Hit on a defensive playmaker
Next season, Tampa Bay will likely see an improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith will be back to beef up the linebacking corps, and Vita Vea will have another offseason to hone his craft inside.
The young secondary will have a year under their belt with even more room to grow. Cornerback Carlton Davis and safety Justin Evans will undoubtedly be two of the Buccaneers breakout candidates in 2019.
However, the Buccaneers need to add elite talent somewhere in the defense. Any level could use it. An elite pass rusher, another top-tier linebacker or a ball-hawking safety would do wonders.
In free agency, players like Jadaveon Clowney or Landon Collins could be the difference maker for the defensive side of the ball.
The NFL Draft will also feature some premier defensive talent for the Bucs to take in the top ten. Pass rushers like Ed Oliver from Houston or Alabama safety Deionte Thompson are potential fits in Tampa Bay.
Under new defensive coordinator Mark Duffner Tampa Bay’s defense has found some success. The unit won’t shut anyone out but took significant strides. Adding a final piece must be a top priority for Licht.