The Bucs And Avery Williams

April 2nd, 2021

It’s fun to puff your chest out, bark at your annoying Browns-fan neighbor and declare Tampa Bay has no needs entering the 2021 NFL Draft.

It’s a fair statement. But there’s always room for improvement and adding stiff competition at a position is almost always a positive.

That’s one thing that made the Bucs’ 2020 run to the Super Bowl so intriguing. They gifted starting jobs in the secondary to a bunch of young kids and it all worked out perfectly.

Still, Joe would love to see the Bucs bring in more talent in the defensive backfield and preferably a guy who could be a dangerous return man. The Bucs tried to make recently-departed Ryan Smith that guy back in 2016. But as a rookie he turned out to be horrendous as a kick returner, averaging less than 17 yards per attempt, which is hard to do.

Enter 2021 draft prospect Avery Williams, a too-small cornerback out of Boise State. At 5-8, 195 pounds, he’s an explosive force who scored nine special teams touchdowns in college and blocked five kicks/punts. A 4.4 40-yard-dash time this week has opened more eyes to the two-time Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year.

Joe would love to see the Bucs select an interesting project like Williams late in the draft, a guy who potentially could be a difference-maker returner immediately.

14 Responses to “The Bucs And Avery Williams”

  1. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    We have the liberty of taking the best available players who might be a year away

  2. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    Kick returns have become rare. I hope we can find a punt returner!

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Ray Calais (UDA) last year possibly could have filled that role. But he was stolen off our practice squad almost immediately. I hope the KR/PR lack is addressed sometime in the draft. This guy Williams sounds pretty good. Wonder what round?

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    ST’s are the team weakness, coverage and returns. There needs to be a lot of focus there.

  5. Chuckstutz Says:

    Cobraboy agree completely with you. A glaring hole on an otherwise solid roster.

  6. Mike Honcho Says:

    If he was like a 5th or 6th rounder, maybe, if we’ve already addressed our other needs. Personally, I see those Boise State uni’s and I have bad memories of Jeremy McNichols. Just like Clemson after Gaines Adams and Da’Quan Bowers. The Clemson discomfort has mostly gone away, but not Boise.

  7. Doctor Stroud Says:

    No, thank you. He reminds me of the bad Dexter Jackson.

  8. Architek Says:

    Lord heavens can we please have a legit return game!!!!

  9. SKBucsFan Says:

    If he’s available in the 6th round I would pull the trigger. Could he be any worse than Mickens?

  10. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Absolutely true Cobra.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Check an interesting YT video on Tevon Jenkins called “This is the most violent man in college football.”

    I like violent Big Uglies.

  12. alaskabuc Says:

    @Mike Honcho- you nailed it brother. Between the Molly Hamster and Snoop Mcplaybook as Joe likes to call him, I’m hard passing on anything from Boise St.

  13. Sport Says:

    The kickoff return game is an NFL remnant at this point. There is next to zero reason to focus on it.

    Hell, I’d be happy to do the job. I can guarantee 25yds on every kickoff.

    In BA I Trust!

  14. Goldenbuc Says:

    I’m cool on Boise running backs for now… But if we draft him let’s rock out