Best Player Available?

April 26th, 2019

New Bucs rookie cornerback Sean Bunting

The Tuesday words of Bucco Bruce Arians are ringing through Joe’s head right now like a loud alarm clock after a hangover.

You remember when Arians cut off Sage columnist Ira Kaufman a few days ago.

Ira asked him about the draft and Arians declared the following:

“You can’t draft for need; you draft for need, you get fired,” Arians said cutting Ira off. “You draft the best players. If you got two of them, now you’ve got three of them. Just take the best players that are available for you. Now if you’ve got four players right there together and one of them is a need, that’s the home run.”

And here we are; the Bucs selected speedster press cornerback Sean Bunting out of Central Michigan at No. 39 overall.

Forget that it was a bit of a surprising move because he wasn’t exactly a hot name. That’s not a big deal. But Joe is really considering Arians’ words to Ira tonight. Was Bunting really the best available player? As in the Bucs didn’t make this pick out of need?

Time will tell, as it always does with the draft. But Joe strongly suspects this pick was more about need than the Bucs would ever admit publicly.

If Bunting indeed was the best available player with all that talent left on the board, especially along the offensive line, then someone at One Buc Palace should earn a hearty raise.

58 Responses to “Best Player Available?”

  1. Buc believer Says:

    Bucs will go 3-13 Licht will be fired and Bucco Bruce will have health problems again err quit. Mark it down.

  2. fail Says:

    Sell the team and fire everyone right now from the HC to the GM! Its BROKEN BEYOND belief at this point. This is a TRUE circus beyond that of the Cardinals

  3. fail Says:

    Embarrassed to be a Bucs fan!

  4. JabooBuc Says:

    Don’t have a problem with the player picked but think they could have move down and got him. No guarantees but other similar player would be available later if someone else grabbed this kid.

  5. Frank813 Says:

    6’3” 4.4 40, press corner…I’m all in
    He is 6-0, not 6-3. –Joe

  6. Brett Says:

    Two teams moved up and got an OT ahead of us. Both were trades with Gruden. I am fine with the first round pick, but skeptical here.

  7. Easy Says:

    Still haven’t considered drafting a pass rusher.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    This kid is a stud !!! I’m a fan and everyone from Central Michigan has had a very good career

  9. Kobe Faker Says:

    “…and our division rivals are loading up with offensive lineman…”

    Shaman Faker

  10. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    The bizarre theater has become the norm. That said I think the first two picks will become good starters. But geez what about the trenches? They better NOT take a RB with the 3rd pick…

  11. jerseybuc Says:

    How can you pretend to know that this is a bad pick? We need help at corner, he may just be what the doctor ordered after years of soft corner play. CMU has produced some good pros….gotta trust the new regime here…Lets get OL help now….

  12. CharlieB Says:

    Licht reaches on players in the 2nd round every year. If he misses again this year he’s lost my faith. It’s one thing to miss late round picks, but the 2nd round is a premium pick that needs to hit at least 50% of the time.

  13. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Jon Gruden SCREWED Us by making 2 trades right in front of us that took our two Offensive Tackles.
    We were planning on drafting the big Tackle from Florida, or Ford the Oklahoma Tackle.
    Gruden got his revenge on us tonight, big time.

  14. Unimpressed Says:

    Keep polishing the turd. Not buying. Brees, Ryan, and Newton are salivating thinking about this putrid defense.

  15. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    How many DBs have the Bucs drafted in the past 3 years?

  16. Anonymous Says:


  17. ConfusedBucFan Says:

    Is WTF too simplistic of a comment?

  18. Bucnjim Says:

    Crap shoot but that’s the only problem I have with the pick. We’ve drafted big names no names and kickers in the second round. No Luck! Sometimes I wish safe was the word of the day just for one draft.

  19. Curse of Gruden Says:

    What the hell is going on? Is our scouting department run by Stevie Wonder? I expect the Bucs to draft Bo Jackson in the third round.

  20. Not there yet Says:

    So basically licht decided that we are gonna roll with the safeties we got and that same defensive line that couldn’t get off the field minus Geraldine? There’s no reason to continue wasting late round picks to try and replace late round picks that aren’t playing well right that’s just not logical. I just can’t see how licht gets a second contract unless this corner is a day one starter and a stud.

  21. Bojim Says:

    Who’s Sean Bunting? But we definitely need a fast big guy on a corner so let’s go Sean.

  22. ElBajito43 Says:

    I told you guys that GM LITE is the worst manager of DRAFT of any GM in Buccaneer history F&$?k Give me Mark Fr$)5’ Domenic Bring back the F-in Rockstar this is disgusting and if I see LICHTENSTEIN in public I’m gonna trash 🗑 him to his face Real Talk.

