Matt Corral And The Bucs

February 9th, 2022

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral.

Now this is a wild suggestion.

No, Joe’s not a mock draft kinda guy. But Joe guesses maybe they are OK for sparking chatter.

Over at, Lance Zierlein, who is a draftnik, a Houston-based sports radio personality and the son of a renowned football coach, posted a new mock draft and believes (well, this week he believes) that the Bucs will draft Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral at No. 27.

From a size and playing style perspective, Corral doesn’t fit the profile of QBs Bruce Arians has grown accustomed to coaching. However, that shouldn’t stop GM Jason Licht from making the pick if he believes the former Ole Miss star can be Tampa Bay’s long-term answer in the wake of Tom Brady’s retirement.

Would Joe be surprised if Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht drafted a quarterback in the first round? Yeah. Should Licht? Joe won’t argue this but there are two reasons why Joe would be surprised if the Bucs pick a quarterback.

1) It tell Joe after watching 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask practice, the  Bucs have serious reservations. Otherwise, why draft a quarterback in the first round?

2) This would suggest the Bucs are in more of a rebuild than a reload or a remodel. The Bucs have the firepower to make another deep playoff run so long as they have an experienced quarterback — unless you are telling Joe the Bucs are going to trade/sign a veteran quarterback and draft one.

Corral would be an interesting pick but why does Joe get the impression that Corral is a bit on the brittle side?

Aside from the Trask angle, would the Bucs draft Corral with the thought that Byron Leftwich will take over after Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians retires?

71 Responses to “Matt Corral And The Bucs”

  1. Volbuc40 Says:

    No!! Rather have Trask

  2. D-Rome Says:

    If the Bucs draft another QB I would step away from being emotionally invested in this team in any capacity. The Lost Decade was horrible. I’m not going to put myself through that again. I’d watch and root for the team of course, but I would be done with listening to any post-game discussion, listen to anyone breaking down losses, or listen to anyone talk about how the team should improve or what they should have done.

  3. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Ahhh haven’t we learned anything from past college performances? Just because a player is good in college doesn’t mean it will transition over to the pros.

  4. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Gabbert, Trask….and Trubisky

  5. zzbucs Says:

    I don´t see that happen by any means, 0% Chance tha´s happening, when we have no much cap space, ando so many needs……

    Seems to me Mr Lance Zierlein has no clue what´s he is talking about……

  6. Marine Buc Says:

    As much as I would hate this pick – at least this is a more realistic suggestion over Rodgers, Wilson, Jimmy G and all the other idiotic BS spewing from the talking head”s pie holes…

  7. tampabuscsbro Says:

    not no but HELL NO. People complaining about Trask that for some reason think this would be okay.

  8. brooks Says:

    next 4 years rebuild with draft and rookies the well be competitive for Luke 5 or 6 years in a row

  9. Cleanhouse Says:

    We enjoyed the Super Bowl with our All time defense and recently with Brady, a feat of magic how he turned them around. Now expect another 18 year cycle of sucking. This is miserable to even be holding these conversations. I for one feel sick. Short of Aaron Rogers or Russel Wilson, all is lost. Even with either of them it would be a tall task. I for one feel sick…I’m not ready for all the misery again…

  10. Juergensen Says:

    Listed at 6′ 0″. That means he’s really 5’11”. Trask is a true 6’5-1/4″. Trask is as tall or taller than almost all NFL linemen. Taller than Brady. Taller than Rodgers. Same height as Ben Rothlisberger.

  11. Joe Says:

    Ahhh haven’t we learned anything from past college performances? Just because a player is good in college doesn’t mean it will transition over to the pros.

    So you are saying the Bucs (and other NFL teams) should draft lousy quarterbacks instead? This is an interesting concept.

    “Damnit Jason this guy was too good in college. Get me someone that couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn against UTEP.”

    Bo Nix to the Bucs in 2023? 🙂

  12. Joe Says:

    Trask is as tall or taller than almost all NFL linemen. Taller than Brady. Taller than Rodgers. Same height as Ben Rothlisberger.

    Trask is now a basketball player?

