The wheeling and dealing of Bucs general manager Jason Licht continued on the third day of the NFL Draft, as Tampa Bay gave up next year’s seventh-round pick to move up and select USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu.

Tu’ikolovatu (6-1, 331) adds another massive presence to the middle of the Bucs defense, joining Chris Baker, and Sealver Siliga, who both weigh well north of 300 pounds.

Tu’ikolovatu began his college career at Utah and had one more year of eligibility when he transferred to USC where he and his wife lived in his car until began receiving his college stipend Licht told the media. He was second team all-confrence last season, notching 53 tackles.

Share On Socials

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 [email protected]
Subscribe
Notify of
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Okay…?

76Buc
76Buc
5 years ago

Hopefully more to follow as becomes available?…. Scott?

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

If you stock up on big wide a$$ 330lb NTs, you’re going to be playing more 3-4 schemes. Ancient Samoan proverb! lol. This is what I’m seeing. You may see it differently, but DC Mike Smith is putting a lot of beef in the middle. Not going to a 3-4, but will run a hybrid defense with a predominant NT over the center. Here’s what we got. You decide! Notice DTs Baker, Siliga, and now Li’l Tookie (my nickname). McCoy, Lambert, and McDonald become DEs. Spence, Smith, and Beckwith become stand-up OLBs with David and Kwon roaming the middle. This… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Well, I guess fewer linemen could be seen at times last year, but typically in favor of more secondary, not more linebackers. Not sure about Spence and/or Smith having to cover TEs. Also, I think we’ve tried the moving GMC to DE thing before (was it under SchiaNo/Sherridan) and it didn’t go well.

My general view is that guys in the later rounds are probably special teamers, projects, or scout team guys…probably not a view on changing the strategy.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  EastEndBoy
5 years ago

EastEnd,

Not changing schemes. Just line up that way on certain plays.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  EastEndBoy
5 years ago

Review what DC Mike Smith said last year. Didn’t have the personnel.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/bucs-dc-mike-smith-promises-flexible-scheme-multiple-looks/2262052

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

“All right Chief, I want you to stand right here”