Mark Dominik Gives Jason Licht A “C+” Grade

May 29th, 2021

The former Buccaneers general manager has graded a draft class of the man who succeeded him.

Joe’s talking about retired rock star GM Mark Dominik (2009-2013). He handed the Bucs baton to Super Bowl GM Jason Licht, who has been on one hell of a roll.

No, Licht didn’t win with Dominik’s players, or Lovie Smith’s peculiar blessings of crappy football players. Team Glazer gave Licht a lot of rope and he climbed to the top of the mountain alongside Bucco Bruce Arians.

Dominik was asked on SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday to go through the exercise of grading the Bucs’ 2017 NFL Draft.

“Frustrating” is what Dominik called 2017 first-round pick O.J. Howard, specifically because of “injuries and drops.”

Thankfully, Dominik was prepared and acknowledged the horrific car accident endured by third-round-pick linebacker Kendall Beckwith, who got off to a very promising start. And Dominik knew the rest of the cast of forgotten players.

Dominik wound his way to giving Licht and the Bucs a “C+” for the draft class because Chris Godwin “is that good” and it’s always damn impressive to score a true No. 1 receiver outside of Round 1 of the draft.

Dominik was adamant that Godwin and impress observers with the size of his next contract following an excellent season in 2021.

Joe thinks the C+ grade is fair, even if O.J. Howard continues to be a bust. Godwin was that great of a pick, the 11th receiver off the board in 2017.

45 Responses to “Mark Dominik Gives Jason Licht A “C+” Grade”

  1. sasquatch Says:

    OJ Howard isn’t a bust. He’s been a good player when healthy. Maybe not quite up to the expectations envisioned for him, but far from a bust.

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Lil’ Dominick.

  3. Wesley Says:

    O.J. will not be a bust, just had some bad luck injury-wise. His “dropped balls” are WAY exaggerated.

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I give The Dom-er an F for failing to land Brett Favre via trade ( while damaging Ira’s street cred in the process ) and negotiating against himself in the Revis trade. Otherwise, he seems like a swell guy.

  5. Eckwood Says:

    More yoga, more catching and less weights and he doubles his income !!

  6. lambeau Says:

    It is unfair to hold injuries against Licht, including Justin Evans’–and OJ may break out. Wait

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    In the 2009 Draft, Dominik took Josh Freeman in the 1st Round, and traded the 2nd Round pick for Kellen Winslow II. What grade would that receive?

  8. 𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗯𝘂𝗰 Says:

    And who is Dominick to be giving grades to GMs?….it’s got to be a joke…I mean the worst GM ever giving grades?…🤣🤣🤣

  9. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    I just came here to boo Dominick. Principled right into a low-tier talking head gig.


  10. Bellingham Bucs Fan Says:

    *Peter Principled, that is.

    BOOOOO Dominick!

  11. Medicated Pete Says:

    I’m having night terrors right now that balls are gonna bounce off OJ’s hands causing Brady at least 5 INT’s & 5 losses (just like The Juice did to Jameis for 3 straight years).

  12. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Pete- who caused the other 25 int then?

  13. FirstTimePoster Says:

    This is why he’s a FORMER GM.

  14. Show Me the TDs Says:

    I give the misleading click-bait headline.of this article a D-. I could have bumped it up a grade if you would have added, “for the 2017 draft”.

  15. Flying Dutchman Says:

    Well I like O.J. but in hindsight the pick was Dalvin Cook. Beckwith was tough, good pick! Godwin? Come on! I think a B-

  16. DPewter Says:

    All the years and Dom only had 1 good pick (Lavante David), not to mention a bad track records with FAs. JL’s worst year is better than any of Dom’s.

  17. gotbbucs Says:


    Dominik wasn’t GM when they went after Favre. That would be the immortal Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Seriously? Grade the 2017 draft? Smells too much like a setup. Now if they’d asked ex-GM Dominik to grade current-GM JL’s overall performance from 2014-2021 that might’ve been interesting.

  19. BUCFAN4LIFE Says:

    Dominick who ? Since when is he relevant ? He was responsible for some of the worst years in our franchises history .

  20. DrunkInYbor Says:

    I could give a pigeon dookie what he thinks. He’s much better suited as a talking head than a G.M. his inning percentage with us was horrible Jason’s is also but he orchestrated this stacked absolutely loaded roster. So whatever Mark.

  21. Trey Long Says:

    Who gives a crap what this guy said?
    Totally meaningless.

  22. Medicated Pete Says:


    God gave Jameis bad eyes. That’s why he had to get eye surgery last year. Not his fault

  23. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I don’t think injuries count as busts. Lack of skill does.

    Still way to early to grade OJ. If he turns into an even decent TE for us or anybody else that draft is far better than a C+.