  13. Juergensen Says:

    But … but … He’s never played in the NFL … He’s never started an NFL game … Arians has never turned his offense over to a quarterback with no NFL experince … Those all were reasons Joe gave for not starting Trask … But magically they don’t apply to Corral! … LMAO

  14. Bucfan81 Says:

    That would defeat the whole purpose of drafting Trask in the second round last year. Also I believe Licht said they didn’t like any of the QBs in this draft more than Trask. I say less than 5 percent chance they draft a QB.

  15. James G Arntz Says:

    Just need to fix the D. Brad Johnson was a good not great qb and the Bucs won with him. Look back on this season and the D lost the games!

  16. Juergensen Says:

    Joe: “Trask is now a basketball player?”

    No, he’s a football quarterback in a league with increasingly taller linemen and quarterbacks.

  17. Juergensen Says:

    I feel bad for Trask. Given the coaches at Tampa Bay and the irrational fan base (starting with Joe), for his sake maybe he should be traded to a team like Pittsburgh where he can step in for Rothlisberger. Kinda like the Falcons traded Favre to Green Bay after sitting him on the bench his rookie season. LMAO.

  18. tampabayallday Says:


  19. Craig Says:

    Hopefully the Bucs front office will be throwing shade all over the place.

    Trask’s game has more promise of adapting to the NFL than any QB in this draft. If he hasn’t quite gotten there, send him to a QB whisperer.

    The mechanics problem can be mended, the throwing motion adjusted, no big deal. He will still be accurate and able to make great throws.

    There will still be an occasional duck (even Brady has those), and Trask might stare down a receiver sometimes, but that accuracy puts him higher on the list of NFL QBs than even Jameis.

  20. DBS Says:

    You just knew this crybaby was going to show up as soon as you put this article up.

  21. Mike Says:

    Nope, no thanks. Not in the 1st round. However, I wouldn’t be opposed to us drafting a QB in the mid rounds though.

  22. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If the Bucs draft another QB in early rounds, that means drafting Trask is the biggest mistake since they drafted Aguayo

  23. Doctor Stroud Says:

    He’s a tough kid and has a compact throwing motion. I hope that he does well under pressure from an NFL defensive line. Can he throw a simple slant pass? That’s such an underrated skill that has been so elusive for Bucs QBs over the years. Brady did it better than anybody.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    You can tell from the spin both Licht and Arians put on Trask..he is not ready.
    If we do not get another experienced QB in here for competition, then Gabbert will start. Alls I’m sayin is..We’d better have an Outstanding Defense if we want to get to 500 or above.

  25. Eckwood Says:

    Bottom line is , Brady plays next Year ,,, if he wants to live in Tampa it’s prob Tampa but the Coaches and Devin White ( yak Yak pollution) have got to commit to another level of focus ….. if not he will be traded ( as Brady knows he owes it to the organization , his cap hell) ; prob to the Browns, SanFran , Dolphins, Titans or a few others ……. Tampa Bay Gave Tom everything he wanted and now he’s going to leave them in Cap Hell ,,, Talk About tarnishing your carrer and reputation ……… Tom fully well understood his player / friends responsibilities when he resigned !! As did the team but as did Tom !!

  26. Juergensen Says:

    “You can tell from the spin both Licht and Arians put on Trask..he is not ready.”

    What spin? I’ve read everything they’ve been saying and didn’t get that impression at all. FSU fan?

  27. John Sinclear Says:

    That would not constitute an ” O.K.Corral”

  28. Juergensen Says:

    Joe on Trask: “Arians has never turned his offense over to a quarterback with no NFL experience.”

    Joe on Corral: No mention of lack of NFL experience.

  29. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Is he NFL ready?
    Is he a football savant?
    Does he have a high ceiling?
    Did Stanford ever try to recruit him?

    What’s his stance in free seafood?

    These are the important questions……

  30. Jordan Says:

    They’re not going to draft a guy that doesn’t fit their profile of what they like

    Arians has said many times that’s the fastest way to get fired in the NFL is to draft guys that don’t fit your scheme

  31. Itsgoodtobetheking Says:

    1. Its been said over and over. This QB class stinks and its been stated had Trask stayed in school and had a similiar type year he would be considered QB1 in this class. So the Bucs would not draft a QB they have graded lower than Trask higher in the draft.
    2. Corral may have some of the physical traits he has zero experience running pro style offense.
    3. Wont happen in 1st round. If someone they like slips way down in to later rounds than sure you take that gamble. I think you should always take a QB every 2 years or so.

