Bucs general manager Jason Licht gave plenty of insight on the team’s overall preparation heading into the NFL Draft, from a detailed book that outlines opposing team needs, to the importance of character when evaluating a prospect.
Bucs co-chair Bryan Glazer & GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
But if you were looking to get specifics on a particular player, or a hint as to which Tampa Bay might pick in the first round, you’ll have to wait until after the selection is made on April 28. That part will be kept close to the vest.
“I’m not going to talk about those two players in particular – or any player in particular,” Licht said in response to a question about character concern regarding defensive ends Noah Spence and Robert Nkemdiche. “We have players that we say, ‘Hell yeah we’ll take him’ and we have players that we, you know, have some concerns over.”
No surprise here. Teams rarely give hints as to which players they have interest in, and the closer it gets to Draft Day the more smokescreens that go up. Still, after seeing all the mock drafts leading up to the event, it’s hard not to at least try to get an answer about a player often aligned with the team when the general manager is standing right in front of you.
But like Senate Republicans being asked to meet with Judge Merrick Garland, Licht wouldn’t budge.
“I like good football players, I like strong football players, I like playmakers,” Licht said, vaguely, when asked about Vernon Hargreaves III, the Florida cornerback widely believed to in the mix at No. 9 overall.
Licht did say, however, that he wasn’t concerned about Hargreaves’ 5-foot-11 height, though that brush-off is hardly a shock.
Had he said that he was concerned with Hargreaves’ size, or Spence’s and Nkemdiche’s checkered off-field history, that would’ve been more telling. But the downplaying of legitimate issues, ones that could greatly alter the plan and move teams away from a top prospect, shows that Tampa Bay is in the thick of its covert operation – otherwise known as the NFL Draft.
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Our GM is trying to not give very much away. I believe that the Titans wants to moved back into the top 10. If Tampa makes the dral. For the #15 Tenn 3rd Rd Pick and a 4th Rd pick would really be great. I think if Shelton Rankins is available at #15 and CB Wm Jackson III is available at Rd No#2 or used the Tenn 3 &4 from Tenn to move back into later One. Plus Tampa still has Mike Glennon to Trade. Tampa could get better players That Tampa needs.
I think Jackson will be gone in first round. I like the idea of trading down to 15 and using those picks to get back to bottom of first or top of second. Lots of talent there for defense.
Nkemdiche and his eccentricities reminds me of a Buc great…Simeon Rice. His power and game remind many of another Buc great…Warren Sapp. Hopefully the desire to own a panther, play saxophone, or develop his spirituality through eastern traditions isn’t necessarily what he is remembered for in his pro career. As far as falling out of hotel windows, I hope that was a one time mistake. He would make a great 2nd round addition.
This guy has not done to much right in interviews or off field activities. Great talent but ……. 2nd round could be a great pick. I am sure the Buc’s have investigated this guy completely.
There’s no way he makes it too the second. A team in the later end of the first will snag him. Personally I would love him in a Bucs uniform. We have the right leadership in place from coaches to teammates to keep him in line.
Wonder what he really thinks about Myles Jack?
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