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Buccaneers Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp joined Scott Reynolds and Mark Cook on Monday’s edition of the Pewter Report Podcast to discuss the top defensive tackle prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With Tampa Bay potentially in position to draft a defensive tackle high this year, Sapp, Reynolds and Cook started the discussion with the consensus top-rated interior defensive lineman, Alabama’s Christian Barmore. And while many draft analysts have Barmore coming off the board in the first round when the NFL Draft begins on April 29, Sapp is far from convinced that Barmore is a first-round talent.

Christian Barmore

Alabama DT Christian Barmore – Photo by: USA Today

“Let’s wait for the evaluation,” Sapp said. “Because what I saw when I went over to the Yo Murphy Performance (Compound) was not even third-round material.”

Elaborating on that thought, Sapp spoke about when he traveled to Yo Murphy Performance Compound in Tampa to work with Barmore, who had eight sacks last year for the Crimson Tide.

“I had a chance to get him on the football field and walk him through the five steps to the quarterback, and if they’re telling me that this is a first round guy then Aaron Donald really did get blocked 70 percent on the double teams,” Sapp said. “I just promise you this, if these eyes right here that you’re looking at are telling a lie about talent, then shoot me. I won’t talk anymore football. If this kid’s a first-round pick then I won’t talk football (on social media) for a full year. I won’t make a tweet or an Instagram post unless the kids’ playing sports. It’s nothing personal, but I’ll take off a whole year if Barmore is a first-round pick.”

Sapp discussed some of the details about what went wrong with Barmore’s session with the QB Killa.

“I got up at 5:30 a.m. and drove to Tampa to get there by 10:30 a.m.,” Sapp said. “I threw my hat and my lovely ROKA sunglasses . . . I’ve thrown my hat and my sunglasses, and at one point I’m sitting there like, ‘Do this,’ and he’s doing something else. To the point where another person said, ‘You’re not doing that,’ and he looked at both of us like, ‘What?’ So I tried it one more time, and then when he didn’t do it that time I picked up my glasses and my visor and I walked off. I didn’t say another word to anybody. I just left.”

Sapp believes that despite Barmore’s high ranking from draft analysts, they stand alone in that evaluation while those with the responsibility of actually making the draft picks likely view him much differently.

“I guarantee you they do,” Sapp said about draft analysts ranking Barmore higher than NFL front offices. “Because what you look at as a scout is the eye test on the tape. He was in the National Championship and I thought, ‘that the kid was a baller’ myself. I couldn’t wait to get up [to Tampa to work Barmore out.]”

And while Sapp argues that he wasn’t at the facility to coach Barmore up, but simply to help him round out parts of his game, the Hall of Famer wasn’t able to get through to the young defensive tackle despite his best efforts.

“I’m not coaching you up,” Sapp said of his time with Barmore. “I’m just watching what you’re doing to see if I can shave a little corner for you because I’ve watched the position. These eyes aren’t going to lie to me four feet down.”

Cook followed up Sapp’s statement with a question, does Barmore’s issue lie in the fact that he wasn’t willing to take his directions or that he couldn’t follow the directions? Sapp responded bluntly.

“Both,” Sapp said. “If I tell you to swing your left arm and you move your right, I’ve got a real issue – and that’s just one example. Trust me. For me to throw my visor and throw my $300 glasses, I’m telling you. I’m like, ‘Is there something wrong with me?'”

Warren Sapp and Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett

Warren Sapp and Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While Sapp has his opinions and is rarely shy to share them, he’s been wrong about prospects before.

“I don’t see it from this kid,” Sapp said about defensive end Myles Garrett years ago before his first overall selection in 2017. “I see the splash plays, everybody gets those. Where’s the game he took over? Where? Any defensive lineman who’s the No. 1 pick, you turn it up and you say, ‘There it is!’ This kid, no, I don’t. I’m a pretty plain and frank guy and I watch the tape and he disappears. I watch the tape and he absolutely disappears.”

So whether Sapp is right or wrong on his evaluation about Barmore – and he’s even put one whole year of talking on social media on the line behind it – he’s made his opinion of Barmore crystal clear: he isn’t close to a first-round pick in his eyes.

