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FAB 1. Is Ruggs An Option For Bucs In First Round?

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht saw what life was like without the team’s pair of Pro Bowl receivers, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, last year down the stretch.

And it wasn’t pretty.

Tampa Bay’s offense, which was averaging 29.4 points per game from Weeks 9-15, came to a screeching halt without Evans and Godwin. Evans suffered a hamstring strain in Tampa Bay’s 38-35 win on December 8 while catching a very important touchdown pass. Godwin injured his hamstring the next week in a 38-17 win at Detroit after catching five passes for 121 yards.

Even though Breshad Perriman came through with three straight 100-yard games to end the season, it wasn’t enough for Tampa Bay’s offense, which averaged just 17.5 points per game over the last two games of the year. That was nearly two less touchdowns less per contest in a 23-20 loss to Houston and a 28-22 overtime loss to Atlanta in which the Bucs were aided by a defensive score from rookie linebacker Devin White.

The third wide receiver plays between half and two-thirds of the snaps in Arians’ offense depending on the game plan, and if the Bucs are ahead and running ball more or if they are behind and throwing the ball more. That’s a significant amount of snaps and it’s a significant role, which is why Licht signed Perriman to a one-year, $4 million deal despite having Evans and Godwin on the roster, along with Justin Watson, the Bucs’ fifth-round pick from 2018.

And as Licht and Arians found out quickly, the No. 3 receiver becomes the No. 2 receiver when the No. 1 receiver is out, and the No. 3 receiver becomes the No. 1 receiver when both of the top two targets are out.

With Perriman signing with the New York Jets this week, do the Bucs feel comfortable with Watson or Scotty Miller, last year’s sixth-round pick, taking over that all-important role?

I don’t think so, given how the end of last season happened with the Bucs losing both games without Evans and Godwin in the lineup.

I don’t believe Tampa Bay is heading into the 2020 NFL Draft thinking it’s going to select a wide receiver in the first round.

But if the top four offensive tackles – Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas – are off the board along with South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, then yes, I could see the Bucs drafting the right receiver – a special one.

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III – Photo by: Getty Images

If the top tackles and Kinlaw have been drafted and Tampa Bay is on the clock at No. 14 I could see the team select Alabama speedster Henry Ruggs III.

Ruggs is special.

He’s the kind of special receiver that I think the Bucs would make an exception for.

Ruggs ran a 4.27 at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, which was the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time for a wide receiver in Indianapolis behind John Ross (4.22), Rondel Menendez (4.24) and Jerome Mathis (4.26).

To put that kind of speed in perspective, Kansas City Pro Bowl receiver Tyreek Hill ran a 4.29 at his pro day.

J.J. Nelson, a receiver Arians helped draft in Arizona, ran a 4.28 at the Combine in 2015.

Licht also loves speed at the receiver position, evidenced by his signing of deep threat DeSean Jackson, who ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, in 2017. Together, Licht and Arians drafted Miller last year after he ran a 4.39 at his Bowling Green pro day.

While selecting Ruggs with the 14th overall pick might raise some eyebrows in the Bucs fan base, that’s about where he’s projected to go. The three teams that have a big need at wide receiver are the Jets, Raiders and 49ers – picking at No. 11, 12 and 13 – right ahead of the Bucs. Ruggs is regarded as the third-best receiver in this year’s draft behind Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy.

If one of those teams, such as San Francisco, deviates and takes a player like Kinlaw then Ruggs to slide to the Bucs. If the top four tackles are off the board, Tampa Bay could pull the trigger and get an explosive playmaker that is faster than Perriman, who ran a 4.35 at his pro day back in 2015, and then address right tackle in the second round and a running back in the third round. The draft is deep at both tackle and halfback, and it may be deepest at wide receiver – but there is only one wideout that has Ruggs’ speed.

Ruggs’ Alabama Career Receiving Stats
2017: 12 rec. for 229 yards (19.1 avg.), 6 TDs
2018: 46 rec. for 741 yards (16.1 avg.), 11 TDs
2019: 40 rec. for 746 yards (18.7 avg.), 7 TDs

Ruggs’ Alabama Career Rushing Stats
2019: 2 carries, 75 yards (37.5 avg.), TD

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III – Photo by: Getty Images

Here’s the logic in the Bucs making such a move.

If Tampa Bay drafted Ruggs in the first round it would mean that the team would have his rights for five years with a possible fifth-year option. Evans, who turns 27 this year, is under contract for four more years and he’ll be a free agent at age 31 in 2024.

