TAMPA BAY BUCS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
QB, RB, WR, OLB, CB, S, OT
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
QB Tom Brady, LB Shaq Barrett (franchised), QB Blaine Gabbert, OT Joe Haeg, LB Kevin Minter, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Ryan Smith, DT Ndamukong Suh
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
QB Jameis Winston, RB Peyton Barber, WR Breshad Perriman, OT Damar Dotson, DE Carl Nassib
ROUND 1 TARGETS:
WR CeeDee Lamb, WR Jerry Jeudy, WR Henry Ruggs III, CB CJ Henderson, DTJavon Kinlaw, OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, QB Justin Herbert, QB Jordan Love, S Xavier McKinney, OT Andrew Thomas, OT Jedrick Wills
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
RB Jonathan Taylor, RB D’Andre Swift, RB JK Dobbins, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Jalen Reagor, WR K.J. Hamler, WR Tee Higgins, CB A.J. Terrell, CB Jaylon Johnson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, DT Neville Gallimore, OLB Jabari Zuniga, OLB Curtis Weaver, OLB Terrell Lewis, OLB Julian Okwara, QB Jacob Eason, QB Jalen Hurts, OT Isaiah Wilson, OT Ezra Cleveland
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hill, WR Van Jefferson, WR Collin Johnson, WR Chae Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., RB Cam Akers, RB Zack Moss, RB Eno Benjamin, S Kyle Dugger, S K’Von Wallace, S Terrell Burgess. OLB Troy Dye, OLB Willie Gay Jr., OLB Malik Harrison, OT Ben Bartch, OT Prince Tega Wanogho, OT Saahdiq Charles
PLAN OF ATTACK:
The Tampa Bay Bucs head into the 2020 NFL Draft holding the 14th overall pick. With that pick, they could go a couple of different ways. They could look to get their quarterback of the future. They did bring in Tom Brady, and he’ll be good for a couple of years but he’s a bridge option. The Bucs could go with a young signal-caller like Justin Herbert or Jordan Love if either were available. With Brady in tow, the youngster could learn from the all-time great, and that would do wonders for their development.
With Brady on the team, the Bucs could be in a win-now type of mode and look to land a piece that will help them win games in 2020. They could use another edge rusher and K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU would make a ton of sense. He’s an explosive athlete who has great instincts. He could make an impact as a rotational rusher in his first season.
The Bucs could also give Brady another weapon here. They have one of the best receiving duos in the NFL with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and could look to add a third piece to that mix. They could have a shot at whoever is there between Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III. Any of these guys would be excellent choices and would improve an already solid receiving corps.
Grabbing a big offensive tackle is also an option for the Bucs in the first round. They could use some more depth and could have a shot at Andrew Thomas or Jedrick Wills. Either one of those guys would be an upgrade over newly signed Joe Haeg, and would likely start as rookies.
In round 2 the Bucs could grab a running back. They lost Peyton Barber in free agency and have Ronald Jones currently topping their depth chart. Jones is serviceable but they could find a big upgrade here in round 2. There’s a decent chance that powerful and fast Jonathan Taylor could be on the board. He’s a beast and has all the traits that make up a feature back in the NFL. If he’s gone, the Bucs could look at Clyde Edwards-Helaire or JK Dobbins.
The Bucs could grab their heir apparent at quarterback in the second round. If Jalen Hurts or Jacob Eason were on the board, they could be tempted to pull the trigger. Eason has a rocket arm and elite size, while Hurts is a dual-threat quarterback who is a natural leader on the field. The Bucs could also add to their receiving corps with a pass catcher like speedy K.J. Hamler. Hamler isn’t big, but has excellent top-end speed and is extremely quick in and out of his breaks. He’d be a nice change of pace to the bigger receivers on the Bucs roster like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
In round three the Bucs could look to add some depth to their secondary. They are thin at both safety and cornerback. Some third round corners they could find tempting, are small but aggressive Amik Robertson or big Cameron Dantzler. Dantzler is a guy, who talent-wise is probably worth a second-round pick. He could fall because he lacks speed. Dantzler ran a very pedestrian 4.64 40 at the Combine. That is very slow, but at least he makes up for it with his technique and large frame.
At safety, they could grab small school standout Kyle Dugger. They could also look at a guy who plays with a bunch of energy and that is K’Von Wallace of Clemson. If the Bucs still need a running back they could take Zack Moss, Cam Akers, or Eno Benjamin. If they want to beef up their offensive tackle depth chart then Prince Tega Wanogho could be chosen, as could Ben Bartch from small school St. John’s.
Round 1: OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
Round 2: RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Round 3: CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi St.