Peter King Says Bucs Select…

April 24th, 2023

Shares his best guess.

So let it be known. So let it be written. A top NFL insider has bequeathed to the unwashed his knowledge of players from a sport he readily admits he doesn’t follow and knows little of.

This morning airport-pianist-listening, Twitter-revolting, Purdue-basketball-confused, combine-fatigued, Bavarian-pretzel-chomping, teeth-brushing, haircut-fascinated, Circa-bewildered, elf-rattled, green-lawns-frowning, soggy-socks-wearing, Daylight-Savings-Time-scared, crossword-puzzle-puzzled, Elon-Musk-peeved, Barstool-Sports-triggered, almond-milk-sipping, hot-dog-eating-contest-protesting, mock-draft-scowlingL.L.-Bean-wearing, tennis fans’ advocate, Second Amendment abolitionistMike-Florio-arguingparrot-insensitivechewing-with-his-mouth-opensoup-gulpingCalifornia-train-romancing, anti-football proliferationouthouse-admiringairline-nappingsteerage-flyingYogi Berra-worshipingurinal-picture-takingvideo-game-playingTaylor-Swift-listeningpickpocket-thwartingBucs-uniform-frowning, Allie LaForce-smitten, Big-Ten-Network-hatingpedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerking, craft-beer-chugging, cricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball-box-score-readingNPR-honkfilthy-hotel-stayingfight-instigatingbarista-training, Budweiser-tolerantbaseball-scorecard-keeping, pasta-feasting, vomit-dodging scrooge, Kay-Adams-following, Coors-Light-souring, pineapple-upside-down-cake-eating social activist and NFL insider Peter King, of NBC Sports fame, stepped down from his ivory tower and handed the littles his mock draft for Thursday night.

This came despite King paying little to no attention to college football — he admits this often in his columns, almost like some weird badge of honor.

Few folks can get the attention of dozens of movers and shakers in the NFL like King. After exhausting his contacts, he has a hunch what each team will do in the first round.

For the Bucs, make room for a new tackle, King believes.

19. TAMPA BAY: Darnell Wright, tackle, Tennessee.

The Bucs need young replenishments all over the field. This is probably a year too early for a quarterback, so getting a tackle to pair for the next few years with Tristan Wirfs makes sense for GM Jason Licht.

Do the Bucs need a tackle? Very likely. Here is the only reason Joe thinks the Bucs may not draft a tackle at No. 19: having two first-round picks on the front line is an incredible investment into one position group. Especially when Licht has found good if not competent linemen later in the draft.

Consider that the Bucs won a Super Bowl, and had one of if not the best offensive lines for a few years with just one first round draft pick there, Tristan Wirfs. The rest were second-round picks, a third-round pick and a free agent.

Joe guesses drafting a tackle at No. 19 is better than throwing away the same pick on an edge rusher.

28 Responses to “Peter King Says Bucs Select…”

  1. Rand Says:

    OT, edge, DB

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    I agree with the fat fark for once.

  3. garro Says:

    Mark this day down in history as the day Peter King pulled his head out of his !@# to say something not stupid and immediately stuck it back in.

  4. Fansince76 Says:

    Go to the Stats, Bucs had worst rushing attack, the most impact is a running back. Bucs probably take Robinson if he is available ( doubt it ) or even Gibbs.

  5. MadMax Says:

    Well, great pick if he’s there, but he might not be.

  6. Costa Rica John Says:

    I would take this all day long. If Licht is good at picking these Offensive lineman then keep him doing that. Let him get some Defensive lineman through free agency. That way they are already established and you know they are good.

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Good pick. Do it.

  8. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Rd. 1 Brian Robison – RB
    Rd. 2 Anton Harrison – Tackle
    Rd. 3 TE
    Rd. 4 Guard

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Makes perfect sense to me…….a good OT……I would be very happy with this pick.

  10. Doc Says:

    Draft a mobile quaterback.

  11. Duane Says:

    Not a Peter King fan at all, but his suggestion makes more sense than Joe gives it credit for.

    Sure, it’s a big investment in the offensive line to have two first rounders on the roster, but when you consider where the Bucs are right not, it makes more sense than any other pick based upon need.

