Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Last chance for the 2016 draft class

Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Roberto Aguayo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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With most of them on the last year of their rookie deals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 2016 NFL Draft class has much to prove in 2019.

The 2019 season could be a make or break season for several players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Jameis Winston is an obvious person to throw into that category of players on their last opportunity to prove that they belong in the NFL, so are many draft picks from the 2016 class.

What was once thought to be an outstanding class on paper has since turned out to be average. Now heading into year four it is put up or shut up time for the draft class of 2016. A class led by Vernon Hargreaves and Noah Spence seemed like a homerun for the Buccaneers is on the brink of a total implosion.

With only five of the seven players currently on the Bucs’ roster just three seasons later, those who do remain have not exactly made a name for themselves. Taking a kicker in the second round was a bold move by Jason Licht, and a move that did not pay off as Roberto Aguayo is out of the league and lasted only one full season in Tampa Bay. Fullback Danny Vitale, a sixth round pick, did not make the team and played two seasons in Cleveland.

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Taking a look at the other five from the 2016 class remain on the Tampa Bay roster, the question remains: how much longer do they have to prove their worth to the Buccaneers?