Sikkema’s Story of the Week

Remember back a few years ago when certain sporting events and even leagues allowed players to put their nicknames on the back of their jerseys? The NBA did this not too long ago. LeBron James, who was on the Miami Heat at the time, had “King James” on the back of his jersey for a game. Ray Allen had “Jesus Shuttlesworth.” It was pretty great. More famously, perhaps, you could go back to the XFL days where Rod Smart made the title “He Hate Me” a household name for wearing it on the back of his Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.

When players are asked to say what nickname they go by, the answers can vary in origin. Sometimes it’s an old high school name they had when they were younger. Other times it’s because of a single accomplishment or an inside joke. Maybe it’s because of an attitude or persona they have. But, some can be more serious. Some can carry a lot of weight; truly be another name; another identity.

For newly acquired Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, if he was asked to put a nickname on the back of his jersey for one game, I don’t think it would be “Hyphen”, “The Prince” or even “J.P.P.”

If there’s a nickname that encapsulates who Pierre-Paul is as a player and a person today, that nickname would be “Don X.”

Pierre-Paul’s story began when his parents, Jean and Marie, came to the United States as immigrants from Haiti in 1983. Six years later, Jason was born in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His parents and sisters, Nadie and Herbie, talked of him in his younger days being like a ball of energy, but almost too big of a ball of energy. In interviews, they’ve said he was almost too much to handle, at times — and that’s where sports came in.

If you look at Pierre-Paul today, you’ll see that he is quite athletically gifted. As he went through high school, Pierre-Paul shot up in height above most of his other classmates, eventually reaching 6-foot-5. As his size became his best attribute among others, Pierre-Paul initially started his athletic career on the hardwood playing basketball. Pierre-Paul lettered for varsity in all four years of high school, but injuries during those four years hindered how much attention he grabbed – Pierre-Paul broke his leg three times in high school, once from an attempt at an acrobatic dunk. As Pierre-Paul grew in size and in power throughout his high school career, Deerfield Beach football coach, Greg Minnis, couldn’t help but take notice; he wanted Pierre-Paul to play on his defense.

Pierre-Paul was not a fan of the game of football initially. He said he really didn’t understand it, and he nor his parents were really that big on the idea of the punishment one took playing football. But, after a relentless effort from Coach Minnis to get him to join the team, Pierre-Paul finally did his junior year. A year later, he was the star of the team.

Minnis wasn’t the only football coach who took notice of Pierre-Paul. At the time, the head coach of the University of South Florida was Jim Leavitt. During his first visit to Deerfield Beach High School, though enamored by the budding defensive end, they told him not to bother with Pierre-Paul; that he was a basketball player. But, two years later, when Leavitt visited again, Pierre-Paul was in his senior year of football and Leavitt told Pierre-Paul that he would come get him and vouch for a scholarship for him.

Unfortunately for Leavitt and Pierre-Paul, Jason’s academic were not what they needed to be, and he was not permitted to accept a scholarship from a Division I school. Instead, Pierre-Paul crossed the country to play for College of the Canyons, a two-year institution in Santa Clarita near Los Angeles.

In his first year at CC, Pierre-Paul recorded 14 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. After his team finished 9-2 that season with Pierre-Paul as the star, he was again forced into an unfortunate situation due to his grades.

There were a few factors that likely went into Pierre-Paul’s poor grades. Certainly a sense of being too good for the school could have existed, and I don’t mean that in too much of a demeaning way. Think about it. For as long as Pierre-Paul was born, he was the best. He was the biggest, he was the strongest, he was the fastest — he was better. It’s natural to think of yourself as too good for lesser tasks. In many cases for athletes, that means school.

Pierre-Paul was also paying his own way through college. His father, Jean, went blind from glaucoma after they emigrated from Haiti, and could not support his family. His mother, Marie, had to go to work just after Jason was born. She learned to drive, became a housekeeper. Pierre-Paul likely knew his talents were better than the school he was at; he likely knew they were good enough to get paid to do it. Perhaps he was only thinking of that next step, which seems selfish, but knowing the background, could have been unselfish in its components.

Pierre-Paul decided to transfer to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas for his sophomore season where he played alongside future Bucs teammate Lavonte David, who was a star linebacker on his way to Nebraska. There he continued playing against top JUCO competition, but with a lower academic bar — and a scholarship in his corner. After the 2008 season, in which Pierre-Paul recorded 10.5 sacks, schools like Kansas State, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida came calling with scholarship offers. Having a desire to go back close to home, and remembering the faith Leavitt had in him back in high school, Pierre-Paul chose USF.

