Would Bucs Roll Dice On Damaged Goods?

April 27th, 2021

Miami DE Jaelan Phillips.

This could be a brilliant move. Or it could be Da’Quan Bowers 2.0.

That would be the Bucs drafting Miami pass rusher Jaelen Phillips. Like another big-name ACC pass rusher, Phillip has a lot in common with Bowers, the former pass-rushing specialist and guitar-strumming, pistol-packing Bucs bust out of Clemson.

Bowers had a bad knee. But in the second round, former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik played Russian Roulette and picked Bowers. Problem for Dominik was the final chamber happened to be the lone loaded chamber.

Yes, Phillips is a damn good and a gifted edge rusher. But he is no stranger to injuries. In fact, he sat out a full year of football because of concussions and then transferred from UCLA to Miami.

Joe’s good friend Mike Tanier of Pro Football Network believes the chance for Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht to have a transformative pass rush will be too much of a lure to ignore.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami FL

What do you give Super Bowl champions who have everything? How about even more edge-rush help! Jaelan Phillips has some exceptional pass-rush moves and tested as a superhero at Miami’s Pro Day. His concussion history is a major concern, but the Buccaneers have so much depth at the edge that they can manage Phillips’ playing time.

If Tom Brady seems a little more creaky, it won’t matter, because the opposing quarterback will be too busy picking clumps of dirt from his facemask to notice.

Joe gets what Tanier is suggesting, but man, having to sit out a full season because of concussions is a major, major red flag. All it takes is just one hit. Could be in training camp, could be in preseason, could be in a game, and bam, Phillips is out for the year or maybe for good.

How much of a gambler is Licht?

39 Responses to “Would Bucs Roll Dice On Damaged Goods?”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Not I ….

  2. Mort Says:

    Nah. Gimme a QB to develop behind Tom. Draft Kellen Mond.

  3. BuucccNASTY Says:

    If he’s that good he will be drafted, but with concussions the way they are in the NFL with the seriousness and liability/PR nightmare inherent with it.. I say he drops to round 3 or later

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We’ve got damaged goods at Edge Rusher right now…..JPP…….works for him……but it’s all a crap shoot….

    There are too many healthy prospects….pass.

  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    Not too many “sure-fire” edge rushers in this draft and a LOT of question marks. Not at #32, IMO.

  6. Medicated Pete Says:

    If he has bendy levers, I’d pound the table & hitch my wagon to him

  7. alaskabuc Says:

    If it was a history of any type of injury other than a concussion I would be willing to gamble. IMO concussions are not something you hope to overcome. When a player has prone to getting concussed it only seems to grow worse the more they play. Pass please

  8. Fred mcneil Says:

    The concussions could have been more bad technique than medical.
    He made it through the year at Miami fine.

  9. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Concussions often don’t heal completely. It is a cumulative injury. Then later it’s CTE. NFL is a lot tougher than the Pac 12.

  10. Waterboy Says:

    Bowers had other issues besides injuries! He played poorly vs top teams in the ACC and accumulated most of his sacks vs Duke, Wake Forest and NC State which were the 3 worst teams at the time. I havent done a deep dive into Phillips as to how he played vs other good OTs (ie- Clemson) but I would be hesitant to take Phillips if there are still other starter quality DEs or LBs on the board late first round. To me, Phillips should only be considered with our second round pick!

  11. 813bucboi Says:


    c.baremore @ #32 or trade down…

    GO BUCS!!!

  12. Frankinthe813 Says:

    Don’t we always ? Jack Cichy, Kendall Beckwith, et al

  13. zzbuc Says:

    “Buccaneers have so much depth at the edge that they can manage Phillips’ playing time.”…..

    Depth??? Please show me the depth because I can’t see it…you have two VERY good players JPP and Shaq…..and then???? If one of this two goes down who is next?

    Defense is where GM should go this draft, specially on a very good pass rusher, I can’t imagine JPP playing ahead of this year…..

  14. lambeau Says:

    UCLA doctors wouldn’t clear him to play.Period.
    But due to his outstanding talent most mocks have him going before #32.

