The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in the market for a linebacker during the 2019 NFL Draft; here is one per round that they could target.
It is no secret that linebacker is a severe area of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After the departure of Kwon Alexander to the San Francisco 49ers during free agency, the Buccaneers have a major void in the middle of their defense to fill during the draft.
To add insult to injury, Tampa Bay’s 2017 third round pick Kendell Beckwith is struggling to even see the field ever again after he broke his ankle in a car accident last offseason and missed the entire 2018 season. While the Buccaneers are hoping that he can return this year, there has been complete silence on the topic coming from the team.
The good news, however, is that by switching to a 3-4 scheme, the Buccaneers only need two true linebackers and already have one in Pro Bowler Lavonte David. Tampa Bay also signed Deone Bucannon this offseason who can play some linebacker, but is better suited in a role that allows him to run sideline to sideline.
Adding another true linebacker to the defense should still be a priority for the Buccaneers. In this article, we will identify one linebacker in every round that the Buccaneers could target in order to add some more youth and talent to the second level of their defense.