At the Senior Bowl last year, former Bucs general manager and current ESPN analyst and Sirius XM NFL Radio contributor Mark Dominik nailed it when he told PewterReport.com that he predicted quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota would go 1-2 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay selected Winston with the first overall pick, while Tennessee chose Mariota with the second pick.
Coming off a 6-10 season not only cost former Bucs head coach Lovie Smith his job, it also means that general manager Jason Licht will be picking in the top 10 for the second year in a row. Dominik, who is scouting talent at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. and covering the practices for ESPN and Sirius XM NFL Radio, believes the Bucs are well-positioned to get a great talent with the ninth overall pick.
Ex-Bucs GM Mark Dominik – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“Just like every draft class, this one is going to be heavily laden with underclassmen,” Dominik said. “It’s a good year to be in the top 10 – a very good year. It’s also a nice year to not need a quarterback and to be in the top 10, quite frankly. I think there is going to be some great value this year in the top 10. Whether you need offensive line, defensive line, cornerback, safety or wide receiver, there are enough guys that are top-10 worthy so you are probably going to get the best guy at his position up there.”
While Tampa Bay has obvious needs at defensive end and cornerback, Dominik said that Licht isn’t pigeonholed into selecting a defensive player with the ninth overall pick.
“The one thing you have to be careful about and what you don’t want to do force your number one perceived need into your rankings on your board,” Dominik said. “You have to let your board play out. Need always plays a role in it – there’s no debating that. But I think that Jason is a very good worker of the board and pulling players out where they are supposed to be taken.
“A great case in point is trading up for Ali Marpet last year. Jason knew there was a great chance that he was going to come off the board [before the Bucs picked in the third round] and it was a very smart move to do that.”
Dominik did some wheeling and dealing in his day as Tampa Bay’s general manager, trading back into the bottom part of first round of the 2012 draft to select Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin ahead of the New York Giants, and also trading third- and fourth-round picks to Houston for the Texans’ second- and seventh-rounders in the same draft for Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David. Dominik appreciates how Licht has maneuvered the draft board several times in his brief stint as the Bucs G.M.
“He has a good sense of when to move,” Dominik said. “He also traded up for Kwon Alexander [in the fourth round], too. Jason doesn’t say, ‘I’ve got to take a defensive end at number nine’ and just pulls the trigger and takes one. It’s more about letting the board come to him and maybe doing some maneuvering. Everybody wants a legit pass rusher, but they are hard to find. Not every draft is going to put one out there. And sometimes you need to be patient and let the right player come to you, but it might not be at No. 9.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
He’s right. We’ll find out in April if we pick at N0. 9 or drop down because a couple other players will still be there. With that extra draft pick we could either trade up higher in the 2nd or 3rd round. If we could hit another home run with our first three selections we are looking at double digit wins for several years. Go Bucs!
The months leading up to the Draft are entertaining days for us wanabe GM’s. We’ll listen to the thoughts of Mel Kiper, Charles Davis, Mike Mayok and even our own Scott Reynolds as if their every word is gospel. Nowadays we’ll peruse the internet and watch highlights on YouTube to develop our own evaluations in a mere 2 minutes. Pink will check if DB’s legs are too skinny. Horse will check the lineman’s weight. Others look at 40 times. Some will make sure they go to church. We all have our desired traits. We’ll put together “packages” of players to trade our undesirables for premium Draft picks. The name Mike Glennon will be offered up to the Broncos for a 4th rounder and Aqib Talib. We will sweeten any deal by throwing in Bobby Rainey. We’ll even propose to trade our entire secondary and DaQuan Bowers to the Seahawks for a 6th round round pick and Michael Bennett. We’ll propose to trade Evan Smith to the Patriots for a 7th rounder and Lagarette Blount. The possibilities are endless. If we can garner a 1st round pick for Craig Erikson anything can happen.
Good laugh for this morning. And since we’re venturing into the comical possibilities that some will seriously propose. I just wonder what the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center would demand in trade for Aaron Hernandez? My guess is that he’d be ours for as little as a pack of cigarettes. And that would be expensive for that dirt bag.
Scubog, if we can pull any of those trades off, we’ll be in great shape. haha
the way so many “experts” were so far off on Cam Newton and from the looks of it Winston, I don’t pay any attention to any of these idiots any more… i will just have faith that Licht & Co. will bring in for the Bucs smart tough football players and not just the best athletes but football players
Licht made some comments the other day that seemed to take a swipe at Lovie. He basically said, it’s nice having a staff that wants the best players, not scheme fits. He went on to say an intelligent coach can play to his players strengths, and it makes scouting, drafting easier when you ‘re not pigeon holed looking for scheme fits. Me thinks the scouting department now has the green light to get us the best talent available,so at number nine it will be BPA.
On a side note, watched the pro bowl draft. Mike Irving really showed some love for Jameis. The whole crew gave him great reviews, including Gruden. They did mention Mariota, said he lives in Hawaii, lol.
Last year I did not have a good read on Kwon Alexander, but I was intrigued when he was one of our draft choices. I tried to follow him as much as I could (from a distance) during the offseason. He exceeded all my hopes and expectations. I will be watching Kenny Bell again to see how he comes out of the pre-season. And of course I will enjoy watching all the new draftees. My amateur scouting has only just begun.
I was totally wrong on Kwon last year. I thought he would be another Dekota Watson. Glad I was wrong!
domindork is no expert that is why he has no job in the nfl this guy sucks and i wish i would never hear or see him again he destroyed the bucs with his football intelligence
I’m with you stone1.
It took a real Gil Brandt to make the prediction that Mariota and Winston would go one and two to two teams that desperately needed QB’s.
That clown set this team back ten years with his stupid draft picks and FA signings that included overpaying some of our own players.
That’s what happens when you hire style over substance.
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