Watch the entire episode of the Pewter Report Podcast with Sapp on the PewterReportTV YouTube channel by clicking below.

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thewbacca
6 months ago

Sapp sounds like a broke bitter self-centered jerk as of lately between this and his comments on Barrett’s contract.

Spitfire
Reply to  thewbacca
6 months ago

Yeah, I would at least keep in mind Sapps evaluation because he knows what he’s talking about, but comments like Barrett’s contract are silly because when he went to the Raiders he disappeared because he didn’t fit in their Defense like he did here. Barrett could have gotten maybe a little more money but teams aren’t offering crazy money that much this year and Barrett wouldn’t fit in just any Defense. He fits here, he’s comfortable here, he can possibly win another Ring or Two (at least compete for them) and with no state income tax, get paid just about… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

Exactly. Totally agree. All you can do is take his eval into consideration, and form your own opinion. Now for whatever it’s worth, I actually felt the EXACT same way about Garrett coming into the draft in 2017. I thought he disappeared at times. Wasn’t consistent as a run defender. Was easy to quit if the double team was effective, whether it was a pass or a run in his direction. I still think, even as a pro, everything I saw in college, I see now. Still a mediocre run defender. Still takes plays off. Still is easy to quit… Read more »

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Cro Magnon
6 months ago

Can Sapp really stay off social media for a year? Sapp special song from MC Hammer is “2 Loquacious, 2 Loquacious to Quit.”

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Cro Magnon
6 months ago

He definitely would not, lol. That’s an empty statement.

GoldsonAges
6 months ago

Every year there are 1st round rated players who aren’t worth a 1st round pick, and every year there are mid-round rated players who should’ve been 1st rouders.
The weird thing about this is that Sapp thought his gameplay was good, but he has an issue with his ability to learn. This is likely the kind of player who goes on talent alone and he will be unlikely to advance his game once he gets that fat paycheck.

toofamiliar17
6 months ago

This is so silly. I’m not even saying whether Sapp is right or wrong on Barmore. I appreciate the heck out of the guy, and obviously I love him for who he was for our franchise. But Sapp might have more absolutely glaring character flaws than any other athlete I’ve ever loved. One of those is his curmudgeonly demeanor when it comes to players today. He really reminds me of old time NBA greats – no players today are ever as great as THEY were. The game is soft, the players who play it today are soft, yada yada yada.… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
6 months ago

Honestly if he wasn’t linked to the Bucs in mock drafts I don’t see him going in the first. So I don’t see anything wrong with what Sapp said. Plays high using his strength and arms but leverage he needs to work on and his first step could be a lot better. In the NFL if you are playing too high the OL are too talented and will negate those type of bull rushes. But he will have success if he uses his hands violently to disengage blocks. Solid 2nd rounder IMO. If the Bucs want to take him at… Read more »

surferdudes
6 months ago

So Sapp is saying you can’t coach the kid, and he’s to stupid to learn. I find it hard to believe Saban would tolerate such a player. I also have a problem with the way Sapp spoke of the kid. There’s a better way to put it. No wonder why Sapp has never got a coaching gig anywhere which I’m sure he’d want. Some players you can’t coach, and some players can never coach. Sapp is not the mentor type.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

That is a fair counter point as well. Saban players have to take in coaching to play for him. I wouldn’t be upset if the Bucs draft him but I think pass rushers/OL is the better value in the early rounds.

Dave
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

I’m not saying there’s not truth to what you’re saying. But Saban cares about winning. His legacy, and consistent winning is what matters to him most. Saban has had plenty of extremely talented players, that have gotten by in the SEC purely on talent. Saban knows, whether they pan out in the NFL or not, his players are always going to be mass drafted. So I don’t think he puts as much stock into how coachable a player is, as you would think. Unless he’s looking at a fringe player. If he’s looking at a slam dunk starter, who has… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Dave
revfish
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

Good point

eaustinyoung
6 months ago

I love Sapp. He was the fire that fueled that championship team. But he also said Vita Vea was garbage coming out.

JJ
JJ
6 months ago

I love what Sapp brought as a player, but If anyone here were to take Sapps advice they’d be in jail. He was a HOF player, he’s never been a HOF evaluator.

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