2014 NFL Draft Quick Peeks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Seventh team in both the draft, and in our sneak peek series is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Big changes were made this offseason. Lovie Smith was brought in as head coach, and the team splurged in free agency. A homerun or two in this draft could set them up for a playoff run.

Who Should They Pick?: With Mike Williams gone, the Bucs need to add a receiver, and may have drafted one anyway. Combined with the fact that Sammy Watkins is the best receiver in this class, and it should be an easy decision.

Who Will They Pick?: With Watkins off the board, Mike Evans likely comes to the forefront, as most consider him the second best receiver in the draft. He’s a big physical pass catcher that would give Tampa a pair of dangerous and tall players out wide. The Chicago Bears proved that can work.

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Backup Plan: The Bucs drafted Mike Glennon last year, but it remains to be seen whether or not he’s the guy going forward. The team could certainly decide to take a shot at upgrading with a player like Derek Carr. Glennon could be traded if that happens.

Darkhorse: Odell Beckham Jr is, for some, a top 10 talent in this draft. He’s not big like Evans, but he is reliable, smart, and fast. His ability to make plays both as a receiver and as a return man could make him attractive to some teams at the top of the draft.

Trade?: Wide receiver is definitely a potential target for their first round pick, and with a very deep class, a trade back could be a good alternative for the Bucs. Teams looking to move up might find a willing partner in Tampa.


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