Bucs Get A Running Back

April 27th, 2024

Bucs running back Bucky Irving, their fourth-round pick.

No, this Bucky is not from Wisconsin.

Bucky Irving, the little scatback, quick-as-hell running back from Oregon is now a Bucs running back. The versatile Irving, who caught as well as he could run, was a big part of the explosive Oregon offense led by Bo Nix.

Here is what the PFF tribe wrote about Irving:

… compact build gives way to his most alluring trait: balance. His ability to run through arm tackles and bounce off bigger hits can give him a long career in the NFL.

He doesn’t have great long speed and won’t be outrunning anyone at the sideline, but his footwork is quick, controlled and balanced. His burst is appropriate for his game. He also has very reliable hands out of the backfield, though his pass protection abilities are unreliable.

Irving is shifty and quick. But damn it, Joe is tired of people dinging running backs because they can’t block. If that is what you want from your running backs, then put a friggin’ guard in there to block.

The surprise here, the Bucs, with former Kentucky offensive coordinator Liam Coen, passed on Kentucky running back Ray Davis.

87 Responses to “Bucs Get A Running Back”

  1. Boss Says:

    not happy…….we have 1/2 dozen backs like this.

    get a friggin bowling ball, trade for one or pick someone else!!

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    This guy is shifty and can catch the ball well. Great number 2 behind white.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Great addition, especially with his running style, quick cuts and acceleration, great vision and reads his blockers

  4. Boss Says:


    — Size probably limits him from ever being a lead back.

    — Poor play strength. Immediately stopped on first contact on almost every clean tackle attempt. Cannot move piles.

    — Too often stops his feet at the second level and tries to make a move rather than trudging forward. Knows he cannot win through contact.

    — Poor pass-blocker right now. Eyes and effort need some work; may never have the size to be consistently good at it.

  5. Scott Says:

    I just don’t know about this one. What the heck man.

  6. Durango 95 Says:

    5’9 192. This guy’s not going to break many tackles. Licht needs someone to help selecting a RB. Not good.

  7. Richard Dickson Says:

    “Cannot move piles.”

    Um, you don’t draft a guy like this to move piles.

  8. ModHairKen Says:

    Speaks volumes that they did not take Ray Davis.

  9. Tucker Says:

    Surprise for me is that they didnt draft estime or allan this is probably my least favorite pick so far loved the other picks though.

  10. geno711 Says:

    Don’t like the pick. White’s best attribute is his pass receiving.
    The guy you pick’s best attribute is his pass receiving.

    Neither of the guys really are a great 3rd or 4th and short runner. Neither are a goal line guy.

    Worse yet is that Irving came from a pure zone read so we are only projecting how well he will do in Coen’s Gap power run scheme.

  11. Marcus bagley Says:

    Not getting rare ray Davis smh. Hopefully he works out but davis has starter traits

  12. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Bucky would have been a good pick here IF Ray Davis and Audric Estime weren’t still on the board. Licht still shows he doesn’t know how to draft the best RB available in the draft. I still think Bucky improves our running game, but he was not best available.

  13. Pepsi Says:

    192lbs without home run speed. Okay… we need to hire an RB draft consultant

  14. David Says:


    Watch football, not the combine

    He is extremely quick and explosive and produced-
    14 G
    186 ATT, 1,180 YDS (6.3 AVG), 11 TD
    56 REC, 413 YDS (7.4 AVG), 2 TD

  15. PNW Buc Says:

    Ugh..should have taken any other.
    Shipley. Davis. Allen. Estime.
    First bad pick Jason…

  16. 2023 Surprised the Hell out of me Says:

    Bucky Irving 🔥 Shiftiest RB in College Football….. Not sure what your all watching but check out the videos … he will average over 3 yards per run

  17. SB~LV Says:

    Geno … White lacks quick cuts and is not slippery through his offensive line.

  18. All_da_way Says:

    Bucs finally draft a RB that can make people miss.


  19. Permanently Moderated Says:

    Would have rather it had been Estime.

  20. Simeon4HOF Says:

    I’m guessing they will just catapult him over the line since we still lack a back who can pound it up the middle in especially short yardage or goal line situations. idc who our Center is now, White lacks i side vision and power. Makes no sense the Bucs didn’t draft a power Running back to compliment White. Will criticize JL at this time on his RB evaluation and FA signings at this position and the times he allows Bowles to reach for Defense and interferes with draft need.

  21. Onetime007 Says:

    Blah. If he had breakaway speed, maybe. He’s a good back, but an odd choice to pair w/ White. Feels like he’s going to be a 3rd down back that plays as a slot WR in our new offensive scheme.

