Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians Reveals the Role Tom Brady Had in the 2021 NFL Draft

Published 06/03/2021, 11:40 AM EDT
Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting ready to run it back. The Bucs steamrolled the Kansas City Chiefs in their backyard to win Super Bowl LV in emphatic fashion.

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The Bucs’ second ever Super Bowl and Brady’s seventh is surely not the last we see of the franchise. With the side signing all 22 starters from their Super Bowl win, the Bucs are serious about becoming the first team since the New England Patriots to defend their Super Bowl crown.

But as with any side, reinforcements are always welcome. And the Bucs did just that through the 2021 NFL Draft. Making key additions all across the field, Tampa Bay is looking stronger than ever.

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And according to Head Coach Bruce Arians, Tom Brady had a role in the side’s draft strategy.

Tom Brady always ready to chip in

Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, Arians was asked whether Brady had any input when it came to the Bucs’ draft picks. Arians went on to confirm that the star quarterback did indeed have a big role to play.

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“Oh, yeah. We talked about the whole thing, what we’re thinking. He’s so super interested in all that stuff, too. So we had a number of conversations,” he said.

Talking about the relationship the two share, Arians said that conversations of this nature were rather easy and forthcoming.

“As we got closer and closer (to draft day), he’d say, ‘Hey, check this guy out. See if you like him.’ We have a great relationship that way.”

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers have held rookie minicamp and OTAs as well. Now with mandatory minicamp coming up, Arians was asked about what we can expect to see from Brady given that the quarterback is coming off a significant knee surgery.

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“He’s gonna get every rep mentally. Sometimes, if you’re standing back there coaching, whoever’s in there, you’re getting just as much out of it as without doing the physical work,” he said.

Clearly, the Bucs are not willing to risk aggravating Brady’s injury. The quarterback will stick more to the sidelines as he continues to recover from the surgery.

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But even having a presence like Brady on the sidelines will prove to be invaluable to the players that will include both rookies and veterans.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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