  32. SB Says:

    Matt Coral has a LAUGHABLE 57 TDs to 23 INTS in FOUR FLIPPIN YEARS!

    Trask has 68 TDs to 15 INTs in TWENTY FLIPPIN GAMES!

  33. Steven007 Says:

    Doosh, you forgot asking if he kept a detailed notebook as a young teenager full of the feats he was going to perform in the NFL in the future?

    Rome, I hear where you’re coming from and reflexively might feel the same way initially. However as soon as the season rolls around I’ll be as invested as ever. Trust me, I know this based on vast experience.

    Sonny J, a few of the pre-draft periodicals compared Trask to roethlisberger. With the exception of his arm which doesn’t seem to be quite as strong as young Ben’s. He also has great touch and good accuracy. I’m interested to see how he develops.

  34. Biff Barker Says:

    The only opinion on QB’s I care about is Jason Licht’s. BA is a short timer, I suspect BL is too. Bucs cant really afford a FA QB and keeping key players. Face it, SB window is closed.

  35. Juergensen Says:

    From Scouting Report:

    “- Below-average height, bulk, and build will make him susceptible to injury in the NFL.
    – Single-read QB at this point in time. Played in an offensive system that heavily featured run-pass options and easier progressions. His ability to progress on true dropback concepts will be a question mark until proven otherwise.”

    Yeah, sounds like a great pick. /s

  36. Tye Says:

    So some people think that the Bucs have gone plumb stupid!…

  37. NYbucsfan Says:

    @ Joe, I love the site, but I am sure from past experiences you know that you and I disagree on what the Bucs should do at QB (minus Tom Brady). In fact, I think the Bucs should do the exact opposite at QB than you would do. You also talk about all this talent. What talent if we lose all of our free agents?

  38. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    I can’t wait til tomorrow until we read who the new quarterback savior will be

  39. Anonymous Says:

    Once the draft prospect analysis heats up in the upcoming weeks, you will see the stock of Matt Corral fall to the mid rounds. He is an unimpressive athlete with underwhelming passing performances. He was a baller at college level, but is a very poor man’s version of Baker Mayfield for the pro game and that does not bode well for any team that invests heavily in him.

  40. Mexican Buc Says:

    Bring Glennon Back….. Just kiddin’.

    I’d love to see Brady back but thats not going to happen, so we need an experienced QB, GQ is not a bad idea, Wilson and Rodgers are out of our draft capacity. I trust Licht will make magic again and bring someone competitive that can take us to the playoffs again

  41. QB1 Says:

    Joe wants Jamiss back to throw pick sixes.

  42. SKBucsFan Says:

    We haven’t talked about the possibility of Pat Mahomes. I hear Andy Ried’s kids friend heard that Mahomey is unhappy with his contract. He wants to be the first $100 million per year player. Didn’t Jason Licht once have dinner with the assistant GM of the Chiefs. Something big is brewing!

  43. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    And the hits just keep on coming….or is it that the misses just keep on coming?

  44. Defense Rules Says:

    None of these ABT (Anybody But Trask) articles are making any sense anymore. They’re just speculation run amok at best, and border on ridiculous & counterproductive at worst.

    Kyle Trask was a 2nd Rnd pick and was the 6th QB taken at #64 (behind Trevor Lawrence – Jags starter #1; Zach Wilson – Jets starter #2; Trey Lance – soon to be 49ers starter #3; Justin Fields – Bears starter #11; Mac Jones – Pats starter #15). So what’s the problem here? Bucs had the LUXURY of letting Trask sit for a year to learn from the best QB of all-time (just like 49ers had the luxury of letting Lance sit behind Garappolo).

    So now we get subjected to ridiculous, never-ending media hype about how Trask can’t be any good because he’s never taken an NFL snap? Huh? Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, Jones all got to start because their teams didn’t have any viable QB options. Bucs did; his name was Tom Brady.

