A difficult replacement for the Buccaneers
Quincy Roche, Edge, Miami
The Buccaneers are going to face a challenging offseason this year. Tampa Bay will focus on returning several high-profile free agents, but there is only so much money to go around.
Shaquil Barrett has played like a man possessed during the playoffs and should be a priority for the Buccaneer front office, but his price tag will be steep. If the Bucs can’t meet Barrett on price, they will need to find a competent replacement in the draft.
Drafting a replacement for Barrett will be a complicated process. The Bucs would have to replace 10+ sack per season potential with a single pick, so any rookie would understandably start under a mountain of expectations and pressure.
Of the pass-rushers at the Senior Bowl, Quincy Roche is one of the most hyped and has a ton to gain from a reliable performance.
As a great fit at outside linebacker due to his size and speed, the Buccaneers could probably take Roche in the second or third round for a steal. Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul drop into coverage more than most people would expect, and Roche’s agility would help substantially on that front.
Even with an outstanding performance at the Senior Bowl and in other measured events, Roche will have a host of talented other players to compete with to make it into one of the early rounds as a pass-rusher, but this could work out for the Buccaneers better than expected.