Great Draft Value At Receiver

February 23rd, 2024

Florida WR Ricky Pearsall.

The cool thing about free agency is it finally dies down roughly a month before the draft.

So after three weeks of trying to lure players to sign on the dotted line, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht and his personnel gang get time to regroup and finalize their draft gameplan

What teams do in free agency is often a very good tell on what they do in the draft. For example, the Bucs need another safety to go along with Antoine Winfield. So let’s say the Bucs, unlike a lot of fans, don’t want to spend cash to bring back former Bucs safety Jordan Whitehead, then it’s a decent bet the Bucs will draft a safety a month later.

The elephant in the room here is what happens with Mike Evans. If the Bucs don’t re-sign him, then Joe thinks you could make some cash from your short-term investment broker that the Bucs will select a receiver in the draft.

And this is the draft to do it.

In fact, NFL Network draft analyst and former Eagles and Crows scout Daniel Jeremiah had his annual pre-combine press conference (the combine starts Monday — that’s the combine, not the waste of electricity TV show). There, Jeremiah seemed to think teams can get good receivers in the third round.

“[I]n the third round you got some really, really interesting guys,” Jeremiah said. “Malachi Corley from Western Kentucky has big-time juice, big-time run after catch stuff. He is a total stud. You’ve got Roman Wilson from Michigan who can fly.

“Ricky Pearsall from Florida, who is a real loose, fluid, excellent route runner. Got some insane catches. He might have the catch of the year of all these guys in the draft.

“His catch in Charlotte is ridiculous. Real quick real fast and can make some things happen after the catch. I can go on. There’s a bunch of wide receivers.”

Joe is just not overwhelmed with the Bucs receivers past Chris Godwin and Evans. Yeah, Trey Palmer showed things and he was just a rookie. Joe didn’t like how he would disappear for weeks at a time.

Even if Evans re-signs with the Bucs, Joe would not mind the Bucs grabbing one of these receivers in the third round. That selection for the Bucs is No. 89 overall.

Could Pearsall still be on the board?

33 Responses to “Great Draft Value At Receiver”

  1. Dave Pear Says:


  2. MadMax Says:

    Xavier Legette

  3. MadMax Says:

    And if we do work out an Evans deal, then no on WR

  4. MadMax Says:

    I checked him out….that one handed catch was beautiful!

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    LUVMYBUCS Says: February 21st, 2024, at 7:06 pm

    Potential Draft Picks: WR
    • Xavier Worthy
    • Roman Wilson
    • Malachi Corley
    • Jamari Thrash
    • Malik Washington

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Honorable Mention: Jermaine Burton

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Even if we’re able to retain Mike Evans, we still need to pick up another receiver.

    Besides picking up more speed, there’s no guarantee we can re-sign Chris Godwin after the season

  8. MadMax Says:

    We still have Palmer and Moore who show something when other areas of need should be addressed.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    We have 4 Receivers under contract | 4 pieces of camp meat with reserve/futures contracts

    1.Chris Godwin
    • In 2024, Godwin will earn a base salary of $20,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $27,534,000 and a dead cap value of $26,386,000. Also note the 2025-2026 are automatically voided.

    2. Russell Cage: Cap Savings: $6.4M | Dead Money: $6.9M
    • Often injured Russell Gage missed the entire past season with a knee injury suffered during training camp. So, we need to find younger more serviceable option.

    3. Trey Palmer: Solid young piece

    4. Rakim Jarrett: Undrafted wideout who showed flashed during training camp but missed the entire season.

    So, as you can clearly see we definitely need a receiver

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Also, note that David Moore is a free agent who was brought in by Canales

  11. blimey! Says:

    I’m reading everywhere that 2024 is the best WR draft class possibly ever!

    When the scouts/personnel guys get together next week in Indy, they’ll get up close and personal with the candidates, see their scheme fits and flexibility, and of course Buy into the Hype

    We’ll see whether any of the current FA WR’s get a contract in March?

  12. SB Says:

    Uh OH! Getting Gators fans excited!

  13. SB Says:

    What” Good LUV? I see you out there!

  14. geno711 Says:

    blimey! Says:
    February 23rd, 2024 at 4:03 am
    I’m reading everywhere that 2024 is the best WR draft class possibly ever!

    Draftbuzz has 20 WR in their top 100. Only 4 in their top 26.
    Most with late 2nd to 3rd round grades.

