Just more than 24 hrs prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers eradicated the No. 3 wide receiver posture from its quick-checklist of workforce desires.
The reality that WR No. 3 was on the limited-checklist of requirements tells you all the things you will need to know about the Buccaneers’ posture getting into the draft. The workforce returns all 22 of its starters from the 2020 Super Bowl operate, that means there are no pressing requires at any starting off situation. This draft can be greatest used by securing depth items and addressing the foreseeable future of the roster.
With that in mind, we have compiled a list of three positions the Buccaneers would drastically reward from addressing more than the weekend – each individual place on the lookout for depth and, at most, a player that could force an entrenched starter.
Quarterback would have been involved on this checklist if Ryan Griffin hadn’t re-signed with the Buccaneers very last 7 days. Tampa Bay could continue to tremendously benefit from drafting a developmental backup to Tom Brady on working day two, but with Griffin all-around for a seventh period, the workforce can at minimum really feel relaxed at the situation as it is.
In this reporter’s opinion, cornerback is the Buccaneers’ most significant positional have to have proper now with relieve. Tampa Bay returns its a few starters in Carlton Davis III and Jamel Dean exterior and Sean Murphy-Bunting at nickel, but only two backups currently reside on the roster in slot corner Ross Cockrell and 2020 undrafted no cost agent Herb Miller.
Davis, who has 1 12 months remaining on his rookie agreement, has emerged as 1 of the NFL’s improved guy protection cornerbacks. Murphy-Bunting observed his groove in the nickel in the next 50 percent of Tampa Bay’s 2020 season and emerged as just one of the team’s finest playmakers in the playoffs. Dean has established himself as a solid solution outdoors as perfectly but is a little bit confined in the fluid aspects of guy coverage.
Whether or not the Buccaneers would like to insert some opposition for the No. 2 CB function reverse of Davis or not, the workforce is in desperate require of depth on the outdoors. Miller’s development as a rookie was encouraging as he recorded an interception in the 3rd recreation of his occupation, towards Detroit in Week 16, but that is not sufficient for Tampa Bay to dangle its hat on. We could even see the Buccaneers picking out two cornerbacks in advance of the draft concludes, so long as the crew retains on to all eight of its selections.
The Buccaneers’ next-spherical selection in our most the latest mock draft was Ga cornerback Tyson Campbell, a lengthy athlete for the place who has revealed promise as a male coverage defender and would match Tampa Bay’s plan.
Defensive line/edge rusher
Both defensive linemen and edge defenders could be regarded as before in the draft by Tampa Bay with the long term in thoughts. Buccaneers’ starting up defensive finishes Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston, who will both of those be 30+ yrs old this year, are getting into the remaining several years of their contracts. 32-calendar year-aged edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is as well.
Suh and Pierre-Paul are at this time anchors on the Buccaneers’ protection, make no blunder about it. The two mixed for 15.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss during the 2020 normal season. Nonetheless, it wouldn’t be feasible for Tampa Bay to maintain possibly player close to extensive-phrase at their selling price tags and contemplating the simple fact that they aren’t acquiring any young. Gholston is a serviceable starter but the identical can be reported for him, especially as he is never tallied a lot more than a few sacks in a time.
With all 22 starters returning from a 12 months ago, adding a rotational defensive lineman or edge rusher for the 2020 time with a substantial pick may perhaps be high-class but could enjoy substantial benefits. Not only could such a player give veterans a breather in sub-packages, but they can be groomed into a future starter upfront for the Buccaneers.
Our mock draft from Monday had the Buccaneers landing edge rusher Joe Tryon from Washington in the initial round.
A operate on edge rushers is predicted from the mid-to-late to start with round into the early next spherical, this means a pair of engaging selections could be on the board for Tampa Bay with the 32nd general pick. Tryon, Penn State’s Jaysen Oweh, Miami’s Jaelan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau, Texas’s Joseph Ossai, probably Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari and other folks could be out there for the Buccaneers at that position.
Inside offensive line
A.Q. Shipley was compelled to medically retire in the 2nd half of the 2020 season after a neck damage and Joe Haeg was not re-signed this offseason, which means the Buccaneers could use at the very least just one inside offensive lineman to establish as a depth piece and perhaps into an eventual starter.
Tampa Bay was able to re-indication guard Aaron Stinnie in March, who started three playoff video games like the Tremendous Bowl in area of hurt right guard Alex Cappa. Stinnie’s taking part in experience as a guard could lead the Buccaneers to choose a participant with ample playing time at center beneath their belt, especially with Shipley no for a longer period accessible. It is value remembering that Cappa and Tampa Bay’s starting up heart Ryan Jensen are moving into the last yr of their contracts as very well.
A operate on inside offensive linemen such as Alabama’s Landon Dickerson, Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey, Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz, Tennessee’s Trey Smith and other people is expected to come about on the 2nd working day of the draft. It wouldn’t arrive as a total surprise if the Buccaneers hopped in in advance of the class of inside linemen dries up.