  22. firethecannons Says:

    would of rather had Trey Benson–could of made a package deal and moved up. Bucky had 2 1000+ yd seasons and was good in Oregon offense.

  23. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Unlike white, Bucky Irving runs with great vision. For his size, he a uncannny ability to make you miss and does a nice job breaking tackles. I think this was great pick in the fourth round. Some draft boards had him as a 3rd round pick. Not sure why some people are complaining.

  24. BucsFan81 Says:

    Kinda reminds me of the muscle hamster Doug Martin.

  25. All_da_way Says:

    White is a N/S runner but he isn’t know for making people miss.

    Bucky Irving is a RB that makes people miss.

    Never understood why people wanted the Bucs to draft a bruising RB so early in the draft.

  26. CaptainStagger Says:

    Mo Kamara and TJ Tampa were better value here

  27. Simeon4HOF Says:

    This is a product of not taking a RB in Rd 3 like they should have

  28. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Ray Davis?

  29. OrlandoBucFAn Says:

    I was hoping the Bucs would draft a big back who could move the chains. This is a very disappointing pick…almost a throw away pick. If our offensive line is better, there is a chance our running back by committee approach can be effective. I wonder if the Bucs simply had names on a dart board for running backs and the dart landed on Irving.

  30. rrsrqnc Says:

    Bucs love West Coast ballers, but I really like this pick watching some of Oregons game I remember saying he is small but why can’t Bucs running backs run through and break tackles like him.

  31. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Durango 95 Says: “5’9 192. This guy’s not going to break many tackles. Licht needs someone to help selecting a RB. Not good.”

    The best RBs tend to be around 5’10”. You rarely find a running back 6′ or taller at the top of crop. Bucky Irving is just shy of 5’10”. Sure, he could add another 10 lbs, but I think he’ll be fine as the #2.

  32. Will Says:

    They must really be thinking Tucker is going to be good this year. I believe we truly need a short yardage guy with the ability to break tackles and take it to the house. I wanted the kid outta ND for that reason.

  33. Durango 95 Says:

    Simeon4HOF Says:

    This is a product of not taking a RB in Rd 3 like they should have

    100% Correct.

  34. D-Rok Says:

    Diminutive lil guy, isn’t he? I admire his mental toughness and tenacity, and his playing speed is faster than his 40 time. On film, I saw pretty good vision.

    What I like about this pick is now the Bucs can have some 2-back sets with RW and BI where the defense won’t know run or pass. I’d have preferred a more alpha RB1 pick, but if I were Coen, I’d use some 2 back sets now with Irving in the room.

    Interesting pick, we’ll see how it plays out.

  35. Simeon4HOF Says:

    And this was the Rd to get DB help

  36. Baking with Evans Says:

    Obviously, Lían approved this pick. He must have a game plan for him. We’ll have to wait and see.

  37. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    OrlandoBucFAn, same here. Ah well.

  38. ChiBuc Says:

    I don’t get this one. I guess they don’t want to project pass vs run with personnel. He and White fill the same niche. I was hoping for a guaranteed 3rd and 1 chain mover, not another down on 1st contact back

  39. Hogg Wild Says:

    This is a running back who can actually see a hole and hit it. Been a long time since we had one of those. Cry all you want that he isn’t a big workout warrior like Rachaad White, he’s a real running back.

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Would rather have taken Tampa there, but I guess Bowels has to pick somewhere.

  41. JustVisiting Says:

    Maybe the idea is that with a stronger OL, White (who seems to get.dinged on vision and evasiveness) will be the short yardage back, and Bucky will be the option that keeps DCs guessing?

  42. Baking with Evans Says:


    100 % wrong

  43. Hodad Says:

    You won’t see this guy running behind Barton till it’s to late. White is our big back.

  44. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    OK……They made a conscious decision to draft him over Ray Davis……we have Davis’ coach and Davis was available……ranked higher….

    We have to trust that Coen signed off on this for a reason.

  45. Simeon4HOF Says:

    Neither White, Edmonds, or this back can hit the hole with power up the middle. Not saying he doesn’t have talent and pros .. Just wondering how the 32nd ranked rushing Offense plans to get better yardage that way. Clearly Liams Offense is going to be different and maybe Barton will improve the inside push enough to offset that. Why we have 3 backs with similar traits is beyond me. This has the customary yearly Bowles reaching and Jason trying to clean it up later prints all over it

  46. Marine Buc Says:

    I am a bit surprised this pick wasn’t Ray Davis or Estime but the Bucs had plenty of intel on Ray Davis from Liam Coen and it seems that our GM wasn’t overly impressed.

