“Super Disruptive”

April 28th, 2023

Bucs DT Calijah Kancey.

Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht addressed an important topic when discussing his choice of Pitt defensive tackle Calijah Kancey last night.

Kansey is an undersized defensive tackle. Some may think that’s a red flag. But Licht said not for good coaches.

“Well, every player is different and you have to adjust, which, [Bucs coach] Todd [Bowles] does a great job of adjusting to who you have and how you play defense,” Licht said. “We do think that he has strength, and he does have power, and he does have ability to hold up in there.

“They were saying the same things [about] Aaron Donald. Every player is different and we’re just excited.

“We’ve been talking about him … through the whole process of the different ways that we can use him and how we’re going to have to adjust a little bit. But maybe for the better. “He’s a super disruptive interior player that you can actually play outside a little bit too.”

Kansey said whatever it takes for him to improve and get on the field and help the Bucs out, that’s what he will do.

“I definitely want to contribute to [help the Bucs win] a Super Bowl — again!”

Kansey being so versatile almost sounds like he can play up and down the front line and possibly drop back into some pass coverage, if he’s as quick as some believe.

20 Responses to ““Super Disruptive””

  1. lambchop Says:

    He gives the Bucs a lot of flexibility which is going to be fun to watch. If he’s dropping in coverage, maybe we can see some flashes of JPP in that regards.

    I like this pick, but I might end up loving it once we see how they use him.

    He is definitely not a project. That kind of speed is rare. We just have to stop comparing him to Aaron Donald and be patient.

  2. RealBucsFan Says:

    I am happy that they went after the guy they believed in. TBH it feels good to see them pull a Detroit Lions and draft a DL for the 3rd consecutive yr. It is always good to be brave and keep shooting at the basket even after you have laid up 2 bricks in your last DL picks! Keep firing until you hit on one! Unfortunately I was so hyped on JTS but he is just like the Noah Spence mirage. All these speed guys that can’t bullrush have no strength, cannot finish. Sad to see even the TOP 5 pick of Horseman LB is not even a shadow of Shelton Quarles cover 2 pass defending skills! White is just a pass rusher and David is old now. Jamel Dean… NICE i like the skill level he is at right now, but why not JOEY PORTER JR? Ok well I hope this DT is the Dungy 2.0 SAPP we need because you could have gone Broderick Jones if you moved up.. he was right there! Heck Maybe you go get Levis in the 2nd round??? No Fncky way you draft TRASK??? Second round and don’t go pull the trigger on LEVIS 2nd round!?$& if your gonna keep shooting your shot on DLineman until you HIT??! Then same logic at QB.. Baker is a Let’s take a Flyer on this guy he is dirt cheap, and Trask is Trask… meaning a career clipboard holder that will never start in the NFL. I hope tomorrow some aggressive moves are made to get guys that are potential big hands in the game! Lichtenstein PLEASE stop playing conservative and outsmarting yourself! Grow a pair

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    This pick should have every knowledgeable Bucs fan quivering with excitement. The maroons have already self identified.

  4. Buc4evr Says:

    6’0 280 pounds, not an inside guy. Wonder how he will hold up against a 6’6 315 pound guard with a longer reach. Not excited yet. But happy Jason didn’t draft Levis.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    He’s in good company. Here’s each players draft profile size and weight.

    Kancey – 6′ 1″ 281 pounds
    Sapp – 6′ 1″ 281 pounds

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    …but Sapp was also considered to be a top 5 pick and only slipped because he got high before the combine.

    But in other similarities, the Eagles passed on Sapp to take a different defensive lineman, and tonight the Eagles passed on Kancey to take a different defensive lineman.

    It’s all coming together. Now just take a LB who can be the next Brooks, and we’re in great shape.

  7. steele Says:

    -They didn’t reach for a bad QB, in a draft full of them.

    -They went for trenches

    Not so good:

    -Kancey is another guy with question marks, like Logan Hall, but different ones. Not ready, not complete (as in ready to dominate), and better hope he isn’t as problematic as Hall has been. Kancey may be similar in stature to Aaron Donald, and everyone is sweatily trying to make the comparison. But he will have to prove that he is that good, and can physically overcome his limitations against bigger opponents.

