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What should the Bucs do?

So the Bucs enter today's NFL draft with the No. 4 overall pick. Who should they take? An offensive lineman? Help for the defense? One of the star quarterbacks (even though their roster is littered with signal-callers)? Should they trade up? Should they trade down? We asked what you think the Bucs should do. Here are some of your thoughts:

By TOM JONES
Published April 28, 2007


So the Bucs enter today's NFL draft with the No. 4 overall pick. Who should they take? An offensive lineman? Help for the defense? One of the star quarterbacks (even though their roster is littered with signal-callers)? Should they trade up? Should they trade down? We asked what you think the Bucs should do. Here are some of your thoughts:

My choice would be to trade GM Bruce Allen and Golden Boy Jon Gruden for the best coach available. Then maybe some good player decisions could be made. In the meantime ... Go Colts! (And, no, I'm not from Indy.)

Sharon Turk, Largo

 

Joe Thomas will be around for 8-10 years opening holes and protecting your QB. Quality offensive linemen are rare, and this guy is special. Look at some tape - he walks over anything in his path.

Gary Hamachek, Palm Harbor

 

If Calvin Johnson is there, he is a no-brainer. However, I would trade down to Minnesota, let it take Brady Quinn or Adrian Peterson, pick up a few extra picks and then draft either LSU's LaRon Landry (best safety in the draft) or even Louisville's Amobi Okoye, who looks like the high-motor guy we haven't had since Warren Sapp.

Jim Wagner, Brandon

 

Don't trade up unless you're only giving up Simeon Rice for Calvin Johnson. If Calvin is not available at No. 4, then trade down. There is Calvin Johnson and then the rest of the draft. I don't see any difference with the personnel you can get at 8 vs. 4 except Calvin Johnson. You could land a quality safety at No. 8 or a great defensive lineman. You would save cap dollars and probably pick up another early second-round pick, which could lead to another solid starter.

Brian Rolph, Venice

 

I think that Bears linebacker Lance Briggs is superior to any player other than Calvin Johnson. So, since Calvin Johnson might be gone, I'd trade for Briggs and a late-round pick. I just can't think of a player who is worth taking at No. 4 that would help the Bucs. If they could trade down to get Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny or Pitt defensive back Darrelle Revis (or another top defensive player) and add a few more picks, that could be worth it. The two guys I mentioned would be good around 15 or so.

David Weber, Sarasota

 

Any package of picks the Bucs offer to the Lions (who pick No. 2) will undoubtedly include the fourth overall selection, there is no questioning that. However, the other picks are what many question. What do you give up for one player? I would give up the later of the Bucs' two second-round picks as well as their second-round pick for 2008. If the Lions turn their noses up at that, so be it and select Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams or Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. Go Bucs, get your guy!

Tyler John Ellrodt, Seminole

 

The problem started when Jon Gruden had Rich McKay shipped to Atlanta in favor of Bruce Allen. McKay was the voice of reason, big brother watching over Gruden. Allen is nothing but a yes man allowing Gruden to run wild. Why else did he get the job? Because of his ability to be a quality GM? Please! Bucs mess up this draft for sure.

Martin Moraniec, St. Petersburg

 

If Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas are both available, I would take Thomas for two reasons. One, left tackles like him come along once every five to 10 years. Two is need. My theory is he can give all the receivers more time to run their routes and he can also run block. Our quarterbacks need better protection to keep them from getting hurt so much. Spend the rest of the picks on defense: defensive end, defensive tackle, safety. Maybe try to get a big running back like DeShawn Wynn of Florida or Tony Hunt of Penn State. Beat the opponent into submission and let the defense spend less time on the field.

James R. Wilson, Spring Hill

 

Very simple. Trade down for a later pick and an additional second-rounder. You can take someone such as Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss late in the first round and draft a wide receiver like Steve Smith in the second. We need serious help at linebacker (especially with Shelton Quarles gone), defensive tackle, safety and cornerback. Use your picks wisely. Defense wins championship. Lackluster offense does not.

Anand Vasudev, St. Petersburg

 

Take Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn in a heartbeat and then fire Jon Gruden. Then get someone who actually knows how to nurture a talented quarterback and build a roster. Quinn has character. Gruden has little.

John Pelham,

Chattanooga, Tenn.

I would trade Jon Gruden for a seventh-round draft pick and quit. I would then go work for the Bush administration. That would be the best draft day strategy we've had since 2004.

Doug Wise, Tampa

 

Draft the kid from Michigan (defensive tackle Alan Branch) because the Bucs have not had a good run stopper since Warren Sapp. Booger McFarland was a joke. We get rid of Sapp for this guy and then we get rid of him? Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen should review their past mistakes. They used Tony Dungy's team to win the Super Bowl, so why not use his method of drafting? Then maybe Gruden can win the Super Bowl with players of his own.

Harold Floyd Jr., Tampa

 

A flashy wide receiver is useless when the quarterback is on his back. Joe Thomas plugs a hole for 10 years. Receivers are a dime a dozen. But, we all know that Jon Gruden won't be here in 10 years, so they will draft Calvin Johnson if he is there. Of course, there is always next year's draft to look forward to since this seems to be the direction the team is going. By then they will waste another pick on a so-called prodigy.

Mike Tilleman,

San Antonio, Texas

 

I will give you all seven rounds:

1 - Calvin Johnson if he's there at the fourth pick. If not, then Joe Thomas (much harder to find a stud tackle than a wide receiver).

2a - Ryan Kalil, center, USC.

2b - Victor Abiamiri, defensive end, Notre Dame.

3 - Michael Bush, running back, Louisville. If this guy is here, you take him. He's first-round talent in the third round.

4 - Marcus Thomas, defensive tackle, Florida. Warren Sapp had issues. Just put this guy around good character players and hope for the best.

5 - Marvin White, safety, TCU. Hard hitter, would be a great pickup in this spot. We need safety help.

7a - Kyle Shotwell, linebacker, Cal-Poly.

7b - Gabe Hall, offensive lineman, Texas Tech.

7c - David Overstreet, safety, Missouri.

David Bloyed, Tampa