“The Perfect Complement”

May 8th, 2023

Calijah Kancey.

Former Bucs great Warren Sapp already said he likes what he has seen on tape from the Bucs’ first-round pick, defensive tackle Calijah Kancey.

Now add another strong voice who believes the Bucs may have something special in Kancey.

Prickly Pete Prisco of CBS Sports recently broke down the Tampa Bay draft. He liked some things and didn’t like otheres. But when it comes to Kancey, Prisco is a big believer.

Prisco went so far as to suggest the Bucs’ interior defense will rise this year and that a team couldn’t have found a better player to line up alongside Vita Vea.

The Skinny: First-round defensive tackle Calijah Kancey is a player who can really amp up their interior pass rush. Playing next to Vita Vea, he is the perfect complement. I liked that pick. … This was a draft based on speed. They got faster.

Training camp and those worthless preseason games will reveal a lot, but Joe guesses Kancey will be in a rotation to begin his Bucs career. The Eagles have shown you can’t have enough quality defensive linemen.

If Kancey shows he can handle himself with guards (hopefully burning guards on his way to the quarterback) then he will become a starter.

And if Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Logan Hall (finally) demonstrate why they were high draft picks, this Bucs defensive line could be ferocious.

17 Responses to ““The Perfect Complement””

  1. Tiny Dungy Says:

    In every NFL city, there was s always HOPE after every draft, Joe. Lee is always talking about production so until we see some it’s just that.

    Jason Licht heard the Wendys commercial lady saying”where’s the beef?” And delivered this year.

  2. garro Says:

    Optimistically… If everyone on both sides of the ball who we have been waiting on to step up…does…and Kancey, Mauch, and Ya Ya can play…Wow!
    As The Nature Boy would say… Woo!
    Go Bucs!

  3. ATLBuc Says:

    This kid has some serious moves to beat an offense lineman. A technician!! Yes Joe if JTS, Hall and YAYa show up we will have a nasty defense

  4. ATLBuc Says:

    Actually, I can see this kids work ethic and live for the game a catalyst to raise the level of play for the whole defense. After all, what veteran wants to be out hustled by a rookie? So, that’s my prediction: Kancys play will light a fire under the entire defense and we will have a record setting defensive season!!

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    Let’s see if he can play all three downs
    I hope he can

  6. Tim Says:

    I think it was a real solid draft. Very fast group.

  7. Rand Says:

    I think Kancey will struggle at the pro level on the interior defensive line against the run. He is smallish and lacks the leverage to fight off blocks. Pass rush no problem because he is quick but the run game will be his Achille’s heel.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    Even Warren Sapp only started 8 games as a rookie and had just 3-sacks.

    Betting on any rookie defensive lineman to be productive their rookie years is almost always a losing proposition.

    At the same time, they need to make sure he gets snaps so he’s ready to go next year when the team has a new coach, new scheme and hopefully a legit franchise QB.

  9. SlyPirate Says:


  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hes too damn small.
    Might work in a 4-3, but that aint us

  11. Goatfarmer Says:

    Between Diva White and the head coich, brutal sundays should be expected for Buc fans.

  12. Bucschamp Says:

    we had VV and Hicks last year and everybody thought our pass rushers gonna feast. guess what happened? how many sacks did we get? how many run did we stop? VV after getting the bag wasn’t the same. JTS was supposed to be better year 2 how did he do? kancey paired with VV gonna be scary? i wouldn’t put my money on it

  13. Obvious Says:

    We’ve got some BRILLIANT talent evaluators here on JFB!

    If Only they were to actually “watch his tape” then they “might” have a clue. CLEARLY THEY HAVE NOT! SO THEY DON’T HAVE A CLUE! That’s IF you can’t seem to wrap your smallish head around the AWARDS the man has ACCUMULATED!

    In other words if you don’t believe what you’re hearing then give your lying eyes a shot at it!

    You Know, “there is a reason why you have 2 ears and 1 mouth”…

    It is NO WONDER why YOU have NO BUSINESS evaluating ANYTHING more complicated than your selection of Deputy Dog or Barney Rubble under roos jammy’s to wear to bed! That is YOUR CEILING!

    Stay OUT of the Adult Talent Evaluation business! YOU’RE ONLY EMBARRASSING YOURSELVES!

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    Capt.Tim – literally, exactly, the same size as Sapp coming out of college at 6′ 1″ 283. Also Donald is nearly the same size, and it hasn’t been an issue. Maybe he’s good, maybe he isn’t, but his size is not a reason not to take him. Also just look at the kid, it’s not like he can’t put on another 20-pounds if wanted to, then, like Sapp, he’d be right at that 300 pound mark and all the people saying he’s too small (like they said about Sapp in 1995 – just google it, you can find newspapers from back then) can then rest easy knowing he reached the magical threshold number.

  15. Rand Says:

    he’s not 6’1″

  16. Rand Says:

    even standing next to Licht he looked tiny

  17. Wild Bill Says:

    A handful of good draft pics will not dramatically improve the bucs this year. Every team in the division got a little better too. A combination of injuries, aging free agents and low draft pics because of their big 3 year run all contributed to last year’s slump. The draft added little to the offensive skill players. Bucs are likely to still struggle to score especially with questionable quarterback skill and thin talent base at running back. Bucs are likely a mid level team at best. No bisquit this year! I am still pulling for them win or lose but with low expectations until they compete well in their own division let alone make the playoffs. I think it will be a relatively long process before the Bucs are a playoff level team again.