Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:44 pm
The 20th overall pick has been traded three times on draft day since 1993 according to the NFL, but Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said the team is in what is historically a hot spot to deal in the 2011 draft.
Drafted 20th overall is a luxury in the mind of the Buccaneers after drafting third overall in 2010. Dominik said the Bucs will "let the draft come to us, as we did on the second and third day last year." He underscored that the team always stays true to its overall draft board, and that could again lead to unexpected picks as was the case in 2010, when UCLA DT Brian Price was the team's second-round pick, following third overall pick Gerald McCoy, a similar, gap-penetrating defensive tackle.
But the thesis of his commentary was this: The Bucs aren't abandoning their youth movement. Dominik said the team is pleased with the direction of the franchise -- hard to argue results after their unexpected 10-6 finish -- and noted that team's that have made the decision to "go young" including the Packers, have seen immediately dividends.
The presence of select veterans, including recently re-signed CB Ronde Barber, helps support the fresh-faced roster led by 2009 first-round pick Josh Freeman. Dominik said the Buccaneers plan to build around Freeman and pointed out that he's younger than the team's two star rookies in 2010 -- WR Mike Williams and RB LeGarrette Blount -- a reminder that he's just scratching the surface of what the franchise considers immense potential.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:12 pm
Just as this past weekend proved to be a very difficult one in determing the senior Prospect of the Week, Sunday's slate of NFL games featured several noteworthy performances from rookies.
No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford played very well in leading the Rams to their fourth win of the season and sole possession of second place in the very winnable NFC West division. Bradford completed a career high 78.1% of his passes for 191 and two touchdowns (against zero interceptions) to beat Carolina.
Kansas City safety Eric Berry, my reigning Defensive Rookie of the Week, was even more impressive Sunday against the Bills than he was against the Jaguars on October 24. Berry posted a career-high 10 tackles and his 4th quarter interception ended a potentially game-winning drive by the Bills in the 4th quarter. The Chiefs, 5-2 and atop the AFC West, won in overtime.
Tampa wideout Mike Williams caught four passes for 105 yards, including an impressive 47-yard touchdown in an exciting 38-35 come from behind win over the Arizona Cardinals.
In the end, however, the continued dominance of Detroit's Ndamukong Suh and resurgence of former Oregon standout LaGarrette Blount stole the show.
Suh, who earned Prospect of the Week honors earlier in the year, may have enjoyed his greatest NFL game so far Sunday in Detroit's win over the Washington Redskins. Suh recorded five tackles, including two tackles for loss, two sacks and returned a fumble 17 yards for his first NFL touchdown. Suh now has 6.5 sacks through seven games. His mark ties him for 8th in the NFL and leads all defensive tackles.
Blount rushed for 120 yards and two scores -- including the game-winner -- against the Cardinals. The bruising runner showcased the power and surprisingly nimble feet that had earned him high grades from NFL scouts prior to the infamous meltdown in which he punched a Boise State player and was suspended from the Oregon football team.
Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 11:39 am
With 8.3 million people tuning in each day of the 2010 NFL Draft coverage, clearly there is a love affair with the player selection show.
It also entertains me to see how the draft hype brings some of the casual fans out of the shadows.
Draft enthusiasts reading my NFL Draft blog in late August aren't casual fans. They're hardcore.
They're the ones who -- like numerous NFL personnel I've spoken with this summer -- know that when it comes to the draft, no one does it better than NFLDraftScout.com.
I'm pleased to announce that once again we're offering a detailed 103 page guide that features:
(Kinda like Tampa rookie Mike Williams is proving to be for the Bucs. You know, the guy we listed as a first round talent in last year's preseason guide...)
Posted on: July 14, 2010 6:57 pm
With less than 24 hours before the NFL's annual Supplemental draft I polled various league sources to find all of the latest buzz surrounding its four applicants and the NFL teams likely to get involved.
Though BYU running back Harvey Unga has generated most of the pre-draft hype, I'm told it could be Illinois defensive tackle Joshua Price-Brent who is drafted first.
There are a few clubs thought to be quite high on the former Illinois standout. There is talk that Price-Brent is earning 4th round grades from some scouts -- though I'd be surprised, quite frankly, if any player was picked this high. Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis and Green Bay are all thought to be interested. The value of the defensive tackle position, Price-Brent's size (6-2, 321) and his 20 career starts under respected coach Ron Zook were all given as reasons why the big run-stuffer is generating some late buzz.
Unga's stock, on the other hand, was characterized as "settling" by one league source.
Unga's production and strong running speak for themselves, but his 4.63-4.73 second times in the 40-yard dash at his July 8 Pro Day and lingering right ankle sprain only added to the perception that he was too slow and injury-prone to ever be a full-time back in the NFL. Few teams are willing to invest anything more than a very late pick in a running back specialist this close to training camp -- and a specialist is exactly how some scouts are characterizing the three-time Mountain West Conference honoree.
I'm hearing 6th-7th round for Unga with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Miami having all expressed some interest. There is some talk Unga could slip out of the draft, entirely. If he did so, I was assured he'd have several teams offering him a free agent contract.
The forecast doesn't appear to be as warm for the two other players eligible to be selected in Thursday's draft.
There doesn't seem to be a great deal of interest brewing for running backs Vanness Emokpae (Truman State) and Quentin Castille.
Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:44 pm
An estimated 15-20 teams attended Kansas State's Pro Day Thursday, mostly to see junior quarterback Josh Freeman. Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Jacksonville, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Tampa Bay, and Minnesota were among the clubs there. Quarterback coaches for the Lions, Seahawks, Bucs, and Vikings were all present.
Scouts who viewed Freeman's Pro Day workout today described it in much the same words as I described Freeman's Combine workout.
First, the two scouts' take on today's workout:
AFC Scout "He certainly can throw the ball. He's a little wild, but you knew that going in on film. He's got tools, though. Someone's gonna take him in the first and may end up with the best one of the bunch in a few years."
NFC Scout "Ok, not great workout. Big arm, but erratic. Great tools, but needs some refining."
My comments after scouting Freeman at the Combine:
Freeman has good arm strength, but his accuracy was inconsistent. On many of his shorter and intermediate routes, he often was a bit high or wide with his throws. All in all, it was a solid performance, but not the jaw-dropping one some had projected.