The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suddenly find themselves with needs at several key positions. Fortunately for the Buccaneers, this draft class is loaded with exactly what they need.
Probably the biggest, and most notable, need for the Buccaneers at the moment is at the quarterback position. They had a ballplayer by the name of Tom Brady, but he has since retired in case you hadn’t heard. Now that he’s gone from Tampa Bay, and football as of now, the future at the position is unclear. However, this year‘s draft class isn’t exactly loaded at the position, so there’s no need for the Buccaneers to make a move the trade up to try and snag one. Due to the greatness of Brady, they Bucs are picking towards the back of the first round so they would be hard-pressed to do so anyway. More likely than not they will see what Kyle Trask can do, or bring in a “bridge“ veteran quarterback until the future of the position, and the coaching staff, are more clear.
While the retirement of Brady was not that big of a shock, the retirement of Pro bowl guard Ali Marpet at the age of 28 was. That, coupled with Alex Cappa and Ryan Jensen set to be free agents, offensive line is now a huge need. Fortunately, this draft is absolutely loaded with hogmollies, particularly in the interior, which is where the help is most needed. For example, Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum should be there, and his versatility could pay off in dividends, if they feel Robert Hainsey, a similar player, is not ready.
This draft class is also notable for the plethora of players at the cornerback and wide receiver positions, which is clutch considering the Buccaneers currently find themselves in a conundrum of whether to franchise tag Chris Godwin, or Carlton Davis. More likely than not, a replacement for one, or both, will be needed. With where the Bucs are slotted, Jason Licht and company should be able to sit pretty and see who falls, such as Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams for example, who would be a top-ten pick if not for his knee injury.
There’s a wide range of routes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can travel come draft time. However, there is still the free agency hurdle to clear first, and it is a doozy. Once the dust settles there, perhaps we will have more clarity on what their draft plan will be. Fortunately though, with the positions that they will most likely need, they should have their pic of a pretty decent, and convenient, litter.