Photo: Getty Images

Pierre-Paul made the move to USF because he knew that, though he was athletically gifted, he was going to have to prove it at the Division I level. In his only year with the Bulls, Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as part of the best defensive end duo in the Big East next to All-American George Selvie. Pierre-Paul even had an interception for a touchdown that year. With three years of exciting tape under his belt and multiple hoops he had to jump through academically just to get himself eligible to play every season, Pierre-Paul decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft.

Pierre-Paul was selected No. 15 overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In a surprise to no one who knew of his athletic achievements before the NFL, Pierre-Paul made his first impression on special teams with his incredible size-to-speed combination. After multiple injuries along the defensive line, Pierre-Paul got some playing time and recorded 4.5 sack his rookie year.

The following season became one to remember. Pierre-Paul’s understanding of the game and of the defensive end position took not a jump, but a leap in 2011. With Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck on-and-off the field due to injuries for much of the year, Pierre-Paul’s development became a cornerstone part of the Giant’s run in the playoffs. In 2011, Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks which helped the Giants not only reach but win the Super Bowl against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

In just six years, Jason Pierre-Paul went from being hesitant about the game of football to one of the best players in the world at his position. That was just par for the course of Pierre-Paul’s athletic life. He was always the best. Not that it didn’t take hard work or commitment. Surely it did. But, whether he was picking something up for the first time or whether he had worked at it for years, Pierre-Paul was just plain better.

He was the best.

He was untouchable.

Or so he thought.

“I remember a big flash, and I heard boom!” said Farraw Germain, the mother of Pierre-Paul’s then eight-month-old son, Josiah. “There was a lot of smoke.”

“As soon as I saw the green light, I jumped,” Pierre-Paul said. “I knew something dangerous was about to happen.”

“Your hand!”

Pierre-Paul was a man of the people; his people. He loved the Fourth of July. He said every year he would travel back home to Deerfield Beach and light off fireworks with his family. As his success and his financial gains grew, the firework spectacle would get bigger and bigger. In 2015, Pierre-Paul rented a U-Haul van with over, $1,100 dollars of fireworks for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. As the night went on and the van was nearly empty, Pierre-Paul recalls telling his friends he was about done for the evening. But, with just a few fireworks left, he decided he would finish them all and went back over to the van to get the last of them. As he got out one of the last fireworks and tried to light it, the next thing that happened are the quotes above – a horrific disaster.

Pierre-Paul said he got up and could barely see or hear anything. As the white blinding color began to fade, he heard his fiancée screaming. Numb and in shock, Pierre-Paul couldn’t feel anything, that’s when he looked down at his hand and saw what he claims as a scene you only see in movies. The firework had blown of most of the flesh of Pierre-Paul’s right hand. He was quickly rushed to the hospital, and as the shock began to wear off, the pain began to set in.

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

“You see all your ligaments, your tendons, everything,” Pierre-Paul said. “I saw how the hand really is without skin on it.”

Over the next few weeks, Pierre-Paul would undergo multiple surgeries to try to save not only his right hand, but his NFL career. One doctor told his fiancée, Germain, in those first hectic hours of his time at the hospital that Pierre-Paul’s NFL career was almost certainly done. His thumb was broken and mangled, his index finger was more than likely to be amputated, and his middle finger was deformed. No one knew what was going to happen next, including the New York Giants, who were about to find out the incident had occurred.

New York placed its franchise tag on Pierre-Paul just four months prior, but also had a long term offer of $60 million on the table before the accident. With a lot of money on the line in an uncertain situation, the Giants found it hard to even gain access to their prized pass rusher now laying in a hospital bed. Due to the multiple surgeries he had to undergo, Pierre-Paul was hardly in any state to negotiate or think about things rationally. Eventually, Germain spoke on his behalf, but not much was done from a contractual standpoint.

Following those weeks, reports started to come out about Pierre-Paul that he wouldn’t let the Giants reps see or talk to him or that he wasn’t being truthful with what really happened or the severity of it. This caused a media frenzy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter even tweeted out a media exam picture that showed Pierre-Paul’s index finger no longer there — a picture Pierre-Paul later sued them over for releasing classified, personal medical documents.

