Where are the pass rushers?

Where are the defensive linemen in what is one of the deepest defensive line drafts in recent memory?

Where is Tampa Bay’s right tackle of the future?

Why in the world did Bucs general manager Jason Licht draft cornerback Sean Bunting in the second round, then trade down in the third round to draft another cornerback in Jamel Dean and then a safety in Mike Edwards?

Why draft three more defensive backs when Licht had already drafted six defensive backs since 2016 for a total of nine over the past drafts, including two cornerbacks in M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis last year and safety Jordan Whitehead in last year’s draft?

Bucs CBs MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs CBs MJ Stewart and Carlton Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

I’m here to try to explain what I think Licht’s rationale was – not necessarily condone it or justify it. Time will tell if adding three more defensive backs with premium picks was wise or foolish. We truly won’t begin to know the answer until the season is underway.

For those that think that spending a second-round pick on a pass rusher is an automatic hit and better use of a second-rounder, I’ll remind you that Da’Quan Bowers, Brian Price and Noah Spence were all second-round picks and rarely got to the quarterback. Just like using a second- or third-round pick on a cornerback does not automatically mean the Bucs will find the next Donnie Abraham, Ronde Barber, Brian Kelly or Dwight Smith.

Tampa Bay’s secondary was an obvious weakness last year – and even the year before – and played a big role in the team going 5-11 in each of the last two seasons. With injuries to starting cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves III and Brent Grimes and starting safeties Chris Conte and Justin Evans, the Bucs were forced to start reserve cornerback Ryan Smith, who is better suited for special teams, and start Davis and Stewart as rookie cornerbacks, in addition to playing the likes of reserve nickel cornerback Javien Elliott. Whitehead was forced to start at safety as a rookie alongside reserve Isaiah Johnson, who was in his second season.

The Bucs’ lack of depth was so bad last year that Licht was forced to try to find saviors off the street. He had to sign cornerback De’Vante Harris and safeties Josh Shaw and Andrew Adams mid-season and start them because of mounting injuries.

That’s a recipe for disaster in a division like the NFC South with quarterbacks such as New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Carolina’s Cam Newton, along with wide receivers like New Orleans’ Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, Jr., Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and Carolina’s D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.

Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and GM Jason Licht / Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul and GM Jason Licht / Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

So what did Licht do when a good deal of defensive linemen were selected and a run on cornerbacks began in the second round? He looked at the remaining players on the draft board and decided to flood the secondary this year like he flooded the defensive line in 2018 when Licht traded for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, signed defensive end Vinny Curry, signed defensive tackles Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein and then drafted defensive tackle Vita Vea. Licht then claimed defensive end Carl Nassib off waivers right after training camp ended at the start of the season.

The Bucs had a big-time weakness when it came to rushing the passer, generating a league-low 20 sacks in 2017. Thanks to the new additions, Tampa Bay had 38 sacks this past season, nearly double its output from the year before with Pierre-Paul (12.5 sacks) and Nassib (6.5 sacks) leading the way.

I noted Licht’s “flood it” approach in a recent SR’s Fab 5 this offseason and Licht appears to have done it again – but this time in the secondary.

Licht is hoping that by flooding the secondary and adding competition that Bunting, Dean and Edwards either push Hargreaves, Davis and Whitehead towards greatness or push them to bench.

“You’re just always trying to get better, and it’s not really an indictment on the guys that are here,” Licht said. “It’s a long season and you guys have seen firsthand throughout the years – last couple years – when injuries start stacking up and our depth wasn’t where we would like it to be. We needed to add and infuse some talent in the secondary. wasn’t real happy with the play of the secondary last year as whole just because of the lack of depth – and just the way the board fell. At this point, we still felt like we had guys who could eventually move into starting roles or have the talent to do it and competition is a beautiful thing in this league.”

Out of the nine defensive backs that Licht has drafted over the past four years, the law of averages suggests that only half of those picks will pan out. Why do you think that New England head coach Bill Belichick likes to trade down and acquire picks? He stockpiled a total of 12 picks this year – the most in the draft – and knows with the law of averages that only six will pan out. Of that six, only three will likely become starters and the other three will be reserves.

On the outside looking in, it looks like early losers appear to be Stewart, Smith and Whitehead – although that depends on how quickly Bunting, Dean and Edwards can learn the defense and get acclimated to the NFL.

