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      Bucs' draft has to be about offense Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer? ? May 3, 2014 10:45pm lovie_zps670972ed.jpgTAMPA — Lovie Smith is a defensive coach. That's not a knock. It's just his background and, fundamentally, how he believes you win games. And make no mistake, the Bucs' coach has won a lot of games. He has won them as a linebackers coach with the Bucs, as defensive coordinator of the Rams and as head coach of the Bears, where he averaged just under 10 wins per year in nine seasons. But in Chicago, Smith's teams struggled at times on offense, never finishing higher than 15th overall in total offense. He also had four offensive coordinators. That brings us to the NFL draft, which begins Thursday. Once again, Smith has a team that plays on a lopsided field. The Bucs finished last in total offense last season. They have three proven playmakers: Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin and rookie Tim Wright. The lack of speed is glaring. That's why the first draft under Smith and general manager Jason Licht has to be about offense. And frankly, they need everything. "We definitely want an impact player. We definitely want to improve our speed on our team, and we know games are won and lost in the trenches," Licht said. "So I'll leave it at that. We do want the best player available, and we want it to converge with the best player of need on our board." They own the seventh overall choice. There's virtually no way to predict what will occur during the six selections ahead of them. Tampa Bay could force the issue. NFL observers are fairly certain the Bucs plan to take a quarterback, most likely early. The two who have drawn their attention are Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr. "It has been documented … there are a lot of good players a little bit further down in the draft," Smith said. "At that seventh spot, though, we feel that we're going to get a pretty good player there. And how about moving up? What do you think about that?" If the Bucs were to move up for Manziel, it would have to be to No. 2 overall, the Rams' pick, and the cost could be prohibitive. In addition to swapping first-round picks, they would likely have to part with their second-rounder and at least one or two other choices. Moving down would seem more likely, particularly if a receiver such as Texas A&M's Mike Evans is there. Evans is a terrific talent and is most compared to Jackson in terms of his size and ability. But he runs a 4.53-second 40. That's great speed but not elite, and you could make an argument the Bucs could use someone faster to stretch the field. It's a deep draft for receivers, and the Bucs have a lot of other needs. Start with the offensive line. They are set with left tackle Anthony Collins, right tackle Demar Dotson and center Evan Dietrich-Smith. But neither guard spot is secure, especially with the uncertain status of Carl Nicks. The Bucs are saying all the right things about Nicks possibly being ready by training camp. But foot injuries with nerve damage don't mix well with 360-pound players who get paid to move piles. So it's a given the Bucs have to come out of this draft with a guard or, at the very least, a tackle who can play guard for a year or two before moving outside. There is a consensus on four or five top players in the draft: defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson and Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews. After that, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A player who might be worthy of a top-10 choice is Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Typically, he would be a three technique, and the Bucs are secure at that position with Gerald McCoy. But Smith is a defensive coach, and the thought of pairing Donald with McCoy might be intriguing. By the Bucs trading down a few spots and picking up more selections in the top three rounds, Donald may still be available. And there is no shortage of potential partners. The 49ers and Lions are said to be high on Evans. The Niners have two second-round selections to use as currency. But the way things are shaking out, it looks like the Bucs will love the player waiting for them at No. 7. And perhaps even more important, he will play offense.

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    • Anonymous

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      No.  Draft Donald and then go all offense.

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    • Anonymous

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      Abso-freaking-lutelyGo offense or go home.

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    • Anonymous

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      Can never say it is all one or the other. Circumstances can affect picks especially by day 3 where you can get guys rated wildly differently by some teams so you could have an R3 value staring at you in R5 for example. All things being equal though, offensive picks are going to produce more value for the team – and not value in the Kiper sense but in terms of ROI especially short-term.

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    • Anonymous

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      Thinking that ahead of time would be a really short-sighted way to go about drafting.  I’m sure there is more thought that goes into than that.

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    • Anonymous

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      i could see us going mostly offenseweve got 5 total picks and need 2 WRs, 2 OGs, 1 TE, and possibly an OT for depthi think we can get away with 2 WR, 1 OG, and then use the rest on linebackers/DL

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    • Anonymous

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      We have Six Draft Picks in 2014.

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    • Anonymous

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      I may give the D some love In round 7….maybe…

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    • Anonymous

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      We have Six Draft Picks in 2014.

      derpforgot we recouped that 6th for mike will

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    • Anonymous

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      It’s the third most important phase of the game…

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    • Anonymous

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      The 32nd ranked offense speaks for itself.

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    • Anonymous

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      It will be split….3 and 3.

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    • Anonymous

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      It will be split....3 and 3.

      Chace, I liked your other signature much better.

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    • Anonymous

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      The last time their OC was named Jeff turned out to be less than optimal…

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    • Anonymous

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      WROGDTLBQBDB/SIn no particular orderI believe we go half offense and half defense in the draft.

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    • Anonymous

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      When you have the worst offense in the league, major overhaul is necessary…..from the head downward.

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      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2049640-home-run-threat-wr-on-top-of-the-buccaneers-ultimate-nfl-draft-big-board#ooid=kxOHVxbTprUcMqLnZcelDvzuKtj9Ck14,A5c3F5bDrP6EcUll-_Lma6hx52DIOts6

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      My wishlist would be…1. Sam Watkins2. Mike Evans3. Allen Robinson4. Jordan MatthewsI would like to get 2 of the 4.  After that, I don't care what other positions they target.  I just hope they don't waste any picks (a la... drafting a project QB in the 3rd round when you need a replacement now).

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    • Anonymous

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      I think the Bucs should go with some offense and some defense in this draft.

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    • Anonymous

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      The 32nd ranked offense speaks for itself.

      Umm, did you not hear we signed Josh McCown?

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    • Anonymous

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      The 32nd ranked offense speaks for itself.

      Umm, did you not hear we signed Josh McCown?

      Diid you not hear.  We have an embarrassment of riches at WR, which will make any QB, first year or otherwise, look solid.

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      Cutting Zuttah tied our hands. I’d love to say JFF, Matthews, Richardson….but it’s a given we need a starting guard now. Damn it….

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    • Anonymous

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      Hell yeah they should.Manziel with the seventh, and trade up to midround using glennon for evans, then select linemen and speedsters with the remaining picks.

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      BPARegardless of what side of the ball he plays on.  I can't see Lovie or Licht sayin, I really like this guy, but hell, we already drafted a couple guys for the offense, so lets pass on him, and go with a lessor player on defense, just to even things out.    SMH

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    • Anonymous

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      Bucs go all defense and heads explode.

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    • Anonymous

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      WR(2)OGDTDEQB or CB

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    • Anonymous

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      Bucs go all defense and heads explode.

      I don't see either of those thing happening because of a straight draft...But, consider that one of our D-line didn't get his 5th year option picked up.  One of them went 100MPH with substance.  One LB position may need an upgrade.  Another corner might not be a bad idea... and we have "interchangable" safeties.Oh, and one Dline is Bowers.

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      BPARegardless of what side of the ball he plays on.  I can't see Lovie or Licht sayin, I really like this guy, but hell, we already drafted a couple guys for the offense, so lets pass on him, and go with a lessor player on defense, just to even things out.    SMH

      Yup. I'm probably in the minority, but I'd honestly be fine if they spent the 1st two picks on the DL. An example would be them taking Donald, then when #38 rolls around and they have a high grade for Dee Ford. I'd say do it and keep pressure on opposing QBs all season long. It worked wonders for Carolina last year and made their defense play at a stellar level. It all started up front for them.

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