Buzzing For Thomas?

April 4th, 2020

Behind-the-scenes chatter.

Since Mike Mayock threw in the towel on his draft business and ran off to the west coast to hang with Chucky and spar with Antonio Brown, there have been a few guys who have risen to steal some of Mayock’s draft thunder.

Of course, Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, has pretty much filled Mayock’s shoes at the NFL Network. And Joe’s good friend Emory Hunt, the Czar of the Playbook, has steadily risen up the food chain after years of grinding. Why Hunt has not been hired by NFL Network, Joe has no idea.

A guy fairly well plugged-in who seems fairly well respected in the NFL draft community is Matt Miller of Bleacher Report. He had a “buzz” notebook early this week focused on what he is hearing about each team.

With the Bucs, Miller understands the scuttlebutt is they are hunting for an offensive tackle at No. 14.

With Tom Brady locked up, look at offensive tackle in Round 1 as the biggest need and also best value. If Andrew Thomas (Georgia) or Austin Jackson (USC) is there, the Buccaneers could get a plug-and-play left tackle to protect the GOAT.

Now this is the first time Joe has seen Jackson linked to the Bucs. USC has a strong history of producing damn good tackles.

Then again, USC has a strong history of pumping out tailbacks. How has that worked out for the Bucs?

Cool thing about Thomas is, while appearing on “PFT Live” at the combine this past winter, he said it will hit really him whenever he gets to share the same field of play as Tom Brady.

Imagine if he is drafted by a team to specifically block for Brady?

34 Responses to “Buzzing For Thomas?”

  1. adam from ny Says:

    we get brady – and now we’re on the brink of no season at all… 🙁

    #Covid19 #ItsAyeBucsLife

  2. Colonel_mp Says:

    Draft him if he is available!

  3. Jean Lafitte Says:

    He’s the pick if he’s there at #14. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Bucs move up a couple spots to get him.

  4. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Surprised to see Jackson mentioned there. If they want him he will definitely be there at 14.

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

    BucLuck…big run on players the Bucs need/covet every draft year 🙂 before their pick

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    No one else has penciled in an O-lineman, other than the Big 4, for the Bucs at #14. Think we need to stay with the consensus plug-and-play players, which does not include Jackson, even if that means trading up to get one.

  7. Just curious Says:

    Wonder why Joe turned the comments off on the vote for Ira thread. Is it because his argument that we should vote for him because he is 83!! LOL NOT because he is good but because he is 83! Can’t believe that Joe is part of the cover up for this fake Buc fan. We all know he roots for the Chiefs. Be honest Joe and change the name of your site to JoeBuc/

  8. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Adam, we are on the brink of nothing. The NFL has the benefit of lots of time and planning. Will happily bet you $1000 dollars that there will be a season. Actually you know what, I kinda wish the China virus would just take out the weak, I don’t want to live in a society where a bunch a little candy asses are walking around with masks. Hope everyone is enjoying their free trial of socialism

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Jackson is typically listed in the ‘Top-5’ (Wirfs, Thomas, Becton, Wills, Jackson) as opposed to the ‘Next-5’ (Wilson, Wanogho, Jones, Adams, Peart) . Picking him at #14 might still be considered a reach IMO, but grabbing him in Rnd 2 would be a steal. If Bucs by-pass an OT in Rnd 1 in favor of BPA at another position of need, they should probably move up in Rnd 2 if they expect to get Jackson. Or just accept the consolation prize (one of the Next-5) and be happy.

  10. Pick6King Says:

    Has Jamoist been given a contract yet? Asking for a friend.


  11. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I would be happy to vote for IRA but I’m not a subscriber to twitter and so cannot sign in to do so. Happy to vote for him if you can tell me how…short of subscribing to twitter….I’ve never been a follower kind of guy.

    If IRA’s 83 I am humbled! I thought I was doing pretty well at 72 but I wouldn’t wish to keep up with IRA. Thanks for the inspiration for another old dude!

    As for Thomas…fine…but if people are planning on drafting him to play LT that’s just not going to happen…at least next year. We have LT money invested already in DS…and why waste the year for him to learn a new position which he claims he is unqualified to play.

    If you’re looking longer term as in starting Thomas on the right side and then dumping DS when his contract does not kill us with dead cap…OK…but it’s not going to happen in 2020.

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Don’t be surprised if the Bucs draft board doesn’t match the consesus. Every year there some supposted “Big 3” or this year “Big 4” but it never plays out that way. It’s usually is close.

    You can almost bet that these “Big 4” OT will not be the first 4 Tackles selected. Happens every year.

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Jackson is a really good player and a better man. Would be a great addition.

  14. Joe Says:

    I’m not a subscriber to twitter and so cannot sign in to do so.

    You afraid the boogeyman will bite if you sign up for Twitter (which is free)? 🙂 It’s the best source of news and information on the planet.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    Don’t used Twitter either. I did try it once or twice but got very confused.

    Plus my momma told me that Twitter and Facebook are the tools of the devil.

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:


    LMAO….Touche…OK I’ll sign up…I didn’t realize their platform was free. And I’m truly happy to vote for IRA.

    One reason I’ve never bothered is because every time I see a story on the internet that refers to a twitter post they link that thread.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “You afraid the boogeyman will bite if you sign up for Twitter (which is free)? 🙂 It’s the best source of news and information on the planet.”

