The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have enter day three of the NFL Draft that includes rounds 4-7 and the Buccaneers have a loaded roster, but need to fill some key holes with their four remaining picks of the draft. They need to attack the defensive tackle, wide receiver, offensive guard, and linebacker positions.
Now, the Buccaneers have had a great draft so far by selecting their future number one corner in Vernon Hargreaves III and by getting a great pass rushing defensive end in Noah Spence. Shockingly, the Bucs traded up to get what I thought would of been a defensive tackle, but the Bucs needed to get a playmaker, but not a playmaker who plays every down, but a guy who can win you a game with one kick and that is Roberto Aguayo. He is the greatest kicker in college football history that the fans and analysts say. Sadly, the Bucs lose close games due to missed field goals and lots of extra points (last year) that made them focus on landing Winston’s former teammate.
Now, in round number four, I can see the Bucs either picking up Sheldon Day or Andrew Billings, but I will select Billings as he was rumored before Thursday’s round one to be a first or second round pick. Billings is a big boy that is very powerful. He is a defensive tackle that would fill a big hole in that front seven. Also, he will be able to get to the quarterback and eat double teams that will free up Gerald McCoy, so that he can get his one-on-ones against offensive linemen. I believe Billings is an underrated run defender, but it is a passing league and you have to be able to get pressure on the quarterback nowadays.
Next, in the fifth round, The Buccaneers should look at selecting a free safety. That safety is Tyvis Powell from Ohio State. Major Wright has been a bust signing so far and Chris Conte had a good 2015 season, but returned to Tampa on a one-year deal, which looks like if they take Powell, it would be Conte’s last season. Keith Tandy is locked up for the next two years and McDougald will most likely be a unrestricted free agent after this season as he has been tendered a contract for the past two to three years. Powell will end that stop gap player method that the Buccaneers have been using at that position and just take the 11th Buckeye in the draft. The safety will play centerfield in the Buccaneers up and coming defense with his great ball skills and speed with height that allows him to cover the other team’s receiver in the slot.
Furthermore, the Buccaneers have two sixth round picks and the first sixth round pick will be used on a linebacker. That linebacker is Aaron Wallace, who is a key special teamer, but has the potential to be a solid strongside linebacker. Wallace would be the main backup to the three starters and he can drop back into coverage. He will be used as the first sixth round pick and the last Buccaneer pick should be used on Jake Brendel, who would become the team’s newest backup center as he will look to become the starter once Hawley’s contract is up (after this season) and they could move Evan Smith as one of the backup guards, plus Brendel is versatile enough to play the guard spot, but is to small to play there, despite his Hulk like strength.
Finally, I know the Buccaneers could use another wide receiver, but there will be many undrafted players and they could pick up a receiver like De’Runnya Wilson from Texas A&M, who has dropped from lots of boards that will most likely land him in the open market. This happened to the projected fourth round pick after he was arrested on a suspicion of marijuana possession. Now, on the field, Wilson is a threat to become a big wide out. He has the height (6’5″) to go up for jump balls and the size to create separation to get open. He will be worth the gamble due to the fact they drafted Noah Spence, who had off-field issues.