I was listening to Pewter Nation podcast super early this morning as I do Mondays as they are the first of my podcasts to hit by 5am on Monday (Kudos to PR.com for always having a podcast available to listen to so early Mondays!).
Near the end the point was being made that basically Jason Licht can’t draft, that his top draft picks are nowhere to be found on Sundays, and then the debate and discussion went to what will happen to Arians if Licht is fired. It seemed like no one came up with the idea that maybe Jason Licht was signed to a 5 year extension matching the HC Bruce Arians contract because ARIANS is the one doing the player moves, and Licht is the contract guy; the one who inks the contracts, manipulates the salary cap, makes the bonuses work, but doesn’t serve as really anything more than a glorified assistant.
We know Jason Licht track record by now, so have you looked to see how many 2019 Bucs draft picks are playing/starting right now? SIX of EIGHT picks are… that’s as many as the first 4 entire seasons that Licht drafted!!
2014 Mike Evans. 2018 Devin White
2015 Jameis Winston 2018 Sean Bunting
2015 Donovan Smith 2018 Jamel Dean
2015 Ali Marpet 2018 Mike Edwards
2017 O.J. Howard (Benched 4 Brate) 2018 Scotty Miller
2016 0 (Zero) 2018 Matt Gay
2017 Chris Godwin
Lets be honest here, we don’t know the full story on a lot of these players; Jamel Dean may become an incredible DB… all of these guys may.
Want some evidence this is Arians drafting and not Licht? Arians was quoted “When you draft an Offensive Lineman, you’re drafting him for the next coach.” Bucs didn’t draft an O lineman this year, even though it was a need. However Licht has drafted an O Lineman in 2018 (Kappa) 2016 (Benenoch) 2015 (Smith and Marpet) and ’14 (Edwards, Pamphile). Basically every year then suddenly, with need at Guard, Tackle, Center, depth… nada. Why? Because Papa Arians said No! Hopefully some free agency help on the O line and in the secondary (veteran presence).