Koetter excited for first draft as Bucs' head coach
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has a rare football doubleheader Thursday, with the final practice of voluntary minicamp this morning, then the small matter of the NFL draft starting tonight.
"We've been working so much on the draft -- the players don't have anything to do with it, but for the coaches, all of our draft work was done before today," Koetter said. "I guess it gives you something to keep your mind occupied going into the draft."
Koetter has been much more involved in the draft process than he was as a coordinator -- watching tape on a hundred defensive prospects was a first -- but he's excited to see what general manager Jason Licht can do with the next three days.
"I'm Jason Licht's biggest fan tonight," Koetter said. "I'm rooting for Jason hard. We're going to add some really good players to our team. We need it and we're excited to find out who it is."
EVANS FINE: Receiver Mike Evans, who had left Wednesday's practice with heat-related issues, was a spectator at Thursday's practice, but Koetter said it wasn't anything serious and more related to the Bucs having an early minicamp after two weeks of conditioning.
"Mike was down today. There's no use taking risk with guys if they're a little bit sore," Koetter said. "It's a different transition on their bodies. There were a few guys held out. We've got three weeks in Phase 2 before we get back to doing this again. No use jeopardizing these guys longterm."
NEW FEELINGS: One new change for Koetter as a head coach: Learning to be happy when the Bucs defense makes a big play against the offense he's been used to running, as was the case with a Keith Tandy interception late in Thursday's practice.
"I've got to get used to being happy when defense does something," Koetter said. "I've got to admit, I have to get used to it. It's fun to see those guys be excited about making plays, excited for each other."