    The Bucs are recommitted to running the football more than they have in recent years. What better way to improve the running attack than by having first round talent on the O-line?

    The Bucs also have two quarterbacks on the roster who are not proven winners, one potential looking at his first NFL start and the other at his fourth team since being drafted no. 1 overall. These guys, whoever starts, is going to need a lot of help from not only the running game, but also in pass protection so that he can get the ball to his excellent cadre of wide receivers. He will NOT have the quick release that the GOAT has had to avoid sacks.

    Light may not go this route, of course, but on logic alone, it is the best way to draft in the first round if he has the guy he truly wants still there.

  12. lambchop Says:

    The DL and RB rooms are the weakest position we have with so many departures, Shaq’s achilles, JTS still being raw, no RBs proven to dominate, etc. I could see Edge, RB at #19.

    I’m pretty sure the OL will be addressed after Rd 1.

    If all else fails, draft the BPA and run with it.

  13. D-Rok Says:

    OT is our most glaring need, and picking one at 19 would be really, really smart.

  14. Infomeplease Says:

    We do need an OT, preferably to play the left side so Wirfs can stay on the right.

  15. Oxycondoms Says:

    Its the safe pick since licht isnt that great at drafting the other positions the bucs need . Only other choice would be if someone like oj howard/dalvin cook unexpectedly fell and he still messes that up even

  16. mark2001 Says:

    Peter King Says Bucs Select… a player.

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    garro – LOL about Peter King. And you know, since he’s got a big head, his azz must be ginormous.

  18. Who Says Says Can't Say Says:

    Usually this team picks the most seemingly boring pick possible, and the more boring the better they turn out. QB, RB, Edge… those are exciting, so expect them to pick OT or DT.

  19. Resilient Says:

    Bucs 1st rd pick will be either: Tenn. OT Wright | MD. DB Banks | GA. Edge Smith | Texas RB B. Robinson

  20. Fred McNeil Says:

    Tackle would be a safer pick than, say, pass rusher. We will need an inside linebacker too.
    I like the draft better when we have no idea who the BUCS might take or who might fall to us. Like the year we took Wirfs we all knew we were gonna take a right tackle no matter what.

  21. Bucs Guy Says:

    I would have no problem trading back/getting an extra 2nd rd pick and picking a RB in the first if we can get Harrison from OKU as our LT in the second. I just don’t think he’ll be there.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    Does that mean Wirfs moves to LT?

    Cause it looks to me that this dude plays RT…

  23. Oddball Says:

    Yes! The Peter King extra, extra long moniker is back baby!

  24. JN Says:

    Would love to see one of the elite OTs at 19 like Wright but I think all of those big uglies will be gone. Anxious to see what happens with Diva White and a trade. If the top end OTs are gone I hope JL can trade back and get more day 2 picks. Damn we have too many holes to fill.

  25. SomeDudeAtWork Says:

    Lukas Van Ness. There might not be value at T at 19

  26. stpetebucfan Says:

    I agree with King for once. IF it’s Wright. He’s SEC tested having played against the best DL in the game. IF he’s available at 19 he’ll not only be a guy who fits the Bucs needs perfectly he’ll be the best available player.

    Mayfield moves better than Brady but I still love having a dominent OL.

    Philly has a GREAT OL! KC now has a great OL. Remember the Bucs beat them when injuries and thin depth depleted their OL and even Mahomes couldn’t compensate.

  27. CrackerBall Says:

    The Bucs actually DID have a good OL with Smith/Marpet/Jensen/Cappa/Wirfs
    for a time, and the weakest link was Donovan Smith. Lose Ali Marpet to retirement, and Smith has to fend for himself with no help from our top LG player. He gets fully exposed for what he is – a mediocre slow-footed one punch LT player.

    Glad Smith is gone now… but we have a bunch of back-up players to put out there with Wirfs and Jensen. Need a bunch of help at both OG positions (and that is assuming they feel Goedeke can play RT). If he can’t, add a RT to that mix. Things are gonna be rough without a serious investment up front.

  28. Ran-D Says:

    He’s usually wrong but I would take that if it’s right