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Draft Wrap Up, And Only A Week Late

May 06, 2013 at 02:21am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

There are a whole lot of pictures of this guy getting caught from behind.
The Bucs went with their second defensive end in a row by picking Steven Means out of Buffalo. And if you tell me you knew who he was before the draft, you’re a liar. Here’s his highlight tape.

If the Bucs wanted another defensive end, Brandon Jenkins (Florida State) was still on the board and is a much better prospect, although he had a foot injury that maybe Mark Dominik wasn’t comfortable with. Also, the Bucs used their sixth round pick on running back Mike James out of Miami. But Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State) was still on the board in the fifth and seemed like a better pick at running back than James. They are two completely different runners, so maybe the Bucs needed a thicker, heavier back like James (or they could have kept LeGarrette Blount, but everyone is tired of hearing me beat that horse) to compliment Doug Martin. James will pass protect and contribute on special teams if he makes the teams, but Michael Smith is faster and Brian Leonard is better, so it may be the practice squad for him.

Oh yeah, I didn’t cover the Blount trade. The Bucs traded LeGarrette Blount to the Patriots for Jeff Demps and a seventh-round pick, which they used to move up and get James. The reason the Patriots were fine getting rid of Demps is because he is committed to running track during training camp and possibly some of the preseason.

With the track season extending through the summer, Demps might not be in position to participate in much of the Bucs’ offseason program or even training camp. The last major event, the world championships in Moscow, are Aug. 10-18. So it’s conceivable Demps, 23, could return in time to play in the regular season.

As a track guy, Demps is obviously fast and had some success at Florida. But he’s no Bo Jackson and the whole two-sport thing is reserved for elite athletes. Still, as the story goes, Dominik basically got his rights for free since he was willing to give up Blount for only the seventh-rounder anyway. The Bucs need a decent returner and if Demps is limited to that role (which I’m assuming doesn’t require a ton of practice time), that may work out well for them.

Overall, it was a decent draft but it didn’t blow me away. I like the Banks pick and think they addressed some needs, but thought they could have made some better value picks in the lower rounds. The Glennon pick is a head-scratcher since he’s not really good enough to challenge Josh Freeman, but he was picked high enough that they’re going to hold onto him for a while. If the Bucs part ways with Freeman after this season, they’ll probably still have to give up a high pick in 2014 to draft a good one or trade for one. Everyone else has potential at their various positions, and with Mark Dominik’s track record, he probably found some hidden gems in the lower rounds.

4 Comments to “Draft Wrap Up, And Only A Week Late”

campyone

campyone (May 06, 2013 at 09:42am:

As you say, Demps didn’t really cost anything so it’s hard to criticize. But I don’t see him as even a likely return man. He’s fast in a straight line but he isn’t particularly elusive and he isn’t powerful enough to break tackles. He did well at Florida when his blockers got him into the open field but he rarely was able to get there by himself.

On the draft as a whole, ho-hum. Banks is fine, the rest all seem to be variations on a project. The key to me is Revis – if he returns to his pre-injury form it will be a pretty good draft almost regardless of what happens with the other guys.

TheBrainStem

TheBrainStem (May 06, 2013 at 11:13am:

Hidden gems are nice but 2nd round bust like Price hurt even more.

Matt Price

Matt Price (May 06, 2013 at 08:45pm:

I thought the draft was good. I like the people we got and I really like the Revis trade. I think this team is headed in the right direction. I’m pretty stoked for the season actually.

jampersands

jampersands (May 07, 2013 at 10:42pm:

I’m expecting a lot from Brian Leonard. The guy can catch on 3rd down, is big enough to run between the tackles and pass block.

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