Evans will have been a Buccaneer for 10 years at that point and the franchise will have to decide whether to let him go and ride with Godwin and Ruggs (and whoever else they add between now and then) as the starters at wide receiver, or bring Evans back on a cheaper, short-term deal in 2024 and keep the trio together for another year or two.

With a cap number around $3.5 million in 2020 as a first-round draft pick, Ruggs will actually be cheaper than Perriman was last year. And with him playing in an Alabama receiving corps with DeVonta Smith and Jeudy, Ruggs is used to sharing the ball and the spotlight.

Is there a better pair of receivers for Ruggs to learn from in the NFL than the Bucs’ Pro Bowl duo? Not really, as he would go to a team with a pair of A-plus workers.

Licht loves drafting receivers, having done so seven times in his six drafts as Tampa Bay’s G.M. with the likes of Evans and Robert Herron in 2014, Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay in 2015, Godwin in 2017, Watson in 2018 and Miller in 2019.

There is plenty of precedent for using a Top 15 draft pick on a wide receiver, as Evans was the seventh overall pick in 2014. The last time the receiver position was drafted in the Top 15 in the league was back in 2017 when Corey Davis went to the Titans at No. 5, Mike Williams went to the Chargers at No. 7 and Ross went to the Bengals at No. 9.

The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Ross has largely been a bust, playing in just three games as a rookie in 2017, and didn’t record a single catch. He missed three games the next season and started 10 games for the Bengals, recording 21 catches for 210 yards (10 avg.) and seven touchdowns. Last year was Ross’ best in Cincinnati, catching 28 passes for 506 yards (18.1 avg.) with three TDs.

Ross had the all-time best 40-yard dash time in Indy and also excelled in the broad jump (96th all-time percentile at wide receiver), but those skills have yet to turn him into an elite NFL wide receiver.

Ruggs is similarly built at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, but is a much more dynamic athlete. He had a 42-inch vertical jump (97th percentile all-time at wide receiver) at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a 10-foot-9-inch broad jump (94th percentile) in addition to his blazing 4.27 in the 40-yard dash (98th percentile) that allowed him to be the Crimson Tide’s deep threat, averaging 17.5 yards per catch in his three years playing under Nick Saban. Ruggs also has big, 10-inch hands (90th percentile), too.

Jon Ledyard, PewterReport.com’s Bucs beat writer and NFL Draft expert, would have no issue with Tampa Bay selecting Ruggs in the first round.

“Not only is Ruggs among the three or four fastest football players in the nation, he also knows how to run routes and separate at a high level on all types of patterns,” Ledyard said. “His route tree was among the most diverse of the top receivers in the class, allowing Alabama to get the ball in his hands in all areas of the field, before letting Ruggs’ speed and elusiveness do the rest.

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III

Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III – Photo by: Getty Images

“Ruggs’ 2019 tape doesn’t offer as many highlights as 2018, when he made a handful of sensational contested catches despite his size, but he has huge hands, elite leaping ability and shows the ability to win in the air like very few smaller receivers can – even in the NFL. Some may compare him to John Ross, but the biggest difference (among many) in their games is that Ruggs can track the ball, adjust to the ball and high-point the ball at a high level. To be an elite vertical threat, those traits are very important.”

If Ruggs were to wind up replacing Perriman as Tampa Bay’s third receiver he wouldn’t arrive as a finished product, and may not even match Perriman’s production of 36 catches for 645 yards (18.4 avg.) and six touchdowns from last year. There are still aspects of Ruggs’ game that need to be worked on and improved upon entering the NFL.

“I don’t think it was laziness, rather Alabama’s offense scheme, but Ruggs will need to run every route at top speed in the NFL,” Ledyard said. “That wasn’t always the case this past season. His lack of production relative to other first-round wide receivers is troubling to a degree, but his situation in Alabama’s offense with four wide receivers that have played at a first-round level for a couple years now is a very unique one.

“Ruggs did an excellent job working off of press coverage in an SEC conference with the best collection of cornerback talent in college football. But the NFL is a very different animal in terms of line of scrimmage play for cornerbacks. The bigger concern is probably avoiding contact within his routes, as Ruggs was slowed by corners who got their hands on him at times, which minimized his separation.”

