Over the past five drafts the Buccaneers have selected five defensive lineman and two quarterbacks in their first two picks. That’s seven players out of ten that have been focused on just two areas of the game.
It’s often said that free agency is a way to cover up failed draft picks. For the Bucs that hasn’t been the case. Aside from the five linemen and quarterbacks, the Buccaneers have taken Mark Barron, Doug Martin, and Johnthan Banks.
But the time may just come for Mark Dominik to have to use free agency and or trade to fix his past mistakes. The Buccaneers have used non-draft acquisitions to upgrade in almost every area in the past three off seasons aside from QB and D-Line.
This season, there are two positions that are likely going to make and break the Tampa Bay season. You guessed it, quarterback and defensive line.
Dominik has made his team better year in and year out, getting Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Darrelle Revis, Eric Wright, Dashon Goldson, but he’s never addressed the those two hotbeds in which he just keeps drafting.
But the positions that have been left unimproved could really harm the Bucs. If the defensive line do not produce sacks, and #5 does not rack up the TD’s, and most importantly, the two don’t combine to score nine or more wins, it’ll be on Dominik to go out and fix those two spots.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Mark Dominik is doing a poor job. The team has gotten better and better and better, and are seemingly at the doorstep of making that leap into the league’s top teams. But Dominik’s draft history, or at least his first couple rounds history, is really on the line this season.
It’s on McCoy, Bowers, Clayborn, and most importantly Josh Freeman (all drafted in first two picks of their respective drafts) to prove Mark Dominik right. If they do, the Bucs will be staring double-digit wins and a playoff berth in the face. If they don’t, you can bet the farm on what the two greatest needs will be in Tampa Bay next offseason. And Dominik will have his job on the line based on how he improves them.