    Daniel Jeremiah has 10 WR in his top 50. 5 in his top 26.
    Neither Draft Buzz nor Jeremiah have Keon Coleman currently in their top 26.

    So, there may be guys like:
    Cooper Kupp
    Chris Godwin
    Courtland Sutton there

    or you may be drafting:
    Anthony Miller
    Dante Pettis
    Carlos Henderson
    Chad Williams there.

    It appears well over 50 percent of 2nd and 3rd round receivers are MIA for the teams that drafted them over the last half decade or so.

  15. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Gator receivers not named Wes Chandler suck in the NFL.

  16. Ethan Says:

    There it is, I was waiting for it. An FSU homeboy – BA’s Red Pen – shows up to dis the Florida receiver. The Bucs fan base – dumbest in the NFL.

  17. Conner50 Says:

    Pearsall would be a great pick in the third round if he’s still available

  18. SlyPirate Says:

    Whoa! Amazing route runner.

  19. Weebs10 Says:

    Oh boy another Florida boy for the UF and FSU fans to bicker about. The Cult of Trask is excited for this one! On a more serious note, kid looks like a stud

  20. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Pearsall is phenomenal, and there is very little chance he makes it to us in the third round. He might not make it to us in the second round.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Mo’ Big Uglies, please. You can get the pretty boys later…

  22. JimBobBuc Says:

    I like the idea of drafting a great route runner who can get separation. However, we have other priorities on offense: center, guard, and RB1. We also need an Edge and ILB guy. We need our Rd 1-3 guys to be on the field next year.

    Still way early to talk much about the draft with so many FA uncertainties…

  23. Chuckys Bucs Says:

    Trask fanboys are wetting themselves with this moronic take. Give me 5 players florida has produce in the last 10 years worth a damn

  24. Bojim Says:

    We need to re-sign Moore.

  25. teacherman777 Says:

    WR? Luxury pick!


    1st round: Center
    2nd round: LG (with LG experience!)
    3rd round: NT (Vea needs a sub)
    4th round: FS
    5th round: Speedy CB project (like Zion)
    6th round: ILB
    7th round: RB

  26. JimBobBuc Says:

    Agree Bojim, we need to resign Moore as long as we get a good deal.

  27. LANshark Says:

    Need to re-sign Moore, let Jarrett go unless he shows something in camp. Palmer will develop. Restructure/extend Godwin if we can. And sure, depending on what happens with Evans, we may be drafting a 1-3rd round WR.

    A guy to go after as a UDFA is Drake Stoops from Okla. Small, yes, but great separation, great hands, and a coach’s kid, so he knows how to read defense and get open.

  28. geno711 Says:

    BA’s Red Pen Says:
    February 23rd, 2024 at 7:09 am
    Gator receivers not named Wes Chandler suck in the NFL.

    About as equally good as FSU receivers.

    Are you going to say that Anquan Boldin was any better than Cris Collingsworth.

    Or that Peter Warrick, Kelvin Benjamin or Javon Walker did not bust as much as any Gator 1st round receiver.

  29. Ethan Says:

    Chuckys Bucs Says: “Give me 5 players florida has produce in the last 10 years worth a damn.”

    That’s what you said about Josh Allen and Wyoming too. Which is why nobody pays you for your opinions … except maybe not to make any.

  30. JD Still Says:

    Pearsall would be a great pick , he reminds me of Chris Godwin, , great hands , not afraid to catch in traffic , not super fast but smooth and quick, the only problem , I don’t think he will be on the board by the time we fill our other needs and get around to him..

  31. BUCman Says:

    We definitely need to draft a wide receiver and sign one in Free agency! Mike is very likely going to chase coin in free agency and Godwin has lost a little something after his injury. Either way they both are on the downhill side of their careers. Need to start looking for younger talent who are only going to get better over time.

  32. Conner50 Says:

    @Chukys Bucs
    1. Chauncey Gardner Johnson
    2. Jachai Polite
    3. Ocyrus Torrence
    4. Evan McPherson
    5. Kaiir Elam
    6. Kyle Pitts
    7. Jonathan Greenard
    8. Jarrad Davis
    9. Marcus Maye
    10. Dante Fowler

  33. Conner50 Says:

    Mike Evans is most definitely not on the downside of his career, matter of fact he just had one of his best years.