PewterReport.com isn’t necessarily forecasting Ruggs to Tampa Bay, but it’s our job to prepare Bucs fans for virtually every scenario when it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft. Anything can happen in the draft, and we all saw that unfold in 2017 when tight end O.J. Howard, a Top 10 talent, slid down to the Bucs at No. 19. That was quite a pleasant surprise for Tampa Bay.

Adding a speed demon like Ruggs that could make Tyreek Hill-type plays in red and pewter as the team’s No. 3 wide receiver would be yet another pleasant surprise in the first round.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Horse
1 year ago

Scott you might be right about picking a wide receiver in the first round black; it does make sense based on this scenario is that you have given.
I would love to get Cam Akers in the second round but realistically he’s not going to be there.

Yes Winston is no bust! For the right price he will be signed by a team. Is it possible we re-signed him as our backup? He could learn a lot from Brady.

MudManVA
1 year ago

Scott I think you are just trying to either (1) rile up your followers or (2) providing more false information in the draft shroud!! First it was Taylor at 14, now Riggs…come on. Yes RB can be had in round 2 or 3, but a cornerstone tackle in round 2 that is truly ready to protect TB year 1…unlikely. You move up slightly to ensure get 1 of the big 4 OT in round 1. Then a duel threat RB. Worst case you trade back if possible and collect picks to fortify your OL with options. I wouldn’t put our… Read more »

Bucko40
1 year ago

Outside of a kicker or punter in the 1st round there is nothing that would surprise me with the 14th pick. I haven’t done this much research on players in a while. I guess you are assuming that Lamb and Jeudy will be selected ahead of Ruggs. That would be a interesting scenario.
3-QB, 4-OL, 2 WR and 5 defensive players=14. Under my thinking a Defensive player, WR (not named Ruggs) or a OL will drop to 14th. The Draft rarely is that predictable. We will will see.

DerLutz
1 year ago

I still would prefer giving Miller a chance before drafting a WR at 14. How many targets did Perriman have before Evans and Godwin were injured? It just doesn’t worth the pick.
Trade with the jaguars, if the price is ok, and get a tackle.

Captain Sly
1 year ago

No chance on Earth!!
Even if the Bucs had two 1st round picks they wouldn’t use it on a WR…..
Hypothetically if top OT are off the board then Brown or Kinlaw is the pick, if they’re off the board then QB Justin Herbert is the pick…
There is no scenario where I see the Bucs select another Wide Receiver so stop it…

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Suh chose to sign with the Bucs, but he had offers from Baltimore and San Francisco according to Ian Rappaport. I was nervous he was gonna be signed elsewhere and Im glad the Bucs got it done.

Henry Ruggs may get drafted by Gruden at 12. Gruden loves speed. Ruggs is like a second coming of Joey Galloway.

I would love to see the Bucs trade assets to move up and grab Brady’s replacement: Justin Herbert. Get some offensive lineman for depth later in the draft.

DerLutz
1 year ago

Winston holds way too many QB records. He can not be called a bust. IMO has more talent than all mentioned but he just couldn’t stop making mistakes. I wouldn’t be surprised if he will win a super bowl with another franchise.

Dave
1 year ago

Yeah I’m sorry but I just can’t sign off on a WR at 14. To me, the only way a #3 WR even has value in this offense behind Evans, Godwin, Howard, Brate, pass catching back, and Miller is if either Evans or Godwin go down with an injury. And to me, with 2 top 10 receivers in their prime, it’s just foolish to me take an insurance player at 14. Because that’s what the #3 WR is. Even under the best case scenario humanly possible, a #3 WR and at best the 4th or 5th best option, would see… Read more »

MudManVA
1 year ago

PS- I think Ledyard laid a good & affordable no. 3 FA WR in Demarcus Robinson. Speed & experience

bedford20
1 year ago

If the four top tackles and Kinlaw is gone, I would rather them pick up the DE from LSU, K’Lavon Chaisson!

