Just over 24 hrs prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taken off the No. 3 large receiver place from its shorter-listing of workforce requires.
The simple fact that WR No. 3 was on the shorter-listing of wants tells you anything you want to know about the Buccaneers’ situation moving into the draft. The group returns all 22 of its starters from the 2020 Super Bowl run, indicating there are no urgent desires at any beginning position. This draft can be best used by securing depth parts and addressing the potential of the roster.
With that in brain, we have compiled a checklist of three positions the Buccaneers would greatly profit from addressing in excess of the weekend – every placement looking for depth and, at most, a player that could thrust an entrenched starter.
Quarterback would have been bundled on this checklist if Ryan Griffin hadn’t re-signed with the Buccaneers last 7 days. Tampa Bay could still tremendously gain from drafting a developmental backup to Tom Brady on working day two, but with Griffin all-around for a seventh season, the team can at the very least come to feel comfy at the position as it is.
In this reporter’s belief, cornerback is the Buccaneers’ biggest positional have to have right now with ease. Tampa Bay returns its three starters in Carlton Davis III and Jamel Dean outdoors and Sean Murphy-Bunting at nickel, but only two backups presently reside on the roster in slot corner Ross Cockrell and 2020 undrafted no cost agent Herb Miller.
Davis, who has 1 year remaining on his rookie agreement, has emerged as one particular of the NFL’s greater guy protection cornerbacks. Murphy-Bunting discovered his groove in the nickel in the next 50 percent of Tampa Bay’s 2020 period and emerged as one particular of the team’s most effective playmakers in the playoffs. Dean has tested himself as a sound option outside as properly but is a little bit minimal in the fluid aspects of person protection.
Regardless of whether the Buccaneers would like to add some competitors for the No. 2 CB function reverse of Davis or not, the workforce is in determined will need of depth on the outside. Miller’s development as a rookie was encouraging as he recorded an interception in the third activity of his vocation, versus Detroit in 7 days 16, but that isn’t really ample for Tampa Bay to cling its hat on. We could even see the Buccaneers picking out two cornerbacks ahead of the draft concludes, so lengthy as the workforce retains on to all 8 of its choices.
The Buccaneers’ next-spherical choice in our most current mock draft was Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell, a lengthy athlete for the posture who has shown guarantee as a gentleman coverage defender and would match Tampa Bay’s scheme.
Defensive line/edge rusher
Equally defensive linemen and edge defenders could be viewed as earlier in the draft by Tampa Bay with the future in brain. Buccaneers’ beginning defensive ends Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston, who will both equally be 30+ several years outdated this season, are coming into the last several years of their contracts. 32-year-previous edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is as very well.
Suh and Pierre-Paul are at this time anchors on the Buccaneers’ defense, make no blunder about it. The two mixed for 15.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss through the 2020 common period. However, it wouldn’t be viable for Tampa Bay to continue to keep either player all around very long-phrase at their rate tags and taking into consideration the truth that they aren’t finding any youthful. Gholston is a serviceable starter but the identical can be mentioned for him, particularly as he is in no way tallied more than 3 sacks in a season.
With all 22 starters returning from a year in the past, including a rotational defensive lineman or edge rusher for the 2020 time with a higher decide might be high-class but could reap enormous positive aspects. Not only could these kinds of a participant give veterans a breather in sub-offers, but they can be groomed into a foreseeable future starter upfront for the Buccaneers.
Our mock draft from Monday had the Buccaneers landing edge rusher Joe Tryon from Washington in the 1st round.
A operate on edge rushers is predicted from the mid-to-late to start with spherical into the early 2nd spherical, indicating a few of engaging choices could be on the board for Tampa Bay with the 32nd total choose. 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 accessible for the Buccaneers at that level.
Inside offensive line
A.Q. Shipley was pressured to medically retire in the 2nd 50 percent of the 2020 time right after a neck personal injury and Joe Haeg was not re-signed this offseason, meaning the Buccaneers could use at the very least a single interior offensive lineman to produce as a depth piece and possibly into an eventual starter.
Tampa Bay was ready to re-sign guard Aaron Stinnie in March, who started off three playoff video games which includes the Super Bowl in position of wounded right guard Alex Cappa. Stinnie’s enjoying working experience as a guard could direct the Buccaneers to select a player with enough taking part in time at centre beneath their belt, notably with Shipley no for a longer time offered. It is really truly worth remembering that Cappa and Tampa Bay’s setting up heart Ryan Jensen are coming into the last yr of their contracts as properly.
A operate on interior offensive linemen which include Alabama’s Landon Dickerson, Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey, Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis, Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz, Tennessee’s Trey Smith and other individuals is envisioned to happen on the 2nd working day of the draft. It wouldn’t come as a overall shock if the Buccaneers hopped in right before the course of interior linemen dries up.