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A Good Draft for the Bucs? I Say Yes

Admittedly, I don’t do much with the NFL Draft when it happens, mostly because I don’t follow much college football on the national level.  So, when the Buccaneers draft someone, more often than not I say, “who?”

That said, as I look over who Tampa Bay picked over the last few days, it looks like they’ve done a decent job addressing their most pressing needs.  First-round pick Vita Vea provides much-needed help up front.  When I wrote about his selection the other night, I said I hoped the Bucs would address their awful secondary with the remaining picks.  Well, three of their next four picks are either cornerbacks or safeties.  And RB Ronald Jones could…. could be the heir apparent to Doug Martin.

We’ll see how it all plays out.  But it looks like Jason Licht did pretty well, at least on paper.

Photo courtesy: Tampa Bay Times

 

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The Big, New Buccaneer Up Front

After a disappointing 5-11 season, the Buccaneers need help in a lot of areas.  Among the biggest needs – the defensive line and the secondary.  With their first pick in this year’s draft, they addressed the former in a big way.

 

The key word here is…. big.

 

Vita Vea is a 347-pound defensive lineman from Washington.  347 pounds!  The Bucs traded down from #7 to #12 (via Buffalo) to get him.  Put him in the mix with Gerald McCoy and free agent pickup Beau Allen, and the recipe is there for a unit that may actually lay a finger on the quarterback.  Tampa Bay was dead last in sacks last year.

 

So, what about the early reaction on social media?  Well, it’s mixed.  It seems a lot of fans were hoping the Bucs would get a stud to help in the secondary.  Me?  I’m okay with the pick, as long as the use their three picks in the second round to do something about the worst pass defense in the NFL.  If they don’t…. well, you don’t want to know how I’ll feel.

 

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press