It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results, and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock.
No team has been as active during free agency as the Buccaneers.
They made a splash early by signing cornerback Alterraun Verner, defensive end Michael Johnson and quarterback Josh McCown. They added depth by luring safety Major Wright and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to town. They fortified their offensive line by adding left tackle Anthony Collins and center Evan Dietrich-Smith to the mix. On paper, they’re stacked. Having quality depth could be another thing.
With running back Doug Martin recently announcing his progress on Twitter that he’s ready to go after a shoulder injury, everything seems to be moving in the right direction in Tampa Bay.
One glaring hole on the offensive side of the ball remains: wide receiver. After shipping Mike Williams to Buffalo for a sixth-round pick, there is a steep drop-off from Vincent Jackson to the likes of Chris Owusu, Skye Dawson and Eric Page. The position will be addressed, but how soon should they begin addressing a need in a draft with such a deep crop at the position? Whom should the Bucs select No. 7 overall?
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
Evans would immediately upgrade the wide-receiving corps. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound target was Johnny Manziel’s go-to guy in College Station and would open things up for Jackson. After compiling 151 receptions for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons, Evans is widely considered the second-best receiver in this class.
UCLA LB Anthony Barr
The Bucs solidified their defensive line via free agency, but could use another outside linebacker, as Danny Lansanah is slated to start on the strong side. While Barr would thrive in a system that has him rushing the passer every down, he has the natural bend and athleticism to play multiple positions on the field.
Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
If the Bucs are looking to play it safe, they should opt for Matthews. After playing four seasons in College Station, the 6-foot-5, 308-pound tackle appears to be a steady selection. On top of that he’s a natural athlete, coming from the Matthews bloodline. They could plug him in immediately on the right side opposite Collins.
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
A tight end in the top 10? Ask San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis how that worked out. Ebron, who averaged 17 yards a catch during his three-year career in Chapel Hill, has the size and speed combination to excel in the league. Adding Ebron would give whomever wins the starting quarterback job a big target in the middle of the field.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
While the Bucs have two quality quarterbacks on the roster, the team’s front office decision to work out Bridgewater earlier this week speaks more about their disdain for Mike Glennon than their love for the Louisville product. Could Bridgewater be the future of the franchise?