Random thoughts: Would picking 7th be good?

by Gary Shelton on December 30, 2018 · 0 comments

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The Bucs are expected to draft seventh in the upcoming NFL draft. What could go wrong? After all, the Bucs drafted Mike Evans and Hugh Green at No. 7. On the other hand, they drafted Mark Barron and Charles McRae at No. 7, too. They picked Trent Dilfer, Eric Curry and Broderick Thomas at No. 6.

-- The Alabama-Clemson rivalry is starting to feel as if no one else plays college football. It's a bit like the old Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals, although the Celtics dominated that one. The Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers a lot. Me? I still find some freshness to the rivalry.

-- A lot of college coaches seem to get mentioned for NFL jobs this time of year, although the success rate isn't great. Still, if I owned the Tampa Bay Bucs, I'd make Dabo Swinney hang up on me.

-- Michigan won't fall far, but it should ... to about 35th. The Wolverines gave up 103 points in their last two games. One more time: Why do these bowl games really matter?

-- For the record, Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 against Ohio State, 2-2 against Michigan State and 1-3 in bowl games. Ouch.

-- Isn't the end of the season like finishing a bad movie? You don't know whether to walk out of the theatre or wait around for the train wreck.

-- USAToday had its "Disappointment  rankings," and the Bucs finished just 17th, behind the Patriots and division winning Dallas Cowboys." Obviously, they need to look up the word "disappointment" in regards to a team that started 2-0 and was flying high and fell like Icarus.

-- Bucs' player who needs a good game against the Falcons in today's finale: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who hasn't had a sack since Carolina.

-- Dirk Koetter says he'll be a Bucs' fan "whether he's here or not" next season. Great. Let's lease a skybox to Leeman Bennett, Ray Perkins, Sam Wyche, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Koetter.You can save a seat for the next coach.

-- Has Jim Harbaugh sufficiently shot down any rumors of him going to the CFL?

-- Bucs' player who needs a good game against Falcons in today's finale: Quarterback Jameis Winston. If he's average, don't be surprised if he's pulled.

-- DeSean Jackson is whining again that he wants out of Tampa Bay? The busses run all night long, man. Maybe the chemistry problems are on his side of the test tube.

-- Buc player who needs a big game against the Falcons: Carlton Davis will cover Julio Jones a lot today. Not that the Bucs seem to cover Jones that often.

-- In a competition with almost no candidates, Yardbarker says that Mike Evans is the Bucs' MVP. After. you get past Evans, Jason Pierre-Paul and Lavonte David, who else was in teh running?

-- The Yankees had a little extra cash lying around, so they threw it toward Manny Machado.  If they don't get some pitching, though, the Yankees are going to be a very expensive second-place team.

-- Speaking of Yardbarker, it reflects the up-and-down of the Bucs' off-season. It says the best off-season move for the Bus was the trade for Jason Pierre-Paul, but the worst move was the signing of fellow defensive end Vinny Curry, who has played as if he's Eric Curry.

-- Bucs' player who needs a good game against the Falcons in the finale: Offensive tackle Donovan Smith, who has given up more sacks than Publix this year.

-- A lot of people think Baker Mayfield has entered the award zone for this year. Me? I think he's constantly taken the low road in his dealings with Hue Jackson. Hey, Baker. You won, buddy.




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