  23. Pete Mitchell Says:

    At this point I’m wondering if the Glazers are going to fire Licht on Monday.

    This is straight sh!t

    This guy tries to hard to be the hero. I don’t need you to find every hidden gem, I need you to draft the best, nastiest, most impactful player on the board every time it’s your turn to pick.

    Two years ago the draft was super deep at running back and we came away with nothing! You could even argue that snoop mcplaybook was worse than nothing because he took reps away from someone else who may have been able to contribute. Then last year we wind up having to reach on Ronald Jones, who sucks.

    Now this year, the draft is chock full of d-line talent and get nothing. Again.
    This guy is a dork. He literally traded up in the second round for a kicker.
    How in the world does he still have a job?!?!

    Jason Licht is a clown. P-E-R-I-O-D

  24. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Should have cut GMC months ago and signed Mo Claiborne to a real contract

    we have no money and have to go fishing in the draft for corner every year

    #Blame Jameis”

    shaman Faker

  25. Pete Mitchell Says:

    Jason Licht draft mistakes are out of the league…

    Dominiks drafts mistakes all have rings.

  26. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    McCoy has a big grin on his face… he’ll either get his 13 million or go to a team play off team of his choice… maybe in the NFC South…

  27. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Last 3 2nd round picks have been on corners…two who make you say “who”?!

  28. Guzziep Says:

    What’s the over under Dotson plays more than 8 games before he gets hurt, this GM sucks, Dalton Risner should’ve been our pick, just stupid

  29. Curse of Gruden Says:

    Pete Mitchell has said it best – “ Licht is a “clown!”
    Fire Licht.

  30. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Do ya’ll think Licht is making these picks without BA and Bowles blessings?

  31. JabooBuc Says:

    So, everyone on this board said we need needed another CB on this team prior to the draft. Jason drafts a tall fast CB and now everyone has a problem with the pick? Just because some of you don’t follow college football and haven’t heard of some of these kids doesn’t mean they can’t play.

    He put up good film and had a great combine. It’s more than likely a good pick. I just think he could have added some additional picks and still picked him up.

  32. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    I love the armchair GMs. Go to bed early your shift starts at Mickey Ds starts at 530.

  33. BigZ Says:

    No way was he the 39th best player available Parris Campbell McLaren Risner Zach Allen winovich just to name a few

  34. Buc4evr Says:

    Bunting was rated the 35th best CB in the draft, probably a fifth or six rounder. So he wasn’t even the best available CB much less the best available player. The Bucs talk out of both sides of their mouths and tell lies to fit the situation. They are simply dishonest and continually lie to their fans.

  35. BigZ Says:

    I can’t wait to see you we draft from Humboldt or Hobart College in the third round

  36. Bucnjim Says:

    Couldn’t agree more! These picks are coming unanimously from BA, Licht, and Bowles. Instead of getting pissed I am reading up on Bunt to understand more about the pick. Licht now is NOT the sole deciding factor!

  37. Pete Mitchell Says:


    I’ve been patient with this guy making off the wall picks for the past five years and we haven’t won anything.

    This guy sucks.

    His draft record sucks.

    His free agency record sucks.

    His teams’ win-loss record sucks

    I love the Buccaneers. My emotions rise and fall with this team every season (lately mostly fall) and I’m not trying to be an echo. But this guy is not an NFL GM.

    He sucls.

  38. down in the dirt doug Says:


  39. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Even Licht’s kids are upset about the pick !

  40. Bucnjim Says:

    Uh oh I’ve got the choker chain on must be barking too much!

  41. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Funny how these people who don’t know their butt from their elbow don’t like the pick. This guy was a top 4 corner on many boards. He was also mocked to us in this spot by a bunch of draftniks. Also like to point out how “BucBeliever” is one of the most negative posters on this site. Change your name bro. This guy is a stud. 9 picks in basically 2 seasons. 4.4 speed and a 41.5 vert. I’ll take that all day. BucNonbeliever, hit the road or do some research.

  42. Bucfan Says:

    This is BA’S draft Licht hands are tied here. We needed a G/T in 2nd. Go back and watch Licht’s press conference about the first pic. Lol he looked like his head was going to explode…face all red…and he really didn’t say anything good about white..

  43. Clw JB Says:

    It’s a joke really – not even close to BPA much less the best CB on the board at
    Our pick

    Mayock made the right pick Jason – pay attention please

  44. Bucnjim Says:

    Yep love the take!

  45. JabooBuc Says:

    Pete Mitchell: Not sure what any of what you just said has to do with Sean Bunting? I would agree with you that there have been misses in the draft. Was not a fan of the Cappa or Stewart pick last year.

