by Ryan Adams
Mock drafts are a funny thing. They could be compared to a March Madness bracket. Thousands upon thousands are drawn up by people, experts and amateurs alike, who think they really have a feel for where the best names in college football are going to fall and to which team and round they'll go. Every year, within the first half-dozen picks, most of the mock drafts that have been pieced together, ever so carefully, are torn up and tossed into the nearest waste bin. See comparison to brackets. So when the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft came to a close on Thursday night and three of the first four picks were offensive linemen, it's easy to believe that there were plenty of waste bins overflowing with wadded up mock boards.
But sitting in the cozy comforts of One Buc Place, Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik and Head Coach Greg Schiano plotted and planned for today given the results of yesterday. Surprises, shockers, and potential busts littered the first round and as a Bucs' fan, the only real thing you were watching for was if Dominik would find his way back into the first round, somehow, just like he did last year to land Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin. That didn't happen. Now it's Friday and the second and third rounds of the draft are upon us where the Bucs will be active with a pick in each round.
So where do the Bucs go from here? In the second round they have the 43rd pick and in the third round, pick 73. Who should the Bucs gun for? According to the Tampa Bay Times, Dominik is quite happy where the team finds itself and says that they really do not have any glaring holes to fill.
"Certainly we can improve the talent of the team," Dominik told Stephen F. Holder of the Times. "That's the whole point of the draft. But certainly we're at a point now where we have enough starters across the board and we can begin to add depth to the team."
Having brought in Darrelle Revis in a trade with the New York Jets earlier this week, the Bucs find themselves no longer being hostage to any one particular position. A fact that Dominik says only makes drafting that much easier.
"Being hostage to a position is a tough place to be," Dominik said. "It causes mistakes. Our draft board now opens up to look at almost every position."
So what position or positions will it be tonight? At first glance, defensive line seems to be a place where depth is needed after the departures of 2012 sack-leader Michael Bennett as well as Roy Miller. Despite bringing in Revis, the Bucs could still shoot for another cornerback just to add some depth there, as well. Aside from Eric Wright and Revis, the Bucs have quite a few unproven backups. The other question, possibly a less glaring one than many may think, is at the quarterback position with Josh Freeman entering his contract year. West Virginia QB, Geno Smith, shockingly, is still on the board where most mocks had him going early first round. Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib and USC's Matt Barkley are also surprises to still be around as many also had them going at some point on Thursday. Could the Bucs bring one of those young men in to provide some push for Freeman or at the very least more depth at the most important position on the field?
Tight end is another position the Bucs lack depth. Last year, Dallas Clark was certainly serviceable. But he is a free agent now and the Bucs have brought in former Packer TE Tom Crabtree to try and at least fill that hole on the depth chart. But even including Crabtree, the Bucs have little to rely on at this position as Nate Bynam and Luke Stocker are both also unproven at the position. Stanford TE Zach Ertz is still on the board and could be a player the Bucs target.
The second round of the 2013 NFL Draft begins at 6:30 PM this evening! Stay tuned to 620 WDAE and 620wdae.com for all the best draft coverage!
For the entire article from the Times' Stephen F. Holder, CLICK HERE!