    We’ve got Trask under contract and can probably re-sign Gabbert (since he knows BA’s offense?). Pick up one other QB in the Lost-and-Found and let the 3 of them compete in Summer Camp (like Belicheck did with Jones, Hoyer & Newton?). May the best man win.

    Now can we PLEEEASE write about something else? For starters, I suggest that MAYBE we could explore this very questionable notion that ‘The Bucs have the firepower to make another deep playoff run so long as they have an experienced quarterback ‘. MAYBE from the aspect of the large number of open holes we have in our starting lineup at present? AND maybe also from the aspect of how to fill those holes IF we also pay for an ‘experienced quarterback’ like Rodgers or Wilson to run our offense?

  45. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Hilarious how so many on here think last years 4th string quarterback is the answer. Corral has more NFL upside than Trask.

    And for everyone saying Trask is super tall, he is but he’s very stocky and doesn’t move well at all.

  46. Swampbuc Says:

    The draftnik is a moron.

  47. Joe Says:

    None of these ABT (Anybody But Trask) articles are making any sense anymore. They’re just speculation run amok at best, and border on ridiculous & counterproductive at worst.

    Like Trask Talk isn’t speculation?

  48. Juergensen Says:

    “Corral has more NFL upside than Trask.”

    Ding Ding Ding! Funniest comment of the day!

  49. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Since the GOAT retired, I’ve seen numerous commenters (likely Gator fans) on here shoot down the idea of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Jimmy Garoppolo all in favor of Kyle bleeping Trask.

    Some folks need to try and hide their biases better…..

  50. Juergensen Says:

    JOE: “Like Trask Talk isn’t speculation?”

    He’s on the roster. The others aren’t.

  51. Buc Wild Says:

    No. No. No. No. Hell no.

  52. Buczilla Says:

    If we are going to draft a short qb, then I think it should be Malik Willis. Seeing him running around and throwing bombs to Mike Evans would be awesome!

  53. Defense Rules Says:

    I get Joe that this is the season of speculation, and the Bucs have a LOT to speculate on. For instance …

    o Our TEs. OJ is a FA, as is Gronk (who’ll very likely retire or sign with someone else). That leaves us with Cam Brate (overpaid at $7.3 mil) and Codey McElroy ($825K) as our TEs. I might be wrong, but I think that should be a concern.

    o Our Center right now is … oh wait, he (Jensen) is a FA. He also happens to be THE leader of our OLine. I might be wrong, but I think that should Center is a concern.

    o Our DLine has FOUR FAs who might not return: Suh, JPP, Gholston & McLendon. Numerous JBFers have commented in the past how crappy our Secondary was when the Front-7 didn’t kick-ass. Well, it appears that our Front-7 is MAYBE in for some big changes & probably won’t be kicking nearly as much ass in the future. I might be wrong, but I think that should be a concern.

    Could go on speculating about the RB position group, the state of our WR group especially IF Godwin isn’t re-signed, our other OLine concerns, or could just focus on how badly our Secondary needs upgrading.

    OR … we could just keep talking about how spending every shekel & draft pick we have to acquire Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson or Jimmy G will turn us into instant SB contenders. Ya, that’s fun too. No place close to reality, but fun nonetheless.

  54. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Keeping it Real!

  55. HC Grover Says:

    Him and Coach Kiffin…I am there for that.

  56. Posey99 Says:

    “Juergensen Says:
    February 9th, 2022 at 12:31 pm
    JOE: “Like Trask Talk isn’t speculation?”

    He’s on the roster. The others aren’t.”

    Exactly and neither was Johnny Football.

  57. Posey99 Says:

    @ Defenserules

    Jenson will most likely get franchise tagged.

    Godwin will get signed, if he wants to much, let him walk. With grayson, Scotty Miller, back paired Tyler Johnson and Evans… that’s still a hell of a WR squad.

    If gronk comes back he will most likely play in tampa. Close to his buddies, family and businesses. Plus no state income tax.

