Recap of Mark Dominik's Pro Football Talk interview
Mark Dominik appeared on Pro Football Talk Live today with the website's editor, Mike Florio, and discussed a wide range of topics related to the draft and other subjects.
* On the subject of the team's potential appearance on HBO's reality series Hard Knocks, Dominik said the issue is still on the table but remains undecided. He suggested the NFL's labor uncertainty is holding up a final decision.
"Hard Knocks is still up in the air with our organization," Dominik said. "It’s something we’ve discussed and continue to discuss with the exposure and what that means. Obviously it has a lot of moving parts to it this year. We’re going to still consider it. We’re still in discussions with the possibility of it, but it hasn’t been determined at this point.
"All the exposure’s important, but we want to live up to it as well. That’s the important thing... We want to be a team that’s featured regularly on primetime and the only way to do that is to start winning and become a football team that fans can get to know more about."
* Regarding the Bucs' own free agents and whether he'll operate under the assumption they won't be with the team, Dominik admitted there's no other way.
During the draft, the team will have to "assume the guys are gone," he said. "I almost think you have to do that. That's just the reality of it. Once the players hit free agency, there's no guarantee a guy's coming back. You have to look at it that way."
* Dominik said the team has options drafting at No. 20 in the first round on Thursday. If, for instance, the best player available at that time as a quarterback, the Bucs would look to trade down.
"That's certainly an opportunity and something I've kept in the forefront of my mind, that there is that option," Dominik said.. "We can always trade back and if there's a player that a lot of teams covet, and the price is right, we'll certainly keep that in consideration and decide what the board looks like. I'm sure a lot of clubs are doing that like we are right now, reaching out to other clubs."
* In regard to the team's biggest needs, Dominik mentioned defensive end and, interestingly, offensive line.
"I've always been a big believer in keeping our quarterback healthy, keeping him upright," Dominik said. "But also, you've got to get to the quarterback and make it hard, specifically in our division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and if Carolina decides to take a quarterback. We've got to find a way to make it difficult on them.
"So we're going to continue to look in those two areas, but at the same point, continue to look around because the best player at (No.) 20 may not be at those two positions. It's not fair to our football team (to reach) because we're just getting started. We're just trying to build on what we've started here. We're a work in progress that wants to keep adding pieces."