What Happens When A Player Has An Official Visit At One Buc Palace

April 15th, 2024

Official visits detailed.

As part of the Bucs’ 30 official prospect visits in the lead up to next week’s draft, one visitor to One Buc Palace was physical Michigan cornerback Mike Sainristil.

It seems Sainristil only played two years of corner after having been a receiver. Joe hears football people rave about his hustle and how punishing he is to tackle. His 5-9 height may be his only drawback.

Despite this, Sainristil is thought to be a Day 2 pick, maybe.

Sainristil said of the Bucs to Justin Melo of The Draft Network: They treated me like family. I loved everything about that visit. It kinda felt like the first time I visited the Michigan campus, to be honest with you. I interpret that in a great way.”

Too bad the Bucs can’t just recruit him like the a college team.

So Joe was curious what it was about Sainristil’s visit that left such an impression. Last week, Joe asked when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht, what happens when a player makes one of his official visits to One Buc Palace?

“Well, they’ll come in and they will meet with the trainer,” Licht began. “They’ve done their physicals for the most part – sometimes there are things that we want to check up on a little bit.

“They’ll meet with [head trainer] Bobby [Slater] and the training staff for 30 minutes, then they’ll meet with [vice president of player engagement] Duke [Preston] and his staff for 30 minutes.

“Then, they’ll meet with myself [and Licht’s personnel staff] and then our scouts in a separate session for 30 minutes. Then they’ll meet with the coaches for a little bit longer and have lunch.”

Make no mistake, Licht and his crew are not hosting Sainristil in some fraternity smoker. Every minute Sainristil or any college official visitor is there, he’s being tested and monitored.

Call it NFL espionage. (And sometimes it gets really stupid.)

“We all want to make them feel comfortable,” Licht said. “We want to get them loose and see their true colors, their true personality.

“Everybody has different ways. Sometimes [vice president of player engagement] Duke [Preston] will give them some kind of a riddle to solve or will play some kind of a game with them – something just to see how competitive they are.

“I think overall they always leave here having a good day. We just want to loosen them up and see what their true personality is.”

And Licht said that’s the goal, in part, for the player to leave One Buc Palace with a good impression of the Bucs. A player’s NFL future is never certain.

For example, in 2018, did anyone ever have aa clue that Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh or even Antonio Brown would be wearing a Bucs jersey?

8 Responses to “What Happens When A Player Has An Official Visit At One Buc Palace”

  1. BillyBucco Says:

    I would think they ask guys about their teammates too.
    Why not find out about other players on the team, especially Michigan?
    Blake Corum, Roman Wilson, Corneilus Johnson and a host of trench guys.
    I wouldn’t be disappointed in almost any Michigan, Ohio St, Alabama, LSU and FSU guys. Let’s get guys who have played meaningful games against great competition and still look good on film.
    So tired of the big fish in a little pond guys.

  2. CleanHouse Says:

    Agree w Billy Bucco, almost seems like Licht goes out of his way to find the hidden gems.

    Just pick someone who dominates at a high level on a big stage.

    Pick Jared Verse

  3. heyjude Says:

    Thank you for the information, Joe. Agree with Billy Bucco and CleanHouse too. The teammates should be involved. Hoping to see Jared Verse on the Bucs.

  4. Esteban85 Says:

    Hate to disappoint all of the FSU alum here but we aren’t even going to sniff Jared Verse. He’s a top 3 edge rusher and we pick 26. Cmon guys

  5. SB~LV Says:

    a good example of why trading down if the draft is falling short of the Bucs expectations.

  6. Ryan Smith Says:

    Love the CB/S from Michigan. He reminds me of LVD and Winfield Jr. a little undersized but a football player always around the football.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    No midgets please.

  8. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Flashbacks of VH3