As every Buccaneers fan knows, today is one of the most divisive days in the state. Whether you are a Gator or a Nole, here are players to watch for today.
Unlike the Buccaneers, who are atop the NFL world right now after winning the Super Bowl, Florida State and Florida are in a very different position. In a game that projects to be one of the most important in recent years, both teams are simply playing for bowl eligibility.
The game has been stripped of the prestige and the national eye that normally follows at least one of the two teams, but that doesn’t mean the game will be boring either.
These teams hate one another, and that should bring out the best in several players from both sides that the Bucs should keep their eyes on.
1. Jermaine Johnson, Edge, FSU
Johnson is playing like one of the best players in the sport, and edge is still one of the most important positions on the defense. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is a bona-fide star, there are two great starters in the lead, and Anthony Nelson is coming into his own, but it never hurts to have additional help at the position if the value is right.
2. Kaiir Elam, Corner, UF
Elam is one of the best corners in the class and may be out of reach for the Buccaneers with one of the later picks, but Tampa still needs the help at the position.
After losing almost every player in their secondary this season, a player like Elam would take some of the pressure off of needing perfect luck on the injury front.
3. Brenton Cox Jr., Edge, UF
This game doesn’t have the talent that it normally would, but the defenses are still able to set themselves apart. Cox is another good option for the Buccaneers to look at in the middle rounds if they want to keep investing in their pass rush.
4. Amari Gainer, LB, FSU
Gainer rounds out a defensive list for a game that should prove to be decided on that side of the ball. The Buccaneers may like their backers, but injuries and the need for competition with K.J. Britt never hurts if this pick comes in a later round.
Want to write about the Buccaneers? Apply below!