With BA (Bruce Arians) saying he wants to keep the defense intact, it tells me that maybe an offensive heavy draft is probable in the first two rounds. There are many avenues the Bucs can go within the first three rounds like tackle and running back, which are huge needs with Demar Dotson nearing the end of his career, and Peyton Barber possibly not being signed back. Here are my thoughts on how the first three rounds could shape up for the Bucs!
Round 1 Pick 14 – Jedrick Wills Jr. OT (Alabama) – With Dotson being an aging Unrestricted Free Agent, the need is definitely there even if Dotson does get retained by the team. There could be a run on tackles early, but Wills could land right in Tampa’s lap.
Round 2 Pick 45 – Cam Akers RB (Florida State) – Akers is viewed right now as a late 2nd or early 3rd pick, but watching him play and studying his tape, I’d not be shocked if he’s looked as a late 1st early 2nd pick. If the Bucs are looking to draft Cam Akers, would they be willing to make some draft maneuvers to snag him before the 45th overall selection? I know I would.
Round 3 Pick 76 – Josh Uche Edge (Michigan) – BA wanting to keep the defense together doesn’t mean you can not add to it. Uche’s stock has been steadily rising since he had his great showing at the senior bowl in Mobile. He would add instant depth to the team’s edge with immediate starting potential if needed. He would be a great addition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front line.