Draft Winner: Carl Nassib

April 26th, 2019

“Carl, this life is all about being in the right place at the right time, and making gobs of money for doing very little.”

Every year, the Buccaneers’ draft delivers angst or sheer joy to some players on the roster.

For example, last night’s selection of Devin White might have Riley Bullough growing his hair out and re-thinking a Fabio impersonator career, but it also should have defensive end Carl Nassib absolutely salivating.

Nassib enters a contract year hungry to cash-in after surprising a lot of people in 2018. The dude came off the Browns’ waiver wire and battled his way to 6 1/2 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in Tampa. Von Miller, Dee Ford, Chandler Jones, those guys had 13 tackles for loss last season. So Nassib was in impressive company. (Please don’t get Joe’s blood boiling by noting Michael Bennett had 15 tackles for loss in 2018.)

Nassib turned 26 this month and now he doesn’t have to worry about a stud rookie DE prospect like Josh Allen breathing down his neck. The Bucs drafted an inside linebacker. Nassib now has a very clear path to break-the-bank season. Sorry, Noah Spence and Will Gholston, you both have no trade value and questionable ability.

If Nassib can simply duplicate what he did last year, he’ll command nearly $10 million a year on the open market next March. Young pass rushers get overpaid; it’s an NFL tradition. And then the Bucs will be needing a pass rusher in the draft again while many fans do cartwheels about compensatory draft picks that never materialize.

Maybe, just maybe, the Bucs find that hidden diamond pass rusher tonight in Round 2 or 3, the guy they hoped they found when they picked Spence at No. 38 overall three years ago.

If you examine how the Bucs will need to build an affordable and successful roster, then logic will tell you they need to find an inexpensive and successful pass rusher for 2020. Those guys around found in the draft every year.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Joe knows all about newcomer hybrid LB/DE Shaq Barrett, who is on a one-year, prove-it contract. If Barrett “proves it,” then he won’t be a value guy next season.

52 Responses to “Draft Winner: Carl Nassib”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Nassib was my favorite player last year

  2. Jean Lafitte Says:

    After JPP and Nassib, what do we have? ugh ..Spence and Gholston. I feel better already

    We have 7 LB’s that could’ve filled the ILB position already. Hopefully either Ferguson, Polite or Z. Allen will be considered in round 2

  3. rrsrq Says:

    Not yet? Ferguson still on the board. Spence could be reinvigorated playing in the right position. It’s not over.

  4. ATrain Says:

    We Need OL HELP

  5. Wombat Says:

    We are done up front. I think they will go offensive line, CB and running back in that order. This defense got a whole lot better last night. White and David could combine for 10 sacks next year. The 3-4 will mean lots of blitzing. You have to overload the pocket, make gaps and blitz with LBs and CBs. No more “McCoy was quadruple teamed” that’s why we don’t get penetration!! This will be completely different folks. There is a new sherrif in town and he has the horses…..

  6. Magadude Says:

    Thanks Joe, for the reminder on Nassib. As for Ghoulston, he was a 4th round pick and is pretty much what the Bucs expected. Up, down, depth player, etc. Not a star. Spence has underperformed but he has been injured a good bit as we know. No excuses being healthy and we will see once and for all this year if the pass D that Spence should be all over was mostly poor because of coaching. Should be serviceable if Nassib and JPP and come to play and Spence and Ghoulston meet minimum standards. I don’t like lackluster competitors but we’ve got holes all over.

  7. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Loved Nassib and felt bad that he had to get signed on down here and not be a part of that transformation project to the top in cleveland and is on a bottom dweller here, BUT how can you say he is safe. Hopefully the bucs are going to get an edge rusher today that might have slipped, Pretty sure nassib is going to start but the bucs need an edge rusher today and there are everal available

  8. Magadude Says:

    Given Nassib and JPP, I’d rather the Bucs focus on RG and RB tonight. Yes, needs at DB too.

  9. RustyRhinos Says:

    How long will the 1st round draft choice blues continue to be innuendoed on this blog. Hey I get it you wanted those in charge to draft the area of need you think that they should have. They did not, they chose who the GM and the Head Coach and DC combined their input of needs and analysis to select their choice. Yes it may be a mistake, but for a blogger who is so “happy” about the new coaches “no risk it no biscuit” you sure do not put those words in your draft posts so far. I am excited to have a LB we did need one. Not anymore.

    Nassib is a player I hope we work at keeping around here. He has that high motor we hear that players have, he shows it on the field.

    DL, OL, RB, CB, players the next few rounds.

    GO BUCS!

  10. geno711 Says:

    Maybe Joe Nassib will break the bank. Maybe he will revert to something not much different than the player that was waived by the Browns. I hope that he has a great season and White has a great season too. Then it seems like the Bucs made the correct call last night. Is that so hard to root for Joe?

  11. NOSBOS Says:

    Stud josh Allen??? Phsst,future bust you mean. Carl will have a better 2019 than Allen bank on it. Main reason why the jags are about to have him place his hand in the dirt something you don’t see much of in his film. Carl does it naturally. But having had a base of doing then transitioning to two point stance is gravy. Ask Shaq Barret who only wanted to play in 3/4 scheme after having had his hand in the dirt in highschool and college.

