While 30 other NFL teams are talking about first round draft order, a couple of Buccaneers continue to show why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. While nobody is making the jump from Tom Brady to Scotty Miller, yet. Both are a testament to what scouting departments can mean to a players’ career and an organizations success.
See A Need, Fill A Need
When the Buccaneers drafted Miller in 2019, a few heads turned. Having just lost wide receiver Adam Humphries to the Tennessee Titans in free agency, there were questions. All of which were answered the first time the speedster from Bowling Green took the field.
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich knew what he had. In speaking with Michael David Smith of NBC, Leftwich said, “I remember watching tape of Scotty and I loved it so much. Loved the tape.” Even fearing a good pro day in 2019 would have the receiver off the board before the Bucs could draft him.
Diamond In The Rough
Finding a wide receiver of Miller’s ilk in the 6th round is a testament to the Buccaneers organization. At a time when the DeSean Jackson experiment failed, Humphries leaves, and the team can fill that deep threat with a stud like Miller. Amazing.
Leftwich feared a good showing at his pro day might catapult his stock. Miller would run a sub 4.4 40 yard dash but still be there for the Buccaneers to draft in the sixth round of the 2019 draft. The Pro Football Talk article can be seen (here)
The Forest Through The Trees
Appearing last Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show (here), Miller, or is it Smoke, was laying down some knowledge. As for the Buccaneers in the 2021 NFL draft this April, they will be drafting at the very end of the first round. Making the big dance will do that for a team. And doesn’t it feel great. With a 6th round GOAT pitching biscuits to a 6th round flash, draft order can be over-hyped. Appearances in Super Bowls, not so much.
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