Ian Beckles Is Good With Bucs Drafting A QB At No. 32

April 10th, 2021

“Beckles, you don’t know sh!! about QBs, OK? But I still love ya’ man.”

Sometimes upon reflection, one sees an answer in a different light.

And that is the case with former Bucs guard and popular local sports radio personality, Ian Beckles.

Beckles used to think it was dumb as hell when people told him the Bucs should draft a quarterback at No. 32. Look who the Bucs have at quarterback.

So you are going to burn a guy’s inexpensive years while he languishes on the sidelines charting plays in the brutal Florida sun? Dumb.

Since, Beckles took to his podcast, “In the Trenches” and confessed he’s thinking differently. Now he’s OK with Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht selecting a quarterback No. 32 overall.

“I’m going to retract that,” Beckles said of his previous anti-quarterback stance.

“I’m going to take that back. If your guy falls — and I don’t mean one of the top three or four, they ain’t going to fall to 32, it’s not going to happen — but if a guy you feel can possibly be the future of this team falls to 32, this may be the time to do it.”

Look, Joe has been hoping the Bucs draft a quarterback because Joe believes the coaches and the presence of 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 Tom Brady, this is a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for a young quarterback.

But at No. 32? Not sure about that. Joe is of the mind that since the Bucs are all-in in their quest to Go for Two, only draft players you think can make an immediate impact. And a position that has the narrowest learning curve is running back.

If Licht doesn’t think a guy (or position) has a shot to make plays to help the Bucs return to the Super Bowl, then pass on him. The future is now.

Beckles also remarked that the Bucs are sitting pretty.

“For the first time I ever remember, the Buccaneers can go into the draft and just say, ‘Let’s just see what comes up,'” Beckles said. “We don’t need anything. We could use things but we don’t need anything.”

As always, Beckles welcomes feedback and encourages listeners to submit Bucs questions by e-mailing him at IanBeckles@RadioInfluence.com.

Enjoy today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast, presented by Bill Currie Ford.

32 Responses to “Ian Beckles Is Good With Bucs Drafting A QB At No. 32”

  1. Kalind Says:

    Oh good! As long as we have his permission then..

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m glad Beckles is good with it….but I’m not.

  3. MadMax Says:

    Unless its Trevor or Mac, nope…..next year

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    I think the draft for us is simple…..take best available at the positions we rank in priority. Licht has shown a consistent ability to find WR, Linemen, RB and DBs in rds 2-4. I dont see those as being a high priority with picks in rds 1-2. I think DT, DE, QB or possibly LB are areas where we can get a solid long term starter.

  5. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Given the two year window to potentially win it all now…I disagree. Buc history has shown that signing FA QBs vs first round disappointment after disappointment ( Vinny, Dilfer, Freeman, Winny ) might just be the way to go. I am warming to the idea of a running back at that position, however. Decent chance both Jones & Fournette are gone in 2022.

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    @Beckles … ‘Let’s just see what comes up.’ I think that’s our strategy in a nutshell. If someone really good falls to #32 who JL & the coaches like, then hey, pull the trigger. If another team makes a quality offer for our #32 pick and there’s no player that we REALLY want on the board, then hey, pull the trigger. Bucs are in a good draft position to ‘just see what comes up’ this year. Including MAYBE drafting a QB this year.

    Hopefully though we’re looking at another option. There are a number of 1st Rnd QB picks who’ve been ‘discarded’ by their initial teams (Jameis being one of them). In some cases, I think there’s a decent probability that the reason they flopped is because the team that drafted them really stunk OR did a crappy job of developing them. IOW, there a probably several ex-#1 picks who still have excellent potential & could possibly develop very nicely by sitting behind Tom Brady for a year or 2 (we don’t know at this point IMO how much longer Tom will choose to continue playing). Hopefully Bucs are investigating an option like that (and not just to add him to the Practice Squad like we did Josh Rosen).

  7. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Lol Canadian Bacon smh

  8. Mitch Says:

    The only QB prospect at 32 that the bucs should consider is Mac Jones. No one else of the tope 5 QB’s could drop that low (unless they pull a Larry Tunsil).

    If Mac is their then take him. If he isn’t there at 32 take an Edge Rusher/ILB. After that address as many of the following positions: OL/DL, RB, the secondary (ST value), WR (ST value), and maybe a developmental QB.

  9. Mitch Says:

    Meant to say that if Mac is their guy* then take him.