At the very least if Stewart, Smith and Whitehead end up being reserves they will have learned Todd Bowles’ system, and have been beaten out by what turned out to be better players. This means that they will be better equipped to step into the lineup in case injuries strike than anyone Licht can sign off the street instead.

As for the team’s pass rush, the Bucs are expecting Nassib and newcomer Shaq Barrett to step up and ball out in their contract year, and Tampa Bay expects another double-digit sack season for Pierre and improvement from Vea and Spence, who will be better suited to play outside linebacker instead of defensive end.

Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Factor in way more blitzes from Bowles, who will be sending first-round pick Devin White and veteran inside linebackers Lavonte David and Kevin Minter after the quarterback more often up the middle, and Licht expects the team’s pass rush to not miss a beat – whether or not the Bucs add another defensive lineman on Day 3 of the draft or Gerald McCoy returns for a 10th season or not.

Licht was warned that he had to draft better in the second round, and he’s gambling that not only will Tampa Bay’s pass rush be okay this year without adding any edge rushers other than Barrett, who will split time with Nassib at strongside linebacker, but the Bucs G.M. is also gambling that he drafted the right players to upgrade the team’s porous secondary.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Well I just dont get it. Every year the draft is deep at a position, the Bucs pass. No oline, no dline. This shit is baffling. I’m trying to be optimistic but I don’t trust Licht to get this shit right. I’m one confused SOB. I guess they like jameis running for his life. Smdh

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  2. Giving up on Licht and not loving BA and his staff already. There’s something in the water in Tampa

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  3. As long as I’ve been a fan (since the late 80s), quite simply this is the worst draft for us I’ve ever seen. Only time will tell if it’s as bad as it appears, but I have the worst sinking feeling about this. I would actually be surprised if more than 2 players from this draft develop. Heck, even the 3rd round trade was a headscratcher. You can normally count on Licht to at least get good value when he trades down. This trade didn’t even break even on the draft value chart. It’s going to be a long year.

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  4. Frustrating indeed. I would have loved to have seen us pick up another Dlineman. But let’s look at it this way. If we’re gonna play a 3-4, we won’t be playing as many dlinemen. And stop with the Nassib at OLB. He will play DE in the 3-4. He’s got the size for it. He does not have the feet for an OLB.

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  5. Ultimately this falls on Licht shoulders but my senses tell me BA and his staff made all these picks. Yes the flood approach may be true but they released half the guys from the Dline that was brought in last year. They obviously have not seen tape on Benenoch or Dotson and they have not realized yet that Beau Allen and A Spence can’t rush the QB or that there’s no quality depth behind these players.
    Chicken or the Egg theory does come in to play here but I would like to know why if Greedy Williams was there you pass on him for a player with a lower overall grade? Shouldn’t we be trying to “flood” the line up with the best players? Their entire approach from FA to the draft makes little to no sense to me and I’m not upset about the picks we made. I just don’t see the logic.

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  6. Even the chef is starting to lose his optimism Jameis Winston cannot be sitting at home and be happy with the lack of help he’s getting on the offensive line his job is on the line and it looks like they’re doing everything they can to make it harder for him.

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  7. Couldn’t agree more with you BOB. We all as fans thought this would be a huge year to fill major needs in the trenches. Well, they haven’t even picked one yet. I wish I could be more angry but I’m still in shock. I tried to sleep on it, but the shit still doesn’t make sense

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  8. Bottom line – Jason Licht May do some things well as a GM but the draft is definitely not one of them, and as arguably the most important thing, it has to cost him his job ASAP.

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  9. I do not understand how we had a chance at Jaylon Ferguson and the Henderson kid out of Memphis and we passed on both to get 2 more DB’s in the 3rd? Why? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over-and -over again and Jason Light is definitely living up to that definition. We need O-Line, LB, RB, D-Line and yet we are fielding a flag football team now? If he is not fired by the end of the year, then we need to fire the owners.

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  10. Ok, I’ll go with the “flood it” line of reasoning to explain the draft. Our secondary was awful last year and that was a combination of both system and player performance.

    I personally think secondary will benefit the most from a coaching and scheme change above all positions. Time will tell if new coaching has enough effect on pass rush to justify not addressing the trenches.

    If they are wrong then it’s time to use the “flood it” approach for the GM position.

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  11. Bucs could have used day three to add more DBs for depth and competition. Wasn’t necessary to use two third round picks on DBs.