  24. Bucsfan951 Says:

    I guess when drafting players, you should predict injuries both on the field and off the field (Howard, Evan’s, beckwith)… I guess dom didn’t like the mcnichols pick 🤷🏻‍♂️

  25. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Dom… at least he drafted David. There was McCoy and the molly hamster in the mix. Who can forget glennon and the N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S benn’d around?!….

  26. Howard Cosell Says:

    Dominick has great hair

  27. Howard Cosell Says:

    It’s like a consolation prize in lieu of intelligence

  28. OneBuc55 Says:

    The 1 positive for Dominic as our GM was he seemed to good at the financial side of things…We were in salary cap heII when he was hired and he did fix that issue…However when it came to talent evaluation he left a lot to be desired…

    Imho, he whiffed on too many high draft picks…Sleepy Josh Freeman, Brian Price, Arreleous Benn, etc…
    His best 2 picks were McCoy and David, His best undrafted free
    agent singing was Legarrett Blount…And getting Vincent Jackson to sign with us was huge at the time…That said, that Revis deal was just stupid; and allowing Schiano to get rid of guys like Michael Bennett and Aqib Talib just shows you how incompetent he really was…

  29. Hodad Says:

    Great that you can fail as a GM then get a paying gig grading other GM’s. Only in America can you be a total loser at something, then make a living talking like you’re an expert on what you failed at yourself.

  30. HeyItsAdam Says:

    “He handed the Bucs baton to Super Bowl GM Jason Licht….”

    No… he had the baton TAKEN from him by force as a consequence for a stretch of poor/head-scratching decisions including, but not limited to, drafting a SAFETY 7th overall and re-signing Michael Clayton.

    Asking Mark Dominik his opinion on a General Manager’s performance is like asking Rosie O’Donnell for her advice on cardiovascular fitness.

  31. Drtwc3 Says:

    How can the worst Buc GM give a grade to any other Bug GM unless it’s to compare how poor his drafts were compared to ANYONE else’s? Just ridiculous IMO.

  32. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Dominik should never have been a GM – he got his position because of the inexperience and poor decisions by ownership. Fortunately, the Glazers learned from their mistakes and started hiring competent people to run the organization.

  33. Itzok Says:

    Dominick calling out a superbowl winning game is like Rosie O’Donnell telling Kylie Jenner how to lose 5 pounds

  34. Hope springs eternal Says:

    Talk about sour grapes ! Who cares what a looser says.

  35. ItzOK Says:

    Dominick giving GM advice or grades to a super bowl wining GM is like Rosie O’Donnell giving weight loss advice to a model.

  36. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Licht gets a C+ not only for drafting Winston, but for holding on to him for five years. Winston wasn’t the only problem the Bucs had but he was the worst one. Every problem Winston had in college on and off field came out in his pro career early on. Many of us saw this, and the Bucs drafted him anyway.

  37. TOM Says:

    Drops, Injuries, first rd. draft pick. At this stage how can he not be considered a bust. Also Brate a better overall TE as it stands now. Gronk, Brate & Hudson should be the TE’s.

  38. Swampbuc Says:

    Dominik is the worst GM in Bucs history, one of the worst in NFL history, and is so pathetic he is out of the NFL and can’t even get a real talking head job. He was best for bringing coffee back when Bruce Allen was the GM. Everything that goob did turned to turd. F#ck Mark Dominik .

  39. BA4President Says:

    Joe, how did @dooshlarue’s comment get through the filter?

    And when it comes to the Dominik haters, the dude gave like 20 years of his life to the team including being on staff during the first Super Bowl win. No, the GM gig didn’t work out in his one and only shot, but let’s not act like he is not equipped to give an educated analysis. So many of these radio guys have NEVER worked for an NFL team.

  40. Pewter report Says:

    Handed the baton huh? He wasn’t even able to turn in his keys they just changed all the locks. The world we live in where trash gm’s who can’t get the job give out grades for those who can

  41. Destinjohnny Says:

    Drafting Justin over Alvin k was a head scratcher

  42. Gordon Says:

    Jason Licht deserves a A+ grade because the Bucs. won the Super Bowl and that cause the Bucs to get than last picks in each round of the draft. Trust me I have evaluated every selection he made and to me it is the best any manager could do.
    I do not understand why Mark Dominik is not giving high marks to Licht!!!

  43. kyle Says:

    dominik is a talking head dbag.. lets assess his draft picks????

  44. BA4President Says:

    @Gordon I don’t think you read the article. The C+ grade was only regarding the 2017 draft.

  45. D-Rome Says:

    Joe thinks the C+ grade is fair, even if O.J. Howard continues to be a bust.

    Wow, I think that’s the first time you’ve used that word when describing OJ Howard. I don’t think you’re wrong. He’s a bust until he proves he isn’t one.