    Playoff lenny I’m going to guess will return too. Tampa went out on a limb giving him a chance when he was seen around the league as AB jr. There may not be a big free agent interest in him as other RB’s

  58. Capece is Kaput Says:

    Okay, so his delivery is really compact and quick, which helps. He is Case Keenum on an average day with fresh, though fragile looking legs. So maybe he could fight it out with Trask and let the best low expectation QB win. Problem is he is a completely different QB than Trask, and does not really fit BA and Leftwich. Remember before Brady came, Jameis in BA’s offense lit it up, but unfortunately too much for the opposition with those picks. I look at Trask and think potentially Jameis, with maybe 10 less picks. If that can happen, we are a 10 to 9 win team, because we still have a lot of good players. Ultimately, I would stay away from Corral if I were the Bucs. Pick a good corner or lineman. You always need them. Wait on a QB till there are actually some good ones to get. If you see any potential of greatness in Trask, let him play. Hopefully we hear good chatter about Trask in the next few months leading up to training camp. If that chatter is there, then I think they will give him a legit shot.

  59. SB Says:

    Tbbucs3 Says:
    February 9th, 2022 at 12:22 pm
    Hilarious how so many on here think last years 4th string quarterback is the answer. Corral has more NFL upside than Trask.

    And for everyone saying Trask is super tall, he is but he’s very stocky and doesn’t move well at all.


    ding ding ding!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like Jurgensen said. DUMBEST COMMENT OF THE DAY!
    WEEK MAYBE EVEN. Keep those stupid uneducated zingers coming. Those of us that actually Football love ’em.

  60. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Did you mean “those of us that are Gator fans love him” because that is very obvious

  61. Juergensen Says:

    “Tbbucs3 Says:
    February 9th, 2022 at 12:29 pm
    Kyle bleeping Trask.”

    FSU fan much?

  62. adam from ny Says:

    wait a sec…

    i think we learned out lesson as a franchise over and over again with going with a young drafted quarterpounder, in hopes that he blossoms…

    i though the franchise shot callers and owners realized this, and are going to pencil in an experienced guy at this ever so important position…


  63. adam from ny Says:

    his name is robert paulson

    his name is twitch blowfitzky


  64. Hodad Says:

    Blaine Gabbert will be the Bucs opening day starter. Trask will back him up.

  65. adam from ny Says:

    blaine gabor

    son of zsa zsa gabor

  66. steele Says:

    The QBs at the Senior Bowl—Pickett, Howell, Ridder, Strong— did not impress, but a lot of that was because the offensive line sucked. All the QBs were sacked or running for their lives. So it was not a great evaluation. For now, we’ll have to look at film, and wait for combine and workouts.

    But the Bucs met with Kenny Pickett, arguably the most NFL-ready of the bunch. Joe Burrow-like in many ways. His “small hands” will drop him down into mid rd 1.

    Matt Corral is a skinny 6-2 205. He’s got small/narrow mechanics, and arm strength similar to Garoppolo, which is just so-so. Not very good outside the pocket and (again Jittery G-like) not great under pressure.

    Pickett is okay. If they manage to get him, have him duke it out in camp with Trask.

  67. steele Says:

    Trask was drafted in the second round,but that doesn’t mean he is going to start. We don’t know if he’s ready or if he will ever be ready. Maybe he’s just a backup. Maybe he’ll just be a trade chip in the future.

  68. BelleGladeBuc Says:


    You say Trask mobility is limited, but there is actual video footage of him running a QB Power for a TD against Alabama.

    In that same game Trask ran several designed QB runs that picked up critical 1st downs for the Gators.

    Trask is No Lamar Jackson, but to say he doesn’t move well at all reveals a lack of football knowledge.

    When you can run a designed QB Power play for a TD against Alabama, you can move well.

  69. Tbbucs3 Says:


    I’m refering to his pocket mobility and footwork which is a totally different thing than running in a straight line. Trask has very slow feet and is incredibly stiff. Its all on tape….but UF fans are too blinded by their allegiances

  70. Tbbucs3 Says:

    For example, Tom Brady is incredibly slow but has tremendous footwork and pocket mobility. Who cares if Trask can run a QB power against bama? He has cement feet in the pocket.

  71. steele Says:

    It’s all speculation, and Trask is a mixed bag. His college career can be interpreted any which way. The comments from the coaches are boiler plate optimistic and vague, “he’s learning”. Most importantly, his preseason performances were, well, a mixed bag. That’s where it will remain until we get more evidence.