    Irving seems like a younger/healthier Chase Edmonds…

    Perhaps they like what they see in Sean Tucker as he continues to develop.

  47. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Jeebs the Honey Bear Says: Bucky would have been a good pick here IF Ray Davis and Audric Estime weren’t still on the board.

    Audric Estime ran a 4.71 in the 40 – no thanks.

    Ray Davis is 5’8″ but not as shifty as Irving. Both has similar speed. Davis is better at breaking tackles but Irving has that “make you miss” factor. Irving is the better WR, probably the reason why the Bucs chose him over Davis.

  48. Defense Rules Says:

    YGBSM. Several big backs were still available (Estime, Allen, Davis & several others) and JL picks a ‘little scatback’? We sucked at running the ball in short-yardage situations last season, and that especially hurt us punching it in for TDs (Bucs scored a grand total of 8 rushing TDs last year, 2nd least in the league). Have trouble convincing myself that Bucky Irving is gonna help in situations like that, but hopefully he’ll prove me wrong.

  49. ChiBuc Says:

    I’m thinking we are going to see a lot more motion out of the backfield this year, which has me excited about playcalling, if not another diminutive RB

  50. Simeon4HOF Says:

    There goes Braelon Allen smh

  51. Hopein1hand… Says:

    I had him off my board due to his size. He does make sharp cuts but he is going to get broken before making much impact. Everyone has faults. Licht’s prime one is his RB evals and projections. With Estime and Davis there no less…

  52. Robert Hurst Says:

    Jets just took Braelon Allen I think we should have went that route

  53. MadMax Says:

    Bucky or Estime….love me some Bucky … well doggone it now 6th rd is next

  54. WilieG Says:

    “ His ability to run through arm tackles and bounce off bigger hits can give him a long career in the NFL.”

    Wait a second! Are running backs allowed to break tackles? I’m so confused.

  55. Upthegut Says:

    Sharp cuts, makes people miss. He may be our new kick returner.
    Run Bucky run is the new Run Michael run.
    The way he makes people at the second level miss could translate to returns for TDs.

  56. Bob Buc Says:

    “If that is what you want from your running backs, then put a friggin’ guard in there to block.”

    Joe – Love your work but maybe you’re getting punchy after very long, draft-weekend hours (couldn’t blame you, just watching it is hard enough). The equation is risk, reward, and numbers. If you have a back that can block, you can play 5 offensive linemen. If you move an O lineman back, the math says you have one less blocker up front so a free D lineman gets a running start at a big, slower-footed lineman who is a considerable obstacle to a running back trying to get downfield. RB’s frequently trip over QB’s feet so the odds of getting past a fully occupied, commercial grade refrigerator in the way are not good – uh, unless your planning on the twinkle-toed guard to break a long run. In either case, teams don’t like their starting QB to get concussed and the formula that has worked so far is putting a friggin’ RB back there who can keep the QB alive and at the same time, keep the season going. I’m sure he will be inundated with F’ bombs or the bench if he can’t pick up incoming fire.

  57. Bucben61 Says:

    Everyone who had a hand in this decision needs to pee in a bottle

  58. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    Ok if you think so,

  59. Bucben61 Says:

    We drafted Rashad White’s minni me…can’t make this up

  60. Buc4evr Says:

    The guy is not going to survive in the NFL as a WR. Kick or punt returner at best.

  61. adam from ny Says:

    Looks like we’re gonna have an exciting offense this year… This guy might not be the guy we needed as a bruising, bowling ball back, but he will add to the offensive excitement… I see what they’re doing… I like it 🐣👍🏼🐣

  62. adam from ny Says:

    What about two back sets with him and Rashad… and Mike and Chris… And a beefed up sturdy offensive line… Baker it could be looking really good back there

  63. Ugotrobbed Says:

    Davis will go to a division rival and be a thorn in our side for ears to come!
    Thumbs down on this one!

  64. Ugotrobbed Says:

    Probably would have been there in the 6TH round

  65. Ted Says:

    Go back and look at him at Oregon. Very reliable running and catching the ball, can take a check down and go 25-30 yards with ease. 4.5 is not slow and has great feet and vision. RB is so undervalued in the NFL….he is a good pick for what the Bucs do on offense. These guys that drop because of measurables are still ball players. I think Light has had his best draft top to bottom, well done

  66. Steven007 Says:

    More than anything this signals to me that they believe in. Sean Tucker. Remember, he came off last year after the medical thing with basically no work in camp. And wasn’t ready for the season for that and other reasons. A full offseason and they may be convinced he can be a primary backup.

