The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in need of edge pass rushers, and they may not have to look very far to find a talented candidate in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Because while Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack will be excellent options in the top 10, the Buccaneers may elect to take a quarterback in the first round, or address other needs. So if they wait, they maybe be able to trade around and select a hometown talent who has elected to enter the NFL Draft after just two years as a college football player.
THIS JUST IN: USF DE Aaron Lynch will enter the NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore was ESPN's No. 15 overall prospect in the class of 2011.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 17, 2013
Lynch posted some decent numbers in 2013, but was also somewhat disappointing, as he was highly touted as a potential contender for the top defensive end in the nation behind the All World Clowney.
#USF DE Aaron Lynch leaving early for the NFL draft. He led the Bulls with 6 sacks & 12.5 TFLs
— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) December 17, 2013
However, there are no doubts as to Lynch’s incredible athletic ability. He was one of the top high school players in his recruiting class, and made a name for himself when he first stepped onto the campus at Notre Dame. He posted 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss during his freshman season in South Bend in 2011.
He would then transfer to USF, and was not as dominant as many expected he would be.
But the talent is still there, and a team like the Buccaneers may see him as a value if he slips into the second or third round (where the Buccaneers don’t have a pick, but could trade for one if they wanted to select Lynch in that round).