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When Bucs general manager Jason Licht was hired in 2014 he met with the media and talked about his love for doing the ground work himself, and described himself as a film room “meathead” who watches a ton of tape. Some general managers like to leave those duties to their staff and will read the reports, then if interested, watch the film.

That isn’t how Licht operates.

Licht is a hands-on GM, visiting as many pro days and college games during the fall as he possibly can. On Tuesday, Licht was in Tallahassee for the Seminoles pro day, after being in North Carolina a day earlier to check out players from N.C. State. Licht’s travels will continue this week to other college towns in hopes of finding not only the player the Bucs will draft at No. 7 (presumed they stay there) but also some diamonds in the rough.

While some would say that pro days don’t matter, Licht disagreed. He is looking for some specific things while visiting college campuses in person.

Derwin James – Photo: Mark Cook/PR

Derwin James – Photo: Mark Cook/PR

“Absolutely (I like seeing players up close in person), see how they take instructions, see how they compete, see the fire in their eyes,” Licht said on Tuesday afternoon. “A competitor is a competitor. They want to go out there and show his best and compete against his fellow teammates and whoever is going against him. And whoever else is in the draft and how they are doing at their pro days. You like to see competitors.”

FSU standout safety Derwin James, who some have mocked to the Buccaneers at No. 7 next month, was in the Seminoles indoor facility, but didn’t participate in all the drills. We sensed Licht was disappointed in James decision to go light in the workouts, but he perked up when asked about some of the team’s recent new additions.

“We definitely think so (improved the roster) and we feel like we brought in the right kind of guys. So we are excited about the type of guys we brought in, we set out to get those types of guys and we have so far.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Pete Wood
3 years ago

I’m glad he’s scouting for the draft, but he hope he still is looking at free agency. Bucs have some major holes to still fill on both lines and then there’s that pesky RB situation.
Can’t fill everything from the draft. Not enough picks.
I hope Bucs don’t pick James. If he’s the best available, then we have no choice, but please tell me he’s not being considered ahead of Nelson, Chubb and Barkley.

Greene22
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

Free agency is likely done . Maybe a last min vet signing somewhere but more than likely we ain’t doing anything but focusing on the draft and talent going forward . A possible trade up for Bradley Chubb is the most likely move I think . Of course he has to make it to pick 5 . In my opinion highly doubt Denver selects a QB at pick 5 it would be super silly . The 4th best prospect at the 5th pick seems like a low grade if ya ask me .

FLBoy84
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

At minimum we still are in need of 2 RB’s, 1 G, 1 DT, 1 DE, 1 CB, 1 S and probably another WR. Hard to see all that coming from the draft and UDFA’s. Believe there’s still a couple of moves to be made in FA, but they may not be made until after the draft or during preseason cuts.

O.Cardona
3 years ago

Hope he can get his hands on a couple DEs and we’ll be good

Bucnut2
Reply to  O.Cardona
3 years ago

We are a lot further away from being competitive than two De’s that will fall to us in this draft.

Pit of misery
3 years ago

We need a free agent cbs! Please light!

Bucnut2
3 years ago

Tp compete in our Division we need, 2 DE, 1, perhaps 2 CB’s, 1 Safety, a left guard, a RB and Winston needs to stop turning it over. Guys- we are more than this years draft away from competing.

Greene22
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

bucnut not exactly . Conte and Evans could shock everyone next season of they both work on their tackling ability . No reason either can’t have big time shocking numbers . As for DE if Curry is the answer and Spence can get healthy than we could provide a real problem for the rest of the league . So DE may not be an issue , remember we aren’t gonna rotate starters as frequently if the coach can trust them with more reps . While Depth at DE is still a major problem it’s not gonna stop us from winning… Read more »

Bucnut2
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

That’s a ton of if’s. It’s more likely that Santa Claus will land on Dale Mabry this afternoon than all of what you said happening.

Greene22
Reply to  Bucnut2
3 years ago

Well its true your right , but its is what we always have to hope on . Every year every nfl team has its fair share of ifs . Ifs are what the nfl is about you never know what the next year brings for a team . So without bragging about guys we don’t know what they are gonna do I’m gonna stick with my ifs lol .