    -Exactly what will be his role? He’s not suitable to 3-4. What will they do with him, besides wait for Bowles to leave?

    -Looks like Bucs got stuck. Wanted someone else, something, and had to pick a guy.

    I don’t trust the rest of the draft will be miraculous either.

  8. Trask To The Future Says:


    They’ve had months to figure out who to take with this pick. Kancey must have something special they saw in him to draft him.

    My guess is they watched a lot of tape of our defensive pass rush last season and realized that Vea was double teamed often and created a lot of 1v1 gaps that Hicks and others weren’t fast enough to attack and they think Kancey next to Vea will be hard for teams to block both.

  9. Stanglassman Says:

    The Bucs picked the guy in the first 10 seconds on the clock. Do teams do that when they didn’t get their guy? Answer: NO.

    Why do stupid people just make stuff up? Then they run around repeating it like if they say it over and over it will gain some validity. Hate to break it to you. It just shows everyone you don’t have any idea what you’re talking about and makes you look foolish.

  10. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I’m with you on this one, Goatfarmer. I predict this guy will be fan favorite three years from now. (And, no, he is not an Aaron Donald clone, though some comparisons are obvious and inevitable.)

    Go Bucs!

  11. RBUC Says:

    Watching his tape I can see what Licht & Bowles see in the young man!

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    JimbobBucsFan Says:
    …he is not an Aaron Donald clone, though some comparisons are obvious and inevitable.


    I know, my post above proves he’s a WARREN SAPP clone. They’re the same size and weight! The SAME!

  13. Jerry Says:

    Stanglassman Says:
    April 28th, 2023 at 3:13 am

    The Bucs picked the guy in the first 10 seconds on the clock. Do teams do that when they didn’t get their guy? Answer: NO.


    If I remember correctly the Bucs also picked JTS immediately when on the clock. And he’s been a disappointment so far. So just because they got “their guy” that they did homework on doesn’t automatically translate to him being a good pick.

  14. Colonel Angus Says:

    Can’t teach speed. Dude looks explosive

  15. Dooley Says:

    “6’0 280 pounds, not an inside guy. Wonder how he will hold up against a 6’6 315 pound guard with a longer reach.”

    Kancey wins that leverage battle, and with the hands he plays with combined with his footwork and get off, he’s shooting gaps and has a much shorter distance to the QB than any OLB.

  16. Allbuccedup Says:

    How old is he looks like a kid?

  17. SB~LV Says:

    What does Warren think?
    I am good with the pick !
    A year from now with NFL weight and diet he’ll be back with some man weight. I am not concerned with his comparative lighter weight, he has always had to overcome and his compensation along with his competitive fire has always prevailed.

  18. Brandon Says:

    Buc4evr Says:
    April 28th, 2023 at 2:10 am
    6’0 280 pounds, not an inside guy. Wonder how he will hold up against a 6’6 315 pound guard with a longer reach. Not excited yet. But happy Jason didn’t draft Levis.


    Height and reach can often be a detriment on the inside. Hands and arms are used to bench press players, not long arm them… the height often serves as a leverage disadvantage. Low man wins in the inside. Short reached players are often moved inside where it doesn’t matter. Players play pad to pad and not in space where a reach is a factor.

  19. unbelievable Says:

    Reach is a factor for batting down passes. Something the Bucs don’t do enough of. But yes there’s far more to the position than just that.

    If he can be as violent, or close to, someone like Donald or Sapp, I think* he’ll be alright and won’t get pushed around too much.

    * ‘think’ may or may not be a code word for ‘hope’

  20. Esteban85 Says:

    We all watched as JTS flopped and missed more sacks than he made as he flailed his arms and was pushed around and the QB stepped up in the pocket with ease and completed a pass. This pick will help JTS more than anyone as he cleans up after our interior lineman create havoc inside.
    Initially I hated the pick of yet another D front 7 guy, then I watched this kids tape and saw how he is a polished pass rusher with overflowing technique, burst and speed. Now VV can stay at the nose where he belongs.