Draft The Superstar & Hope You’re Never There Again

March 4th, 2019

Bruce Arians talks draft

New head coach Bucco Bruce Arians had plenty to say in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine last week and one nugget he dropped is his approach to the greatest gift Dirk Koetter and Jason Licht gave him.

That gift? It’s the No. 5 overall pick.

As Arians told NFL Network, all the pressure is now on the Bucs to deliver a true superstar.

“With the fifth pick you can’t miss,” Arians said. “You have to get a guy that you know is the real deal for at least 10 years and hope you never pick this high again.”

Joe wonders if that comment means Arians is not a trade-down guy. So instead, he’s a guy who wants to seize the opportunity the No. 5 overall pick affords regardless of position.

No, the Bucs won’t draft a quarterback, but every other position should be on the table if Arians sees the can’t-miss player he’s talking about.

24 Responses to “Draft The Superstar & Hope You’re Never There Again”

  1. Wausa Says:

    Bucs are reportedly placing the franchise tag on Donavan Smith.

  2. DB55 Says:

    Q Williams josh Allen Hollywood Brown

    Looking over BAs drafts in AZ he had one great draft his first year there. All other drafts sucked most aren’t in the league but that first draft seems like everyone is still playing and at a high level.

    Still haven’t seen anything exciting happen all the moves made this far are pretty annoying (ie Adams) but I’m holding faith like the dumbarse buc fans that I am. Bc wtfdik.

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    6-10 next year
    We will be back

  4. danr Says:

    i would not hate getting metcalf.

    better than watching whatever secondary player we draft get burned by him for 10 years.

    evans metcalf, godwin oj howard. and a last chance year for jameis.

    get rid of Desean. trade if possible for a potato chip.

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Metcalf had horrible 3 cone time. I duno much about him but if he can’t run routes it doesn’t matter that he’s some physical freak. Definitely reminds me of David Boston

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m not bothered by not putting a tender on Adams…

    We have Evans, Whitehead & apparently MJ Stewart at S……and we may be bringing in one of BA’s Safeties…….DJ Swearinger or Honey Badger……

    Also…..Adams may not receive a $2 mil offer on the FA market and we could get him back for less.

    As far as the superstar at #5 comment from BA……I think he means if you actually pick at 5…..I don’t think it necessarily means he would oppose a trade down…..

  7. Broodlaw Says:

    With Smith getting franchised this has to be the end of Desean for sure, cut some depth guys like Evan Smith, Beau Allen and so on to get some more room, maybe get close to 20 mil. Gonna need at least 6-7 mil for the draft class. Kwon and Humphries won’t be coming back with this tag and keeping McCoy so expect the Bucs to draft Devin White for sure now.

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    Devin White will be a true superstar for at least 10 years. Stamp it.

  9. Joeypoppems Says:

    I am very much still on the Brian Burns bandwagon (he had a great day yesterday, but Sweat ran fast so nobody cares). He is EDGE2 imo behind Bosa.


    Devin White and the Bucs just seem like a great marriage right now.

  10. Bird Says:

    I think the trade back/down has left the building.

    You can’t pass on one of these guys

    Bosa , Williams , Allen , Oliver and Devin white.
    Also , it appears cardinals taking kyler Murray so even better. We could now have a choice to make.

    Those guys will not be available long. All will be gone by 10. Probably 7

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    gotta draft ed oliver….strong as an ox…quick as a cat….can play DT or DE….


  12. Doctor_berto Says:

    Greedy ran 4.37

  13. Bird Says:

    Here is the thing :

    Kwon , Beckwith and cinchy not likely to be able to start the year.
    That’s 3 guys at linebacker , leaving only David
    Other linebackers on team are Garbonzo.

    And if going to 3/4 , you need more linebackers.
    Why not draft a guy that could be a likely pro bowler and leader for 10 years. Watch devin white you tube highlights . Watch his podium time Q and A at

    Dude is prefect fit to lead a 3/4 defense under Bowles
    I hope Licht gets a lot of input from the coaches on priority #1

  14. Doctor_berto Says:

    1. Allen 2. Bosa 3. Quinnen 4. Oliver 5. White 6. Sweat 7. Greedy

  15. rrsrq Says:

    This draft:
    Ed Oliver, Montez Sweat, Q. Williams, J. Allen
    Devin White
    Greedy Williams (who ran a 4.3 something the Bucs do not have in the DB room)
    I’m good with any of these players, it I do believe D. White will have the quickest impact.
    Then go and get edge rusher Joe Jackson from the U or C/G Elgton Jenkins form MSU

  16. IBelieveinJameis Says:

    Wonder if we can get value for trading back. Was hoping the Giants, Jags and Broncos would be vying for our spot to take their QB but Elway seems set on Lock, Jags are signing Foles and Giants can stay put and get either Murray or Haskins.

    Would love if we can pick up an extra 3rd or combo like 4th/6th to move down to middle of first round. We need help in so many places that while getting a guy like Quinnen would be an amazing haul, I like the volume approach. A trade that gets us to the 11-13 range, extra picks and nets a guy like Sweat or even Wilkins would be solid.

  17. Tom S. Says:

    Anyone remember when garbage GM Jason Licht said that he wasn’t expecting to start with another top 10 pick again after completing the debacle that was the 2016 NFL draft with trade down for VHIII, Spence, trade up for Aguayo, Ryan Smith and Caleb Benenoch?

    We’ve “earned” two top 10 picks in the 3 seasons since.

  18. BucEmUp Says:

    Its so hard to know what they will do. I would prefer they get a stud at 5. White would be interesting but a high pick of sure. What Dlineman will be there?

    I think everyone knows its going to be defense. God I can’t wait to see what Arians does with this team!!!!!

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Seems to me that the BPA strategy is overrun by too many great players at the very top. If you count White…and I do..that’s at least four guys and perhaps more. One QB is all it will take to guarantee us a shot at one of those guys.

    And since they’re all incredibly talented it boils down to need. Another DL would be great, but as Bird pointed out we’re getting thin at LB. So is it one of the stud DL’s or a great LB.

    Given that I can at least imagine enough good players to make a solid 3 front…but question LB…I guess I gotta go with White.

  20. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    And the suspense builds….

  21. Gettinthebucs Says:

    I’m no draft specialist but I’ve watched the combine every year since it’s been on tv. The class has the potential to make some serious noise! We should just draft best player available regardless of position. Unless someone willing to give up a kings ransom we should just stay at 5

  22. Thaddeus Arjuna Says:

    My preference would be to trade down simply because we are always high in the draft. We need more talent at several positions because we stink almost every year. That said, There is some amazing defensive talent and there will be someone incredible at #5. But if we could move down to between #10 and 15, I think we could still get a monster on defense and maybe pick up a couple of #2s that would really help us out. The problem is there is just so many holes. With Beckman’s future in doubt and Alexander testing free agency, We need a linebacker. Everyone knows we need a guard. And with both McCoy and JPP in their early 30’s, we will need more defensive lineman. And of course, we have needs in the secondary too.

  23. cmurda Says:

    Let’s not read too much into Arians comments. In fact, in pre-draft conversations read nothing into what he is saying. Can’t miss at #5 could mean Bucs trade down. He never said it had to be his team picking a guy that they can’t miss on.

  24. Owlykat Says:

    I would not mind White at 5 if we don’t resign Alexander, but otherwise we should trade down. Perhaps Washington States LT Dillard will be there who can fill our RT position.