  12. Walter Says:

    Draft Loser: Bucs Fans

  13. NOSBOS Says:

    Carl Nassib is about to raise all kinds h3ll from the two point stance. That’s easy after having spent most of your time in the three point stance.

  14. NOSBOS Says:

    Ima remind y’all everyday josh Allen will be a bust. Worse thing happened to him was going to a base 4/3. You won’t have to ask me about it,I’ll be reminding y’all daily.

  15. Pick6 Says:

    Nassib got into the backfield plenty but wasn’t good enough changing direction or in pursuit to turn those into TFLs or sacks. He is the team’s next Will Gholston not their next michael Bennett or

  16. pabucsfan Says:

    I was a frequent visitor to this site but I need to take a break for awhile which sucks considering this is a great time for NFL and draft content. This is getting ridiculous though how every post is turning into a temper tantrum because the Bucs didnt take the guy you wanted them to. Also a pick that you could see coming miles away whether you agree with it or not. Be professional and do some actual reporting.

  17. NOSBOS Says:

    And please get all out that young man’s pocket homeboy. “How can he afford horses”,he comes from a small country town wit a small population. For all you know his family prolly have had horses since he was young kid.

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    Odds of drafting a dominant DE are probably 50/50….Allen fell to us for a reason, so that puts the odds a tad lower. Then factor in d-linemen take a few yrs to flourish…Now compare that to a prospect graded higher at LB which can start from day one and we needed. It’s a no-brainer

    Why use a pick on a position we have productive players at…when the odds are 50/50 the rookie would be better? Then the question becomes…how much better are we talking…2 sacks better or 6 sacks better. Big gamble for a 5th yr GM with 4 losing seasons

  19. NOSBOS Says:

    Side note: with power of his bull rush Jaylin Ferguson would make for an excellent pickup. Seeing as how our Dlinemen’s job are not mainly to get meaningless sacks (the most overrated stat in the game of football) but more so to preoccupy olinemen freeing up Shaq,Carl,JPP,LVD,Spence and now DEVIN WHITE to either get one on ones or free paths to the QB. This s$&@ ain’t hard to comprehend. At least to some of its not.

  20. NOSBOS Says:

    Sack are nothing more than glorified tackles for lost that’s why Belichess has no use for that pointless stat line.

  21. DB55 Says:

    We just swapped a 4th rnd ILB who can’t tackle for a lottery pick who can’t tackle. Ooooh its a Bucs life.

  22. SCBucsFan Says:

    The whole admin team here is in a great place… every player that performs that was drafted behind White they will say “see, I told you not to take a LB”. Nevermind we just got a stud to anchor that position where we had little talent and no depth. Nothing like hindsight to make you a draft genius.

  23. FrankPillow Says:

    I completely understand the point you’ve made (over and over again) about the importance of generating a pass rush. Fortunately in a base 3-4, that pressure can come from inside/out as much as outside/in an be just as effective. I’d caution that the continued lack of objectivity relative to the selection of Devin White is seriously starting to cloud your credibility. This article is simply premature. There are still very good DL/OLB prospects on the board. There are six more round left in this draft and in any single one of them the Bucs could find a rookie 3-4 OLB or DE to challenge Nassib for playing time. Remember too that Nassib himself was NOT a first day selection.

    Let’s keep filling out the roster before declaring anyone safe. Tons of solid DL, OL, CB, RB talent on the board for us.

  24. NOSBOS Says:

    Only sacks that matter in this game are one’s that occur on 3rd down forcing a change of possession or my favorite “sack fumbles” (which Noah Spence is great at check his highschool,college and pro numbers). Outside of that,they’re pointless.

  25. Hodad Says:

    If Nassib has a great year Joe you find a way to pay him. You’re always crying pass rushers then say if Nassib becomes one we’ll let him go over money? Nassib might have a better season then a lot of these rookie DE’s this year, because he ain’t a rookie. He’s a 26 year old man, not a 21 year old kid. He’s the reason we could take White over Allen. Hope he balls out this year, and is a Buc for a long time to come.

  26. SCBucsFan Says:

    NOSBOS its been so long since Spence got a sack I don’t remember what that looks like. Lets hope that changes.

  27. NOSBOS Says:

    Sack this sack that in a league that barely allows you to touch d&$@ QB.

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Kinda hard performing like you would like to when the people calling the shots are utilizing you improperly. Most scouts said at the time he entered the draft he’ll make for a better two point stance pass rusher. I expect a quality season from Noah Spence,I’m sure he’s looking forward to proving a lot of folks wrong.

  29. NOSBOS Says:

    What Hodad just said.

  30. NOSBOS Says:

    These lames man act like cause they cover the team that makes them legitimate fans of the team. Don’t seem like it. But that cool,gone be kinda hard spinning these whack @$$ narratives when them Ws start piling up.

