By Tom Krasniqi
The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books for new head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht. So much for Lovie being a defensive coach who doesn't care about offense.
For the first time in franchise history, the Bucs picked offensive players with every pick in the draft. The team had 6 selections.
"If anybody sees (defensive coordinator) Leslie Frazier, let me know," cracked Licht on Saturday afternoon after the team wrapped up the draft. "If anybody sees Lovie, we told him that the draft was next weekend so he's on vacation right now."
The room erupted in laughter. Lovie knows what his reputation is-- defensive minded coach who doesn't care much for offensive football. It sounds like he had something to prove.
"First off, you can't assume people are a certain way," Lovie joked with the media. "I do believe in offensive football. You can't win by just playing defense. I know I've been telling you guys that. I think now the actions are speaking a little bit louder than the words."
On day 3 of the draft, the Bucs went with two offensive linemen in guard Kadeem Edwards (6-4, 313) out of Tennessee State and guard/tackle Kevin Pamphile (6-5, 310) from Purdue. Both were 5th round picks. The Bucs traded up to get Pamphile.
In the 6th round, the Bucs took Wyoming WR Robert Herron with their final pick of the draft. Herron (5-9, 193) is a speed demon (4.31 in the 40) who figures to play in the slot and contribute on special teams.
Both Lovie and Licht said the all offensive draft wasn't planned and that the board just fell that way. Both realized they had to add punch to the offensive line and they accomplished it with Edwards and Pamphile.
"We knew we had to do that coming in," Lovie said on addressing the offensive line in the draft.
Also on Saturday, Lovie reiterated that Josh McCown was the starting quarterback and that Mike Glennon was the backup. Lovie visited with draft eligible quarterbacks before the draft. But after spending so much time with Glennon both on and off the field, Lovie decided that Glennon was the better option than anyone in the draft.
"Mike can make all the throws," Lovie said. "I knew what he could do, throwing wise and all that before.....to just see it up close and personal."
Licht admitted that he took calls from teams inquiring about Glennon. But in the end, they decided to keep the second year QB from N.C. State. For now.