Round 6, Pick 208: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
The best way to win on day-three of the draft is to take on flyer picks, as most of the time prospects this late in the draft are rather hit or miss. Here, the Buccaneers take quite possibly the best running back in the class if it were not for a torn ACL this past season in Bryce Love from Stanford.
A 2017 Heisman finalist, Love had difficulty replicating that success, and his abysmal 2018 ended in an injury, further hurting his draft stock. However, if he would have entered the 2018 NFL Draft, Love likely would have been a second round pick. Here in the sixth round, the Buccaneers like their chances with Love’s upside and give themselves a dual-threat back to add to their running back room.
Both Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones are not well known for their ability to catch passes out of the backfield, so adding a talented running back like Love who can come in for passing situations and on third downs would add another element to the Tampa Bay passing attack that they currently do not have with Barber and Jones.
With over 4,200 yards and 32 total touchdowns in his four year career, Love has substantial upside that has been hampered due to his injury, but in an Arians’ offense, he could give the Buccaneers their poor man’s version of a David Johnson that flourished in Arizona under the new Tampa Bay head coach.