Buccaneers first round draft option that makes more sense than it seems

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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While none of us know how this draft is going to fall, it would seem like the Buccaneers could win the draft by taking an edge with the first pick.

Winning the draft starts with taking the best player available relative to their need and the fit on the team. Teams like the Buccaneers have to balance which player is available with which needs they have, but it seems like one position could rise above the others as a perfect fit.

Taking the obvious needs off the board, specifically guard and defensive tackle, the Bucs could have some freedom in the first round. Both of the other positions should be available later in the draft or as cheap free agency options, so there is no need to reach at 27.

Assuming the Bucs are looking for the best player possible, it is looking more likely by the day that a dominant edge player could slip to Tampa.

This may seem like overkill after the Bucs just drafted and edge the year before this with a similar pick, but the need still remains. Jason Pierre-Paul may be on his way to a new team. The Buccaneers may like what Anthony Nelson is starting to flash, but is this enough to lean on for a team that needs at least three quality guys?

When looking at the whole situation from a distance, the need for another quality option at the position remains, and it seems likely that at least one good player could slip from near the top-ten to one of the later picks.

This is absolutely something the Bucs should jump on. Pairing Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Shaquil Barrett with a quality draft pick is a perfect way for Todd Bowles to make his mark as this defense starts to take shape.

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