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

    Can Jason Licht over come his curse with 2nd round picks…?
    Absolutely need a sure fire name called tonight !
    We are already playing catch up in the build the trenches theme and I don’t think Cody Ford will make it to the 7th picks tonight
    I am still in a funk over not taking Josh Allen as like many thought he fit BPA and need to a tee….VV needs a shoulder mate

  32. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Maybe, just maybe, the Bucs find that hidden diamond pass rusher tonight in Round 2 or 3, the guy they hoped they found when they picked Spence at No. 38 overall three years ago.”

    Joe….I think you just brought forward why an edge rusher isn’t a sure thing……everyone, and I mean everyone thought Spence was a steal…..now look…..hope he turns out….but very glad to have White.

    Is there anyone here that thinks White is a bust?

  33. stpetebucsfan Says:


    It sometimes amazes me how much we agree. It started with last year’s draft when we both wanted Dalvin.

    Agree with everything you posted so keep up the good fight. I’m in timeout…LMAO…so you’ll have to carry the day.

  34. NOSBOS Says:

    Man it’s people out there in hiding but I know they reading👋🏾hi. What you use to shout everyday “ed oliver!”…

  35. NOSBOS Says:

    Trade up trade down where y’all at. Still got a few rounds to go your prediction still may come true. 1st round tho y’all sounded kinda crazy,BA told Devin during the visit “you’re gonna be a Buc” and that’s what he is.

  36. SCBucsFan Says:

    TBBF yeah someone thinks he’s a bust… they guy who writes the articles telling us that every day

  37. OBP Says:

    Loved the motor and intensity Carl brought last year, think he’s too big to play 3-4 OLB but you leave him at 5T DE he can still dominate here.

  38. OneBuc55 Says:

    Every single year we watch pass-rushers get overrated during the draft process ..how many actually come right in make an instant impact??.while promising what has guys like Clowny and Myles Garrett did so far??

    Imo, the Bucs got the right guy; rarely does a LBs grade out as high as White does…Todd Bowles got the QB for his defense…As someone posted earlier, this defense just got a whole lot better…

  39. NOSBOS Says:

    And a,to you folks at EA if you listening you better have him rated properly. Better not be a faster LB than him out this class on next years game.

  40. NOSBOS Says:

    OBP compare Carl size weight and measurable to Demarcus Ware bro. Not saying he Ware. But do the comparison.

  41. Todd Says:

    Last night’s biggest draft loser?!

    Tom Brady.

    He has to be sharting his pants after all that defensive talent was taken…to RUN HIM DOWN!

    And then he’ll win another Super Bowl.

    It’s the wife’s crystals or something.

  42. Ndog Says:

    I think we might have the most divisive media in the nation. Every freaking local outlet is ripping the pick. 620, Stroud, L ee the know nothing. How about let’s judge the player by what he does not what you wanted.

  43. Not there yet Says:

    Apparently the only guys know about being draft is the top 4 pass rushers. It’s the way to early article but instead of worrying about nassib it’s Jpp that will need to be cut next year not nassib. First pick is supposed to be a gimme day two is the earn your money day licht

  44. Billy_43 Says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again.

    I’m NOT giving up on Noah Spence.

    Just look at Vic Beasley for Atlanta.
    Drafted him as an OLB and he had like 15 sacks.
    Moved him to DE and he had 5 in back to back years.

    Noah Spence is an OLB not a DE.

    We are better off at OLB than we were at ILB and the football coaches knew it.
    The coach potatoes on the other hand need to watch and learn.

    Noah didn’t have teammates saying he is gonna break out last year for no reason at all. Dude blew out his shoulder because he doesn’t win with POWER and they asked him to.

  45. rrsrq Says:

    I think talent wise, Spence will become who we thought, the 10+ sack guy. He has just got a great vote of confidence, let’s see what the competition looks like under this new staff.

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

    If Spence becomes a successful OLB…the wasted years are on Jason Licht !

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

    Yo…moderator….get off the pot and release my posts….that should not be in moderation anyway !

  48. Bucsfanman Says:

    pick6- Nassib has already halved Gholston’s sack total for his six-year career in ONE season and for a fraction of the price.
    There’s hope for Nassib. I’m not sure why Ghoslton is even still on this roster.

  49. Bucsfanman Says:

    I truly hope Spence can at least contribute. He’s done nothing to indicate that he will, but there’s always hope.

  50. Costa Rica John Says:

    When the reincarnation of Lee Roy Selmon returns that’s when I will draft him over any other player. Go White! Go Bucs!!!

  51. ATrain Says:

    Why is Joe pushing for an edged rusher when we have almost 20 sacks between two guys on the edge

    We need OLine help that is the only chance Winston has to be great this year

  52. teacherman777 Says:

    3-4 possible lineups

    ????- OLB

    Can JPP and Nassib play OLB? Im not sure they are quick enough.

    Spence is our only other “true” 3-4 OLB.

    David, Buchanon and White are inside LB’s.

    I hope we will run lots of hybrid defenses with exitic looks.

    But I think we are missing a great OLB like Suggs.