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  12. Our NFC south rivals didn’t ignore the trenches. This draft is a disaster outside of White. Licht had no business coming back this year B.A., or no B.A.. Scott you were a big advocate of bringing Licht back, and this article says it all, trying to make sense of Bucs day two picks. Now you feeling why most of us wanted this clown gone? Licht moved off the pick that was a Buc best bet RB Henderson, that won’t come back to haunt us with our dynamic backs. No Risner, I guess Licht is happy with Dot, Cappa, Benenoch, I’m not. Yeah keep trying to make sense of what Licht does Scott, then try to explain it to us, that should keep you busy.

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  13. Guys it’s time to call for his job.
    We will never win with him as our gm
    Am I the only one who is sick of our team sucking?

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  14. To me the most frustrating thing about watching this team draft year in year out is watching the guys I like go to other teams in our division so I can watch them stomp us twice a year. That Center McCoy from Texas A&M was right there for the taking in the 2nd round and now I’ve got to watch him give Brees all kinds of time in the pocket and neutralize Vea on run plays. McCoy is strong as hell and why Sean Payton is the only guy in the league that recognizes just how important the Center position is baffles me. He always prioritizes that position and the results speak for themselves. He picked up a center in FA when the last guy retired and now he spent his 2nd round pick on one. Meanwhile we have one of lousiest Centers in the league last year statistically from PFF despite him being the highest paid and we stand pat and pick up a CB I’ve never heard of. SMH

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  15. They know we will not win 8 games this year with cap issues, they lost games last year because the defense sucked. They think if we can stop some people we might get a couple more wins. I think we will improve as a team our win total will not improve much we will not be playoff team. This flooded it approach is because they can not find(evaluate ) talent and/or develop it. What gets me they are flooding the back end but greedy was not part of that plan, I know he don’t tackle he is long and fast in a league with defenseless wr penalties. That bad rap has effected his bank account, he may become a better tackler. Make him watch Rhonde film. I do like the 3 DB amigos he has added had productive college careers. The war eagle & a Greedy tiger @ corner might have been special. This flooded approach kinda feels like the Glazers idea/rule. Small market plan? Truth is I feel worse for Giant Fans with the Raider not far behind. @ least they got a plan. Maybe today we will flood the our barely average o-line with a bunch of JAGS & hope & pray one or two turn into blue collar starters. Lmao and hoping it works but not likely. Ferguson and Henderson would have made this team better in wins. day 1 difference makers. Just saying wtf

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  16. I get people’s frustration about not addressing the trenches, that’s what I would of done. But our secondary was trash, so here’s hoping these players can develop and help this team out. I can’t discount players ability without giving them a fair shot at success with significantly better coaching. And I personally think it down right dumb to discredit these guys because you never heard of them, you should probably do more research than

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  17. “In defense of Jason Licht” article #610. You really have to wonder what Scott is going to write about when Jason is fired. There is so much time and energy spent trying to defend or rationalize the decisions of Scott’s friend aka the worst GM in modern Bucs history Jason Licht. Is Scott capable of just writing about football anymore? I guess we’ll have to wait a season to find out.

    To Scott’s point that Licht had to sign free agents like Andrew Adams to fill the gap in the secondary: Andrew Adams had 3 INTs in the Panthers game and likely was the difference between a win and a loss that week. He also had a better season in 2018 than Licht draft picks Vernon Hargreaves, Ryan Smith, Justin Evans, MJ Stewart, and Carlton Davis. So if your point is that Licht was forced to sign upgrades off the street to players he spent premium draft picks on so he decided to spend more premium draft picks so that wouldn’t happen again, I humbly suggest that maybe that’s not such a great idea.

    Yes, DB is the biggest weakness on the roster. Like kickers It’s because Licht has proven incompetent in evaluating them. No, you don’t spend almost all of your premium selections on DB while neglecting every other position. The lack of creativity in trading up or ability to get away from the tunnel vision of this draft is going to damage this team for years. It’s just another reflection of why the current GM is 27-53 with a record one game worse than Mark Dominik.

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  18. At least you were with Licht and BA during the drafting. Perhaps you will suggest Linemen to them both that you chose if we didn’t get them in the first three rounds and BA can still turn this around. But we will have to keep GMC to play DE and eat the 13 million dollars. He will need to learn how to not only rush from the outside but he will have to play the run as well as PFF and get double digit sacks too, unless we get smart and grab Omenihu in the fourth round and get him to add five pounds of muscle so he can replace GMC and then trade GMC for a decent RG. Then get Byron Cowart in the 5th round to backup Omenihu and PFF, and then 6th Rd. Benny Snell as our third down back, and then TE/FB Trevon Wesco, a clone of Mike Alstott, in the 7th Rd. to pull it off.

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  19. There is no sense to this draft. After the Bucs go 5-11 again do really think Licht and Arians will still be here. Arians said he was not here to do a rebuild. He wants to win now. After another losing season he will be out. I don’t see this team going from 5-11 to 11-5. They will be in a total rebuild phase come next year.

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  20. Reporters and the press shouldn’t become buddy/buddy with the front office, it should be a somewhat of an adversarial relationship.
    If Licht needs a PR agent, he should go hire one, he doesn’t need and shouldn’t have the publisher of PR doing the job for him.
    Listening to Reynolds defend Licht is like turning on the Trump News Network (FOX) and listening to their staff defend every lie and criminal act that Donnie perpetuates. It’s nauseating
    The Washington Post did the same thing with Kennedy in the early 60s by not reporting on some of his extra curricular activities because Ben Bradley was his pal.
    The only thing that will be certain after this draft is that MJ Stewart will be cut and another valuable second round pick will be wasted.
    And can someone tell me how Sean Bunting can call himself a ball hawk when he only had two INT’s last year. Now we are drafting hubris too.

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  21. GM bashing is so much fun! We are the fan base and we are always right! Our football knowledge far exceeds Licht and Arians. If they had just let me pick….

    All BS aside, hype and excitement about the team sells tickets. Sure, there’s only a handful of people chattering here in this forum, but there’s thousands more watching on TV, asking WTF did we just do? And all we can do is read articles and watch interviews of Jason and Bruce saying “It’s how the board fell.” Hey, ultimately it’s not my job on the line. But my wallet isn’t fat, and if I was on the fence about season tickets before the draft, I have completely fallen off of it now. And I thought what Dave Gettleman was doing up in NY was confusing. Here’s what I know: Bucs win or Licht is out of a job, so there HAS to be a plan that we’re not seeing. No way he cuts his own throat like this. So now I sit back and watch it unfold like a good little fan, hoping there is a method to the madness.

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  22. So many people are convinced the sky is falling. Since BA and his staff were hired everyone was (rightly, I think) excited how a massive change in coaching philosophy and style will pay dividends and show that some of the players we already have will be better.

    Those same coaches will also decide which current players need to be replaced or at least challenged. Seemingly, Bowles decided our weakest area was secondary and Licht acted accordingly.

    If the BA Gang felt these are the guys they want, so be it. Most of us don’t know these players. We know a few names from mocks and podcasts and we’re convinced we know more than the same coaches we’ve been praising for months.

    I get this draft is historically loaded with DL. Our coaches and GM went a different way. Was it right? We DON’T know yet. Maybe we’ll go 9-7 and be back on track for success. Maybe we’ll go 3-13 and Licht is fired and so many “fans” of the team will be thrilled. Time will tell. (I am quite sure if we spent three picks yesterday on the trenches, people would be bitching about the secondary.)

    There is so much more we don’t know about. GMC’s status. Salary cap hell. Free agents. Releasing players for the Bucs and everyone else. Injuries current and upcoming.

    Claiming this draft to be a bust before it’s even over is just stupid. Some people need to calm the F down. Maybe seeing our massive coaching staff in action, and the players in action, before making ANY claims would be a better idea. Then again, that would mean some people admitting they DON’T actually know more than everyone else, including our front office and coaches. Fat chance of that, I know.

    No one (EVER) said a Bucs life is easy. Why would it suddenly become so now? Personally, I’m still most excited to see Bowles coach up our D with players he obviously had a major hand in picking. I’m excited to see if Leftwich really is a good OC. I’m excited to see BA put some player in his place for being lazy. Apparently, I’m in the minority. That’s always a part of a Bucs life, too.

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    • spot on

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  23. I could understand flooding a position if that was the only position your weak at, but this makes no sense to me with all of the needs we have. I was hoping that if we didn’t take a pass rusher, or an O-Linemen in the third, we would have at least taken Henderson. Instead, the people we trade our pick to takes him. I’m still scratching my head…

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  24. Anthony Nelson, a 6’7” 271 pound DE for the Iowa Hawkeyes with 23 sacks the last three years and very athletic and has the best repertoire of pass rushing moves next to Bosa and did very well at the combine and was the 5th fastest of all DL in the combine, just became a Buc in the fourth round!

