Shaq Talks About His NFL Draft Fears

May 18th, 2021

Confidence wasn’t always easy for Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett.

He entered the NFL as an undrafted edge rusher in 2014. And there his Broncos had studs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, who Shaq said he learned a ton from as a rookie on the practice.

And then in comes Shane Ray as a 3-4 linebacker in Round 1 of the 2015 draft. Then Shaq gets nine starts in 2017, after Ware retires, but the Broncos turn around and draft edge rusher Bradley Chubb at No. 5 overall in the 2018 draft. Back to the bench you go, Shaq!

Those memories are strong for the Bucs’ Super Bowl hero, so he told the Catchin’ Fades podcast.

”Usually I worry every year during the draft, because you know [Denver] brought in Shane in one year, then they brought Chubb in another year. People always gunning for my position. But now I’m secure and I got no worries,” Shaq explained.

Podcast host Aqib Talib, the former Bucs corner and Shaq teammate in Denver, told Shaq that he didn’t realize his value on the depth chart. You were more than just a guy, Talib said, explaining to Shaq that behind his back, Miller and Ware were talking about how talented Shaq was and that he had the skills to take their jobs.

”You was like a fire under their ass, bro,” Talib told Shaq.

Of course, the Bucs just drafted edge rusher Joe Tryon in Round 1. But Shaq is cool with that. He looks forward to a “nice little rotation” of Bucs edge rushers.

14 Responses to “Shaq Talks About His NFL Draft Fears”

  1. FirstTimePoster Says:

    It would have been easy to think “Screw it. They’re trying to replace me all the time” He kept on grinding and became the outstanding player he is today. Work ethic. Two words that mean less and less these days, unfortunately. Good for him.

  2. Dean Bucs fan for life!!! Says:

    Three words: ‘ Super Bowl Ring(s)!!! Adversity builds character! Go go get ’em again this season, Shaq! Go Bucs!

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    How many undrafted passrushers have ever led the league in sacks like Shaq has?

    Im guessing he is one of the few. His career is a very cool story. Proud that hes made his mark on the league here in Tampa Bay.

  4. Doctor Stroud Says:

    I think that the idea is not to replace Shaq but JPP, perhaps after this season.

  5. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    Nothing like lightning a fire to keep those competitive juices flowing and growing 💥

    LFG BUCS!!!

  6. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Undrafted to monster contract…well done Shaq. Hopefully this isn’t a medical redshirt season for Tryon…he could have a lot of opportunities to rush the passer when the Bucs are up big in games this season.

  7. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    And I hope Tryon keeps the fire lit on JPP and Shaq

  8. Nick2 Says:

    Shaq is our sack king he won us a Superbowl he now can concentrate
    on winning us another.

  9. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Can’t believe the Broncos let him walk let alone not even start him.

    Elway has no idea what he’s doing

  10. Robert Says:

    He sure talks a lot.

  11. Swampbuc Says:

    Talib has turned into a really fun and entertaining dude. Hopefully he has found peace for real. If he could get some experience and training in the broadcast booth, he would be pure gold on SUndays/ He knows what he is seeing on the field, for sure.

  12. SB Says:

    Ive never seen a word he didn’t back up Robert.

  13. Robert Says:

    @SB……not talking smack, just saying he is very vocal to the media……

  14. David Says: