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.
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.
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.