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
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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