    The Donald agrees Joe. It got him elected.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    JimmyJack … “Plus my momma told me that Twitter and Facebook are the tools of the devil.” Given a choice between listening to Joe or listening to your mama, ALWAYS listen to your mama JimmyJack.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’d also bet a $1000 that we will have a season………even if it’s without fans in the stands……the TV money is too big….And, imagine the ratings if many are still at home…..
    But it’s simply not going to happen… then we will have the capability of performing tens of millions of tests……they have them down to 5 minutes… it’s even possible fans could be tested prior to entry….(not likely…too expensive)
    But players/coaches could easily be tested prior to games.

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Pigskin … Typo (Jackson’s their #5 Tackle not #2).

  21. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    30Face, If I lived in Tampa area I’d take you up on the $1,000 no-season bet. But, instead, I’ll satisfy myself in typing this that will undoubtedly get erased by whatever Joe is on this thread.
    Wishing that the “China” virus (wonder where you got that label) were to die because you can’t stand to see “a bunch of candy asses walking around in masks.” What a guy! Did you ever think that those people might have more intelligence in their butt cheeks than you have between your ears? Why not show what a macho man you are be going around the hospital wards telling the virus cases they are victims of a left-wing “socialist” plot. Maybe you could get a medal at Mira-Lago.
    Wouldn’t it be ironic if those who believe their Dear Leader and party hardy with a bunch of strangers (maybe at a game) are the ones that get sick and weeded out. Of course, that won’t happen because very, very smart people like you know what to do. Maybe you are also a stable genius.

  22. Cgmaster27 Says:

    @pick6 still cant het jameis’jock out of your mouth? Funny how its the trolls who cant move on.

  23. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    TB Bucfan, you have got it all worked out how NFL could have a season without fans because they could do a 5 min test for players and coaches before the game. All EXCEPT for a small item: what happens when a player or coach, who live in the real world, tests positive? They are not the only one excluded from play. The whole team is quarantined plus last team to play them. Think that will work for the league? When we have a vaccine/treatment we will have a season. Until then team sports is over.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    I already got the virus back in December. Didn’t think much of it at the time. Just figured I got the flu. But it was defientally one of the worst flus I’ve had.

    And where did I catch it? At Ray Jay. Hahaha. Den of Depression indeed. Falcons game.

    Anybody else went to that game and woke up sick as a dog on Monday?

  25. Soberinsac Says:

    @sweetface30. You sound really tough and very strong! I hear ya me and you we ain’t gonna let some china virus make us take precautions. Shoot I saw one fella wash his hands right after he peed! Can you believe that. Me and you we know them germs aint real cuz um you can’t see um hahaha. Socialists are taking over and makin men into sum gosh darn sissy boys. Suuuueeee!! boy I yell ya it like the blind leading thee Um what’s it thee Um deaf. You ain’t never see us worry bout china threats and such. What happens to them good ole days. Cuz I just don’t know what is going on anymore.

  26. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Thomas would be a wonderful addition to the team. He is great at both run and pass blocking, and plays with a nasty streak. I’d be thrilled if he was there at 14. Blocking for Tom Brady would probably be a dream come true for him….or any other rookie lineman!

  27. SOEbuc Says:

    People keep talking a OT to protect Brady and have no clue we paid our LT $40 million this past year (if you can’t see me I’m breaking my dry wall with my head).

    Only way I go with oline at #14 it’s gonna be one of the top four (minus Wirfs) to protect Brady from the back and BA and Jason can break their dry wall at OBP when they realized they paid Don $40 million to switch him to RT!!!

    So if anyone does good drywall, let me know after the draft I might be able to get you two good jobs for you.

  28. Aubpierce Says:

    Joe since indirectly you brought up ROJo, he would have rushed for over 1000 yds had your QB not turned the ball over once every 28.5 plays. The defense would have been much higher ranked. Would have probably won time of possession . The first two picks should be offensive line, the third QB, and the fourth AJ Dillon.

  29. MadMax Says:

    The great thing about Thomas is he can play RT as well as LT. I hope we get him since im pretty sure the other 3 are gone. And if something happens and we need him at LT, he would be a great plug and play…..thats another reason I want him. We’re good at LT for now. If we missed out but was able to grab Matthew Peart or Ezra in the 3rd, that would be good too.

  30. Destinjohnny Says:

    I think he is slightly better then Donovan ability wise
    As far as desire and fire.. he has heaps more

  31. Buczilla Says:

    Unless your offensive line is stacked with pro bowlers (not a single one on our line) then drafting an offensive lineman in the first round is ALWAYS a good idea.

  32. catcard202 Says:

    Thomas is as polished a Pro Set LT as there is, in this draft…So, it’s very likely he’s gone before Bucs pick.

  33. Ricky Ricardo Says:

    Theres no way they trade up. They will make it known before the draft that they COULD take a Rb, Ot, D-Tackle or Edge, or Qb, then wait for the phone to ring.

    They need picks, not to give them away. Unless of course you intend to fill the roster with undrafted free agent running backs. Some have succeeded, most have not.

    They need every pick they can get in this one. Tony Mandarich was cant miss too. 2nd Rd would be fine as long as we can farm some picks.

  34. Brandon Says:

    Then again, USC has a strong history of pumping out tailbacks. How has that worked out for the Bucs


    Jones can be good. You can’t get 4.2 YPC by sucking. But you can average far less than 4.0 like Melvin Gordon did in four of five years and have Joe clamoring for him. I don’t get you.

    Ricky Bell worked out fairly well for us.