After 13 weeks the 2019 rookie class for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been thrust into the limelight and have shown out as the team has begun a win streak.
The 2019 draft class for the Buccaneers started their very short NFL careers under a substantial amount of scrutiny. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians made some calls that many fans disagreed with and went against the conventions that most teams follow, but fortunately for the front office these picks have started to look very good in recent weeks. It is incredibly unlikely that any of this was by design, but no one in Tampa is going to turn their noses up at blind luck.
Fans of the Bucs have become disillusioned with their front office and those involved with the draft after several years of draft picks who underperform or are cut after a very short period of time. This is very clear with the 2016 draft class where Ryan Smith is the only player still on the team and his role is often very limited.
While the expectations for the rookies have fluctuated from week to week, as a whole this rookie class has been far beyond average and has played at an impressive level. The Bucs recently cut bait with Vernon Hargreaves and have decided to lean in fully on their extremely young defense and have found their greatest defensive success of the year. As a whole the rookies have improved greatly and the outlook for 2020 is a very positive one. Here is a breakdown of each rookie and where they currently stand.