April 4th, 2021

Fantastic status 

Researching another Bucs story, Joe found a comment that got Joe to chortle with glee.

Over at Buccaneers.com, resident Bucs historian and multimedia maven Scott Smith fielded a question from a reader asking what skill position is “the biggest need” to be filled on the third day of the draft.

(Smith assumed the reader was referring to offensive skill positions.)

Smith’s response was succinct and dead-on.

“I mean, none of them, really.”

And he is absolutely right. There is no position — skill or otherwise — the Bucs need to draft, no matter the round.

Let’s think about this: Quarterback? Nah. Running back? Nah. Wide receiver? Nah. Tight end? Hell no!

Now Joe could easily see the Bucs drafting a running back at No. 32. There is no guarantee Ronald Jones returns in 2022, and Joe doesn’t expect Playoff Lenny to return. So if someone is looking for holes, short of a terrible injury, that is very possibly a position of need right around the corner.

Joe believes the NFL adding a 17th game means having two competent backs will be more important due to the wear-and-tear those guys absorb.

Joe guesses you could make the same argument for offensive line, too.

37 Responses to ““None””

  1. Pa Privateer Says:

    Not in any order:

    QB, DL, OL, LB/edge. CB, S

    I would fine with BPA in any round

  2. BucEmUp Says:

    Dline for future and depth, oline for future and depth.

    I would say the biggest need for depth is at Corner.I love Davis, and really like Bunting and think Dean is pretty good.Could use some young talent in case of injuries.Those would be my first three positions to draft. Unless there is a qb you really like that brady could develope.

  3. Bird Says:

    I think rojo is gone after this year…and lenny is in one year deal so i am cool of they use 1st round on running back. Especially one that can catch and pass block …our receivers have average hands at best. Rojo has stone hands. I mean he struggles to catch a lofted screen pass at times. I dont get it. Even non athletic people can catch a dang football.

    And again i would be good with trask in round 3 . No sooner
    But i think bucs go after qb next year cause they will have clearer picture on what brady wants to do.

    Draft trenches…sucks dline is so week this year.

  4. Drebucsfan Says:

    Maybe the best roster we’ve ever seen as a true Bucs fan. But let’s not get too cocky here. I mean are we really sold on the Guard position outside of A. Marpet? And for crying out loud do we really not feel we can’t find an upgrade at starting cornerback via draft or atleast someone better than DEAN? The guy played well against A rod on ACOUPLE of plays but outside of that he’s was AVERAGE at BEST! Todd bowls has done a wonderful job with at best AVERAGE defensive back group! A. Winfield jr is a stud. He stands alone in that group

  5. Bird Says:

    Correction – our running backs have average hands at best

  6. Bird Says:


    Cappa did not give up a sack last tear that i can remember Maybe 1. Dude has gotten better each year and finally out in the proper weight likely helped
    But ge will likely go for the benjamins after this season

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Always draft linemen. Both sides.

  8. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I’d like to trade back and add a pick in the 3rd. I’d like to have the best available corner first followed by Edge, Dt offensive line in any order. Our corners showed up for the playoffs but were torched regularly during the season.

  9. Ron says Says:

    It would be a good time to pick up a great KR and punt returner who could be added for gadget plays. This is a area where we need to have someone reliable and explosive as it could make a difference in a few games to have a huge return or at least have the threat of it.

  10. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Am I clinically insane for wanting Bucs to trade all their picks for next year’s draft so we have 2 picks in every round???

  11. SKBucsFan Says:

    As much as I believe you keep adding O-line and D-line in the firstvround…Always! It’s refreshing that goingbinto this draft you don’t need to worry if you guy is there or not. Just draft the best available player and crack a beer!

  12. Mort Says:

    QB post Tommy

    That’s it. And they’re all depth pieces to ride the pine this year.

  13. IrishMist Says:

    Edge, OL, CB, DL, returner then OL again.

  14. Louis Says:

    The bucs are in the luxurious position of not having to draft to fill holes. Trading back for more picks this year causes more cuts of potentially good young players. Wouldn’t it be better to trade back to next years draft when added picks would benefit us more? I am not sure what next years interior dline candidates look like, as this year’s selection has been deemed weak, so I’m interested in finding out . Would trading out of the first this year for a second this year and perhaps a second or third in next years draft be beneficial?

  15. Casual Observer Says:

    Licht obviously nailed the last draft. Doubt if he’ll be so lucky two times in a row. But it could happen. A fun draft for him and for fans this time. I suspect he’ll do quite nicely – depth.

  16. alaskabuc Says:

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I’m gonna keep beating the Etienne gong. DT, Edge, OL all traditionally make more sense at pick 32, but I don’t know how you pass up on Etienne if he’s there. Lenny is gone next year and I am not banking on Vaughn. Etienne IMO has the potential to be every bit as good as Dalvin, AK, or CMac and passing on that level of talent is foolish.

  17. J.Allen Lofton Says:

    You hear it all the time, Defense wins titles. Good Corners and Edge rushers are always in short supply, so developing quality depth is a winning ticket to get you to the Super Bowl.

