team that is on a 10-22 run with no cash in free agency and major question marks. Sorry, Joe is very upbeat about Bruce Arians, but Joe’s not going to pretend the Bucs look to be in a great situation right now. Second, when you write “nothing but an article for clicks,” that’s an ass-hat claim to throw out there. Would you prefer Joe not write this kind of thing? Also, it sure feels like you’re assuming Joe has shared everything Joe knows about this situation, which is incorrect. Joe writes about what Joe finds interesting about the Bucs based on many, many hours of daily study. That’s what this place is all about, not about what others want to read. Joe doesn’t sit around wondering how to get clicks, which is your insinuation that has a very negative connotation. Obviously this post is an assumption based on information Joe obtained from inside the organization. Joe gets a ton of info but only shares what Joe is certain to be credible at the time, and that’s not a lot. Heck, Arians hasn’t even gotten to know his roster yet in person, which will be a factor in this draft. -Joe

  54. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “If you don’t fill a need, you are drafting for the next coach and likely general manager. And Arians has made it clear he’s not here for a rebuild.”

    Spot on Joe. Issue IMO comes down to PRIORITIES … what are our GREATEST NEEDS. At the moment we have Vea, GMC & Allen as our Top-3 DTs; we could get by with that & draft a DT in the 2nd or 3rd Round. At the moment we have JPP, Nassib and ??? as our Top-3 DEs. Oooh there’s a pretty big need there, and we’d better use a Top-3 Round pick to solidify that group. At the moment we have Beckwith, Minter & ??? at MLB/ILB. Hmmm, seems like our GREATEST NEED RIGHT NOW is at MLB/ILB. Someone like Devin White will be on the field for virtually 100% of the defensive snaps, whereas any rookie DT or DE would likely get a LOT fewer snaps. Still hoping that Devin White is our pick.

  55. Joeypoppems Says:

    I dont see how being satisfied with Nassib = DT at 5. There are still other positions they can pick lol. Id be cool with a DT tho. Im hoping front 7 is the focal point of the draft.

  56. Todd Says:

    BA, “I love DeJax. We want him back.”

  57. BucEmUp Says:

    Im going to be pissed if they take williams with their first pick

  58. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    No logic into drafting another DT, especially with Vita Vea and now changing to a 3-4. Makes more sense to trade down and pick up a DE or OT.

  59. Bucsfanman Says:

    Williams is unquestionably the best DT on the board. He will not be there at #5. My question remains. Why are Clemson D-linemen getting so little love?

  60. ATrain Says:

    So if one of the stud DTs Q is at 5 some of y’all think We pick White

    Look at the past history top player positions taken QB DE DT
    Easier to get a LB at 2nd or 3rd round than a DT or DE

    The Bucs need a DT GMC is done his 31 that quick step is slowing, he is prone to injury, and a 31 year old DT

  61. johnnybuc3 Says:

    your so against drafting a linebacker that you won’t even mention it. why does them being high on nassib lead you to believe they are drafting a DT? pretty obvious that linebacker is just as if not more likely than DT… all i want out of a site that reports for my favorite sports teams is objective reporting, leave the emotions out of it. be critical when it’s called for and same goes for when it’s time to be positive. don’t BS me. that main problem this site has. just call it how it is don’t be naive to the situation just because you’d “turn in your media credentials if they drafted a linebacker” give me a break. seriously ? thinks it’s becoming prettty obvious to anyone paying attention that the only way devin white isn’t the pick at 5 is that if Q williams or josh allen are still on the board, or if they are able to convince a team to give up a lot of draft picks to move up to our pick. If Gmac is traded or cut by draft night that changes the situation. but as things stand now that’s how it’s looking

  62. SteveK Says:


    Reading “ass-hat” made me LOL. Thanks for keeping it real!

  63. Anonymous Says:

    That’s a great question. They played pretty well against Alabama’s beefy O line.
    Which brings me to another question ,Last nite Luv My Buc posted a link in the LSU Bama game where Devin White was not very effective. Question is, How much of that was Alabama’s O line pushing LSU defenders back and clogging lanes or gameplan for him. Would like to hear Luv’s take on that or anybody else for that matter. Wink Wink DR.

