Amazing similarities between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the movie Draft Day
I caught the new Kevin Costner movie Draft Day last night. While watching, I noticed several similarities between the movie and the Tampa Bay Bucs. For example -
- The movie centers on the Cleveland Browns, who own the 7th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Guess where the Bucs pick.
- In the movie, the Browns have a new coach, who led his last team to the Super Bowl then had a down couple of years and was fired before coming to Cleveland. TB has a new coach, Lovie Smith, who led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl before being fired two years later.
- One of the players the Browns want in the movie is a linebacker named Vontae Mack, who plays passionately, gets a lot of sacks and is described by some as potentially the best defensive player in the draft. One of the players the Bucs have been linked to is Khalil Mack, a passionate linebacker who gets lots of sacks and has been described by some as potentially the best defensive player in the draft.
- Another player the Browns like in the movie is a running back from Florida State, named for his dad, who played for Cleveland. Tampa has been keeping their eyes on James Wilder Jr, running back from FSU. Extra points if you knew his dad played for the Bucs.
- Costner plays a general manager whose dad once coached the team. Tampa had John McKay as their first coach and his son, Rich, was later GM.
- Costner's mother (who actually looks a little like John McKay's wife) spread her husband's ashes on the practice field. John McKay's ashes were spread at the LA Coliseum field.
- One of the top players expected to be drafted in the movie is a flamboyant QB who won the Heisman and has a reputation for partying and enjoying the company of many ladies. While he is seemingly a can't-miss prospect, there are whispers about him that cause concern. Is anyone else reminded of Johnny Football?
If the Bucs wind up like Costner's Browns did in the movie, I think there would be a lot of happy fans in Tampa.