BucRy
1 year ago

I don’t think #3 receiver should be our top pick in a draft class filled with receivers..while it’s less likely that the later round receivers would produce, it’s not guaranteed that Ruggs would come in right away and snag the #3 spot either as much as I like him. I still think we need to try to find a vet that may want to come in and compete for the 3rd spot while letting miller compete for It as well..I like miller, but am kind of worried that he might be injured a lot as he was last year. As… Read more »

Dave
1 year ago

Captain Sly. I don’t see any scenario where Herbert will still be there at 14. And QB is not a big enough need in 2020 to justify trading up to get him

Dman
1 year ago

Good lord, I just don’t get this obsession with a WR3 and I certainly wouldn’t draft a guy ahead of other critical needs on this roster – OL, DL, RB, S. There will be FA’s available and one area I’ve always given Jason Licht credit is the undrafted FA’s – Brate and Humphries come to mind. Add a true receiving RB and then ask yourself how many balls will we have to go around anyway. Of the guys we have Miller is the only legit possibility, but just not sure he’s durable. I was high on Watson when we drafted… Read more »

DMIbucs98
1 year ago

Drafting a Wr in the first round could happen, but just going off of word of mouth and reading a few draft sites. Word is this is a deep Wr class and guys that would usually get a draftable grade will be undrafted free agents. If it does go down like you’ve mention, wouldn’t it be smarter to trade bacc, get some extra piccs and double dip at certain positions. I can see that more likely happening looking at that GM’s tracc record for doing that regularly. One thing I hope for is whomever the Bucs draft they develop and… Read more »

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Oh shit. Dave can’t sign off on a WR at 14. Nevermind then Bucs. Dave said so. I stopped reading his unabridged drivel at that point.

hahahahahaha

DT25
1 year ago

I like how Arians said we’re looking for a 3rd down back we can motion out wide and a majority of the RBs highlighted here aren’t 3rd down backs. Of that group, the most realistic options I see are Edwards Helaire or Gibson, who both offer a lot in the receiving game. Both seem to be what Arians is looking for as someone to pair with RoJo. Swift may also come into play if he falls to our 2nd round pick, but I don’t think that’ll happen.

Dave
1 year ago

Yeah let’s stop to read all your baseless troll comments instead. Bucs fans would be much better off with trolls like you and BAB. Go root for someone else

chefboho
1 year ago

I would hate the idea of a WR in the first. There’s no way that all the players the Bucs are looking at will be gone at that point to take a WR. As far as the RB’s I love this class and they have some serious studs to look at in the second round and I’d love to also see them grab Deejay Dallas in the fifth who was criminally underused at Miami. I know it’s hard to come up with articles this time of year especially with no sports being played but thanks for giving us something gentlemen.… Read more »

Captain Sly
1 year ago

@dave QB is a huge need, I’m not suggesting that we trade up to grab one however at #14 if a QB Justin Herbert is sitting there you pull the trigger…Best GM’s draft for the future: Mike Evans – Vjax, Vita Vea – Gmac, D White – LVD. Right now there’s no replacement for QB, RT, C, and Free Safety. Those are obvious holes on the roster and if the draft presents an opportunity for you to fill that void you take it…. I have seen multiple mocks and nobody has Henry Ruggs III graded as the 14th Best Player… Read more »

Dave
1 year ago

Interesting that 8 other people also disagreed with drafting a WR at 14. But sure, my comment was so outlandish that you can’t comprehend it

TheBradyBunch
1 year ago

Horse, Akers will absolutely be there in the 2nd. I actually think he will possibly be there in the 3rd because mid 3rd round is where he seems to be projected.

To the other poster that said we should take Herbert at 14, there is not a single mock that has him falling out of the top 10. No chance he will be there but that’s fine with me because outside of his size, he does not seem special at all.

Dave
1 year ago

@Captain Sly. Yeah I mean like TheBradyBunch just said, I don’t see any scenario where Herbert is still there at 14. And in my opinion, even if he’s there at 14, I just don’t believe he’s a franchise changing QB like some others. I would want one of the big 4 OT’s at 14. And the only option I wouldn’t mind would be to trade back, and take Love. Or the option i’d prefer is using one of our 4th’s to take a shot on Hurts if he’s still there. I just feel there are more important needs at 14,… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

My preference is trenches. Plus, this is a deep draft for WR so a WR in a first is not necessary. To take a safety or WR in the first round the team has to believe they are pro bowl caliber with their potential. Ruggs looks like a solid potential #2 WR at the NFL level but does he project as a perennial pro bowler? I am not so sure. As for a pass catching back…this draft has plenty for the Bucs to choose from. Bucs should be wise with the draft and not force reaches as it is deep… Read more »

thegeebo
1 year ago

Winston was a #1 overall pick. He never made the playoffs, got suspended, set the record for most pick sixes, embarrassed himself on and off the field multiple times, got benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, couldn’t get a second contract, and now no other NFL team wants him.

If that doesn’t yell “BUST”, then I guess he would have to become the Bucs’ freaking janitor to be considered that label.