  64. RickinFtMyers Says:

    A blue chip DT at #5, now we’re talking. If Vita Vea keeps improving and a blue chipper drafted at #5 works out as expected, the Bucs will go a long way toward solidifying what can only be described as a leaky defense. By drafting a top tier DT at #5 the Bucs can solidify the middle of their defense and a team needs to be strong up the middle. An improving Vea and an equally talented DT “X” drafted at #5 should give the Bucs: (1) a solid run stopping defensive front and despite all the “NFL is a passing league” talk, defenses have to stop the run first; (2) a significant push in the middle on passing situations that should move QBs off their spot, remember it’s 3 offensive linemen against two DTs, but if both interior d-linemen need to be double-teamed things get dicey for the offense, and (3) by getting a big push in the middle, the Bucs will feed quarterbacks into the hands of JPP and Carl Nassib.

  65. Bosch Says:

    There is not a coach or GM in the NFL that would publicly disclose their intentions in the draft. Not buying it.

  66. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    I wonder what it would cost the Bucs to trade up and draft Bosa. Swap first round picks with Cardnials or 49ers and give up a second round pick that we traditionally flush away with wasted picks anyway? Bosa would anchor the line for 10 years. He is about the only “sure thing” type player in the draft IMO.

  67. Doctor_berto Says:

    Last season, Derwin to the Bucs was the worst kept secret…remember? Too bad it wasn’t true.

  68. Billy_43 Says:

    I agree 100% with Defense
    Devin White WILL BE the best available player at #5

    In the same way that some are saying that you can pick up great LBs in the 2nd, look at the depth of DE/DL this year.

    Look at the drop-off. 5th best ILB is who, Germaine Pratt from NC State? LMAO

    Yes Q is a Man Beast and it does make it challenging if he is there.

    How about Jefferey Simmons in the 2nd/3rd? Geez

  69. Brandon Says:

    I like Nassib a lot, JPP is excellent, but you never pass on a potentially elite edge rusher which Allen and Sweat are.

  70. BucsFIRE Says:

    Mike Evans Goat Says:
    “Lol nothing but an article for clicks”


    LOL this is such a boring and lazy sentence.

    By it’s nature, don’t you figure that EVERY single post is meant to be something that would be of interest to BUCS fans and therefore, YES, will probably generate clicks? == Seriously??

  71. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    Now we are resorting to name calling? Lol that’s low even for your standards of journalism. Have some professionalism.
    Apparently the Joes are the only ones here permitted to share their opinions. If you don’t want others opinions then don’t have a comment section. This site is so quick to trash others, but as soon as someone says something as little as “this is an article just for clicks” (which is complete truth) you get in your feelings. You did a whole lot of typing and said a whole lot of nothing, but you presented it as fact.

  72. Locked In Says:

    ^^^ to the cooler ^^^^

  73. Phil Says:

    Montez Sweat is who we should be drafting. Anyone else will be a disappointment.

  74. BucsFIRE Says:

    @Mike Evans Goat,,

    Jesus… annoying as crap man.
    Get over yourself.

  75. Ghingus Kwon Says:

    its smoke season

  76. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    Bucs fire
    I’ve been on here for years. I’ve never even see u comment b4. Calm down and mind ur business. Sucking up to the joes won’t get u anywhere

  77. BucsFIRE Says:

    I have been here long enough to know that “your” posts today are annoying as F**K.

  78. FireJasonLicht Says:

    We are not taking no off the ball LB or a non tackling CB @ 5. Anyone that believes that needs to turn in their fan badge cause they are absolutely clueless. Then again Jason is also clueless so I can see it happening. So glad this is Lichts last year. No Way Glazers bring his sorry ass back.

  79. SOEbuc Says:

    BA smoking the good stuff and blowin it out his nose. The number five is a beautiful spot to be at with these QB teams that might want to move up. We could get some serious picks and I’d be all for it if it. We are in serious holes all over.

  80. Kord Says:

    Only thing that matters is come pick 5 whoever they have as top on the board is a new Buc.

  81. BigMacAttack Says:

    Licht is going to screw this up. The Bucs are destined to suck again.

  82. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    I wouldn’t mind White at 5