With free agency all but over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went hard after fixing their defensive line in hopes of getting back into playoff contention. With the 2018 NFL Draft just around the corner, here is a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Needs heading into the draft.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Needs
Signing Vinny Curry to start opposite Noah Spence was a solid move to solidify the defensive end position. But the Bucs must continue to bring in pieces to continue building what has the looks of a solid young defense in the next few seasons.
Doug Martin, or the shell that was Doug Martin, was rightfully released earlier this offseason leaving the likes of Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber set to handle the rushing snaps next season. Clearly adding another high upside prospect like Ronald Jones at the beginning of day two would take pressure off the young offense lead by Jameis Winston.
The Bucs brought back thirty-four-year-old Brent Grimes back on a one-year deal, but finding a younger option to slot in opposite 2016 first round pick Vernon Hargreaves should be a top priority in this draft. If they choose to look at other options early finding a mid-round low risk high reward cornerback in the draft should be the plan.
Finding better pass protection from the offensive tackle position has to be a major concern if the Bucs plan to keep Winston upright in 2018. At the least bringing in competition from the middle to late rounds will begin the process of turning a weakness into a strength.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the team chooses to grab either Minkah Fitzpatrick or Derwin James with their top pick. Finding another young safety to pair with last year’s second round pick Justin Evans would give the team the competition and set the future of the position going forward.
The Bucs have attempted to find someone to slot in next to Gerald McCoy on the interior of the defensive line since they selected him eight years ago. Finding a disruptive force up the middle will allow their linebacker unit to use their speed to make plays.
Just like the offensive tackle position, finding depth and potential replacements to the interior should be high on the list of wants for this young offense. Allowing your running backs the lanes to create havoc will open up the offense for Winston and company.