“Take The Local Kid!”

April 10th, 2024

Iowa State CB T.J. Tampa.

Man, this would drive broadcasters up a tree.

Imagine you are a play-by-play guy and you keep repeating a guy’s name and it just so happens to be the same name as the team. If prickly Pete Prisco would have his way, this would happen with the Bucs.

Why? Because Prisco thinks the Bucs in the second round should draft Iowa State corner T.J. Tampa.

During a Bucs mock draft on CBS Sports, on the screen was a scroll of available players for the Bucs at No. 57. A player caught Prisco’s eye and he immediately began lobbying for Tampa.

“Take the local kid!” Prisco hollered. “His name is T.J. Tampa and he’s from St. Petersburg!”

Prisco is right. Tampa played at Lakewood High School. And Prisco believes Tampa should play as a pro right up the road from his old high school, in part because Prisco thinks the Bucs are thin at corner.

“Carlton Davis is gone,” Prisco began. “Jamel Dean is gone. I think they need to get a guy who can play on the outside. I will take T.J. Tampa.”

Well, to the best of Joe’s knowledge, Dean is still with the Bucs. Joe saw him at One Buc Palace a couple of weeks ago.

But Joe fully agrees with Prisco. Yeah, Joe knows Bucs coach Todd Bowles believes Zyon McCollum can take over for Carlton Davis. And he may be right. Thing is, Joe has to see it first. So yeah, Joe thinks the Bucs are thin at corner.

Joe decided to see what Emory Hunt of CBS, the Czar of the Playbook, had to type about Tampa in his “Football Gameplan 2024 Draft Guide.”

– Lengthy corner who plays a lot bigger than his size. When tasked with playing press coverage, he excels greatly. Able to effectively get a couple of punches in, tying up the receiver at the LOS.
– Shows the spatial awareness to wall-off and pin a receiver on the sideline, using it as a help defender.
– Excellent at using his length to play the ball coming his way, able to reach out and close the passing window.
– Strong vs the run; willing to come up and make a form tackle.

Areas of Improvement:
– Pad level is a bit too high, which causes some issues coming out of his break when he’s playing zone or off coverage.
– Takes him an extra step to transition out of his backpedal at the top of the route, yielding some separation between he and the receiver.

Hunt has Tampa ranked as his No. 6 corner.

Another reason Joe would draft this Tampa? Joe liked what Father Dungy used to do.

Father Dungy believed a team couldn’t have enough corners. He drafted one every year he was the Bucs coach. That didn’t turn out so bad, did it?

34 Responses to ““Take The Local Kid!””

  1. Pickgrin Says:

    “Jamel Dean is gone”

    He ain’t wrong. Just a year early.

  2. TomBucsFan Says:

    trade back into the 2nd and yea I would not mind it.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    TBBF & Joe like the Edge Rusher…..Larry Land O Lakes better.

  4. heyjude Says:

    Definitely all in on CB T.J. Tampa! It is a win-win for all. Yes, take the local kid!

    Remember CB Leonard Johnson, undrafted free agent for the Bucs? He was from Largo High and went to Iowa State. Good guy too. He moved around a lot. I believe he is still with the Bills as a coaching assistant.

  5. Conner50 Says:

    Yea Dean will have to have a great year to finish his contract but it’s more likely he will be traded like Davis was before his contract. Such a shame to get the big contract then fall off

  6. zzbucs Says:

    Jamel Dean is gone?????
    Since when_????

  7. Bucs Guy Says:

    Nope. Wait for dY e to address CB. If McCollum is the starter we don’t need to draft depth in the 2nd round.

  8. Bucs Guy Says:

    Wait for day 3

  9. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Edit : Dean is soft.

  10. ToAd Bowels Says:

    Tampa picks Tampa

  11. A Bucs Fan Says:

    He has everything but speed.

