By ISM Staff

Low Ball, you can call it whatever you like or slice it as many different ways as you want, but the Super Bowl Champs had a strong start to the NFL draft.  Taking the 6-foot-5, 259-pound edge rusher, Joe Tryon from the University of Washington with the last pick in the first round draft, was a solid way to build on an increasingly strengthening defense.  Even though Tryon will primarily serve on special teams next season, he gets the opportunity to hone his pass-rushing skills by learning from the Bucs veterans in that room.

Similarly, Tampa Bay’s choice of Kyle Trask, the QB out of the Swamp, gets to learn under the G.O.A.T. for at least a couple of seasons.  Trask gets to wade into an NFL starting job in a way many of the greats did in the past, by watching and carrying the clipboard for a few years.  Today’s NFL is much more impatient.  The QBs taken in the first round will most likely have to start for their respective teams implementing a general “sink or swim” strategy.  And, of course, we know how many of them sink, Low Ball.  Trask can learn the NFL under the tutelage of one of the game’s greats while the Bucs get to evaluate if Trask is up for the starting job after Tom Brady rides off into the sunset.
With their third-round pick of Notre Dame’s offensive lineman, Robert Hainsey, Jason Licht is deepening the O-line, and no one can argue that strategy.  Even you, Low Ball.  Hainsey is considered tough, was a team captain, and projects as a potential center in the league.  Solid, proactive, pick!
If the Bucs were able to procure a starting cornerback, I would have labeled the early draft report card an A+, but I will go A- only in the fact the Super Bowl Champs are still prone to the deep threat and lack a shutdown corner.  So, that is what I am saying, Low Ball.  What kind of talkin’ can you do for me?

I hear you barking like a junk yard dog, Brooklyn.  To a point, I agree with you and let me explain my reasoning.

Borough Boy, I’m on board with you on the first round pick of Tryon. I had a chance to witness his skills “up close and personal” when I went to Washington for a football “double dip” when Utah visited Huskies Stadium and the Bucs travelled to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

Tryon checks two boxes that you cannot coach and that’s size and speed. He can convert that speed into power and that makes him a threat when he puts his hand in the dirt. His size makes him a force when he has to drop into coverage. The perfect prototype that Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles covets when it comes to linebackers in his 3-4 hybrid defense.
Trask may have been a reach in the second round only because he’s an unknown quantity. I say that because he was pitching to a couple of high first round draft choices all season. When receivers Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney opted out of the Cotton Bowl, the Florida QB struggled as the Gators were pounded by Oklahoma to the tune of 55-20.
Big Apple Guy, the question is did the quarterback make the receivers or the other way around? The Bucs are hoping the answer is the former.
Finally, Hainsey anchored, arguably, the best offensive lines in college football in 2020. Don’t be surprised if the Buccaneers move the four year offensive tackle starter at Notre Dame inside to play guard or even center.
As we both know, this is the first time in Tampa Bay history where there wasn’t a glaring need that needed to be addressed in the first round. Still, I have to agree with you. The Bucs needed to come up with a corner with one of their top three picks.

With that being said, I’m a little tougher grader than you. Brooklyn, I’m giving the Pewter Pirates a B+ with their first three picks and I hope you can hear me talkin’ to you.

Gents, I hope you don’t mind me crashing the party but you’re in my domain when it comes to the NFL Draft.  So, I guess I’m talkin’ to both of you.

Well, this is a tough one to grade. When you are the Super Bowl champion and bringing back all your starters then you can justify filling needs. With the first rounder they did just that. Tyron was one of the best players still available on my board and by getting him the Bucs get an athletic freak at defensive end that can immediately come in and spell a 32-year-old Jason Pierre Paul and eventually replace him.

That is also what they got in Kyle Trask, minus the immediate play. The Bucs were able to draft the best player remaining at his position. Not even starting in high school, Trask has only started one and a half seasons in college. As polished as he looked at UF, it is important to remember this when considering that he will be learning from the GOAT for two seasons. Even if he does not project to be the starter of the future (which Bruce Arians thinks he is), Trask is the kind of quarterback that will be in the NFL for years, even if it is only as a backup.

For the rest of the draft the Bucs went for depth, adding Hainsey, Darden, and Britt, all who project as depth pieces in the immediate future with the hope that they will develop more. Hainsey will most likely even see a lot of playing time this season because of his versatility and I can see Britt being an immediate special team performer. That seemed to be the plan for Day 3 as many of the final picks, including Mr. Irrelevant, Grant Stuard, will be immediate special team contributors.

Overall, I would give the Bucs a B. Although none of the picks are going to be all pro players and probably will not even start immediately, they did a good job getting depth help on both lines. No matter how great a team is, find me one that does not need line help and I will eat my hat (deep fried possibly). And, when you’re Super Bowl Champs, returning 22 starters you can afford to draft for the future and not today.

So, there you have it, boys.  I’m talkin’ to you.