Jason Licht Reveals Opening-Rounds Plan

May 8th, 2021

Super Bowl general manager Jason Licht entered last week’s NFL Draft with a few firm convictions.

In no particular order, the first was to not draft a kicker early (though the Bucs mysteriously and quietly signed college football’s best kicker after the draft).

Joe will let Licht’s words to Beckles & Recher on WDAE radio tell the rest of the story.

”I had already made a determination I didn’t want to trade a second-round pick or even a third-round pick this year or future high picks to move up. Because I think those picks are going to be very, very valuable next year,” Licht explained. ”I kind of forsee next year’s draft maybe being better. So we let the board come to us.”

Licht went on to explain the Bucs had a few players in mind at picks No. 32 (Round 1) and at No. 64 (Round 2). If none were available, Licht said he would have traded down, in either round.

30 Responses to “Jason Licht Reveals Opening-Rounds Plan”

  1. Fred mcneil Says:

    When you’re drafting for backups and special teamers the draft looks a lot different, I’d bet.

  2. Fred mcneil Says:

    It seems there won’t be many defensive tackles next year, either, from what I’ve heard.
    Hopefully, Suh and JPP will last 2 more years.

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    I’ve heard Trevor Sikkema talking about Trask, and he’s paid a lot more attention to him than I have, and his take away was exactly the same thing I’ve thought from watching his tape. The guy doesn’t have NFL tape, and people saying he his arm is strong are talking about deep he can through it, but that is without velocity, and those passes in the NFL are going to get picked off – you can throw up rainbows. According to him, he’s really seen no evidence that Trask can throw with velocity, and that is the same thing I’ve thought. His pro-day was his best film, but even then there was only a few plays where he showed even an acceptable NFL arm – but the good news is that at least he showed it, since his college tape looked like Danny Wuerffel.

    Anyways, I’m still going to assume the Bucs know something I don’t know, but there is no way you can watch those soft touchpasses in college and come away thinking that’s an NFL player. It will be interesting to see how he does, in a real game, when he’s got to put zip on the ball, get rid of quickly and still be accurate. However I don’t know if we’ll learn anything in the preseason since when he gets into the game in the 3rd quarter it’s going to be against Kash n’ Karry bagboys, although one bagboy, Kurt Warner, did make it in the NFL.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    I have a feeling if he has any hidden talents not seen on tape, Brady and these coaches will bring it out. If not, well at least they gave it a shot. There’s always next year’s draft.

  5. JA Says:

    For all those who think Trask cannot put zip on the ball, yet can throw it deep, here’s the math …
    I’ve left question marks that can prove your point. Fill them in and get back to me:

    v1v = 10.31275m/s
    av = -9.8m/s squared (acceleration of gravity)
    dv = 1.8288m
    t = 2.75s
    dvmax = ?
    v vertical max = ?

    v1h = v2h = 6.31275m/s
    ah = 1.3301m/s squared
    dh = 45.72m
    t = 2.75s

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Gee, didn’t JayMiss throw with a lot of velocity?

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    Fact is JA is on to something: you cannot throw deep *without* velocity, rainbow or not. Physically impossible.

  8. Scbucsfan Says:

    Rod Munch after the last couple of drafts management has earned my patience to see if Trask is worth the pick. I hope they are correct but I’m not questioning them.

  9. JA Says:

    Cobraboy is correct.

  10. Hodad Says:

    [No one is God and if you could pick better than Licht you’d be working in the NFL. You’d think if a guy can build a Super Bowl-winning roster you’d give the same guy the benefit of the doubt. Calm down. — Joe]

  11. Mark2001 Says:

    Jameis threw with touch to the guys on the other team.

  12. Bucsfan951 Says:

    [Google is your friend. — Joe]

  13. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    Hahaha JA uses math to silence the trash talk. This is a 40:60 sci:nosci crowd round these boards at best so see where it lands. Got a visual of Homer Simpson with the monkey clanging cymbals in his brain.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Is it possible that Trask can, but chooses not to, throw with velocity? We will see..

    It seems like if he doesn’t have the arm for the NFL….that would have concerned Licht, Arians, Leftwich, Moore, Christiansen & Brady…..

  15. Gordon Says:

    Trask played very well in Florida and was rated as one of the best QB on the draft around 5th or 6. Now you have Tom Brady who is the highest rated QB ever in NFL to train Trask on how to be great. Tom Brady was taken by the Patriots last in the draft but he turn out beyond great and Trask can be the same as him. Also Tom Brady likes and respects Trask, greatly and has invited him to work with him immediately on passing and other things. It is impossible for anyone to completely evaluate Trust, now because he is only 22 years old and is in a great position to become like Tom Brady!

  16. windbaggery Says:

    Pollyanna fantasyland. Be like Tom Brady? Please…

  17. Aceofaerospace Says:

    The quicker Mr Pick-6 threw the ball, the quicker the defender was able to return it for a TD.

  18. lambchop Says:

    I will take touch and accuracy over velocity any day. All they have to do is try to remove routes that require velocity (Outs). Infameis had velocity, but he still had a TON of pick-6s on the Out routes. Out routes require anticipation, timing, and knowing your WRs breakpoint. That comes with practice, but there will always be corners who will gamble on that route and jump it.

