The defensive line class in the 2021 NFL Draft can still help the Buccaneers.
While most analysts aren’t jazzed about the defensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft, there are still several names that would be good fits with the Buccaneers.
Considering the fact that Tampa has no major needs at the moment and has the freedom to draft the best player available in every round, there is still a chance that a defensive lineman comes off the board early on.
The good news for the Bucs is that these pieces don’t have to contribute in year one. Even for the raw prospects, their odds of seeing the field this year are minimal at best, and this is good for the developmental guys that project to be starters down the road.
In an effort to keep value matching with potential and immediate impact, the Bucs essentially have three picks that would pay off the most.
Christian Barmore is the most proven option in the group. After a successful career at Alabama and desirable physical characteristics, Barmore could easily be a starter down the road after the proper training from Todd Bowles.
Moving down the list, Levi Onwuzurike is another name that should be available around the same time as Barmore (late first into the second). Onwuzurike has the physical traits to cut it with a team like the Bucs, but he needs the time to grow more than Barmore would.
Finally, the Bucs could also look into a player like Milton Williams. Williams is an athletic prospect with the ability to play almost any position across the line, but he is definitely the most developmental option.
The Buccaneers will have to decide which traits they find the most desirable before this weekend when they are on the clock, but Williams feels like the best fit in Todd Bowles’ defense at the perfect price.
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