Stop tip-toeing. #1 pick -> nobody wants him. He is a bust. Period.

cvillebucfan
1 year ago

We do one of the following in R1:

1. Land one of the “big 4” (Wirfs, Becton, Willis or Thomas)
2. Trade back in an effort to land OT Jones
3. Trade back not being an option we reach a handful of spots and land OT Jones.

We’re corned fellas. Plain and simple. We’ve GOT TO draft OT in R1 and IMO it must be one of “the big 4” or Jones.

sunshineben
1 year ago

Winston being the #1 pick in the draft and the bucs didn’t want him …Stop with the excuses That’s a bust !!

The Wall
1 year ago

Considering the new found “Brady/Arians” collaboration and Brady’s history, let’s not forget we may the best one two punch tight ends in the NFL (at least we thought so before last season).
Unless we trade Howard for Edelman (not a bad idea), from Brady’s history we can be sure our tight ends will take some pressure off our receiving core. I certainly wouldn’t spend a first or second round pick on a possible third receiver. I would move up to get a right tackle and draft a running back who can run and catch.

liquidmuse3
1 year ago

Yeah, football is about athleticism…and the LSU kid and Swift paled in comparison to Akers and Taylor. All I know is let Bruce pick the runner…Jason has a weird blind spot when it comes to running backs. Sims, the Boise St kid, RoJo, yikes.

DrT1066
1 year ago

Slow day?
WR first round with needs at OL and RB? With depth with Evans, Godwin, Brate, OJ (?) and Miller ? With a deep WR draft.
Come On Man!

SaskBucs
1 year ago

Well said Dave, in your first post, I agree that Miller should be given a shot or looked at in competition with whatever WR/Pass catching RB the Bucs decide to draft. I wouldn’t be mad at Bucs taking Herbert at 14 if he was there which I doubt. I would rather use the pick as trade bait at that point though or just draft the best DL available, this is if the top 4 OTs are gone obviously. If Tom goes down it would be nice to have a young QB of the future as back up no doubt but… Read more »

Dude
1 year ago

As far as RB’s go, I like Swift, Dobbins, Taylor, Akers, and Gibson. I not too impressed with Edwards Helaire, I just feel like he will get gobbled up in the NFL. I was surprised to see a lack of long runs in his highlights video like what you see from the other guys. He doesn’t really have that break-away speed and that’s something we Bucs fans are all to familiar with. So I hope they take a pass on him.

fanofdabucs
1 year ago

I get there isnt much to talk about right now, but there is no way the Bucs are drafting a WR in the first round. They need a pass catching RB and a depth at OT and DL. One of the top 4 OTs or Kinlaw will be there. 3 QBs are locks to in the first 13 picks and that leaves 10 picks. Simmons, Brown, Okudah, Young and Jeudy are all locks IMO to go top 13. That leaves 5 picks. I believe Ackers, Edwars, Dobbins..one of those backs will be there in round 2. I could see a… Read more »

liquidmuse3
1 year ago

If wins matter more than stats, why didn’t Tebow keep a gig? 9-7 record for the 2nd worst team in the league the year before. Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly, Josh McDaniels, and John Fox all lost their gigs trying to prove stats mattered more than wins (sorry, the killing of Teebs is a pet peeve, esp. for a franchise who’s never really had a QB 😅).

bucballer
1 year ago

I don’t believe Miller is the answer at the #3 WR! Kid is always injured and he just isn’t physical enough. I like the speed but it take more than just speed. Hope kid proves me wrong but I doubt he even makes this years team! U can’t make the club if ur always in the tub! I’m just saying…

bucballer
1 year ago

I like the idea of getting maybe 2 RBs in the draft. Especially with us being near the cap. Nothing beats youth and speed rather than a retread who we will probably have to overpay for. Having said that, I like Antonio Gibson, Akers and Taylor. If we could land 2 of these young backs and let Coach Brady coach em up as to where he likes them to be on any particular play then I think this year has the potential to be very special. No WR at 14 please! We have too many other needs on both sides… Read more »

Soul Bro
1 year ago

I agree with The Wall.

