Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Draft: 7 Days to Go, Mark Dominik Speaks
This time next week, you'll be getting ready for the first round of the NFL draft, brought to you live Thursday evening.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik spoke Thursday afternoon, his presser carried on local radio and on Buccaneers.com.
For your quick review and edification, these quick observations by the elusive one:
On picking fifth: "I'm comfortable at five. I'm willing to explore (moving down)."
On the entire draft: "I think there's value throughout this draft that fits the needs of our team."
On the Bucs draft board: "I don't truly believe a draft board is ever really set. You're always tweaking your board."
Draft room atmosphere: "We still run the same quiet draft room. It's a business atmosphere in there."
Greg Schiano's role: "We'll choose the player(s) together."
On the Wonderlic: "I never said it didn't matter, it's a part of the process. I think it's this way: The tape (video) is where it all begins. Then you get to know the player through the interview process. You look at medical information. The test (Wonderlic) is just part of it. If you see a lower score, then you dig deeper. When I began my career at Kansas City, we had a guy who scored a three and he was a great defensive end for a long time."
Are you excited about the upcoming draft?
On picking fifth: "Knowing the first two picks doesn't make it easy. It's not an easy pick, ever."
On trading down: "I'm prepared for it. If no one calls, no one calls."
When asked what happens if both Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne are there when the Bucs pick: "Whoever we pick at five, you have to look at the overall picture."
On drafting a running back: "We're looking at that position, but we're not going to push the position."
Asked about Morris Claiborne: "I won't get into any individual analysis."
Overall philosophy for the draft: "We, as an organization, will take the player we think fits."
On the just-finished mini-camp: "We will sign one of the running backs who we gave a tryout; he impressed us during the three days." Later in the day, Dominik signed Robert Huges, a former Golden Domer along with former Jets and Kansas City safety Ron Girault, who played for Schiano at Rutgers.
As he closed, Dominik also discussed the draft that produced Gerald McCoy and Brian Price:
"It's disappointing our defensive tackles have been hurt. We're running out of time. Time will tell, but the clock is ticking. I will be my own harshest critic."
There you have it.
No mock draft.
Mark Dominik, all Mark Dominik.
Straight from the horse's mouth.
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