    Other than that, don’t throw into double coverage and small windows.

    If the kid didn’t have touch and accuracy, velocity would be a bigger problem. Maybe, Tom Moore and Clyde can improve his mechanics to get a little more juice out of him. I am dang sure all of those QB gurus saw his tape and thought, “We can work with this.”

  19. lambchop Says:

    Also, with the amount of sheer weapons on our offense, a QB can literally go through his progressions and find a favorable matchup. Don’t force the ball. There’s no better QB to learn from, in that regards, than Tom Effin’ Brady. This kid is in good hands, it’s up to him to want to be great. Hopefully, reading NFL defenses will not come too difficult for him under guidance.

    If you don’t want to be great looking at how Brady handles his business, you must not have a pulse or a competitive bone in your body.

  20. SB~LV Says:

    Velocity and arm strength.
    I am sure on every designed passing play Trask can get the ball to “the spot” before the receiver gets there.

  21. Marine Buc Says:

    I’m happy with our draft. Going in I had OLB, QB2, OL depth and DB depth as our biggest needs and we filled those needs plus got another solid WR in the process.

    Go Bucs!

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I agree, Marine Buc. You know things are great in Bucsland when the biggest complaints are about the backup QB and the backup to the backup QB. Life is good for Bucs fans, enjoy it while you can!

  23. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    The last QB we drafted had a rifle of an arm and threw a record 30 interception. Now we have Brady who has an average arm and his interception to touchdown ratio is one of the best in the league.

    Another misconception, QBs that can run are better than the classic pocket passers. This has been proven wrong time after time. While there are some great running QBs, most fail in the NFL.

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    Look, Licht has more than earned his right to do what he thinks is right, but just watch Trask’s tape, then watch Danny Wuerffel and tell me how they’re different players. It’s so incredibly obvious that there is zero zip on the ball, it’s absolutely amazing to me he was drafted anywhere close to the 2nd round — and it’s not like my take is an original take, more than half the scouting reports I’ve read on the guy all say he has a noodle arm.

    What I’m saying, more than anything, is I’m not sure what the Bucs know that isn’t on his tape. I’m more or less wondering if they have some tape where he’s slinging, at NFL speed somewhere, because his college tape is a college passer who never excels in the NFL. The only thing close would be maybe Drew Brees, but Trask’s college tape is Drew Brees velocity in half. I’ve never seen, in my life anyways, a passer who can throw that way in the NFL with any success.

    Which again, brings me back to wondering what Bucs know that isn’t on his tape. Outside of his pro-day, as far as I know, no teams did any private workouts. If I’m wrong on that, I have no idea how I missed it, but let me know.

    Anyways, I’ll be interested to see how he does when everything is put on fast forward, since that’s going to have to happen. If he can get it done at an NFL level, then fantastic. But the Bucs have never scouted the Gators well, nearly every player they get from Florida is a bust. Hopefully that’s not the case.

    But, with all that said, if he was taken one spot later he’s a 3rd rounder, instead of a 2nd rounder, and no one really cares if busts, so even if the pick is wasted, it’s not MJ Stewart bad.

  25. Rod Munch Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan – The last QB with a riflearm set every Bucs offensive record at the time, except for one category, INTs. The Bucs, under Winston, finished as a top 10 defense in 4 out of 5 seasons, before Winston, they had only ever finished in the top 10, once, and that was #9. Winston had them in the top 5 in three out of five seasons, and top 3 in two of his five seasons. Again, that’s on a team that has had a QB throw more picks (35 from Vinny) without ever getting the offensive production.

    To say Winston isn’t Brady… yeah, we know.

    Also, if Brady wasn’t available, Winston would have been the QB last year. People seem to somehow forget that.

  26. Sport Says:

    So grateful our main topic to work over is our third string QB.

    Out draft was for development and depth.

    World Championship whiners delight…

    In BA I Trust!

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You people fret over things too much. The lat decade+ has given me high blood pressure. Take it from me…not worth it.

    Still a fan, but just more relaxed about it.

    So, here’s my stance on Trask:

    He either succeeds or he doesn’t. No big deal either way. The great thing about this situation is that all our eggs are not in one basket like they constantly were for over ten years.

    Arians has time to evaluate Trask and see if he has the stuff. If he doesn’t, Arians can sign another veteran and draft again, keeping Trask as a backup.

    No big deal.

  28. Bucanero Says:

    They followed their plan and left no room for improvisation. They also got pretty good value with late picks showing us amateurs why they are the pros. I wanted JOK, no Trask and would’ve liked a more aggressive draft but that’s just my opinion. Anyway… Go Bucs!

  29. ModHairKen Says:

    This should be repeated every year at draft time when the Internet Warriors emerge like Cicadas:

    [No one is God and if you could pick better than Licht you’d be working in the NFL. You’d think if a guy can build a Super Bowl-winning roster you’d give the same guy the benefit of the doubt. Calm down. — Joe]

  30. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    The PASSION… The PASSION… Seasons a few months away, just bask in the GLORY folks!
    The 2021 NFL CHAMPIONS are the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 🥳🥳🥳🍾🍺🍺🍺