Dude
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

That’s just another plan to keep us a mediocre at best for another year with no real improvements. Barber is a good backup at RB, but I don’t see him as solid starter. We need a guy who can breakaway with the potential to take it to the house. Barber lacks the speed, and isn’t the best receiver coming out of the backfield. Cromartie is getting old and Breedland can’t pass a physical. Our O-line would be sufficient as long as no one got hurt. Which probably won’t happen. Spence needs to have a coming out year, or he is… Read more »

buddah
3 years ago

How about if we just get over the media group think that there are only three players worth drafting at 7. The draft is always somewhat of a crap shoot with first_ round busts about 50 per cent.

Pete Wood
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

I hear you, but if a player is going to be around later in the draft then it doesn’t make sense to use an early pick. In that case, even if the draft is a crap shoot, better to trade down.

FLBoy84
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

Easy to say, but it takes two to trade.

Greene22
Reply to  buddah
3 years ago

Lol it’s not the case at all but everyone is basically admitting if we don’t get Chubb , Barkley or Nelson we all should kill ourselves huh . I personally am a huge fan on Derwin James S and Denzel ward CB and RoQuan Smith LB all who are NFL ready defensive players who help the team right away . Unfortunately we won’t draft a LB or S at 7 I don’t think so they are probably both rules out . Denzel ward is and should probably be the pick anyways . Grimes is 34-35 right ? He is old… Read more »

Pete Wood
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

Well said. How dare you counter my knee jerk opinion with facts and logic! :)

Amo
Amo
3 years ago

I know this will not go over well with my fellow Bucs fans but when we won in week 17 against the Saints, my first thought was we would miss out on a special player in the upcoming draft. Lovie tanked a few seasons ago and we got our quarterback as a result. Go Bucs!

Greene22
Reply to  Amo
3 years ago

I agree , should of lost that game at the end by a dropped TD in Endzone or something lol . 4-12 Could of jumped us what two spots at least . That surely gets us Chubb Nelson or Fitzpatrick then !!!! Could you imagine our O line if we had Marpet at RG Jensen at C and Nelson LG . Like whoahhhh dude those are some hardcore lineman , best interior line in the league maybe . Follow that up with a stud Rd 2 RB . I personally am a fan of both Georgia Rbs and Royce Freeman… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

You obviously didn’t attend the game against the Saints.

Pete Wood
Reply to  scubog
3 years ago

I’m glad we won the game. When a team starts losing to get better draft position, they’ll still be missing the most fundamental quality for a winning franchise– A winning attitude and a belief in themselves.

Buc76
3 years ago

Last place in the division again. Double digit losing season coming. We have 3 playoff teams in the south and they are going to get better. 2018 is already over. Wake up!

Greene22
Reply to  Buc76
3 years ago

Well saints are about the most complete team in NFL right now in my opinion . Carolina stinks but they got some nice defensive weapons . I like the talent and potential they have on that side of the ball . Falcons face it we all hate the Falcons lol . Julio is a nightmare for any one defense . Freeman is good and Matt Ryan isn’t that bad either , Here’s the deal tho Atlanta is inconsistent and has no depth hardly anywhere and their kicker is 150 . Not a bad team at all though as they have… Read more »

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Buc76
3 years ago

I struggle to think you are actually a fan….sad

Greene22
Reply to  Buc-n-Philly Fan
3 years ago

Ha you question me being a fan awesome nobody cares lol . Besides you can’t question my ability your name says you are fan of two city’s teams so what do you know ! Besides I can be a fan of a good team or a bad team and still enjoy football on Sundays from other teams playing . It don’t Bother me at all . If we suck that’s sad but I ain’t crying over it . We could win the division by luck next year and I still will think saints have the most complete nfl team .… Read more »

FLBoy84
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

Believe he was replying to Bucs76 there G22, so…

Greene22
Reply to  FLBoy84
3 years ago

Idk on my phone it looks as if he was replying to me . So If I’m wrong I apologize hahaha but if I’m not wrong “screw u ” in cartman voice. Lol

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  FLBoy84
3 years ago

I was referring to Buc76…lol

flashgordon
3 years ago

“We sensed Licht was disappointed in James decision to go light in the workouts, but he perked up when asked about some of the team’s recent new additions.”

Interesting – I’m pretty intrigued by the free agency. I wanted Vinny Curry during his draft; so, I’m obviously happy we signed him. When he became available, I wasn’t sure how interested the Bucs were; next thing I know, he’s signed!

