D-Linemen Marching To One Buc

April 3rd, 2019

Sack monster.

There is a parade of defensive linemen on their way for private sitdowns with Bucs brass at One Buc Palace.

In addition to Houston terror Ed Oliver and Clemson roid-taker Dexter Lawrence being in Tampa for pre-draft visits to meet Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Light and head coach Bucco Bruce Arians, there is another beast of a defensive end expected to drop in at Casa Glazer.

Per Jenna Laine of ESPN, the NCAA record-holder in sacks, Jaylon Ferguson of Lousiana Tech, is also expected to drop in on the Bucs.

The case of Ferguson is interesting. He initially was barred from the NFL combine in Indianapolis because NFL goons found out about a late-night hassle Ferguson was involved in at a McDonalds when he was a freshman.

Joe puts little to no concern over this. Who among us hasn’t wanted to slug someone after eating dissatisfying Chicken McNuggets following a night session of boozing and swilling beers? Ferguson seems to have a clean record since.

Ferguson, who had 45 sacks in four seasons at Louisiana Tech, including 17.5 last year, did just fine against the big boys of football, specifically SEC teams. Last year he had two sacks against Mississippi State and a sack against LSU.

Two key points from NFL analyst Lance Zierlein of NFL.com about Ferguson is that he jumped in ability and production from his junior to senior seasons and that 27 percent of his tackles were for loss.

Added Zierlein, Ferguson is an “extremely productive edge defender with an NFL-caliber frame that continues to take shape. Ferguson plays with good toughness at the point of attack and became a much more disruptive run defender as the season progressed. He appears to have average athletic traits but benefits from an instinctive pass-rush approach. He has experience as an edge linebacker, but his length and build increase the likelihood he’ll be targeted as an even-front defensive end with potential to become a good NFL starter.”

Joe just wants a damn pass rusher. A dude that the Bucs can rely on for the next decade. A guy that makes his teammates better and gets production. If that means the Bucs have to buy him 10-years worth of certificates from McDonald’s, so be it.

The thing that impresses Joe about this Ferguson is that he is always trying to punch the ball out of quarterbacks’ hands while going for a sack. Just like a former Bucs defensive end that wears a Super Bowl ring and should be in the Hall of Fame.

45 Responses to “D-Linemen Marching To One Buc”

  1. SB Says:

    I am SURE liking all the looks we are taking at Pass Rushers.
    Pass Rusher over LB all day every day at #5

  2. rrsrq Says:

    Draft Devin White at 5, trade back into the first and pick up Ferguson, He will not make it past the Pats to get to the 2nd round. Or trade back and pick up an extra second, pick Devin Bush, then go get Ferguson. That way everybody is happy. Perfect first three picks is White, Lindstrom and Ferguson

  3. rrsrq Says:

    oh yeah and trade GMC for Duke Johnson, straight up, throw in a 5th if they need to absorb his salary.

  4. NOSBOS Says:

    Finally!!! A sensible prospect.

  5. Doctor_berto Says:

    As long as White isn’t the pick at 5!

  6. diddler Says:

    Me likey. That swim at 2:57 was excellent. Getting excited over a college DE that only beats the corner sometimes is stupid. This guy is very very good with amazing motor gotdayum! Still Josh Allen needs to be the priority. Sapp got busted for weed and he turned out ok.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Option 1: White or Oliver at #5
    Option 2: Trade back for Bush and stack the trenches with the picks rounds 2-3.

  8. SOEbuc Says:

    Option 1: White or Oliver at #5
    Option 2: Trade back for Bush and stack the trenches with the picks rounds 2-3.

  9. Piratic Says:

    Joe Says :”…a former Bucs defensive end that wears a Super Bowl ring and should be in the Hall of Fame.”

    I’ll second that motion.

    #97 sure was fun to watch!

    Damn, I miss (good) defense.

  10. Lenny Williams Says:

    I like the player but this guy had the worst pro day ever….SERIOUSLY. His short shuttle is the worst in NFL history

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    #5 spot is steaming hot for QB needy team to trade up. Especially if Gruden doesn’t take one. Bucs flat out have too many holes, especially on defense. Would not mind trading back with so much defensive talent in the first round. Bush, Greedy, Ferguson, Sweat, etc…

  12. Stanglassman Says:

    He’s slotted to go late 1st to early 2nd. I’ve seen some mocks that had him our 2nd round pick. He’d be a great choice in #2. There’s a ton of talent to be had in the 2nd round. I’d stand pat and wait for someone to fall to us rather than giving up too much in a panic to chase someone.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There have been so many edge rushers proposed that it seems most will be unhappy with the pick…..so why not pick the best LB….

    I’m for trading down and picking one or picking the other Bush & picking Oline & DE in round 2…..

    I would almost like to see us pass on a DE just to hear the “Deliverance” style squealing coming from Joe.

