From A Few To 22, A Jason Licht Draft Story

April 21st, 2021

Changing world

Life has changed for Super Bowl GM Jason Licht, and he explained today that even includes how draft-prospect interviews flush out.

Joe knows first-hand how being a Bucs fan has improved by about 18,000 percent since the Bucs shook off the stench of The Lost Decade and crushed the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. So Joe’s curious how that translates behind the walls of One Buc Palace. Joe asked Licht about that today, as it relates to online interviews of potential draft picks. As reigning Super Bowl champion GM, do you sense any difference from the prospects when you talk to them on Zoom, and [feedback] from your staff, as well? Is there like an extra juice to them knowing that they’re talking to your team?

Bucs GM Jason Licht: You do a little bit. One of the questions that we’ll ask is, just to kind of get a gauge for their football passion. is how many players can you name from our team. In the past, they’d be able to name a few, but it seemed like this year they could name the entire starting lineup [on] both sides of the ball. That comes from playing a lot of prime-time game and that comes from playing in the Super Bowl. So, in terms of a little bit of juice, there was a little bit more; players were sitting up a little bit more, a little bit more wide-eyed, and a little bit more excited to talk about our team.

Yes, winning matters every single day.

Every Bucs draft pick is now coming to a historic roster that just won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and a veteran head coach who’s been coaching since 1975.

Joe would sit up and be more wide-eyed, too.

10 Responses to “From A Few To 22, A Jason Licht Draft Story”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’d ask them to name as many coaches as they could…..and what they thought of Travis Etienne.

  2. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Has our college scouting staff changed since Licht got here? I’m assuming that he used the Rock Star’s holdovers at first. Maybe that’s why the drafts were so bad. If he has replaced them over the course of his tenure then maybe that explains the better performance recently.

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    Who wouldn’t want to be on the greatest team of all time, even if they had to warm the bench most of their rookie year?

  4. Edward C Kerber II Says:

    The real test will be how many of the following can they recite: the park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback.

    True Bucs fans hear this in their sleep!

  5. Drunkinybor Says:

    Wow that’s crazy lol. I know so called die hard Buc fans that can’t name the starters. One Bucs fan asked me if I thought Simon Rice was better than elroy semen. I mean we were at a sports bar but still.

  6. Stanglassman Says:

    This was the most insightful answer in this interview. Great job.

  7. Mike Says:

    Hopefully the Bucs can get a few top level UDFA’s due to their winning ways!

  8. rrsrq Says:

    They only watched the games because they couldn’t go anywhere, signed The Sickness

  9. Steve M.] Says:

    Ed Kerber – Great Post ! I really enjoyed that!

  10. DRFEELGOOD Says:

    Great point Mike! That concept had never crossed my mind.