#KRM: Buccaneers select Johnny Manziel.
Peter M is down Tampa way and I asked him to take the seventh pick so to add a local flavor to the Bucs’ pick. The seventh pick in the draft can feel like “no-man’s land.” A team earns that pick with a terrible season. But, the seventh pick usually does not have that can’t miss/ turn around guy. Especially when the Bucs are picking. Nobody has had more busts since 1976. Before last season, the Bucs had the look of a possible play-off team. Fan expectations are not that high now, but ownership and the new front office has been busy trying to win fast. The Glazers fired Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano after a poor 2013 season. Dominik proved he was unfit when he hired Raheem Morris but removed any doubt with the Schiano hire. Schiano only need a couple of games to reveal how he was not ready for NFL prime time. He turned opponent’s kneel downs into embarrassing acts of desperation. When you make Tom Coughlin look like a player’s coach, you look like a bad hire. What he did to Josh Freeman’s career is subject matter for a book not a post. Lovie Smith took the Bears to the Super Bowl with Rex Grossman. Obviously, he is an upgrade. New general manager Jason Licht has been active in free agency adding new faces to the roster. The offensive line has had the most change. Say good bye to Joseph, Penn and Zutah. Say hello to Anthony Collins, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Oriel Cousins.1 Signing Josh McCown suggests that the seventh pick will not be a QB or it suggests Mike Glennon has not won over the new staff. The Bucs ranked 32nd in pass offense last year. Just adding McCown may not be enough to get the pass offense moving. Wide receivers and running backs are not positions that would be addressed by the seventh pick. Martin, James, and Rainey are a solid trio at running back. Vincent Jackson can still play. Mike Williams has partied his way out of town. Expect receivers drafted in later rounds.
Michael Johnson and Clinton McDonald are solid but overpriced additions to the defense. Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David are big present pieces that Lovie should build his defense around. Alterraun Verner and Mike Jenkins will provide depth and experience at the corners. Barron and Goldson are solid safeties. If Mack was still available at this pick, Lovie would have kicked and screamed until he got him. The free agency picks have solidified this team, but no one acquisition can qualify as a splash pick-up. This pick changes that. Johnny Manziel will be the Bucs’ pick in the Kanick draft. The Glazers are businessmen first and foremost. Acquiring Manchester United certainly took a great deal of money and focus away from Tampa. MU is now on firmer ground and the balance sheets are in the black. The Glazers now are out to fill those empty seats in RJS. Despite the failed Revis and Schiano experiments, the Glazers are still committed. Lovie plus the free agents signings will make the Bucs competitive. Johnny Football will make them exciting.2 Lovie Smith also shakes his no offense reputation with this pick. He is confident he can make the defense work. He will count on Johnny Football to score. Bam. JFF is in Tampa and I have to admit that I can feel the energy he brings to an organization even in a pretend mock draft.