Gamblers Predict Bucs Select…

April 18th, 2023

Clemson DT Bryan Bresee.

Joe isn’t sure this is remotely accurate, but it’s fun to think about it.

Austin Mock and Andrew DeWitt of The Athletic decided to gauge what normally gives NFL fans a window into the future — Vegas!

The duo consulted a bunch of odds at various sportsbooks, including BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and Bet365 to try to determine who each team will draft in the first round. They believe they have found what gamblers think will be the Bucs’ selection next week.

And Joe can hear the moaning now (and Joe might join the chorus). It seems gamblers think the Bucs will draft defensive tackle Bryan Bresee. That’s right, a Clemson defensive lineman!

Boy, the Bucs have had worlds of luck with those guys, eh?

So Joe decided to read about this Bresee from Dane Brugler, also of The Athletic, in his draft guide “The Beast.”

A three-year starter at Clemson, Bresee was primarily a 3-technique defensive tackle in coordinator Wes Goodwin’s multiple fronts, also seeing time as a nose and 5-technique. The No. 1 overall high school recruit three years ago, he was the “best player” on the team as a freshman, according to head coach Dabo Swinney, but his last two seasons were marred by injury issues (ACL tear, kidney infection) and personal tragedy (passing of his younger sister after an 18-month cancer battle). Powerfully built and naturally gifted, Bresee is a balanced mover and carries his weight well to burst off the ball and make plays versus the run and the pass. With his heavy and active hands, he flashes the ability to stack, shed and finish, but his inconsistent leverage through contact will slow down his pursuit. Bresee must refine his set up and counters for better pass rush sequencing, but he is an explosive force player with disruptive potential in both even and odd fronts. His tag on draft boards will have a medical designation and his injury background might determine where he is drafted.

Man, this selection might send Bucs fans as a whole into a PTSD-induced seizure. A Clemson defensive lineman with a surgically-repaired knee? Anyone have any Xanax?

Outside of Dexter Lawrence, when is the last time a Clemson defensive lineman made a dent in the NFL? Michael Dean Perry? Vic Beasley?

From the (very limited) video Joe has seen of Bresee, Joe has seen a monster who often is in the opponent’s backfield but who also misses a ton of tackles and whiffs like Carlos Peña.

You know, he’s a disruptor! (Don’t ask Joe how Bresee got fully owned, remodeled and flipped by Tennessee right tackle Darnell Wright.)

Joe probably could live with Bresee as the next Bucs defensive tackle. So long as you don’t tell Joe that Bresee strums a guitar or totes a pistol in airports.


35 Responses to “Gamblers Predict Bucs Select…”

  1. Dooley Says:

    Nope, for all that give me Keeanu Benton a day or so later. Strong chance depending on the pick if we actually pick at 19th overall, that our 1st & 2nd rounders will be pieces added to a roation of players instead of being a clear cut starter moreso for defensive prospects.

    Also, guys look one way playing on a roster with a bunch of other 4-5 star prospects then get to the pros and fizzle out because they’re not playing with a collection of talent that can mask their inabilities/weaknesses while making them look better.

  2. What Says:

    Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Grady Jarrett are all the best D linemen on their respective teams, but I wouldn’t expect you to do any research whatsoever.

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    If all the OTs are gone and the Bucs don’t move down from pick #19 – I would rather have Safety B. Branch. Branch is the best Safety in the draft and will also play the Nickel Cornerback position as well as both FS and SS…

    RB B. Robinson and Edge Nolan Smith would also be high on my list if they are still available at pick #19.

    I would prefer Branch because of his versatility and keep in mind Winfield has spent some time on IR the past two seasons.

  4. Pewter Power Says:

    I love all the smokescreens and I have to thank devin white for doing his part in trying to make sure the guy we actually want is there

  5. Geno711 Says:

    2nd try!

    Yes, a bad group! My research on 1st and 2nd rounders:

    Clelin Ferrell (2019) – Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round, 4th overall pick.

    Christian Wilkins (2019) – Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round, 13th overall pick.

    Shaq Lawson (2016) – Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round, 19th overall pick.

    Kevin Dodd (2016) – Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round, 33rd overall pick.

    Vic Beasley (2015) – Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round, eighth overall pick.

    Andre Branch (2012) – Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round, 38th overall pick.

    Da’Quan Bowers (2011) – Drafted by the Buccaneers in the second round, 51st overall pick.

    Phillip Merling (2008) – Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round, 32nd overall pick.

    Gaines Adams (2007) – Drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round, fourth overall pick.

    That group makes JTS look good!

  6. Geno711 Says:

    Other 1st and 2nd round Clemson DE’s:

    Clelin Ferrell 2019
    Christian Wilkins 2019
    Shaq Lawson 2016
    Kevin Dodd 2016
    Vic Beasley 2015
    Andre Branch 2012
    Da’Quan Bowers 2011
    Phillip Merling 2008
    Gaines Adams 2007

    All of them under performed their draft position.

  7. HC Grover Says:

    Damaged injured. Oh Noooo Mr Bowles.

  8. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Geno711 is right Clemson defensive lineman leave much to be desired for the most part. This guy Bresee just doesn’t look the part.

