The Buccaneers take a late chance in the 2021 NFL Draft
Before the 2020 season, Marvin Wilson looked like a first-round prospect. After a slow year due to COVID and a poor showing on a bad team, Wilson has dropped in the rankings to a likely day three pick.
The Buccaneers will probably want to address this position before this point, but Wilson’s value on day three is better than almost any other option.
While 2020 wasn’t great for Wilson, 2019 was excellent. The star defensive lineman for the Seminoles looked like a force of nature against most of his competition, and there was a balance in his game that indicated he would succeed against the pass and the run.
The onus is now on the coaches and analysts to determine which season was the norm. Was Wilson just starting to reach his potential in 2019, or was that simply a player outperforming his skills?
The Buccaneers could be in a position where they can take the gamble. In the fourth round or later, their investment in Wilson would be minimal. They already aren’t expecting him to be a starter any time soon anyway, so he will get plenty of time to learn for a year.
This pick is undoubtedly the trickiest to evaluate, but Wilson could be an opportunity for the Buccaneers to steal a star after COVID shakes up the evaluation process on a very popular player.
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