The Tampa Bay Buccaners' Future Lies in the Arm of Freeman

Tony Lopez@ToneszoneContributor IApril 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterback Jeff Garcia #7 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers huddles the offense in the rain against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The draft is over so let the Josh Freeman era begin. And with it, put Coach Morris’ reputation at stake.

Obviously, for the Bucs to trade up two spots to secure his services. Coach Morris with his prior knowledge of this kid allowed him to feel comfortable enough to make him their future.

Freeman will have the opportunity to be the present, but with the presence of Byron Leftwich already on the roster, it may be a wise decision for the Bucs to let him sit and learn until next season or until the playoffs are out of reach.

Freeman brings a lot to the table, physically, and has the leadership qualities you look for in a franchise quarterback. In a lot of ways, his career at Kansas State resembles Jay Cutler’s career at Vanderbilt.

At every game, Freeman had to bring his “A” game in order for his talent barren team to be able to compete.

Having to carry his team on his shoulders, some of the weaknesses scouts saw in forced plays was a testament to the lack of talent surrounding him and his desire to make a play for his team.

This draft, the first for Coach Morris and GM Mark Domenik, mostly hinges on the rise or fall of Freeman.  Seeing as how this was a lackluster draft compared to other years, talent wise.

I say this is because Freeman was their only first-day pick, and the draft, historically, is a hit or miss in the second day, especially when it is not particularly deep, like it was this year.

With that said, as a Bucs fan, you have to have faith that Domenik and his front-office staff were able to unearth some gems that will contribute to the team’s success this year and for years to come.

Handicapped with limited selections, you have to like the selections of Roy Miller, the defensive tackle from Texas, and Kyle Moore, the defensive end from USC.

The thing these two linemen share is their ability to play the run. I see Miller becoming a starter at tackle and the space eater Jim Bates covets, allowing the Bucs revamped line backing core to flow to the football.

Kyle Moore is a player who will never give you a lot of pass rushes but will consistently play the run and give you the maximum effort.

He is a steady two-year starter from an elite college program and will help immediately in rotation with Gaines Adams and Stylez G. White.

Of the three other selections made by the Bucs, offensive tackle Xavier Fulton will provide needed tackle depth, corner Back Edjuan Biggers will look to develop his skills while providing special teams help.

Wide receiver Sammie Stroughter will get the opportunity at a thin position to compete for a spot working out of the slot.

Granted they were unable to address the line backing situation, but that may be more about the front office’s faith in young prospects Quincy Black and Geno Hayes.

They have the faith in Jermaine Phillips transition and the belief that Angelo Crowell is healthy.

But with limited picks this year you have to like what the Bucs were able to accomplish.


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