With every media outlet chomping at the bit to break the next event of this story, reports started flying with little to no evidence or truth to back them up. Pierre-Paul even recalled watching reports on TV that he had been released from the hospital as he laid in his hospital bed. The reason for this was because it was true. Pierre-Paul was technically released from the hospital two and a half weeks after his incident. But, to avoid the frenzy, to gather himself, his health, his situation, his career, Pierre-Paul remained in the hospital for a little while longer under a different name: Don X.

It was under the identity of Don X that Pierre-Paul had a change of who he was, how he saw himself and how he saw his life. All of the natural gifts – the being better than anyone else; all the success, the fame, the athletic ability that seemed god-like, at times, it all flashed before his eyes as the white light did from that firework.

Take it from someone who loves sports and being active but has way less talent than Pierre-Paul and who has also laid in a hospital bed for far too long, when you’re just laying there your mind wonders, and not in the best of places. You try to stay positive, but you can’t help but wonder if it’s all been snatched from you. If you won’t be able to do certain things again. If you’ll ever be the person you thought you were before.

Pierre-Paul had those thoughts, I’m sure, but I think the result was a positive one given how things have played out.

Pierre-Paul returned to the Giants for even a few games during that 2015 season. His first game back was against Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium. He only recorded one sack that year, but him even being on the field was an accomplishment. The following two season, Pierre-Paul recorded seven and 8.5 sacks, respectively, two of the higher sack totals of his career. As time went on, Pierre-Paul became himself again, or as he would say, he became an even better version – a new identity.

Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Pierre-Paul was seen as the golden standard of athleticism, a man who picked up the game and dominated it. He was almost a superhero, in that regard – in two ways, both in ability and in the fact that superheroes are fiction. Before his accident, Pierre-Paul was seen as untouchable. After the accident, he’s even said in his own words that the way he describes himself now is, rather, “unstoppable.”

“What I learned from my injury, was that I’m unstoppable,” Pierre-Paul said. “I thank my Dad for that because my Dad, he’s been blind for 29 years and he never complained, not once. From that, I know I’m unstoppable. It’s going to take a hell of a lot for me to get off that damn field … sorry for cussing. So, basically that’s what it is.”

At age 29, Jason Pierre-Paul knows he’s no longer untouchable because he’s also no longer a New York Giant.

What he is now is unstoppable – and a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Shop the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan gear at Fanatics!


  1. Good stuff on JPP. As a NYC resident with a father who’s a Giants fan, I’ve known his strengths and weaknesses for a while, but there were some details in that tape that I hadn’t picked up on.

    I think we’re in a situation with the draft now where, while we have needs, one of those needs isn’t a clear standout among the others the way DE was before the JPP trade, and we can take the best available player at DE, RB, OL or DB (in that order) that falls to us in Round 1 or engineer a trade down for additional picks. That said, if Chubb is somehow till there at #7, you couldn’t run up with the card fast enough, IMO. The more talented pass-rushers, the better.

    Please wait...
    • Thanks!

      And I agree. Running back and defensive back are certainly the heavier needs, but they can still basically go best player there.

      Please wait...
  2. DE & CB. We still need a DE Pass Rusher; Will Gholston doesn’t fit the need and we have no clue what Spence will do or can stay healthy. We still don’t know about Hargreave and Grimes age is catching up with him as to injuries. The third by the way is a multiple purpose OL because injuries do happen on the OL. I believe we can get a RB and another WR in the later rounds and probably a QB in Free agency. Quieten Flowers would be a good free agent QB.

    Please wait...
    • Gholston’s never had more than 3 sacks in a season during the five years he’s been a Buc, not sure why everyone’s so down on him for not getting sacks every year. Pretty sure the team knew what it was getting when they re-signed him to that 5yr/$27.5M deal last year. His main value and #1 assignment is in setting the edge and stopping the run when he’s on the field, which he’s done very well in the past (agree last yr was meh, but so was the entire DL). Any sacks he gets is strictly a bonus. And his contract is guaranteed for ’18, so doubt he’s going anywhere this year. Doesn’t seem as certain as before that the team grabs a DE in the draft at this point either. Think Will Clarke in particular might really develop working with Buckner and alongside JPP ( the two are basically carbon copies size-wise). Do think they might draft another DT though in the later rounds to develop. Need to start thinking of a succession plan for McCoy at some point. Do like Flowers as a wild card as well.