So far, I’m just excited by a lot of these guys based on their Bucs.com video interviews.

Put all the pieces together, and it looks like they have a plan.

scubog
3 years ago

Football fans and media folks sway with the wind. Last off-season many fans and media types were singing the praises of our favorite team. Yet now, with basically the same players, it’s all doom and gloom for some. Anyone think the Jaguars would be in the AFC Championship game? How about the Rams? Anyone see that coming? Being an original Worst to First (1979) fan coming off that 1978 5-11 record no one would have ever “thunk it” . I think some of you people just want to make yourselves miserable. “Pouting is such sweet sorrow” Good grief.

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  scubog
3 years ago

Especially Buc76.

This Team is still exciting. If you hate the Team this much get off of the site and stop reading about them. I like your attitude scubog!

Greene22
Reply to  Buc-n-Philly Fan
3 years ago

Exciting sure but fans are tired of being let down . We don’t wanna be exciting anymore we want to be Elite . Exciting football games mean you are average with high potential of greatness in the future . That’s what we are now. Tbh I really don’t think Philly the jags NE or Minnesota or Atlanta or any of those teams were all that much greater than most of the nfl teams . A good rb and a few additional DBs and could be right there making a PLAYOFF RUN .

surferdudes
3 years ago

I’ll be hoping for the best, but expect the worst. Sorry, I can’t go into watching next season thinking this team can compete in this division. Like the recent signings, seem like hard working players who want to win, and coming off a S.B. run have won, but I’ve been fooled before. You play to win the games, only Buc fans would be lamenting a win, so we pick 7th, not 700th, get over it! Speaking off the new guys thought it interesting neither Allen, or Curry mentioned McCoy. Is it time new leadership takes over the Buc D?

Buc 1976
3 years ago

I have said it before and will again a better pass rush helps DB’S. IMO the FA signings have helped BUT the bar was not set very high. Anyone is a upgrade over Baker . IMO we need to draft heavy on both DL&OL.

eac1029
3 years ago

Insinuating we can’t hang with the division this year and 2018 is over like Buc76 stated is ridiculous. I know this may seem like excuses, but we had a lot of adversity in 2017. Hurricane, Hard Knocks, Baker, Doug Martin flaming out, Jameis’s shoulder, lack of chemistry with Djax, massive # of injuries (we had the lowest # of starters for all 16 games, which was one Donavan Smith), Vh3’s regression, no bye week, Sweezy’s inability to improve at a faster pace, etc. Those are facts and cannot simply be overlooked. Now look at the teams in the division. Carolina… Read more »

Greene22
Reply to  eac1029
3 years ago

Wouldn’t say several mediocre season its every year Sean Payton has coached he’s basically had a winning season . worst record he’s had was 7-9 in the NFL . I’m no mind reader but I would imagine in 2 seasons time brees retires and Matt Ryan crumbles leaving Superman and King Winston running things . Matt Ryan was never great at taking hits . Kinda like glennon like in the pocket . Sorta goofy and nervous like. Lol this mean Tampa bay has two years maybe 3 to keep their shit in order and build a defense once and for… Read more »

eac1029
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

I agree with everything you say, except every year Sean coached he’s basically had a winning season. 4 out of 5 years preceding 2017, the Saints have been 7-9. That would constitute several mediocre seasons before 2018. Three in a row, to be accurate. He’s only had winning seasons 6 of 11 seasons he has coached. Hey, I would be happy with that, but your analysis of his tenure is off. You’re probably right about those players not winning a ring but you and I both know the core of Jameis, Kwon, Evans, Brate, Oj, Jensen, Marpet, Donavan, Beckwith, J… Read more »

eac1029
Reply to  Greene22
3 years ago

Also, I think Cam’s time is limited. Dude will never be a pocket passer and his body is already breaking down.

Greene22
3 years ago

So it’s 3rd and 8 bucs on defense . What do you do? Hmm. Well it’s not a run play so we can identify that right away ! Well our DC should be able to and entire defense should know right away , Thinj it varys p. The offensive team . For me if its the pats I know Brady would like that RB screen , the occasion deep play to cooks and the big play straight up the middle to gronk for about 10 yards out but right in between David and kwon . So I take Beckwith out… Read more »

Hank Scorpio
3 years ago

Derwin didn’t compete with scouts present and he quit during the season. Let’s take him at 7!

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