DeWayne McBride And The Bucs

March 25th, 2023

During new Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales’ final three games as a Seahawks assistant coach last season, he watched a rookie running back hammer away for 354 yards on 78 carries.

The Seahawks won two of those games, as RB Kenneth Walker III was a key cog in the offense and capped an impressive rookie campaign. Walker finished the season with 228 carries for 1,050 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Walker was a mid-second-round pick out of Michigan State and draft guru Sean Sullivan sees a Walker clone as a wise move for the Bucs in this year’s draft. That would be running back DeWayne McBride out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Both Walker and McBride are 210 pounds. Walker has more speed but Sullivan projects them to be similar NFL players. Each was the second-leading NCAA rusher in their final college season.

“Unbelievable as far as power and one-cut ability” is how Sullivan described McBride. Sullivan added that McBride fits a pattern for what Canales values in running backs: power, quick decisions and breaking tackles.

Joe has seen wide draft projections on McBride, including that he’s destined for the third or fourth round because it’s unclear whether he can be a threat in the passing game.

Joe also has heard of a fumbling concern. But it’s safe to say McBride certainly won’t last past Round 4, a round in which the Bucs don’t yet have a draft pick.

36 Responses to “DeWayne McBride And The Bucs”

  1. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Get him!

  2. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Work on putting a quality Oline on the field first and most backs will gain nice yards behind a good Oline , where as NO back will gain yards running behind the garbage line Bucs had last year. CXoncentrate your efforts on Broderick Jones of Georgia and FIX the Oline.

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs have two 3rd round running backs on the roster, and a 3rd down specialist, and White has all the makings of being a star. Why are people so eager to waste more draft picks on RBs, which is literally a position where you can just sign someone off the street and have them play a huge role in leading you to a SB.

    Just say no to wasting more picks on RBs. You need corner depth, safeties, defensive lineman, offensive lineman, WR depth, LBs, etc. The one place where the team shouldn’t be wasting more picks is RB.

  4. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:


  5. unbelievable Says:

    fumbling problems and issues catching the ball?

    Sounds like a 7th round project to me at best.

  6. unbelievable Says:

    Agree with Rod, so many more holes to fill than RB.

    Let White show what he’s got.

    Maybe give Sneak (Vaughn) more than 8 snaps the entire season, since Bucs brass always claim to be so high on him.

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    Rookie Rbs also can give you the most immediate return in your draft investment. As long as Canales is here I would expect the Bucs to use 1 draft pick every year on the RB. It’s the Seahawk way and it seems to work.

    I personally wouldn’t spend anything over a 4th round pick on a Rb. The Bucs would have to trade into the 4th or hope he drops to the 5th. Both seem unlikely.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    DraFT EverYBodY!!!1!1!1!

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m thinking a 5th to 7th Round RB would be sufficient. I hear it’s a deep RB class, probably can find value later.

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Pacheco proved that you can find a RB that performs well…even in late rounds.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Sounds good. Give Canales who he wants. Our O has to score 30 plus a game to beat the unmentionable curse.

  12. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    If he had the power, Joe would have us draft a running back every year 😉

  13. Go Bucs Says:

    First round pick needs to an O-Lineman or a disruptive interior D-Lineman! Go Bucs

  14. SlyPirate Says:

    College fumbling issues become career killers in the NFL. No gracias.

  15. JonBucFan Says:

    More talk about RBs while the O-line and Def has major holes?? We should not waste a single draft pick on a RB this year!

  16. Dooley Says:

    Rasheen Ali 6th at the earliest, UDFA wire at the latest.

  17. So there's Hope Says:

    Build a bull dozer offensive line, with quality depth and and semi mobile QB and you have hope at 7-8 wins

  18. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Seriously Alabama Birmingham? Kenneth Walker was a heisman candidate who has huge games against really good teams. This clown barely played juco ball. Pass

  19. Dooley Says:

    Rasheen Ali

  20. BucsfanFred Says:

    I’m sure he’ll be on the draft board somewhere.

  21. SufferingSince76 Says:

    If the Bucs would make just one good RB pick, we wouldn’t have to go through this every year. We haven’t had a 1000 yard runner since Doug Martin in 2015 and that was out of character for him.

  22. gotbbucs Says:

    If the scheme is fundamentally sound and the offensive line is built correctly you can literally grab guys off the street and have them be productive runners.

  23. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree, fix the O Line and you fix the running game.

  24. geno711 Says:

    The biggest difference between Walker and McBride is speed.

    McBride seems like a 4th or 5th rounder to me with his speed. He may be a strong back in the NFL. More likely he is just a guy that is too slow to be anything special.

  25. geno711 Says:

    By the way, SS wrote articles on this site and pushed for:

    Brian Burns in 2019 but trading back to the 20th pick with Denver. Burns was taken at the 16th pick.

    then in 2020 suggested:
    Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the 1st round instead of Wirfs (or any tackle).

    then suggested that we take right tackle
    Isaiah Wilson in Round 2 or 3. Wilson was taken actually at the end of the 1st round but is also out of the league now as a complete failure.

    We all guess in this game of drafting, but it is a pretty hard one to get correct all the time.

  26. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Maybe the Bucs can draft the Brown twins from Illinois, it worked well with the Selmon brothers. Sydney Brown had 6 interceptions last year at Safety, his brother Chase is a pretty good RB.

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Devin Achane.

  28. 80forBrady Says:

    You’re a daisy if you do (waste a draft pick on a RB when many cheap free agents will be available)

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    Devin. Achane.

    New. Atrain.

  30. Goatfarmer Says:

    Gale Sayers and the Bucs!

    Marion Motley and the Bucs!

    Red Grange and the Bucs!

    Kyle Trask and the Bucs!

    We’ve got all the possibilities.

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Potential Draft Pick(s)
    • Zach Charbonnet – Height: 6’0 | Weight: 253 | 40 Time: 4.53
    • Israel Abanikanda – Height: 5’10 | Weight: 216 | 40 Time: 4.50
    • Tyjae Spears – Height: 5’11 | Weight: 210 | 40 Time: 4.47
    • Mohamed Ibrahim – Height: 5’8 | Weight: 213 | 40 Time: 4.50
    • Chase Brown – Height: 5’9 | Weight: 209 | 40 Time: 4.43

  32. garro Says:

    Again….Any adult size running backs?

  33. Dooley Says:


    Tyjae Spears would be a dream, but quick question what do you think of potentially landing Aubrey Miller Jr. as an ILB & potential successor to Lavonte David?

  34. Jfan Says:

    Wait till 6th round and take Chris Rodriguez. Good value for a late pick.

  35. RustyRhinos Says:

    Preach it unbelievable. “Maybe give Sneak (Vaughn) more than 8 snaps the entire season, since Bucs brass always claim to be so high on him.”

  36. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Dooley

    Aubrey’s a solid kid. Even though I have a few concerns I like his overall game.