Anthony Becht: Draft Ed Oliver

April 22nd, 2019

Monster talent

You want what looks like the next Aaron Donald on the Buccaneers?

He’ll probably be there for the taking at No. 5 overall when Tampa Bay is on the clock about 9 p.m. on Thursday night.

Former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht has called his share of University of Houston games as a broadcast analyst and studied his share of Ed Oliver film. He thinks Oliver is a manbeast-in-waiting.

“He was dominating when double teams and triple teams were coming at him,” Becht said of Oliver, the explosive defensive tackle out of Houston. “He’s as good as any player since Aaron Donald [coming out of college] at the position.”

Becht was chatting on WDAE-AM 620 Friday and added that he thinks the Bucs will be choosing between edge rusher Montez Sweat, linebacker Devin White and Oliver when it gets to their No. 5 overall pick.

Becht would call Oliver’s name for his beloved Bucs because at that point,Oliver would be the top playmaker available, even if he is a defensive tackle battling in the interior line.

“That position normally doesn’t credit on the stat board. I think he can change that and be actually a guy who can see real numbers on a week-to-week basis,” Becht said.

The depth at edge rusher in the draft, Becht said, could have the Bucs looking to Round 2 to fortify their outside pass rush.

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40 Responses to “Anthony Becht: Draft Ed Oliver”

  1. Pryda...Sec 147 Says:

    I would be so freaking happy if we went dline with first 2 picks !!! Inside and outside rushers 🙂 yes this is a great idea.

  2. James Says:

    I’d be happy with Oliver. If the Bucs trade or release McCoy, the cupboard is pretty bare a DT, other than Vea. Will Gholston and Beau Allen either side of Vea is not particularly inspiring. Whilst an outside pass rusher is always a good choice, and the Bucs need more bodies there for when JPP retires or moves on, I believe DT and LB are the greatest positions of need from a depth and quality perspective.

  3. TOM Says:

    I also like Oliver a lot. I can see the Bucs trading down a few spots & still getting Oliver or Sweat. Also D Bush should be a consideration.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    that should be the plan….

    ed oliver first round….
    DE/OLB(jachi polite) 2nd round…..
    G 3rd round(tytus howard or e.jenkins)…..
    RB darrell henderson 4th round….


  5. firethecannons Says:

    maybe trade down 1 or 2 spots and get Oliver or just take him at 5

  6. John Sinclear Says:

    I’d forget Sweat. Enlarged heart + NFL stress = disaster. There are better options.

  7. SCBucsFan Says:

    John I never read it was an enlarged heart, just a heart issue

  8. Alstott up the gut Says:

    Draft Ed Oliver! Love the thought of him and Vea disrupting offensive lines for years to come!

  9. Doctor_berto Says:

    John, he doesn’t have an enlarged heart!

  10. QUE589 Says:

    Based on anticipated / projected draft selections, we should draft either Ed Oliver or Montez Sweat.

  11. TBUC North Carolina Says:

    813bucboi… I like your plan!! But pick another RB for your 4th round slot cause Darrell Henderson won’t get out of round 2.. he is gone well before our 3rd round pick!!

  12. NOSBOS Says:

    Didn’t realize Larry Foote was a member of this new staff. Same Larry Foote that was the signal caller of the Steelers some years ago. Y’all familiar right,those 3/4 Steelers that beat the Seahawks and cards in the super bowl. Wonder what he thinks about adding a undersized DT with poor technique.

  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Top 10 DT average NFL Salary = $16M per year
    (10th best = $12.3M, 20th best = $5m)

    Top 10 edge rushers average NFL Salary = $17M per year
    (10th best = $16.5M, 20th best = $11M)

    Top 10 ILB average NFL Salary = $11 mill per year
    (10th best = $8.5M, 20th best = $5m)

    You better think that White is 2 or 3X better than the edge rusher or DL you would pass over for him to justify it, considering ILB is valued at about 2/3 the value of edge rush or elite DT.

    Also shows elite pass rushing DT = the rarest position to find in football and why Donald gets like $23M per year. Edge rush goes 20-30 deep currently with solid bodies.

  14. NOSBOS Says:

    Also of note Noah Spence is the number trending Buc player as of right now. Just watched tube video on him. Apparently he was widely considered to be a better 3/4 fit entering the draft. But right que like smart guys the Bucs had him put his hand into the dirt. I’m sure he is about excel in Bowles 3/4 system. The video detailed his career all the back to highschool. Very interesting attribute he Spence has no one is talking about. My favorite “force fumbles” research a little you come to realization he is a fumble forcing machine.

  15. SteveK Says:

    I am all for a trench player with our top pick.

  16. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    NOSBOS… right on if D white there foote screaming for him…. and sweat too much of a health risk

  17. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol breaking news – Sweat has an enlarged heart!

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Agree Brother…I think this is going to be a breakout year for several Bucs. JW will finally blow up and as you suggest I think Spence will also have a big year. Hopefully one of our backup young OL will also become starting quality.

    Lord C

    I like the metric you use…how much does the league value players. Certainly DL have value because they are large and freakish athletes…there simply is not a large universe of giant, athletic guys to begin with. The smaller the position the more people who qualify as prospects. Plenty of RB’s and DB’s walking the street…DT’s..not so much.

    But in terms of actual results…LB’s get more sacks than DT’s and are not that far behind DE’s.

    DE pretty much are free to go after the passer at will..far more opportunities than LB’s. See LVD who had seven sacks one year when given the opportunity then disappeared when Smitty’s D took him out of the pass rush.

    DE’s have an advantage that they get more opportunity…LB’s have an advantage in that nobody knows on the offense when or where the LB might come from.

    Having said that if the DT selected is Oliver or Quinnen I’m fine. Obviously I’m also fine with White.

