Frank Martin is back to give us his insight into the NFC South’s winners and losers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Here is the last of the four from this ultra-competitive division (against one another), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFC South Breakdown
If you are like me, then this past weekend was your favorite weekend of the spring…
Three days of non-stop discussion about 40 times and short shuttles…
7 rounds of analysts saying: “this is a guy…”, and “he’s got major up-side.”
It’s heaven on Earth. But eventually it comes to an end and like the day after you’re senior prom… you must take stock in what went down.
That’s what we will do here.
But let’s have fun with it and play a little… red light, green light.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ***
Headline: Josh a Free-Man?
Info: Say what you want about his tactics, but at least Greg Schiano has a plan. In drafting Doug Martin last year and trading for Darelle Revis this offseason, shows Schiano values defense and running the football. This past weekend, Schiano started to unveil phase two of his plan and it appears Josh Freeman is in it.
Green Light: Mike Glennon – I am in the minority when it comes to drafting quarterbacks. I think if a good one is on the board, you should almost ALWAYS take him. Even if you have a proven starter like Josh Freeman.
Glennon has most of the characteristics you want in a successful QB. (outlined here) So why wouldn’t you want a guy like that on your team?
I don’t root for the Bucs, but I know how maddening Josh Freeman can be. Glennon either impresses the staff enough to make Freeman expendable or Freeman thrives on competition and reaches his potential. It’s a win-win for Tampa.
Red Light: Johnthan Banks – The guy doesn’t pass my eye test… He looks really slow. That won’t bode well in a pass happy division. That being said, with the addition of Darrell Revis and Dashon Goldson, it’s not like Banks will have a major role the next couple years.
Caution: Akeem Spence and William Gholston – I really like both of the Bucs 4th round picks. My only concern is can they make the jump? At 6-7, Gholston is a freakish athlete but I don’t know if that will translate to the pro game. It didn’t with his brother, Vernon. Spence is strong as an ox, but lacks the technique required to be an effective role player. Like I said, these guys have the ability… But as Stephen King once said, “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
Cause for concern: Not who they drafted, but who they didn’t… WR’s. The Bucs didn’t do anything to augment the talent level at the wide receiver position. Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are good-solid, but I am not sold on any of the other guys… Luke Stocker included. In this league, you need three viable pass catching options. In round two, Robert Woods was drafted two picks earlier, but there were plenty of good pass catchers still left on the board.
Overall: Schiano has a plan. But, will it work? It might, but in a division that boasts two of the best teams in the NFC, will Schiano have enough time?
So there you go. Frank Martin has broken down the 2013 NFL Draft for all four teams including Atlanta, New Orleans, and Carolina. Will the South rise again, or will the West still be were the NFC is won? Curious as to your thoughts…