  18. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree with JAL – Hope the Bucs emphasize D depth in the draft. But also, as some here have noted, address our only weak spot – KR/PR/special teams too.

  19. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Jack Burton Mercer has a very good point. I agree with him unless Najee Harris or Travis Etienne are avaibale at 32. Even in that scenario a trade back to get more picks is an option.

  20. Jeffbuc Says:

    If ettiene or Harris are available at 32 you have to take one of them. If there gone you take the best available. A guy always free falls on draft day. I would only trade out of the first round for there 2nd round and 3rd round this year. And there second or third next year. Losing the 5 th year option on a player is a pretty big deal if he turns out to be a great player. Like Godwin if he was drafted in the first round we would only be paying him about 10 million this year and could franchise him next year.

  21. Allbuccedup Says:

    How many QBs on the roster Joe? Two underacheiving tight ends and one a season away from possible retirement. Not too many teams in the NFL are going to pay tight ends at the rate the Bucs are paying them. Suhs last year, Gholston last contract year, Jensen last year of contract. To say we don’t need anyone in the draft is not planning for the future. The Bucs, barring an injury to Brady, should back in the Superbowl. It wouldn’t hurt to get a couple of replacements for the players we may lose in 2022. Then in 2022 draft get whatever else we need.

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If AB isn’t signed, I could see a need for a #3 WR/KR/PR…….yep….we’ve got Miller & Johnson……but, in my book….they are two #4 receivers at this point….if either Godwin or Evans go down….we have a need….

    Other than that….I’d say adding to the Dline/Edge because those players usually are in a rotation…..

  23. Pittbucfan Says:

    A successor to TB is important imo. A plug n play fa would be very difficult. And i agree Joe, RB is important too. Can never have enough depth in the trenches.

  24. m0j0 Says:

    We have depth needs all over the place, including DE, DT, CB, Safety, OT, QB, etc. I expect we will take a flyer on a WR at some point just because the draft is so deep with them.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    RB makes sense. And almost any position makes sense…….But i think theres too much hype about RB……Let the Bucs do what they do. They are pretty danged good at it.

    I keep thinking back to last year. Just imagine if Clyde Edwards Helaire dropped to Round 2 and the Bucs passed and still drafted Winfield(I feel like they would have piccked Winfield over Helaire). All of yall would have cryed and screamed that the Bucs didnt take Helaire and as it turns out all yall would have been wrong.

    White, Wirfs, Bunting, Winfield, Dean have all been good to great picks. Since Bruce got here our top choices have been nearly flawless. Sit back and enjoy whomever they choose is what i say.

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    I could see the Bucs take a RB or QB or TE or OL or WR or DL or EDGE or LB or DB this year. I can make a case for any of those choices at 32.

    The only 2 positions I rule out would be K and P……Interior LB doesnt sound like much of a posibility but could makd sense if it was somebody very versitile with elite coverage skills that Bowles could move around. That moneybacker spot we saw a bit of.

  27. Allbuccedup Says:

    If they can’t trade down best player available!

  28. Buczilla Says:

    Pull a Ditka, but instead of giving away your entire draft for one player, just draft 7 edge rushers. One or two are bound to be decent. 😋

  29. Oxycondoms Says:

    Suh old , jpp getting up there in age or cant go wrong with protecting brady.

  30. Allbuccedup Says:

    Oxycondoms protect Brady hes the only QB on the roster better draft one unless Leftwhich is going too suit up.

  31. Hope springs eternal Says:

    Take the best player available at each round. Regardless of position he played.

  32. Frankinthe813 Says:

    There’s no QBs on the roster other than Brady… I’d say one is needed

  33. JimmyJack Says:

    Nobodies really talking about DB as an option but you gotta think that the Bucs got aplan for that position in the near furure with a couple guys they are needing to pay.

    It makes sense to draft a corner, just say, if they see somebody who is goid enough to fill Carlton Davis’s shoes……And I really hope the Bucs plan to keep Davis but if they wanna stay at low cost for that position instead it makes a lot of sense to draft a Corner now.

    Then you could look at guys like Suh and JPPand if they arent with us in 2022 you could fill the position in free agency….Which is more plausible if you have cheaper options for the secondary.

    Lots of ways the Bucs could approach this draft. Not sure there is one right or wrong way…..Makes a lot of sense for many of yall calling for BPA.

  34. Ericb Says:

    Agreed take the best position when its our turn…and make it even in the positions with depth but if an awesome rb or wr is open grab him but best player at the moment

  35. BigBucFan11 Says:

    I don’t see why Rojo would leave. Running behind this offensive line is a blessing. If he takes more money to play elsewhere, he’ll probably flop behind a bad offensive line. The staff likes him, he runs hard, and he blossomed last year. He’ll have plenty of chances to prove himself this year and he’s young. I think he stays.

  36. unbelievable Says:

    In order of “need”:
    DL / OLB

  37. SlyPirate Says:

    Chortle with glee?

    So, do you chortle with glee often?

    All hail Joe the Bard as he merrily chortles gayly persuasions with mirth and glee.

    Cancel the mead!