  15. Bobby M. Says:

    I think the smart move is to either draft a high upside position….that would QB or DE. Or go with what Licht has shown ability to draft well…OL, LBs, WRs, TEs. I think RB, CB are developmental positions, we can snag them in rds 2-4.

  16. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If he falls to the mid second round, I would consider trading up for him but not at #32.

  17. bucnole Says:


  18. Hodad Says:

    You would think the Canes had the best pass rush in all of college football with two edge rushers looking to get drafted in the first round this year. So why didn’t they? I know! Both of their guys are over rated. Their defense actually sucked. Something doesn’t add up, and it’s their scary not so good edge rushers.

  19. DingleBerry Says:

    Unlike Bowers, Phillips is by far the best pass rusher in the draft. If he falls all the way to to 32, you absolutely have to take him.

    Dalvin Cook had 3 major surgeries and numerous soft tissue injuries and that didnt stop you from wanting him. If you can ball you can ball.

  20. SickofLosing Says:

    Hard pass in the 1st two rounds, if he’s there at the end of the 3rd or maybe move up in the 3rd, I’d be ok with that risk

  21. Bradinator Says:

    He’ll be gone before 32, and it’s mistake. That injury history is way too scary to invest in a 1st rnd pick. Concussion history? Stay away!

  22. Cainishere Says:

    No thanks. Durability is a major factor in today’s NFL

  23. windbaggery Says:

    I’d take him in the 3rd round. That’s how seriously I take the concussion history. He’s one hit away from a career ending head injury.

  24. Buc4evr Says:

    Not unless it’s in the 5th or 6th round. Otherwise too much risk with the concussion history. Please stay away from this guy Licht.

  25. Joe Says:

    Jack Cichy

    At least Cichy was a throwaway sixth-round pick.

  26. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Bowers…rousseau and phillips have big time bust potential. Stay away!

  27. Mike Says:

    Not only would I take him, but I would trade up to the mid twenties if he’s still on the board to take him.

  28. David Says:

    Hell no. I think Jason Licht has learned his lesson with that. If you want to roll the dice with damaged goods and do it fourth round or later. The first three rounds should consistently build your foundation and that is what he has done the last few years in the draft

  29. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Ah No… damaged goods, look for a diamond in the ruff or future QB at #32

  30. SlyPirate Says:

    Irresponsible to pick a guy with that many serious concussions.

    I don’t believe he should even be medically cleared to play in college, let alone the NFL.

  31. Ben Says:

    I watched a special on this guy, wondering why they keep saying he sat out a year due to concussions. In his interview, he mentioned he had a lot of tissue injuires, not specifically concussions, which started to take their toll on him. He wasnt enjoying football due to the injuires, was not having fun with the rehabs, and as a result started to drift from the sport and become more involved in music. I think if teams do their homework and it checks out he could be a steal. Phillips indicated once he was back healthy he loved playing the game.

  32. Ben Says:

    If the concussions are legit then I would say pass. He would be smart to retire if they persist.

  33. SufferingSince76 Says:

    If he can’t help this season, do not do it. One hard hit and he is likely gone for the season.

  34. Mike28277 Says:

    What Ben said…

  35. Joeypoppems Says:

    Idk, there is probably nobody at 32 that would have the upside of Phillips if available. He is worth the risk imo. Not like he has to come in and play 100% of snaps. The beauty of returning all 22 starters is that u can swing for the fences, so why not take a shot?

  36. Brad Says:

    Wrong damaged goods. Trade up if the CB slips to the 20s

  37. Joeypoppems Says:

    Plus didnt he miss 2019? He played all last season lol. Is it a concern? Sure, but he has a year of football under his belt since. The whole “next hit could be his last” mentality is a bit dramatic

  38. Bbro Says:

    It’s a gamble but I remember when a gamble like that paid off huge in #99 Happy Sappy

  39. itzok Says:

    this kid will get drafted before the bucs pick. He is top 10 talent. His medical will scare some but not all. If he did fall the bucs should take him