  14. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Kiper just mentioned Ray Lewis when he though of Devin White and arians saying he needs big LBs…devin white will be a buc

  15. Joeypoppems Says:

    He was so unathletic at his pro day its scary. You are all crazy if u think think this guy is worth a 1st round pick.

    Took him 7 tries to record an 8 second 3 cone time because he kept falling down. Lololol

    I would hate this pick no matter what round it is.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    Ed Oliver 1st round
    Jachi Polite or ferguson 2nd round
    OL-3rd round
    OL-4th round


  17. Stanglassman Says:

    White could be really good with some coaching. I think he’s a late 1st early 2nd talent. I’m sure he’ll go earlier than that but I don’t think he should. His tackling technique is bad, he grabs the player up high and I don’t see that working well in the NFL. Another negative on him is he over runs plays and doesn’t stay in his gap. That just sounds too much like we’d be drafting another Kwon (4th round pick) too early.

  18. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’m just encouraged in general by the fact that they are interviewing primarily disruptive DL / OLB / Edge + OL

    I’m with the Joe that says he just wants good players. I don’t necessarily care anymore about the order / approach as long as we hit on front 7 + O-line with the best possible players we could have chosen at the time.

    If it’s between Josh ALlen & Devin White and you really feel Josh Allen will suck for some reason and White will be an all pro HOFer then take white AND he better be a f*cking all pro or you just sh1t on this team again.

    This is Licht’s last big chance to flip this team’s chances via a good draft with good draft position. Don’t F8ck this up man.

  19. Billy_43 Says:

    Both McShay and Kiper agree.
    White to Bucs with pick 5

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Not at 5 , he won’t

  21. 813bucboi Says:


    that means we’ll select Ed Oliver…lol….

    mayock had the best/most accurate mock drafts…..


  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Cue the Deliverance music for Joe….

  23. BucsBall80 Says:

    Ed. Oliver. Hand in the ground DE in a 3-4 defence.Houston. 1st rd
    Chris Lindstrom.RG.Boston College.2nd rd
    Darnell Savag.saftey.Maryland.3rd rd
    Ben Bangonu.edge rusher.TCU.4th rd
    Tytud Howard.Lt Alabama state.5th rd
    Rodney Anderson.Rb.Oklahoma.6th
    Hunter Renfrow. WR.Clemson.7th rd

    And they need to try and get Line Backer Darron Lee from the Jets.
    And RB Duke Johnson from Clevland.

    Im sure some of these guys will go higher than I projected. But hey a guy can dream right?

  24. lowercaseg Says:

    Trade down from 5, use the extra picks on these two.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    I’m loving the fact that we seem to be looking hard at Dline and shopping McCoy. Time to change the attitude in that locker room and love him or hate him it’s time to move on from him. For all those hating the possibility of White to us due to his tackling style. I’m not saying he’s the next Luke K. but go YouTube a Luke highlight reel and you may be shocked to see his style of tackling.

  26. NOSBOS Says:

    Billy most sensible football minds seem to agree. But you know here in jbf land Joe controls these folks minds with this narrative about sacks that don’t actually correlate to more wins or championship for that matter so they all parakeet the same thing.

  27. NOSBOS Says:

    While ol boring @$$ Bill continues to stack up hardware not giving a d$&@ about sacking your teams QB.

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Another one I see Ed Oliver 3/4 DE with his hand in the dirt. Can you link the evidence. Cause without any footage what makes you so sure that will be such a smooth an easy transition????

  29. NOSBOS Says:

    I ain’t got the time right now I’m on the fly. But Ima link a film session on Ed Oliver later on.

  30. stpetebucsfan Says:

    @Joe or anybody who can explain this to me.

    How is GMC trade bait? Philly thought DJAX was worth ten million a year and so we grabbed a couple of low draft picks. Better than nothing.

    But if the league believes GMC is overpaid and does not wish to eat his 13 million a year salary…and the Bucs also do not wish to eat his salary…doesn’t ALL the leverage go to GMC.

    Why would he take a pay cut from the Bucs when he can simply become an FA and go for the most money he can get? Plus he’d be able to pick his team…more or less.

    I understand and agree with the fact that the Bucs do not wish to pay him 13 million, but if nobody else does that means GMC will become an FA. Why would his agent let him sign a reduced contract with the Bucs instead of exploring the open market.

    And please GMC bashers save the ad hominem attacks…I’m asking a BUSINESS question here not a football question.

  31. Joe Says:

    How is GMC trade bait?


  32. Alanbucsfan Says:

    St Pete-
    I’ll answer your question with another-
    Why would McCoy sign with another team and uproot his family and his community involvement if the Bucs offered similar compensation in a renegotiated contract?
    Bucs can’t trade him because no one wants his current contract.
    Bucs know his current value- either it’s pride or McCoy’s agent thinks he can do better, which is a gamble McCoy may be willing to take.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    BucsBall80, I wouldn’t be surprised if our draft looked a lot like what you suggested. I would go pass rush in the 2nd round and wait for a guard in the 3rd. There are so many potential top level pass rushers that one should drop to the top of the 2nd.