      Please wait...
  3. First off, tremendous Cover 1 Trevor. Great research and really well written, probably one of the best pieces you’ve done. Also, clips were a great example of the overlooked effect QB pressures have on a play, even if the DL doesn’t get home for the sack. Believe this is an area that JPP and Curry are going to have a huge impact for the Bucs in ’18 and beyond.

    Please wait...
    • Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Pressure is definitely important, as is having a plan when you rush the passer. Pierre-Paul isn’t just a one-trick pony, which bodes well for those “rounds” that go on between a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman during the course of a game.

      Please wait...
      • Trevor you are doing a great job?

        Please wait...
        • I’m Ron Burgundy?


          Please wait...
          • Discovered by the Germans in 1904…

            Please wait...
  4. Derwin James would have an enormous impact on the defense. I’m hoping he’s the Bucs 1st round pick.
    Evans and James on the backend would be the most athletic safety duo in the NFL.

    I think the Bucs have to go either corner or running back in the second.
    I really like Ronald Jones II out of USC. The guy has great speed and fantastic production.

    Please wait...
    • James will help the pash rush too., he’s an instinctive blitzer. Prefer Kerryon Johnson to Jones. More complete back, better blocker. Good receiver.

      Please wait...
  5. Great Article Trevor. It’s pretty obvious that two of the positions that might be there when we pick in the first two rounds are OG , RB . If Barkley is there at 7 pick him. Then at 38 in the second round pick a OG ,Wynn, or Hernandez if their still there. Another version pick Nelson at 7 then Michael or Chubb or Guice in the second. The only thing left to do is find two more DB’s to fill out the secondary. Maybe after the draft,when clubs cut players that are too expensive at a certain positions.

    Please wait...
    • Thanks!

      I don’t think Wynn will be there. Hernandez might.

      Please wait...
  6. Positions of need may change based on what moves are made over the next month prior to the draft. Would prefer to see the team add another vet S to the mix on a 1 or 2-year deal and dump Tandy, though understand the team probably feels that Conte is as solid of a SS than any vet they could sign and Tandy is good depth, so not holding my breath on any of that happening. Do think they’ll draft a later round S (Bates, Whitehead, Watts, Neal or Jamerson) to develop long-term to pair with Evans though. Not sold on Sweezy, Smith or Benenoch at RG or confident in the development of VH3 or Smith as CB solutions long-term, so would say top three needs are G (Nelson, Hernandez, Price, Wynn or Williams) , RB (Barkley, Michel, Guice or Penny early and Ito Smith in later rnds) and CB (Ward, Hughes, Alexander, Jackson or Davis – would prefer to see much more press-man btw) at this point.

    Please wait...
    • Along with Smith, Martez Carter as a later-round RB would work as well.

      Please wait...
  7. Talked to a guy that is very knowledgeable of Giants, He said JJP was a good a lineman he ever remembers in Giant uniform however after a few injuries his performance was on the decrease, He is not near as good as he uses to be as a rusher but better than others on Bucs Roster he will find time on the field in passing situations but Bucs will have to bring him out of the game in the running situations, other teams will target him with a run at his bad hand on the short yard 2nd and 3rd down situations.
    Thier is no doubt he is an improvement for Bucs in rushing passer, this season will tell if he worth the 69 pick and cost of cap space. A good lineman will be available at 69 with rookie contract price, that is why I question the move on this guy.
    Had the Bucs not given the 69 pick I would be happy the Giants would have released him had Bucs not made a deal that why Giants so happy.

    Please wait...
    • While JPP seems to have adapted his technique in order to still tackle effectively, there’s no doubt he’s not quite the player he was when he had two complete hands (though you could argue it’s made him better due to having to study to refine/adapt his technique and work on the mental aspects of the game to overcome his limitation) . The fact that he played 92% of the Giants snaps last year though seems to indicate that they didn’t have a problem with the way he handled the run. Think the Bucs are going to be much smarter and more deliberate when using him to keep him fresh throughout games and the season. That 3rd and short/goal line DL could look something like Unrein, Allen, Stevie T and Gholston.

      Please wait...
  8. The three best players in the draft to me are, Chubb, Barkley, and Nelson. I’d like to see 4 Q.B.’s taken in the first 6 picks so we have a shot at one of them. Nelson would solidify our O line, Chubb the D end we’ve been looking for, and I think Barkley might be a generational talent, like having a shot at a Walter Payton. All three would fill a need. If none of them are there, I just can’t get excited even though I’m sure we’ll be getting a good player.

