Everyone already knows by now that knock on Ahmad Black, the newest safety of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s that he doesn’t have that prototypical size or blazing speed that many covet when evaluating safeties. But what Black does have is football smarts, instincts and an overabundance of heart. The old adage is never judge the size of the dog in a fight but rather the fight in the dog.
All too often Black has heard the rumbling whispers that he’s not big enough or fast enough, to play in the NFL. When asked last night shortly after being drafted by his boyhood team Black told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune “”It’s been a long couple of days, but I appreciate this opportunity.”
Black went on to state, that he’s a football player, is everywhere the ball is and will go where ever the coach needs him to play. He also isn’t ruling out the possibility of starting as a rookie.
“I’m very capable,” Black said when asked whether he expected to be a starter as a rookie this fall. “I’m not going to count myself out.”
Typically most fans write off late round picks, but over the last few years under the guidance of Mark Dominik and the Bucs scouting department any player drafted has had a legitimate chance at making the roster and contributing from the first pick all the way down to undrafted rookie free agents. Black’s ability as a pure playmaker will make it tough for the team to keep him of the field.