    Jury is out on RoJo and injuries have certainly hurt picks like VH3, Beckwith and OJ. So, i get where you are coming from. End of the day, this team has to win and we all want that.

    However, my point was people are crying over this pick and not sure why. It’s simply not a bad pick. This is not a reach like Stewart or Cappa.

  46. Scott Says:

    We are laughingstock of nfl I hate the glazers and licht

  47. TOM Says:

    Well fans 3rd rd coming up. I’m feeling a kicker coming. Can’t wait to get my season tickets.

  48. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Sorry to be an asss but I had some adult beverages at dinner tonight.

    Some of you guy either live in a cave…are dumber than sheet…or perhaps Licht is tapping your wife eh?

    Here is one of the dumbest comments I’ve read in awhile.

    “Jason Licht draft mistakes are out of the league…
    Dominiks drafts mistakes all have rings.”

    Some names and examples please? Licht has been bad at FA not drafting.

    So your starting QB was selected by whom? Have you totally given up on JW. He’s the most important pick.

    How about Licht’s 4th rounder cashing in with SF…or UDFA HUMP cashing in with the Titans. If they were so awful…they are not only not out of the league but valued highly by other teams.

    40% of our starting OL drafted by Licht and both just signed mega deals…again hardly out of the league.

    UDFA Peyton Barber is our starting RB. ME13 is one of the top WR’s in the entire league…Godwin stolen in the 3rd round…OJ if healthy on his way to being one of the very best in the league not ‘out of the league” 3/4th’s of our starting O lineup have been selected by Licht!

    As far as this CB pick I agree with DeweySelmon…this is not Licht’s sole responsibility…if ANY responsibility…BA and Bowles made or totally signed off on this pick.

    Man I’d like to smoke some of the stuff you guys are hitting…then again perhaps not if it makes you that much of a hater. Where is all this coming from? Bad records? Those exist for a variety of reasons…such as coaching and horrid wastes of money on FA’s…and Buc tradition. Drafting is the one thing we’ve done pretty well….IF JW is the player most or at least many of us believe he is.

  49. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Trenches anyone?

  50. Buc believer Says:

    @Whatthebuc, YOU should change YOUR name to Whatthebucdoiknow? Don’t remember attacking you dude so let’s not get personal. It is my opinion and I’m entitled to it.

  51. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Last night you were all wanting a CB with the second pick. We got one. It just wasn’t the one you expected.

    4.4 speed. Shutdown press corner.

    We needed it. We got it.

  52. Tattoodonny Says:

    It’s funny reading these commits. I wonder how many “bandwagon” fans said the same thing about trading up for a OT out of “where” in Ali Marpet. Maybe we wait to see what this kid can do. A lot of big names get drafted high & that’s all they ever wanted, to be drafted. He looks hungry, looked good on clips (like every player does in highlighted) lets watch him play. At least we didn’t trade a 1st, 3rd & 5th to move up & draft a player then trade him away for the 62nd pick the following year, Arizona. Things could be worse, we could be Card fans. Go Bucs!

  53. Anonymous Says:

    The suck

  54. Pete Mitchell Says:

    We drafted four DBs in rounds 1 & 2 in the last three years. There’s only 4 db’s on the field in your base defense… why is the defensive secondary still a weakness???

    Because Licht drafts guys that no one else would draft as high as he does.

    I’m pretty sure Adams had more picks in a handful of games last year than all of Jason Lichts secondary picks over the past three years combined. And the only reason he was on the team was because of injury.

    Hopefully it was the coaching. Hopefully all of these guys turn it around. I would love for the Bucs to be successful and be celebrating Jason Licht next January. But I’m not holding my breath.

  55. Old Time Buc Says:

    Well he did it again! The second round and we got who? Yeah that’s right you don’t know either. So lets give the Rams our third pick, that’ll help by then Licht will be sleeping and probably forget to send anyone to the podium! How can one man be so inept evry single year? Talk about frustration!

  56. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Old time buc, The fact that you don’t know who this guy is, is a you problem. There isn’t a single draftnik that doesn’t know Sean Bunting. He’s a top prospect and almost every GM had him in for a top 30 visit. Very few players garnered so much attention. Let’s see what the guy can do before making judgements.

  57. louden Says:

    Jason Licht sucks as GM and so he is the perfect GM for the Suckaneers.

    I´m on board with everyone saying: Fire Jason Licht now

  58. jeff Says:

    I just feel like an idiot I bought season tickets for the first time in a couple of years and it appears the Den of Depression is going to hold true I guess we are going to play a 1-2-8 and just have a bunch of people chasing in pass coverage, heck we may change the NFL back to a run first league when they play the Bucs.