The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stayed on the offensive side of the ball with all of their six picks in the 2014 draft. Andrew Astleford takes a look at each selection and what they can they bring to the team.
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Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M, first round (No. 7 overall)
The Bucs picture him becoming Vincent Jackson 2.0. It's understandable that some will always wonder what could have been if Johnny Manziel, Evans' hyped teammate at Texas A&M, had come to Tampa Bay at this spot. Still, Evans fits an obvious need after Mike Williams was traded to the Buffalo Bills in April. At 6-foot-4, 231 pounds, he's an interesting combination of size and athleticism downfield. There are questions about his speed, but he'll have plenty of chances to prove himself within a division no stranger to offensive firepower. He had 2,499 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns in two college seasons.
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington, second round (No. 38 overall)
The Bucs didn't enter the second round with a plan to take a tight end, but they viewed Seferian-Jenkins as too good to pass up. Also a basketball player at Washington, he had 1,840 yards receiving with 21 touchdowns in three college seasons. He's a big target at 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, and his presence will make a front line that also includes Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans all that more dangerous. In the modern NFL, tight ends must be dependable downfield threats as well as solid pass blockers. Seferian-Jenkins has the promise to be both.
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Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia, third round (No. 69 overall)
Sims is an odd pick, considering the Bucs' depth at running back with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. Still, general manager Jason Licht chose Sims because of his view that it's wise to take an athletic back whenever the chance comes. Sims had 3,465 yards rushing and 2,108 yards receiving in a college career that included time with Houston and West Virginia. It will be interesting to see how coordinator Jeff Tedford uses Sims within his scheme. Sims could become a new toy for quarterback Josh McCown as a slot receiver.
The Bucs needed more depth on the offensive line, and they turned to Edwards as an answer to begin the draft's third day. At 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, he started 41 of 45 games at Tennessee State and graded at least 85 percent for blocking consistency in 34 contests. He had 341 knockdowns and 39 touchdown-resulting blocks. In his final two college seasons, he earned a combined blocking consistency grade of 89.59 percent in 24 games. The Sanford native will return to Florida after being named a third-team Class 6A All-State honoree as a senior at Seminole High.
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Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue, fifth round (No. 149 overall)
The Bucs traded their seventh-round pick this year and a fifth-round pick next year to the Buffalo Bills to secure Pamphile. A Miami native, he was a defensive end recruit coming out of high school. He was a former basketball player at Miami Central who moved to offense in 2011 during fall camp. There are some concerns that his 6-foot-5, 315-pound build isn't large enough to handle the wear and tear of life near the line of scrimmage in the NFL.
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Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming, sixth round (No. 185 overall)
He's a small target at 5-foot-9, 193 pounds. A two-time honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference selection, he had 2,030 yards receiving in four college seasons. He also had 54 carries for 310 yards, and he has potential as a kick returner. He's speedy with a 4.48-second 40-yard dash time, but he has received criticism among some for his lack of toughness. He has a history working with Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wyoming during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.