  9. robert Says:

    can we get someone with ACL’s in tact?

  10. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    This is the first I’m seeing Bresee come up when talking about the Bucs draft. Bresee is showing up on mocks later in the first round, so 19 is likely a reach. My main issue is that we drafted a player like Bresee last year in Logan Hall… I doubt we will spend our high draft capital on a 3-4 DE two years in a row. We are better off drafting Brian Branch to fill NCB/S, OT, or edge. Any other position group in the first round would be shocking to me. In fact, I would be surprised if these 3 positions were not 3 of our first 4 picks, with ILB being the other one. I know they say to draft BPA instead of for need, but Licht has also been known to trade so that we are in position to draft BPA and for need with our picks. LFG

  11. Joe Says:

    Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Grady Jarrett are all the best D linemen on their respective teams, but I wouldn’t expect you to do any research whatsoever.

    Joe also guesses he wouldn’t expect you to read whatsoever — he mentioned Dexter Lawrence in the story. Christian Wilkins has never made a Pro Bowl (yet).

  12. Marques Says:

    No thanks. Not today, not tomorrow and not ever

  13. Beej Says:

    Do DT’s typically occupy the DE position in our 3-4?

  14. Geno711 Says:

    Joe you are right.

    I improperly looked at him as a defensive end. Not a defensive tackle. I am 100 percent wrong.

    That was easy for me!

    Maybe someday you can do the same.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    Beej Says:
    April 18th, 2023 at 12:45 pm
    Do DT’s typically occupy the DE position in our 3-4?


    The new ‘in’ thing to do is to call 3-4 DE’s, DT’s. No idea when that trend started, but I hate it, since it just confuses the issue.

    The defensive lineman on the end of any formation, are ends, the ones inside of that are tackles. Seems simple enough.

  16. SlyPirate Says:


    This guy is Logan Hall 2.0 with injuries. Size, speed, stats. They’re clones. No way Bucs take him at 19.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    No. Nope. Nay nay.

  18. Buc4evr Says:

    No, LT. Broderick Jones.

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    The NFL draft profile page has his NFL comparison as…
    Grover Stewart


    Wait, who is Grover Stewart?

  20. Dooley Says:

    “Do DT’s typically occupy the DE position in our 3-4?”

    Not really, but then again OLBs play the role of traditional DEs in our defense until they’re asked to sink into coverage then they’re OLBs again. It’s why William Gholston was able to be used as a run stopper on early downs, but also as an interior rusher as our interior DL men are mostly tasked with plugging gaps and giving our OLBs as many 1 on 1’s as possible. Positional designations aren’t as important/abided by as they were 10-12 years ago, most defensive looks are hybrid mods to get your best 11 guys on the grass. Iirc, we’re in a 4-2-5 60% of the time.

  21. Bucs Guy Says:

    Agree with Dooley on Benton from Wisconsin as a better fit and a day 2 pick. OT or Edge with the first pick.

  22. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    No… Picking this guy at 19 would be a reach. This team should be especially wary of Clemson D-line. They have been burned in the past. If the bucs didn’t learn thier lesson after drafting Adam’s and Bowers. Then there’s no hope.

  23. Fansince76 Says:

    Clemson D line Yikes! a nervous tick just developed on the side of my face!
    Nope! should not do it.

  24. Bill in Seminole Says: Do it. After Baker flames out about week 7, and Trask throws 3 interceptions per game for 3 weeks, we’ll need someone to finish the season.

    I want to be wrong about this but I sense a disaster ahead.

  25. BuxfaninTX Says:

    Grady Jarrett is no joke

  26. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    I hate this pick too

  27. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    March 17th, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    • William Gholston
    • A’ Shawn Robinson

    • Keanu Benton
    • Zach Harrison
    • Kobi Turner

    Potential Depth Chart
    A’ Shawn Robinson | Keeanu Benton
    Vita Vea | Kobi Turner
    Will Gholston | Logan Hall | Zach Harrison

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    We don’t have a pass rusher

  29. Fansince76 Says:

    Correct they need to draft Isaiah Foskey!
    He gonna be Huge!

  30. All_da_way Says:

    Trade down and draft him ala Hall which is more reasonable. I can’t see any other team taking him in the first round.

  31. unbelievable Says:

    Seriously tho, does anyone have any xanax?

    Maybe take him in the 2nd…

  32. Crickett Baker Says:

    He is another injury-prone guy and his history has proved it. See where that got us last year. Besides, he is not very smart. He brought a “loaded” gun into an airport and when he got caught, he said he had done it before, named a flight, and said he hadn’t gotten caught then. GEEZE. Drama and stupidity we do not need.

  33. Crunchbuc76 Says:

    Because Licht was so God awful with our last two first rndrs in JTS and Hall we are looking at using yet more firsts for the same damn position. Gezus!

  34. Goatfarmer Says:

    It’s harder for the GM when the team wins a Super Bowl and then goes 14-5. Sort of like, all the ripe fruit has already been picked.

  35. garro Says:

    So we are going with Vegas now?
    And some soon to be unemployed so called sports writers?
    Fifth round project…Maybe. But we already have two or three of those who, so far aren’t showing much.