The preparation that teams undergo leading up to the NFL Draft is long and thorough, to say the least. It’s one thing to evaluate your own needs and study players who best fit your system, but it’s another project to research 31 other clubs, trying to forecast what they might do come late April and see how it can affect the original plan.
The detailed, league-wide analysis was one part of the draft process that Jason Licht touched on last Thursday, revealing just how complex it can be. After joking about paying janitors in opponents’ buildings for insight, the Bucs general manager spoke of a book that he and his staff put together during the year, one that outlines nearly every aspect of every teams’ roster to give Tampa Bay a better idea of which direction a team might go.
“We evaluate every team and we try to look at every team as if we were working there,” Licht said. “Whether their contracts, their skill, their depth, what positions are stronger than others, and we put together a book every year that outlines every single team and what we think their top needs are and so far we’ve done a – it’s been a very good book and assessment.
“[Pro Scouting Coordinator] Rob McCartney leads our pro department. He heads that up and does a great job with that and it gives us a great indication of what teams are going to take.”
The book helps them strategize for not only the first round, but also rounds two through seven, Licht explained. Of course it can’t predict what teams will ultimately do, but it provides a better understanding of every clubs’ current state. Not to mention certain decisions that the opposing teams’ front office and coaching staff make can reveal more about their overall operation in April.
Take a team with two starting caliber pass rushers, for example, that selects the draft’s best defensive end. It stands to reason that that particular organization prefers value to need, and that bit of insight in itself, can give you an indication as to their plan moving forward.
“You research the general manager and the head coach, too, and what they’ve done in the past,” Licht said. “You can kind of tell which teams pick the best available player and which teams go strictly by need.”
At the end of the day, though, the draft is entirely unscripted. You can try to put yourself in another teams’ shoes to gain a better perspective, but, as Licht put it best, “You can do it a hundred different ways and it’s never going to come out exactly the way you thought.”
Still, the long-hours of research show the discipline and dedication of the Bucs’ scouting staff, one that Licht never fails to credit, especially around this time of year.
“I say it every year and I’ll say it again, as we get into the draft, this is the time for the scouts,” Licht said. “This is our heyday, this is what we get juiced up for and those guys do an incredible amount of work and they deserve a lot of credit for the past successes that we’ve had. And their families are a big, vital part of that too. I just want to put that out there, a shout-out to those guys because they’re working incredibly hard.”
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I love that Meathead is wearing his 2015 Draft Gold Medal from last year for everyone to see.
Hell I just love the fact that his nickname is Meathead. haha
I thought he was wearing a big clock like Flava Flave.
“What time is it!?!” Time to win the Draft again! Yeah, CG… Can’t beat that nickname.
The Bucs are in good hands with Licht.
Hopefully there isn’t too much of a drop off with the loss of Jon Robinson.
I really think that Tampa needs to look at each position by each round. Lets look at each Round and who may go in rd-1,rd-2 and etc.I try to look at what I get from different war rooms. Then I can see what may be developing after free agency and beyond! Iam looking at next Thursday,Friday and saturday and then College Free Agents.We shall see.Go Bucs
The Bucs don’t need to pay those guys to scout for them we have our own Pink, CG and “Jon Gruden” who put their own countless hours of watching you tube highlights and Macabee who loves to copy and paste other articles from other Football Sites, ha
Just a disclaimer- If our scouts here on PR love FSU Players and just happen to be die hard fans of FSU there is no correlation between the two its juts a coincidence right Mark Cook and CG? ha
Not a coincidence at all Jon. But in my defense I did have you doing the Tomahawk chop last offseason. Haha
It just so happens to be that Noles players of late tend to be damn good. With that said, I don’t reasonably think well get Ramsey at all. I’m for trading back to about pick 15 or so and taking Roberto Aguayo with our first round pick.
I will stop the copy and paste if you agree to read before you post. Deal? lol.
Bucs Please be patient in the Draft. THere is lots of talent on Defense in this draft and you have a QB that can be trade bait. Lets concentrate on duplicating your results from last year.
Not sure of the necessity to over think what the other 31 teams are looking for to this type of depth analysis. Quality and need usually go hand and hand. I think the Staff needs to take off a couple days and regroup later this week.
Ok I know who we are not going to draft and just made himself a 2nd round pick instead of 1st.
Robert Nkemdiche wants to buy a pet panther after signing rookie contract
Not sure why jonnyg thinks folks are FSU homers because they think Winston and Ramsey are good players. They are good! Many Sunshine State residents are Gator fans and hate the ‘Noles. Any Arizona players worthy of top ten discussion jonnyg?
FSU Fans wanted the TE and the wr last yr and the center Erving, not mention the guard Tre Jackson. Its obvious this is a huge homer site and that’s to be understandable but it still annoying
Well I would still want us to get Tre Jackson as he didn’t give up a single sack in New England last year before getting hurt. As for Cam, he went to Cleveland, I don’t need to say any more about that. Personally I don’t know one Nole fan that I knew of wanted wanted Nick O’leary as his game just doesn’t transition to the pros because of his lack of size. As for Rashad Green, I didn’t want to see him in a Bucs uniform because Jameis relied on him a bit too much in his last year and I didn’t want to see that come to the new team. And if you can’t see the Talent in Ramsey, then you’re just being stubborn.
I think Ramsey is great just not better than Jackson III I think scouts love Ramsey cause they always swoon over measurable and athletic ability but that doesn’t always translate to the field, now I didn’t want watch him last yr so take that into consideration but he gets a lot of hype for a guy who had zero picks last yr
William Jackson III is the and will be the best corner in the draft, Jalen wows scouts with his measurable, ball he didn’t have the pass break ups or int’s of Jackson. William Jackson is a baller big time and you will say at the end of the yr wow, that “Jon Gruden” knows his stuff. ha
I’m all with you on that Jon. I personally think William is the best as well and we could trade back a few and get him. Some say he’s soft in run stuffing, but I didn’t see that in the game against FSU.
For all of you people who want to draft a corner, how well do you think they will do covering top NFL receivers with our at best mediocre pass rush.
Year after year we have seen the same QB’s shred our pass defense because they have to much time to find open receivers.
This team needs a pass rush that will harass the likes of Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Bres.
We have drafted a nd brought in FA CB’s and the result is always the same because there is no pressure on the QB.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
drdneast- I can show you teams with not much of a pass rush who have the better secondary’s in league the same can be said with better corners you have a better pass rush. Seattle hasn’t had a double digit pass rusher in yrs and they have the “legion of boom”, the Cardinals had Freeney who led team with 8 sacks but only 35 as a team which is near bottom who have the “no fly zone” which has one of the better secondary’s in the league. When a qb has to hold the ball longer looking for an open receiver it creates a pass rush, last yr the Bucs couldn’t stop a 5 yd slant with the qb holding the ball for less then 3 seconds, pretty hard to sack a qb with open wrs on slants.
Yes, that sounded exactly like Greg Schiano when we wasted a No.1 pick on Daryl Reavis.
There is also such things know as QB hurries and QB hits that determine how much pressure the QB is under.
I don’t think you are going to win an argument saying the Seahawks don’t put much pressure on or harass the QB.
Drdneast you only see things in your own perspective no matter what case I make, I’m done trying to change your mind if I can’t get you to see clearly about Stocker then there is no hope for you. ha
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