    Please wait...
    • Agree with surferdudes. Chubb, Barley or Nelson (DE, RB, OL) – best non-QB players and all at areas of need.

      My next rated area of need is CB. We are soft there currently and it only gets worse when Grimes retires.

      Hopefully we see a good FA safety yet (fifth area of need).

      If we get one of the top 3 non-QBs, a second round trade down would be ideal to pick up an extra pick.

      Please wait...
  9. Really enjoyed the piece on J.P.P., he’s gonna be a great addition to our team! That being said I still think we should go trench players in Rd 1 (Chubb, Nelson, Vea) Rd 2 would be probably the opposite (Hernandez, Price, Daniels, Landry, Shepard)…try to get a RB after. ALL I KNOW IS THAT WE CAN’T BE SOFT THIS YEAR! Not in our division anyways. Almost 100 years of data shows that trench play is the key to being competitive in the NFL…and we sucked, on both sides…all I’m saying.

    Please wait...
  10. Another banger by Trevor. Great piece. In my opinion, I need to see a high impact DB and RB addressed in these first two rounds. The only exception I have to this rule is Quenton Nelson. But given our current draft circumstance, Derwin James and Sony Michel/Nick Chubb would be my picks.

    Please wait...
    • Thanks!

      And I think unless Chubb or Nelson falls that DB and RB are likely the two positions picked in the first two rounds.

      Please wait...
  11. If Bucs go DB in 1st IMO Fitzpatrick is the best pick.
    Eventually taking over for Grimes or remain at saftey.

    Please wait...
    • As far as fit with the Bucs, James is a better fit.

      Please wait...
    • Fitzpatrick is player that can play more than safety. He also played on a championship team and very smart also has not been injured. So how is James a better fit

      Please wait...
      • James plays multiple positions as well and is a much better blitzed than Fitzpatrick. I’m just not as high on Fitzpatrick as some are. I know that safeties/ db’s from Alabama hardly pan out in the nfl. Usually their defensive line is so good that it helps the back end out. James is a mich more vocal leader and has a nasty demeanor. I’ll take james all day over Fitzpatrick

        Please wait...
        • Chef Light said he was DISAPPOINTED James did not compete at pro day.
          I have no idea how that will sit on draft night. Both are good players.

          Please wait...
  12. IMO the Bucs trade down. Buffalo does not have enough picks to trade into top 3. The Bucs at 7 is possible 12 and 22 would be great even 12 and 3rd and 2nd in 2019 would be good.

    Please wait...
  13. I’ve been intrigued by our fan’s opinions of biggest needs at this point so I just wanted to comment my opinion. I believe that CB is by far our biggest need. I’m sure that the addition to the D-line will certainly help our guys in the back but we are down to 34 year-old Grimes, Ryan “burnt all day by Julio” Smith, and regressing VH3. In my opinion that is a huge hole and Grimes was even out for that calf injury last year.

    I think our OL will be much improved with the Jensen addition alone. Our second biggest need is RB. Barber is going to have a solid year but we can’t just rely on him and I’m willing to bet we use a high pick (2nd) on one.

    Derwin may be the best D back available if the big 3 (Nelson, Barkley, and Chubb) are gone, so that may be the next best thing to improve the backfield unless they are in love with Ward.

    It’s looking more and more likely to me that it’s gonna be James in round 1 and Guice/Michel/Chubb in round 2.

    Trade down if at all possible!

    Please wait...
  14. 1. DL
    2. OL
    3. RB

    It would be nice if the Bucs can draft a CB this year but it isn’t likely. A safety would be nice too but I think the Bucs are focused on fixing the lines and running game.

    Please wait...
  15. Top 3 wishes for Bucs 2018 draft.

    Rd) 1 RB Saquon Barkley
    Rd 2) SS Terrell Edmunds
    Rd 4) LT Brandon Parker (in a year or two when Dotson is gone, D Smith moves to RT. )

    Top 3 wishes if no Barkley

    Rd 1) SS Derwin James
    Rd 2) RB Sony Michel
    Rd 4) CB J.C. Jackson

    Please wait...
    • Big fan of that second scenario, even moreso than the first.

      Please wait...
  16. Nice write up Trevor! Learned a lot about jpp.
    Seems like the real deal. This line is the best resemblance of the rice,sapp,booger, etc at its best. Im hoping atleast . We need to keep the pedal down. Go bucs

    Please wait...
    • It’s certainly better than what they had last year. Hopefully I’ll have more clever tweets about sacks.

