John Spytek On Chris Braswell, Pass Rushers

April 27th, 2024

Bucs assistant GM John Spytek.

Joe is starting to learn that with some college players, you can’t just look at raw numbers. You have to peel the onion skins back to get a better look.

When Joe read after the Bucs selected Chris Braswell that he had just 10.5 sacks in three years at Alabama, Joe shrugged and was unimpressed.

Later, Joe learned Braswell had only started one year at Alabama as he was in a logjam in previous seasons, specifically stuck behind Will Anderson and Dallas Turner. And in his lone year as a starter at Alabama, Braswell had eight sacks.

So obviously, the 10.5 sacks total for three years was  deeiving. So the Bucs may have an up-and-comer.

Bucs assistant general manager John Spytek spoke about edge rushers after Friday night’s draft activities came to a close.  As for grabbing Braswell with the 57th pick, he admitted there was some danger that a team would have plucked him before the Bucs were on the clock.

“Yeah, there is always concern,” Spytek said of the Bucs getting jumped for a pass rusher. “And I think it becomes more stressful when it’s a pass rusher because people are after those.

“If you can’t affect quarterbacks in this league, you have almost no chance to win.”

As for the notion that this year’s crop of pass rushers was weak after the first three guys, you could see a twinkle appear in Spytek’s eyes.

“That’s your perception, I guess,” Spytek said to a local reporter with a cat-ate-the-canary smile. “We liked a lot of them. But we’re very happy to have Chris here.”

One thing Spytek liked about Braswell is his relentless effort play after play. Those type of pass rushers, Spytek said, tend to wear down offensive linemen.

19 Responses to “John Spytek On Chris Braswell, Pass Rushers”

  1. Scott Says:

    Really good 89 score in pass rushing and good in coverage too

  2. Ryan Says:

    Just stopped by to say that if the bucs don’t select TJ Tampa, they’re missing a real opportunity. How dope would that be? I’d buy that jersey day one. Just a thought.

  3. Popcorn Mike Says:

    Love the Bucs draft so far. They
    Pretty much hit on every need the past 2 days. We all know that when you draft at the bottom of the rounds there is Al ways a chance that a player don’t work out in the NFL but, there have been some hell of a players taken there lately Mahomes, L Jackson and many many more so I really like what Tampa did so far

  4. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Joe Trying Hard Shoyinka better step it up. Won’t take long, Braswell will be breathing down his neck quickly.

  5. lunchmeat Says:

    “Stuck behind Will Anderson and Dallas Turner.”
    Sounds to me like the way Shaquil Barrett was stuck behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb in Denver.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Joe Says, “One thing Spytek liked about Braswell is that Spytek said Braswell is relentless in that he comes with strong effort play after play. Those type of pass rushers, Spytek said, tend to wear down offensive linemen as the game grows long.”

    JTS has lots of speed bu has no power. Explain why he just can’t cut it as a starter. This is perfect reason why Chris Braswell and Yaya Diaby will flourish as pass rushers. Both have speed and power.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    But I commented here a few days ago, after listening to Dominick on Sirius who stated this year’s edge class was poor, but next year’s is one of the best he’s ever seen. So who is right, Spytek or our old GM?

    To answer that question, I say “Give me Spytek for $1000, Alex.”

  8. LouisFriend Says:

    He was only a starter for 2 games. More of a super-sub.

  9. All_da_way Says:

    Braswell is very opportunistic and plays hard and fast. He is not tentative like JTS plays.

    Braswell and Diaby are going to be fun to watch for years to come.

  10. 2 thumbs up Says:

    Marshawn Kneeland DE from Western MI went the pick just before Braswell and then in the third MarShawn Lloyd RB from USC went the pick just before McMillian. One has to wonder if those players were still available what our picks would have been.

  11. SB~LV Says:

    One of the most interesting things about this draft is Jason Licht sitting tight and letting the draft come to him, well for all we know he did so far.
    Wish list for the next pick is a true center, and RB or TE

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Sedrick Van Pran is the name , to watch in the 4th round

  13. Bucs Since 76 Says:

    This is good news. Now, do what is necessary to go get a top tier RB and TE and we’ll be in good shape.

  14. Aaron Says:

    What bothers me about JTS is that he’s never improved? There had to be a “come to Jesus” speech(es) behind close doors in that defense line locker room.

    Something like, “lets face it JTS, you suck, the NFL is NOT the PAC-12 and you can’t just run by offensive tackles anymore. You’ve got to improve on these XYZs before next season or your career in the NFL will truly be Not For Long.”

    hopefully this draft will set a fire under him and we get a different JTS this fall.

    Go Bucs!

    *I hope we draft a RB too but the Bucs just seem to devalue the position.

  15. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Spytek is the man – we must keep that guy as long as possible!

  16. Hodad Says:

    I would try to trade JTS for a late round pick today. He’s not getting a second contract with us, Braswell pick makes sure of it. We signed Gregory, have Watts, and Rameriz, get a another 6th rounder for JTS.

  17. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Sneaky good pick. Most players from big schools (Bama, Georgia, OSU, fricking Michigan) are maxed out coaching wise. Brasswell one of those uber athletes that slipped through the cracks. He can be coached up past college production

  18. MadMax Says:

    when you know, you know

  19. Esteban85 Says:

    Oooh I learned a new word! Deeiving! Oh wait that’s not a word.