2021 NFL Draft: Best receiver for Buccaneers in round 1

Terrace Marshall Jr., 2021 NFL Draft option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Terrace Marshall Jr., 2021 NFL Draft option for the Buccaneers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers will have their chance with multiple receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft with the 32nd pick.

No one knows who the Buccaneers will target with the 32nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. We have been saying there are no glaring needs on either side of the ball for months now, and there truly aren’t any.

As the team stands today, this is a unit that is ready to repeat in the Super Bowl. Even without a great rookie class, this group has the talent to make a compelling case as the best team in the NFL, but a great draft class wouldn’t hurt.

Fortunately, the Bucs have some space to play around with, and that could allow them the opportunity to take a luxury position with their first-round pick. Wide receiver isn’t a dire need in this offense, especially if Antonio Brown returns, but this could be a focal point if Brown decides to take a chance elsewhere.

The Buccaneers have options in the 2021 NFL Draft

Even with the top-heavy class and plenty of well-known receivers poised to go early, there are still plenty of options that should be available at the end of the first round for the Bucs. Jason Licht, Bruce Arians, and Tom Brady will just need to decide what skillset they would prefer.

Terrace Marshall Jr. has recently become a popular name mocked to Tampa. With the ability and history lining up anywhere at receiver, Marshall gives the Bucs a dominant WR3 to pair with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in the AB role.

While Marshall looks like the most likely option for now, the Bucs could also have their choice between Kadarius Toney and Elijah Moore if either prospect slips. These options would be better in the slot than anything, but they still have the talent to up a top-heavy receiver group.

Smart money is likely on Marshall, Toney, or Moore if the Bucs draft a receiver in the first round, and that is a large if. But continuing with fantasy, there is still one more prospect Tampa can take a chance on.

Rondale Moore has a history of injuries and is not as proven as the top options, but his potential in the NFL is hard to ignore. Moore has a skillset similar to Tavon Austin, meaning his position is “offense” more than anything else. By over-drafting a little bit here, the Bucs could secure a player that can play any offensive position other than offensive line and tight end, or they could take a player that will struggle with injuries forever and hardly see the field.

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With the days growing shorter to make the decision, the Bucs still have some time to determine which player they want, but it is officially crunch time. We can all just rest assured that even if a receiver doesn’t come off the board for Tampa in the first, it will happen later in the weekend.

Prediction in round 1: Terrace Marshall Jr.

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