Buccaneers Round Table: Mid-Season Tampa Bay Draft Decision
In a recent episode of The Pewter Nation podcast, The Pewter Report’s Trevor Sikkema gave his theory for drafting to build a solid team.
If he’s correct, the Buccaneers only have one of the three elements needed, and should follow his draft strategy.
For those who haven’t hear it, Sikkema says he believes teams should draft a passer, pass protector, and pass rusher every season (or a combination of two of those three), and should get at least one of those in their first two picks.
I like the idea, and have to say I agree with the mentality.
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So, going off this, and looking at the Bucs it’s clear they need to draft at least one pass protector and one pass rusher. Jameis Winston is the team’s passer, and there’s no reason to go away from him barring the team ruining him by pushing his shoulder injury too far this season.
With Tampa Bay currently sitting at number five in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s possible they’ll have their choice between either Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams or North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb.
For me, sitting behind the comfort of my keyboard, and not in an NFL war-room it’s a simple question of which unit needs the most help.
So, with that in mind:
"With the fifth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select….Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, North Carolina State"
This year’s pass rush isn’t horrible for the Bucs, it’s non-existent. Kind of like the opposite of love not being hate, but being indifference. Yeah, there is no pass rush, so how can something which doesn’t exist be labeled?
Chubb would give fans, coaches, and those of us who write things a pass rush to critique at least.
I could go in here about his skill set and what he’s done so far, but instead, I’ll just link you to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s most recent mock draft. Spoiler, he doesn’t have the Buccaneers taking Chubb.
This wraps up The Pewter Plank’s round table on the midseason NFL Draft outlook.
What are your thoughts? Which writer’s opinion do you agree with, and which one do you hate the most?
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