  19. NOSBOS Says:

    That Noah Spence info has help reach the conclusion jbf don’t speak for the entire fanbase so it’s unfair to say Bucs fans are dumb.

  20. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    VV & EO
    Me !

  21. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Jets are supposedly very high on Oliver per a report today so don’t be surprised if he goes there.

    As of 4-22 at 9:55 AM mountain it seems the most likely top talent available at 5 will be Josh ALlen or Q Williams

    1. KYler Murray QB
    2. Nick Bosa DE
    3. Ed Oliver DT
    4. Josh Allen OLB/DE
    5. Q Will

    Mayock has consistently ranked DE’s higher than DTs over the years and they were the worst team in getting sacks last year and lost Mack – so I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see them go Allen over Q.

    Either way win-win

  22. AshevilleFC Says:

    I want Oliver really bad and for those saying he will be there after a trade down well that has about a 10% of actually happening. Oliver will go at 4 if Murray doesn’t go number 1 and if we dont take him he could go at 6 and probably doesn’t get past 9. Played out of position and constantly doubled and tripled teamed and was still a monster and for those saying he was a head case that is bullsh*t as he was a team guy being misused and never complained when most players would have transferred. Take him and cut mccoy.

  23. Buccernutter Says:

    Besides the roster is how it is today, there are potentially some players we can essentially label as additions if the coaching staff is actually legit and can get the best out of these stagnant players.

    Rojo, Stewart, Spence, vh3, Davis, barber, cappa, Watson, and potentially but not likely beckwith could all greatly improve with numerous years under their belts and coaches who know what they’re doing.

    Some idiot suggested we tank earlier cuz we have the same roster as last year with more subtraction than addition. Unbelievable.

  24. 813bucboi Says:


    devin singletary?…..benny snell…..


  25. SOEbuc Says:

    Oliver would be so sweet. With our situation at LB, White is my number 2.

    R1: DT Ed Oliver
    R2: LB
    R3: DE Charles Omenihu
    R4: RT
    R5: CB
    R6: RB
    R7: LB

  26. Magadude Says:

    I’m not so sure it’s the fact we are using high stakes (money for FA players and high picks in drafts) to bring in defensive players…as much it’s the guys (who have not worked out) that Licht keeps bringing in. Noah Spence, Mitch Unrein, Vinny Curry, VHIII…. immediately come into my head.

  27. Magadude Says:

    To add ^^^^^ If they whif on my D players coming in, a trend for the past several years…what do they all have in common (given Arians is another HC). Jason Licht.

  28. East Orlando Pred Says:

    Here’s how I see it:

    RD 1 – D. White LB
    RD 2 – D. Risner OT
    RD 3 – D. Long CB
    RD 4 – D. Singletery RB

  29. Hodad Says:

    Draft the defensive rookie of the year, and the only rookie picked to make the pro bowl Devin White, it’s not even close.

  30. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Please fix the trenches.

    NOT a sheep.

  31. HeavyE Says:

    Licht, is going to find a way to screw this up once again, just like last year… He has to go before we will ever be relevant again. Go BUCS!!!!

  32. TBUC North Carolina Says:


    Rodney Anderson 4-5
    Justice Hill. 4-5
    Benny Snell 4-5. He is slipping after combine
    LJ Scott. 6
    Tony Pollard 7
    Karin higdon 7

  33. Pickgrin Says:

    Williams, Oliver or White

    All three of those players would be good picks for the Bucs.

    Two out of those three are highly likely to be on the board when the #5 pick is on the clock.

  34. louden Says:

    I preach it every year but Buccaneers are too stupid
    to realize how to actualy build a team.

    Starts with O-line/D-line:

    as of now:

    get Oliver or Williams or Bosa if available (the GMac is just old but a good player)
    and if not available take the best Offensive Tackle available..

    Donovan Smith is Sh#?!

    Demar Dotson also never won me over (he is weak and gets regulary destroyed and i mean destroyed, just watch)

    plus now he is realy old

  35. Buccernutter Says:

    Casual fan analysis of olinemen is hilarious

  36. Joe in Michigan Says:

    If we take Ed Oliver, I’ll get on board with it. If we take Jawaan Taylor or any Right Tackle/Guard in the 1st I’m gonna have to jump the sinking ship.

  37. ElioT Says:

    But is Oliver a “warrior” like the GREAT Gerald “I’ve never made an impact play” McCoy?

    That’s a big, expensive Batman cos-play suit to fill.

    Go Bucs!

  38. BucEmUp Says:

    Im so afraid that they will pass on him or trade back and miss. If they draft Sweat I think I will throw up. I dont think White will get picked at 5 either. Going to need some zanax if they pass on him.

    Draft Oliver!!!!!!!

  39. BucEmUp Says:

    I see him being the pick because of his speed and power. He can line up in the dirt and at lb. Hes got dog in him, hes got nasty!!!! THEY NEED NASTY!!!! He even lines up for goal line carries in the redzone. Hes a game changer. Spence is.going to give offenses hell blitzing. Rojo will start magically catching passes like Ellington was and overnight all.of Jason Lichts picks will no longer be busts and people will see the cupboard wasn’t that empty all along

  40. TDTB Says:

    It has to be Q or White at 5. Both are clean. No personality issues and exceptionally good players. Allen scares me because he was a speed rusher only. Oliver hails from a smaller school and has a slight personality issue. If the Bucs hold firm at 5 it has to be Q or White. They’re safe low risk picks. The Bucs can’t afford a risky pick at 5. At 25 and below you roll the dice, but not 5. To me the real question is whether the Bucs can trade down and still get White. I think Broncos and Bengals will take White if Bucs don’t. I think the Giants would take Q if Bucs pass.