Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs stay on offensive —but no QB — throughout NFL draft

TAMPA — It took a defensive-minded coach such as Lovie Smith to use every draft pick on offensive players for the first time in Bucs history. But the bigger surprise might be that a quarterback wasn't among the six taken.

With 34-year-old Josh McCown named the starter, the Bucs rebuffed trade offers from at least a half-dozen teams for quarterback Mike Glennon, some of which inquired multiple times during the three-day draft. But the Bucs consider Glennon their "quarterback of the future," and have no intentions of dealing the second-year pro.

"There's a lot of interest, and we want to keep Mike," general manager Jason Licht said Saturday. "(They were) just feeling it out. I know that Mike has a very good reputation throughout the league as far as his developmental future."

Glennon, a third-round pick last year, started 13 games as a rookie, going 4-9 with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

That wasn't enough to keep Smith and the Bucs from signing McCown to a two-year, $10 million contract in March.

Nor did it prevent the Bucs from interviewing nearly every quarterback in the draft and coming away "impressed" by Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

But they bypassed Manziel with the seventh overall pick for Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans on Thursday. (The Bucs eventually did sign a quarterback Saturday, undrafted Brett Smith out of Wyoming.)

After taking a tight end and running back Friday, the Bucs took a guard, tackle and another receiver in hopes of helping an offense that averaged a league-low 277 yards per game last season.

"First off, you can't assume people are a certain way," said Smith, a defensive assistant before becoming a coach. "I do believe in offense. You can't win by just playing defense. I know I've been telling (the media) that. I think now the actions are speaking a little bit louder than the words."

Having dealt their fourth-round pick to the Jets as part of the 2013 trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Bucs addressed the offensive line in the fifth round (143rd overall) with Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards. He was the first offensive lineman drafted by the Bucs since Xavier Fulton in 2009.

The Bucs didn't wait long to add a second, trading back into the fifth round (sending a 2014 seventh-rounder and 2015 fifth-rounder to the Bills) to take Purdue tackle Kevin Pamphile.

Edwards (6 feet 4, 313 pounds) has a chance to immediately fill the void at right guard left by the release of Davin Joseph.

"My young grandson was a little concerned about the offensive line position; just like (the media)," Smith said. "Again, you have a plan. You're able to address it."

With their sixth-round pick, the Bucs selected Wyoming's Robert Herron, a 5-foot-9 speedster who figures to play slot receiver. Herron played for Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who was the school's offensive coordinator.

"We're excited about the overall class," Licht said. "Obviously, an all-offensive draft. I don't know if that's some sort of a record. But it wasn't the plan. I can tell you that. It just fell that way.

"If anybody sees (defensive coordinator) Leslie Frazier, let me know. And if anybody sees Lovie, we told him that the draft was next week, so he's on vacation right now."

Actually, Smith and Licht poured over film of the quarterbacks and talked to most, including Manziel, UCF's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Fresno State's Derek Carr.

"We had a lot of good quarterbacks come through. I enjoyed meeting all of them and feel like there's a lot of them that will play well in the league," Smith said. "But I didn't get a chance to get to know them and really see them in action like I've seen (Glennon).

"A lot of talk has gone on about Mike Glennon. What I've said is Josh McCown is our starter, which he is. Love Josh. And Josh is excited, more so than or as excited as any fan that we have about the offensive group. But what I've said is that we like Mike Glennon, and Mike has an excellent future in the league."

Rick Stroud can be reached at [email protected] and heard from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WDAE-AM 620. Follow him on Twitter at @NFLStroud.

.Fast facts

Kadeem Edwards

Guard, Tennessee State

6 feet 4, 313 pounds, 23 years old

Fifth round, 143th overall pick

Sanford

COLLEGE STATS: Started 41 games — all at left guard — over four seasons at Tennessee State, where he was credited with 39 "touchdown-resulting blocks." Earned first-team I-AA All-America honors by several outlets and second-team honors from the Associated Press. Helped Tigers to a 10-4 record and spot in the NCAA playoffs.

Kevin Pamphile

Offensive tackle, Purdue

6 feet 5, 315 pounds, 23 years old

Fifth round, 149th overall pick

Miami

COLLEGE STATS: Started 21 games at left tackle over the past two seasons after switching from defensive line. Had two tackles in three seasons as a lineman. Took up football during his senior year at Miami Central, getting 12 sacks. Averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in basketball as junior in high school.

Robert Herron

Receiver, Wyoming

5 feet 9, 193 pounds, 21 years old

Sixth round, 185th overall pick

Los Angeles

COLLEGE STATS: Totaled 17 touchdowns over his final two seasons — 72 catches for 937 yards and nine scores as a senior. Averaged 21.2 yards per catch in 2012. Clocked at 4.25 seconds in the 40 at his pro day. Recruited to Wyoming by current Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who was the Cowboys' offensive coordinator from 2009-10.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer



Projected starters

Defense

LDE: Adrian Clayborn

NT: Clinton McDonald

DT: Gerald McCoy

RDE: Michael Johnson

SLB: Jonathan Casillas

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

LCB: Alterraun Verner

RCB: Johnthan Banks

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Dashon Goldson

Offense

LT: Anthony Collins

LG: Carl Nicks

C: Evan Deitrich-Smith

RG: Kadeem Edwards

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins

TE: Brandon Myers

QB: Josh McCown

RB: Doug Martin

WR: Vincent Jackson

WR: Mike Evans

Special teams

PK: Connor Barth

P: Michael Koenen

KO: Jeff Demps

PR: Eric Page

   
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