  67. TOMMY MORDUE Says:


  68. MelvinJunior Says:

    A major head scratcher that has Cohen written all over it. Look, I’m all about these lil june bug ‘scat-backs’ who can flat-out flyyyyy, BUT as soon as the Bucs picked this kid, they said that his ‘numbers’ tested basically, HORRIBLE at the combine. Like, WHAAAATTT!? We just totally, WASTED a great opportunity to completely overhaul, & rebuild our OL for the future thru this ridiculously, LOADED draft class… I mean, the teams who drafted the BYU & UCONN Linemen, ALL received A to A+’s for doing so, in these later rounds. That would’ve made a whole lot more sense to me. I feel like, we really wasted those picks at Nicke/S and RB… Opportunity, LOST.

  69. No Mercy Says:

    Gettting STRONG Alvin Kamara vibes here. This dudes film is making me stiff. Running behind Graham Barton too this might be actually legit

  70. Brandonbucc Says:

    Well, this draft is over. Got one guy to play center. The rest are losers.

  71. Bucben61 Says:

    Not thr draft I was expecting at all…thought we were committed to fixing a historically bad rush game.

    Drafting one left tackle and one pint sized scat back isn’t going to move the needle much

  72. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    I think we all wanted a big RB but this kid can make people miss. Caught the most passes of all RBs, and like 450 carries with only 1 fumble. Seems to have good vision, balance, and can hit the hole. Hoping for good things.

    Very happy with this draft!

  73. Biggun Says:

    See it now… BUCKY BUC

  74. No Mercy Says:

    All the salty fans for us not going pass rush when we have Todd Bowles the highest blitzing coach in the league lmao

  75. Booger Says:

    I’m guessing they took him over Sweet Baby Ray, because of age playing a major factor, and the name. Ray Davis is already OLD. And, there was no other place for a “Bucky” other than the “Bucs.” So, it just had to be… “Bucky The Buc.”

  76. Biggun Says:

    BTW… Bucky Buc can catch and is shifty… He’ll be fine fun to watch!

  77. Booger Says:

    “Hopein1hand” – YOU have a BOARD!? Lol

  78. Don'tBmad Says:

    Moron casual fan comments. You get who’s available for what your needs are.
    Idiots here commenting about who Bucs should take when they aren’t even available to pick. Good thing you clowns don’t get to make choices

  79. Booger Says:

    I guess when he plays bad it’ll be “Bucky Buckin Buc,” of when he runs square into Barton’s backside it’ll be “Bucky Buc Buckin.”

  80. Tebowtime Says:

    You guys act like Warrick Dunn never picked up 3 and 1.

    Scatbacks with good vision can do well in the goal line as well. Dunn scored 64 times and that’s playing with allstott many of those seasons who was used as our primary short yardage guy ofc.

  81. Pickgrin Says:


    Coolest gas station/”convenience store” in existence. If you see one on the highway – pull over and check it out. Its like WaWas on quadruple steroids……

    Great food there….

    Highly recommended

    Bucky the RB?

    Not so sure about that one….

  82. Bucben61 Says:

    He has the same measurable as rams rb Kyren Williams


    I’m coming around I think the light just came on

  83. Bucben61 Says:

    It all makes since now. Coen was with the rams when they drafted Kyren Williams

    Williams identical 5’9″ and 195 lbs. Bucky a slightly faster 40

    If we get the next Kyren Williams I won’t be a bit upset

  84. PbnJ Says:

    Dear Bob Buc,

    Trolling or misunderstanding?

    Let’s assume misunderstanding. Joe’s suggestion meant putting a guard back there just like Leftwich often deployed a 3rd Tackle at TE. I imagine Joe suggested a guard for this role because they’re often the more fluid offensive lineman in the old NFL style. The 3rd guard just reports as an eligible player, the same as our 3rd tackle has done for lining up as a TE many times.

  85. brooks Says:


  86. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Looking at Irving’s and Davis’ highlights it seems to me Irving was picked to protect White starting spot because Davis would sue enough take it from him. Bucky is cute and shifty got some speed but Davis is definitely better and more than shifty enough. Looks like coaches protecting their decision to make White something he’s not, a starting caliber rb. The fact the coach who worked with Davis wasn’t allowed to draft him says a lot about Licht and Blowles.

  87. Toad Bowels Says:

    The fact Coen didn’t put his foot down and insist on drafting him may say something about Ray Davis work ethic or other issues that made Bucky a much better fit here.