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  25. Bet he can put on more pounds on his frame and bat down plenty of passes too. This was a good choice.

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  26. White is very high quality player of a position of need. I disagree with Arians’ post draft statements defending the White pick. He said, “If people are complaining as to why we skipped Allen, they do not know our defense. We run a 3-4!” All Allen did at Kentucky was play in a 3-4. Allen was the best over all defender in the entire SEC last year. He was one of the main reasons a team like Kentucky went as far as they did last year. Unlike what Arians’ said Allen would have been a great edge rusher for this new defensive scheme. In a perfect world with what Tampa is dealing with (Kwon leaving; Beckwith maybe never playing again; moving to a 3-4) it would be great to have both White and Allen, but you can only pick one. I would have picked Allen. Then again I would have picked SS James last year as well!?!?!

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  27. @bucianco Sure Jason is doing what he and BA think is best. The problem is that if Jason had a clue of what he was doing then he wouldn’t have a worse W-L record than what got Mark Dominik fired. You can poke and prod someone who isn’t good at something to do better or try harder but in the end we are what we are, and Jason Licht is a proven, no good, very bad GM. This is now known by the NFL as Scott’s friend Jason is now ranked 24 out of 25 GM’s (the newbies aren’t ranked). So if your working with the dredges of a certain profession and then say “But now you surely understand your job is on the line so you’ll improve.” Don’t be surprised how often it goes the other way.

    nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001027372/article/nfl-gm-power-rankings-john-dorsey-kevin-colbert-rank-top-5

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  28. This might be the worst draft of my lifetime. The only reason I’m not pissed is because I’ve come to grips with the upcoming losing season. The problem has always been more than the coaching but nobody wanted to listen. Ppl will say it’s waaay too early to know but it’s really not. Licht has a history of head scratching draft picks that DO NOT pan out so why think this draft is any different. You want to move on from GMC but don’t draft or sign an adequate replacement. You claim improving the run game is important but add nothing along the OL lol like u can’t script this kind of stupidity. Scott I get your point but there’s no need to explain a terrible decision. If Licht is pissed in the hallways of One Bux Bc you wrote a scathing article about his piss poor personnel decisions then so be it. Somebody needs to tell him the truth Bc it’s becoming clear to everyone how dumb he is. In one breath he says we have the talent and it was misused then out the other he drafts 3 DBs to a unit that he’s arguably devoted more resources too than any other position in recent drafts. Wouldn’t that suggest that he does NOT have the players needed? But what do I know you all just let him talk out both sides of his mouth so he keeps doing it. A losing season is surely coming soon why Bc that’s what follows a terrible offseason.

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  29. With this article describing Licht’s style of crashing one category hard explains a lot about the GM. But we saw this before when Licht went all in on “hands people.” WRs and TEs. We had recently a collection of WRs and TEs that Tom Brady would only dream of. Yes, Tom has had some good guys, but his team was never loaded across the board in the WR and TE section like Tampa has been over the last few years. Some of that is still there. Yet to me this is a recipe for failure. I believe you spread it around the various positions. This can be relative do to what talent is available at that time in the draft. But, you do not just over load in one area. You could be having a few positions collapsing on the OL and the DL at the same time. You could run into a crisis situation with running backs because of one injury. Have a bunch of excellent “hands people” running around and a the same time have the Offensive Line totally not blocking and collapsing on you and see how it works out. If you are good at drafting at least the first through the third and you spread it around; after three years you will have 9 to 10 guys who are at least A to B grade talent spread around in various positions in the Offense and the Defense. With good coaching a team like that should be hovering around 8-8 or 9-7 at a minimum. Then maybe you fall into a Wild Card spot by accident. If you load up in one area, you never over come that hill. You will not only not address an area to any degree; you will carry it over as a deficiency multiple years in a row. Then the area you over loaded in a few years prior will start in come undone, as you try to over load in another area of deficiency.

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  30. I’m still trying to make sense of it all, wondering if I really am smarter and better at this than the guys who get paid to do it. I dunno. My head hurts. Maybe if I say it out loud to my fellow forum friends here it will all start to make sense. Ok, so….

