HomeNFLBucs Want To Draft RB In The First Spherical This 12 months
Bucs Want To Draft RB In The First Spherical This 12 months
March 25, 2021
Typical knowledge says drafting a working again in Spherical 1, doesn’t make numerous sense in immediately’s NFL. The place endures numerous put on and tear, plus many succesful backs may be present in later rounds.
The truth is while you check out the eight 1,000 yard rushers in 2020, simply considered one of them was drafted within the first spherical. 4 got here within the second spherical, one from the third and fifth rounds, and the Jaguars’ James Robinson wasn’t even drafted in any respect.
Titans RB Derrick Henry – 2nd spherical Vikings RB Dalvin Prepare dinner – 2nd spherical Colts RB Johnathan Taylor – 2nd spherical Packers RB Aaron Jones – fifth spherical Jaguars RB James Robinson – Undrafted Bears RB David Montgomery – third spherical Browns RB Nick Chubb – 2nd spherical Raiders Josh Jacobs – first spherical
Primarily based on the above names, why would a workforce take a working again within the first spherical?
And why ought to the Buccaneers?
Easy – a participant like Alabama’s Najee Harris would make the workforce just about unbeatable.
Sure, I stated it – unbeatable.
Does that imply Tampa Bay runs the desk subsequent season and dethrones the 1972 Dolphins as the one undefeated NFL workforce that wins a Tremendous Bowl? In all probability not.
However may they equal the 2020 16-3 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs workforce? The 18-1 2007 New England Patriots? Or the 18-1, 1985 Tremendous Bowl-winning Chicago Bears?
With out query we may see the Buccaneers in 2021 find yourself rating as one of many all-time biggest groups in NFL historical past. They’re going to be that good.
And by including Harris, a workforce with only a few weaknesses now turns into the very best workforce within the NFL the ultimate. Favorites to repeat and actually an unfair matchup for practically each workforce they are going to face this upcoming season.
Nobody is forgetting about working again Ronald Jones II, and the group continues to be excessive on Ke’Shawn Vaughn. And maybe Leonard Fournette comes again on a brand new deal.
However Harris is particular.
What about 3,843 yards on 638 makes an attempt averaging 6.0 yards per carry?
How about 80 receptions for 780 yards?
And the way about 57 touchdowns, together with a monster 30 rating season as a senior in 2020?
Rookie working backs typically wrestle their first 12 months within the NFL. We noticed that from Jones three years in the past and Vaughn in 2020. Harris received’t have that drawback. You received’t discover a extra NFL-type atmosphere within the school ranks than you’ll in Tuscaloosa. From the teaching, to the amenities to the general professionalism, the College of Alabama is a university model of the New England Patriots.
Harris instantly turns into the very best working again in Tampa Bay the minute his identify is known as from the rostrum on draft night time if that had been to occur subsequent month.
Whereas Harris isn’t destined for the NFL Corridor of Fame simply but, he’s the right match for this Bruce Arians/Bryon Leftwich offense. He runs with energy between the tackles, has terrific toes for a 6-2, 230-pound again and is deceptively fast when bouncing runs to the perimeter.
Oh, and he’s strong in cross safety and may catch the ball very properly.
However my favourite trait of Harris’ is his potential to get the primary down. If its third-and-3, Harris will get you 4 yards. If it’s third-and-9, Harris will catch the ball and get you 10 yards. He has a nostril for the sticks, runs with relentless effort and willed himself to first down after first down whereas enjoying for the Crimson Tide.
However this isn’t simply me saying this stuff.
“Excellent three-down working again with a whole recreation. Athletic, instinctive, and performs exhausting on each down. Possesses excellent imaginative and prescient, instincts, and total consciousness. Runs with excellent stability in addition to physique management. Highly effective and has defenders bouncing off him as he picks up yardage off preliminary contact. Runs by way of tackles, carries defenders for yards at a clip, and doesn’t go down with no combat.” – Tony Pauline Profootballnetwork.com
“Harris is a mix of energy, willpower, and flexibility as each a between-the-tackles runner and perimeter dashing risk. A snug pass-catcher out of the backfield, he’s made strides in his pass-catching potential each season. A working again that may have passing ideas designed round his skills, he can routinely put second-level defenders in a bind with schemed patterns to assault protection. A runner that all the time appears to fall ahead when taking up contact, he’s a extremely decided and bodily rusher who forces defenders to sort out him to the bottom by way of the echo of the whistle.” – The Draft Community
These are simply two examples. You’ll be able to learn score and critiques after score and assessment and also you’ll see the identical factor time and again.
Successful a Tremendous Bowl and returning 95 p.c of your workforce together with your complete protection is a luxurious we’ve by no means seen earlier than in Tampa Bay. For the primary time ever the Buccaneers don’t want their first few picks to instantly step in and be influence starters.
I’m nonetheless not an enormous advocate for drafting a working again within the first spherical. You can also make due with backs later within the draft and even now and again as an undrafted free agent.
But when there’s one place that would use a lift on this workforce, it’s at working again. An offense that was seventh total (384.1 ypg) within the NFL in 2020 and third in scoring (30.8 ppg) can get higher. Quarterback Tom Brady shall be higher. Tight finish Rob Gronkowski shall be higher. The offensive line shall be higher.
Add Harris and there’s no telling how nice this Bucs workforce may be in 2021. Traditionally good, actually.
Somebody inform the 1972 Miami Dolphins the Buccaneers – and Harris – are coming for you. ____________________________________________________________________
• If you’re a university soccer fan you couldn’t assist however see Alabama on tv over the past a number of years. However simply in case you’ve gotten been residing below a rock, beneath is a spotlight video to point out you precisely what Harris can convey to the Buccaneers.
• Everyone knows Bucs head coach Bruce Arians because the “hip” Dad or grandad that simply occurs to be a heck of a soccer coach. All the way down to earth and simply one of many guys you’d like to have a beer with (or Crown Royal, as coach prefers), Arians is tough to not like.
Whereas these issues are true, my favourite a part of Arians is his Arians Household Basis that raises cash and consciousness for kids in want.
“The Arians Household Basis motto is “A Voice For Youngsters” by supporting and growing packages which strives to forestall and ameliorate the abuse and neglect of youngsters. The Arians Household Basis helps CASA (Courtroom Appointed Particular Advocates) in ensuring that kids who’re concerned within the court docket system, because of abuse or neglect by their households, obtain the love and assist they want.”
As the daddy of a son that we adopted by way of the foster system in Florida, this trigger is one that’s close to and expensive to my coronary heart. Do you know while you undertake a toddler from foster care their medical, dental and school is paid for? Do you know it price zero out of pocket to undertake from foster care?