  10. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    He’ll always be Canadian Bacon to me

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Mac Jones will be long gone by 32.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe if Lawrence drops to #32…

  13. Bird Says:

    No qb worth a first wound will be there at 32. Im ok if second or third round for qb. And If bucs move back , they can get extra pick for qb.
    Their first pico should still be able to contribute this year even with our loaded talented team ( if running back that can catch like etienne or swing tackle when they go 6 wide or rotational dline contributor)

    Heck. They should try and move up with their later picks. Get a few solid players in rounds 2-5 …maybe returner in 5

    Chances of 6 or 7th have no chance with this star riddled team

  14. BeLOWME Says:

    Wow. What insight.

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    At #32 I would prefer RB. Probably will be a much more explosive player to go for a SB run than the 5th best QB on the board. Any QB that can be had with the 32nd pick would I bet still be available in later rounds. Do not waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on QB.

  16. PSL Bob Says:

    Guess no one should have ever taken Tom Brady. He certainly wasn’t ranked in the top tier of QBs of his draft. Two points. 1. Winning now and drafting a QB are not mutually exclusive. 2. With the exception of perhaps Garoppolo, no QB ever drafted has had the opportunity to be mentored under Tom Brady and the QB-oriented coaches in Tampa right now. Pick someone with the right metrics and groom him to be the post-Brady replacement. I’ll be the first to admit, it may not work out, but why not give it a chance. This opportunity may never exist again.

  17. Couch Fan Says:

    What rookie is going to have an immediate impact on a team that has all 22 starters returning? A RB that will most likely be #3 on the depth chart? A WR that will also be #3? No rookie is going to have an immediate impact unless we get an injury. This is absolutely the best time for us to draft a QB. This just seems like common sense to me.

    If im a GM, im trying to take advantage of Brady in every way possible. A future QB to sit behind and learn from the GOAT is a big part of that.

  18. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    At #32 I would prefer RB or Pass Rusher, IF we stay in the first round.

  19. Bird Says:

    Couch fan

    If its a running Back that can catch like etienne , he will be at least their 3rd down back so he will have immediate impact

    Bucs did not have that last year and brady loves to throw to back if nothing downfield James white has 168 first down catches while for patriots. Most of those from brady

    Offense would be unstoppable
    Yards / points / completion all go way up

  20. '79 Defense Says:

    “…but if a guy you feel can possibly be the future of this team falls to 32…”

    When has a QB the Bucs drafted ever been the future of the team?

  21. All lives matter Says:

    That 5th year is a nice option and it would give a rookie plenty of time to learn behind Brady before he retires …but. I wouldn’t reach for one @ 32 if there is better talent at other needed positions sitting there. That’s the real question. Does the 5th year mean that much for a lesser talented QB @32 when that same QB could probably be had with the second round pick?

  22. All lives matter Says:

    I think they should bring in Alex Smith behind Brady this season.

  23. David Says:

    Not happening. I cannot imagine it won’t be D line, except for maybe one of the top two running back‘s.
    I love Travis E in this offense.

    That said, Joe’s point about Carlton Davis’ salary jumping up 10 million or more next year makes a good case for drafting a CB if a top one is available.
    Personally I would still rather go D line and go CB in another round.
    I also think Dean is ready to explode and become very, very good.

  24. SB~LV Says:

    I can certainly understanding that happening

  25. Buczilla Says:

    What if one of the top 4 guys drops to 25 or so? Do we trade a second to go get him. There are rumors that Justin Fields may have issues at the pro level and qb’s have fallen before. Hell, we could have had Aaron Rogers for gosh sakes. Way to go Chucky!

  26. Cainishere Says:

    Bucs need to draft the Qb at 32 and let Brady pick who he wants.

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    Draft DE or anywhere along that DL with the first rounder at 32.

    A rotational rookie to spell the old dudes that they’ve got.

  28. Brandon Says:

    Rayjay1122 Says:
    April 10th, 2021 at 9:35 am
    At #32 I would prefer RB. Probably will be a much more explosive player to go for a SB run than the 5th best QB on the board. Any QB that can be had with the 32nd pick would I bet still be available in later rounds. Do not waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on QB


    I don’t want a 1st round QB… but you surely must realize that Dan Marino was the 5th QB off the board with the 2nd to last pick of round 1 with the Dolphins fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, right?

  29. Hodad Says:

    There used to be a saying around here, weapons for Winston, what’s changed? Give Brady a toy out of the back field like Etienne. We become unstoppable.

  30. Buc59$ Says:

    Cant have a different opinion obviously

  31. Mike Johnson Says:

    But only if a QB is there that they really like. I get this feeling a Great to be RB might be there at 32. If so, we gotta take him.

  32. Steve M. Says:

    All really good QBs will be gone by 32. No one could predict, that Tom Brady, picked in the 6th round would be that good. Most of the great ones are picked in the top 10.