    In a standard 3-4 we have 3 down linemen, 4 linebackers, and 4 defensive backs. Right? But I’ve heard there will be a lot of blitzing and a lot of nickel and dime packages, like 70% of the time. So in a nickel package there are 5 DB’s and as many as 6 pushing the line and covering the run. In a dime, there are 6 DB’s and 5 at the line. So if 70% of the time we will have 5 or 6 DB’s on the field creating havoc, it would make sense that we have as many as, what, 8 dressed on game day? As far as the linemen, if we have only 3 on the field at any one time, we dress 5 or 6? LB’s we would need 7 or 8? And how many of the LB’s are hybrid and could play DB? Fast, press coverage, ball hawking players appear to be the targets so far. (And now we finally have a lineman! Welcome Mr. Nelson!)

    The working theories would be 1) Get pressure on the QB so he has to get rid of the ball quickly and hopefully make a mistake, or 2) Provide great coverage so that you’re underachieving line has time to get to the QB. Last year we had neither. Maybe this year we will at least have good coverage.

    I just hope it works Jason. I really do. I love being a fan. But I hate turning off the game before it’s over because we suck.

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  31. Don’t think I’m saying anything unique here, but this just shows how flawed Licht’s understanding of team building is.

    The Day 2 picks are literally the DEFINITION of picking just fine players only because they FIT MY SCHEME rather than picking the BPA preferably at a position of need and letting the coaches figure out how to make them work. There’s zero prioritization of team needs or even a basic awareness of what the team needs are.

    I get it, Bowles and Arians has a “type” and they’d like to beef the secondary. But if that’s the case then wtf is Licht even here as a GM. Might as well just fire Licht because apparently he’s just a freaking tool. I’m so tired of his “I picked who the coaches liked” excuses. I don’t use this word lightly, but Licht just comes across as a cuck for the coaching staff. Get me someone who will save the Bucs from themselves or don’t lie to me and just own your mess up.

    I guess Licht is telling us he thinks these guys are the next Legion of Boom and they’ll just get away with gaping holes on the right side of the OLine and a very unstable situation on the DLine.

    I’ll just finish with this – if the Bucs don’t win at least 10 games and the defense goes from bottom tier to upper-middle tier AT LEAST, then he’s gone and BA might be too. My patience and goodwill are spent now. I’m very scared for the future of the Bucs right now and I blame Licht for it more than anyone else atm.

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  32. I think the “flood it” approach has some merit, Scott, but let’s look at some of the details of these picks. We have three 6’1″ CBs now who run VERY FAST in a division with tall speedsters like Julio Jones. Edwards is a ball-hawk who is very experienced blitzing. Bowles wants a defensive roster that is good at blitzing, disguising its blitzing, where it’s coming from and who. It was a surprise to me as it was to everybody else but if there’s one thing Buc fans have been screaming during the Koetter/Smith era is that how predictable and how passive that regime was. Thank goodness those days are gone and we have a much more unpredictable and aggressive regime from the looks of things.

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  33. Something I have learned about Jason Licht. He drafts for need ALL the time. He lost two starting linebackers, and he had to get a starting linebacker and White was the guy no matter what. Even though Allen may be a generational talent at Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker, Licht could not resist. I think the worse head scratcher is passing on Greedy Williams in 2nd round because of a reputation that he doesn’t like to tackle. He is an incredible ball hawk, something we don’t have in this secondary. Once he slipped to 2nd we should have grabbed him. We might have been able to pick up Bunting in 3rd round.

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  34. I’m more confused at the utter disbelief of these posters than what happened in the draft.
    Everyone was excited, rightfully so, that BA and Todd Bowles came on board and immediately start calling Licht a dumb-ass for drafting all these CBs and a safety.

    NOBODY trusts BA and Bowles already????

    Jamel Dean is a huge risk, yes, but runs a 4.3. That’s right a 4.3!!!!!!
    Will make Stewart look even slower.
    Bunting 4.4
    White 4.4
    Miller 4.3
    We all know Licht screwed up last year. Hell Licht has to be the most embarrassed SOB around.

    But can’t we just have faith and let the true experts do their thing before we throw them to the curb?

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  35. BA and Bowles made these picks!!!!!
    PERIOD!!!!!

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  36. Every team that is competitive year in and out always remained committed to the trenches. We will not be highly competitive without top of the line o-line and d-lines. I thought this was basic knowledge. Plus it takes a year or so for a great o-line to jell with high quality players. It don’t remember when these 2lines were fully addressed high in the draft. Once your lines are established you can plug small holes, not plug and play every year.
    Tired of not having longevity of a Pittsburg, New England, Seattle or other proud franchises.

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