February 26, 2021

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The Bucs are on the clock

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Round 1: Offensive lineman – First of all, let me start off by saying that free agency may change a lot of things for the Bucs 2020 draft priorities. With that being said, the Bucs could just take the best player available, but most importantly, they need to prioritize improving the offensive line with their first-round pick, especially if Jameis Winston is brought back. He needs to be better protected. Some of the best offensive linemen in the 2020 draft include Andrew Thomas, the offensive tackle from Georgia, Tristan Wirfs, the offensive tackle from Iowa, Mekhi Becton, the offensive tackle from Louisville, and Jedrick Wills, the offensive tackle from Alabama. The best-case scenario would end up being Andrew Thomas to drop to #14 for the Bucs to steal.

Round 2: Running back – Peyton Barber’s one year deal has come to an end. Ronald Jones II hasn’t lived up to the billing of a second-round pick. It’s time for the Bucs to finally have a legitimate, effective running game and provide some relief for Jameis Winston so he doesn’t have to throw the ball 40 to 50 times per game. Most likely, DeAndre Swift, the running back from Georgia will be going off the board in the first round so he won’t be there for the Bucs to draft in the second round. The next best two options who are likely to still be on the board when it comes time for the Bucs to make the second round selection are J.K. Dobbins, the running back from Ohio State and Zack Moss, the running back from Utah. Both are solid options and I think both of them would have immediate success in Tampa Bay. I’m hoping for Dobbins.

Round 3: Secondary – For me, the third most important position or positions of need that the Buccaneers should prioritize in the third round should either be the defensive line (depending on what happens with Suh and Pierre-Paul) or making an improvement to the secondary, whether that be at safety or corner. Bruce Arians has stated multiple times how important it is to him for the Bucs to re-sign their free agents on the defensive side of the ball, mainly Suh and Barrett. So, if that happens, look for the pick to be an addition to the secondary. One of the best secondary prospects on the board in the third round is Bryce Hall, the cornerback from Virginia. He’s a tall and athletic corner, who has solid coverage skills.




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