  34. Defense Rules Says:

    Awesome Joe. Favorite line: “NFL goons found out about a late-night HASSLE Ferguson was involved in at a McDonalds”. There’s that word again … HASSLE. Seems like you’ve used that before?

    Actually was looking up DEs earlier this morning to see if MAYBE there’s a sleeper in the crowd. I found one … Jaylon Ferguson. Personally wouldn’t spend a 1st or a 2nd Rnd pick on him, but IF he’s still there in the 3rd Rnd he’d be the one I’d go after (agree with those who want a MLB first, then RG then go for DLine & RB next … after the 4th Rnd it’s a crapshoot anyways).

    Ferguson’s 2018 & 2016 numbers were REALLY impressive, but something apparently went wrong in 2017. Still, he’s got an impressive body of work against some very decent opponents. I like him … HASSLE & all … better than some of the others you’ve trotted out.

  35. wausa Says:

    Ferguson was off the charts with production, but I would rather the Bucs target more athletic pass rushers.

    I would rather them target guys with crazy athletic ability like Sweat or Allen in the first and then target offensive linemen in the 2nd round(Chris Lindstrom, Greg Little, Dalton Risner).

  36. 813bucboi Says:


    bowles is working out Ed Oliver right now!!!!!…lol….

    just because houston did have him do it, doesnt mean he cant do it…..

    there was no film on donald as a DE coming out but wade phillips lines him up all over….

    its called, “creativity”….


  37. 813bucboi Says:

    ball80 & anonymous

    i agree….that would be a great draft but i would go jachi polite 2nd round….let him learn from s.barrett….


  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    GMC has value….but not $13m worth…….not with us and probably not with anyone else…..
    He would restructure if Licht were willing to guarantee a couple of years in return but apparently Licht doesn’t want to do that.
    There is still time….I don’t think there will be a restructure or cut until after the draft. Now is possible trade time…..the new team will only trade if GMC is willing to negotiate a better salary with them.
    It’s really quite simple.

  39. NOSBOS Says:

    And who gives a s$&@. Every team works out an have visits by from top rated players in that draft I mean C’mom dude. And for you cats talking bad angles miss tackle nonesince when it comes to Devin White. That’s funny 123 total tackles in 2018,133 in 2017. Seems like to me that radar operating fully functional if you asking me.

  40. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    At least he’s not from Clemson.

  41. bucs4ya Says:

    Thank you I’m feeling the same about Devin White. Not sure why my last post was anonymous but some people on here need to go watch Luke Kuechly highlights and tell me how he tackles.

  42. 813bucboi Says:


    my point was, bowles is dropping Ed Oliver into coverage and seeing how he works in space right now….and guess what….you aint there to see it so just because you aint there to witness it, doesnt mean he hasnt done it or cant do it…..

    damn, i know your an FSU fan but you must have a TCC education…..

    white has the same weaknesses as kwon…..misses a bunch of tackles and takes bad angles…..

    you act like white is perfect….that kid got on-field flaws just like everybody else…..



  43. Rojas Says:

    Just seen a mock draft that I really liked except 1 pick maybe.

    It had us trading back with the Cin and getting their 2nd and 3rd pick this year.
    So our mocked looked like this.
    RD 1. Pick 11# Ed Oliver DE
    RD 2. Chris Lindstorm OG
    RD 2. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB
    RD 3. Jachai Polite DE/OLB
    RD 4. Damien Harris RB

    Round 4 pick is the one I don’t like would much rather go RT, or Safety
    And draft Rodney Anderson in round 5 or 6
    Also I would swap Chauncey for Amani Oruwaryie

  44. stpetebucsfan Says:


    That’s a logical question that could have quite a few answers. My first best guess would be PRIDE. He’s had more shade thrown on him the past few months from Licht/BA than ever in his life.

    He may wish to prove a point. His family could still be Tampa residents…and he could always remain here in the off season and when he retires.

    It is true that if he refuses to accept the Buc’s lower offer, and nobody else wants him for 13 million and he becomes an FA then his agent can get the most value for him…which POSSIBLY could still be with the Bucs.


    Yes SERIOUSLY. I read right here on this site that those in the NFL know believe GMC is not producing at his 13 million paycheck. Obviously there could be an outlier who would pay the money but if NO team does what are the Buc’s options? They literally would not be able to GIVE him away much less negotiate a deal for anything in return.

    If GMC would re-negotiate his deal to facilitate a deal perhaps…but my question remains…WHY WOULD HE?

  45. Bucsdelight Says:

    Walter Football has us taking Sweat at #5. Seems leaning more that direction or Josh Allen. Pending if Oak take Allen or not.