      And thanks!

      Please wait...
  17. I know it is unlikely but since we are giving wishes for 1st three picks:
    Round 1. Saquon Barkley RB
    Round 2. Harold Landry DE — some think he is too small.
    Round 4. Parry Nickerson CB – Tulane – some think too thin but fast and has played a ton of snaps.

    I started reading pewter report again last year and I love your articles Trevor. By the way, my daughter remembers your coverage at UF when you were both there a few years back.

    Please wait...
  18. Never thought I’d say this but I think they should go corner in round 1. Ideally I’d love to see Licht trade back, no later than 15. Pick up an extra 2 and the 3rd back. Around then I’d grab Hughes from UCF. Should be a starter day 1. Round 2 I’d take Michel or Ronald Jones. The extra picks hopefully add a guard and another DE. Safety if not those. The fact licht added a legit pass rusher changed everything. Adding JPP as your 3rd rounder essentially is already a great pick. Keep em comin Licht!

    Please wait...
  19. Good piece. And totally agree 92% is a lot of snaps to play at DE!

    Please wait...
    • 1,010 snaps in 2017 I believe? Second most behind Chandler Jones for the most by a defensive end. Crazy. Can’t be that high for the Bucs. Three-down lineman is good, but gotta rotate more.

      Please wait...
  20. The absolute need that we must draft is OL. Winston has played behind a subpar line for 3 years and the total hits he has taken are starting to take a toll – he missed the first significant time of his career last year. Whether it’s drafting Nelson and creating a very strong inner line, or drafting a new LT to compete with (re: replace) D Smith, Winston simply can’t continue to be asked to drop 7 steps, wait for Evans to get open, and take hit after hit. Nelson would also solidify a power running game to open play action for Winston, further taking the risk of hits off his shoulders. Unless we want to be searching for a new franchise QB again in the near future, we NEED to draft OL!

    Please wait...
  21. Trevor, this is one of the best articles I’ve read off this site in some time now. Bravo.

    Please wait...
    • Thank you! I truly appreciate that. Love when a story is read well.

      Please wait...
  22. OG, RB

    Good article and good comments. I agree with chipbuc, FlyBoy84, Ktown, Charlie and EastEndBoy.

    The best defense is the one that is not on the field because the offense is pounding the rock and scoring. OG and RB are the needs there.

    I hope that Sweezy, Smith, Benenoch, Jensen, Marpet and a first round pick OG all have fabulous seasons. Jensen is under contract through 2021 and would have trade value. Sweezy is under an affordable contract through 2020. Benenoch and Smith are under affordable contracts through 2019. And, Marpet is due big money next year. Tough decisions are coming. Finding a stud OG now is a life saver if Sweezy/Smith/Benenoch do not have a better year. And, any who have a good season gain trade value which ease the tough decisions that are ahead.

    Spend the rest of the picks taking shots on corner backs and safeties. Ideally, trade back to improve the quality of those other shots.

    I would love to have Derwin James. I would also love to have Vita Vea. But, neither one will be much help if the Bucs cannot run the football and end drives with a SCORE!

    Please wait...
  23. Very good article and very good comments. Excellent writing, reporting and analysis, Trevor. Good stuff with thoughtful comments by all. Not a bunch of negativity or interjection of unnecessary politics here.

    I am one of those lurking and voting yes or no on selected replies here today.

    Anyone who remembers any of my comments posted here and there on PR will have an idea about who my preferences are. (I am not looking for validation as a staunch fan. I have acknowledged my lack of depth in my football knowledge for anyone who might care. I enjoy joining in the discussion and/or contributing with some “rah, rahs” when I feel like it.)

    Go Bucs!!!!

    Please wait...
    • Thank you! And I agree. Articles are always best when they get good conversations involved below. I like the ideas I’ve seen form this one.

      Please wait...
  24. Our biggest needs are CB, G, and SS

    This draft scenario, I’d like to see
    Rd1- Chubb/Nelson/James
    Rd2 – Guice/Michel/Jones

    If these players aren’t available, I’d like to see a trade down to make up for the traded pick

    Please wait...
  25. RB, CB, and SS our the biggest needs

    Rd 1- Nelson…(I think James is great, but something prevents me from wanting to take him at #7. Plus I think Ward will be in Denver at #5)

    Rd 2- Ronald Jones II

    Please wait...