Rick Stroud, Bucs Reporter

Rick Stroud

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

Bucs draft LSU linebacker Devin White in first round of the NFL draft

LSU linebacker Devin White (40) celebrates after sacking Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) in the first half against Florida, Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fl.
Tampa Bay passes on Kentucky DE Josh Allen

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What will the Bucs do with the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft?

The logo for the 2019 NFL Draft, displayed on a banner in Nashville. [AP Photo/Gregory Payan]
Will Josh Allen or Quinnen Williams slide to the Buccaneers? Or might they target Devin White or Ed Oliver?

Devin White. Devin Bush. Pick a Devin and the Bucs should be set at linebacker

LSU linebacker Devin White (40) on the field during pregame warm-ups before kickoff in LSU's home opener against Southeastern on Sept. 8, 2018. (Advocate (Baton Rouge) staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK)
Defensive linemen typically have a higher value, but Devin White and Devin Bush are special talents.

Bucs pick up Vernon Hargreavesí fifth-year option worth $9 million

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves watches from the sideline during the first half of a game against the Giants on Oct. 1, 2017. [PHELAN M. EBENHACK   |   Associated Press]
The former Wharton High and Florida Gators star has played only 10 games the past two seasons.

Bucs' Bruce Arians says there are six 'generational' players in NFL draft

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in February in Indianapolis. [AP Photo/Darron Cummings]
Tampa Bay owns the No. 5 overall pick and would need a 'hellacious' offer to trade down.