2019 Draft Reclassification – JoeBucsFan.com

Jason Licht, Bucs general manager

Since we live in a microwave, drive-thru, fast food, 24/7 news and sports, movie-on-demand company, fans just hours after the end of the NFL draft ask for grades. Now!

To be fair if not responsible, it usually takes three seasons to find out how most draft picks, or a draft, go. But life in the 21st century has the attention span of a housefly. People won’t wait three minutes for a commercial break let alone three years for a draft.

So while football purists howl in outrage at draft ratings, they ignore 99% of society. Would these same people wait three days to get a tooth fixed? No of course not. So why wait three years for a draft, even though that might be the wise decision.

CBS Sports’ Prickly Pete Prisco does both. He scores each team’s draft right after the draft is completed, and he returns three years later to score a team’s draft.

When it comes to the 2019 draft, Prisco wasn’t overwhelmed by Tampa Bay’s draft. Three years later, he likes that much more, as he wrote on CBS Sports.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rating 2019:
C+

Lean: They took on linebacker Devin White in the first round and he’s proven to be a big part of their defense, although his game slumped last season. They had seven other draft picks and five are still with the team. They got starting corners Sean Murphy-Bunting (nickel) and Jamel Dean in the second and third rounds. Backup safety Mike Edwards (third), backup edge Anthony Nelson (fourth) and backup receiver Scotty Miller (fifth) came in this draft.

How I did: I loved the choice of White, who played well, but was a little disappointing last season. I liked the choice of Murphy-Bunting and questioned kicker Matt Gay. He’s no longer with Tampa Bay, but he’s become a good kicker for the Rams.

New Note: B+

In Joe’s eyes, to score an entire draft, you need to focus more on the lower picks than the first-round picks. And there, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht did a solid job. He got three starting defensive backs on Days 2 and 3 of the draft. It’s damn good.

And Scotty Miller? He just made one of the biggest plays in Bucs history in one of the franchise’s most important games.

It’s drawing for production.


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