Itch
1 year ago

I think it is doubtful that Ruggs will be there at 14, but if he is you should always go with the best talent available unless you have glaring holes that need to be addressed. RB can easily be obtained 3rd or 4th round. Quality RTs will be there in Rd 2, 3, 4 and we would be wise bringing in a FA RT (no pun intended) to afford this kind f selection flexibility. DL can be deferred for a year given re-signing of Suh, in later rounds. If Ruggs is there, I would be ecstatic to get him if… Read more »

Bucko40
1 year ago

Don’t expect much more from the Bucs via FA market. According to spotrac.com the Bucs have 22.5 million available. That number doesn’t include the contract figures for Sue, RNR and Ryan Smith. You have factor those 3 contracts will absorb around 11 million. Bucs need to keep 8-9 million for the rookie pool. at best the Bucs have approximately 4 million left in cap space. You might see a couple of league minimum deals but nothing more.

Mr. Incredible
1 year ago

5 Years? Are you kidding? We’re working with a 2 year (maybe 3) year window right now. Draft the best tackle or 3 down running back.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

@dave I’m not a troll. I just disagree that drafting offensive linemen in the first round is a wise use of draft capital. For every argument about Quentin Nelson, I can show you 10x, year after year, of 1st round linemen that never panned out for the team that drafted them. Most take YEARS to become decent NFL starters. Very few are “Plug and Play”. In the last 10 years, only 2 were voted to a Pro Bowl after their rookie season. That’s out of 50+. Disagree all you want, but you’d just be wrong. Cincinatti and Detroit have spent… Read more »

chuckabuc99
1 year ago

I’m just hoping we don’t forget to bring in competition for Matt Gaye in camp, Stephen Gostkowski please.

SenileSenior
1 year ago

Thanks, Scott, good stuff as usual.  Keep it coming! The theory often propounded about the draft boils down to Best Player Available (regardless of need) versus Fills a Significant Need (or something like that).   Since I can’t see the Bucs’ draft board either I tend to weigh one against the other with my amateur “home” draft board.  I call my choices Best Player Available Who also Fills a Perceived Need.  It really doesn’t matter.  The Bucs almost always surprise me and don’t match my choice among the available players when they pick in the first round.  I did get one right when… Read more »

fanofdabucs
1 year ago

If you weren’t impressed with Edwards, then you didn’t watch many LSU games and maybe just like watching highlight videos.

Edwards is strong, incredible balance, tough, breaks tackles, makes guys miss, very good receiver and blocks well in pass pro. Other than all that, color me unimpressed;)

Not many backs are breaking 80 yard runs.

Edwards would be a great addition to this team.

Dy-nasty D
1 year ago

WR? No!

I’d like 1 of the 4 OTs or Kinlaw, and if none of them are there, I’d hope to trade down and pick an OT, G, RB, or FS. Those are the positions that could use starter upgrades.

Vea, Suh, Gholston, and Kinlaw would dominate like the Bucs of old. Go Bucs!

skullandcrossbones
1 year ago

round 1 pick 14 Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama

round 2 pick 45 Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

round 3 pick 76 Nick Harris, C, Washington

round 4 pick 117 Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

round 5 pick 161 Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State

round 6 pick 194 Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee

Tea-United99
1 year ago

“We’re all in this together.”

What a line of crap, coming from you, Reynolds.

revfish
1 year ago

What struck me as I read Miller talking about playing with Brady what is telling is how I don’t remember any players lobby to keep Winston or say publicly that they will miss him.

Winston was better than Garcia in terms of talent…remember he was injured a bit AND was the qb for 3 of our 4 losses that kept us from the playoffs in 2008.

What I would also enjoy is a comparison of Winston vs. Williams and Testaverde

BucHarbour
1 year ago

I can’t see us going WR at 14, but it’s never a bad thing having too many weapons for a defense to deal with. I would rather see them meet the OL and RB spots in whatever way they feel best fits the team (i.e. how they value the players, not how we do). If we get a RB in the earlier rounds, and it’s one of the ones on Scott’s list, I would go with either Gibson, from Memphis, or Wisconsin’s Taylor. Watching highlights on all these backs, these two have that instant speed combined with power and that… Read more »

76Buc
1 year ago

I would trade the 1st round pick for the best hamstring specialist in the world.

SenileSenior
1 year ago

OT and RB would be my priorities for filling needs fom the first round. The Bucs would have to see them as being able to assume starting positions by mid season of this year. A WR who can step in early as the third in the pecking order could also be a consideration for our first round. This is what I saw Scott as saying in FAB 1 in so many words. DT and Edge guys should be considered if they can play a significant role in the rotation this year and maybe be good candidates to replace Suh next… Read more »