  12. Lt. Dan Says:

    This sentence tells me he is NOT a Bowles kind of CB, “When tasked with playing press coverage, he excels greatly.” Play 12 yards off the ball on 3rd and 5 and make the tackle 14 yards down the field. Now we’re talking!!

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    A Bucs Fan Says:
    April 10th, 2024 at 10:06 am
    He has everything but speed.

    Not a problem.
    Pasco county is very close and will happily keep him supplied.

  14. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Dean is a health liability. We need to start grooming another starter at CB. I highly doubt it, but definitely pick T.J. Tampa if he is still available when Bucs pick in the 2nd.

  15. Dave Pear Says:

    Todd could make Deion Sanders look like Myron Lesis

  16. CyberDillemma Says:

    A lot of GM’s shy away from picking the “local” kid because that often comes with the problems of now having a young guy with money who is surrounded with the posse he grew up with, which isn’t always the best influences.

  17. View from 132 Says:

    If they give him #2 I’m buying a Tampa 2 jersey.

  18. BillyBucco Says:

    Tampa 2
    Now that’s clever.

  19. KABucs Says:

    He’s already Tampa 2.
    Says “Tampa Jr” on his jersey!

    DoooshLaRue… nice comment!! Gibsonton and Sefner (Methner) are solid supply options as well.

  20. Dave Pear Says:

    Excellent point, Cyber.

  21. Boss Says:

    sick of hearing of CB’s when we have total $hit for OL and DL

    did we all forget the seal clubbing the lions gave our lines?

    I haven’t. The score did not reflect it, but they tossed the bucs around like stormy daniels at a frat party

  22. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    We need a top shelf corner. Maybe he’s the guy. By the way, we really need a top shelf corner. That is the weakest position on our defense right now and it would help us to have a top shelf corner.

  23. Beeej Says:

    Would the Detroit 3 we got for CD3 plus our #26 be enough to trade up to grab one of the 2 good edges?

  24. Dave Pear Says:

    Boss – that was effing funny. LOL

  25. BUCman Says:

    Yes, TJ Tampa has been under the radar. He is a fantastic corner. Would love to get him but he will go early second round. No way he makes it to 57.

  26. Dave Pear Says:

    Shagrus Piltz can play CB.

  27. Larrd Says:

    Whether Dean is around long or not you need more than two decent corners.

  28. Smashsquatch Says:

    Mr. Tampa got turned around on that route yet recovered in time to make the play. That’s bad and good.

  29. Hopein1hand… Says:

    Tampa the player would be a welcome addition to the roster but there are too many players who would make a bigger impact available to the Bucs in the neighborhood of the Bucs’ first three picks. Mike Sainristil out of Michigan is my favorite CB for the Bucs to pick in round 3. He is a little small but is as physical as anyone else on the field. He is a converted WR with amazing hands and ability to track the ball which translates to him being a ball hawk with the ability to not just make INTs but return them for serious yardage. This team needs INTs out of its CBs. A player who can provide that is a fond hope of mine for this draft. His film at CB and WR are very impressive. Dare I say watching him has echoes of Ronde Barber in his prime.

  30. sweti_yeti Says:

    WalterFootball has him as their #17 CB. NFL dot com has him as the #11 CB… I don’t see where the value for this guy is until maybe mid round 3… which is where the NFL dot com slots him overall. Also described as more of a zone corner.

  31. Dave Pear Says:

    Cool update on Dinario Boschmann. He’s probably declaring for the draft. Another UDFA gem for Licht.

  32. SlyPiratr Says:

    Tampa in Tampa. Meh.

  33. PbnJ Says:

    Think Gabriel threw that late. He was beginning to scramble but think better QB makes that throw as soon as he sees the DB, Tampa Jr in this case, get turned around and have to give chase. Looks like Tampa Jr caught up nice but the receiver wasn’t led much by the throw. That was good by Gabriel, though, because it seems any further into the middle right gets squirrely.

  34. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He’ll be there in the third