With The 7th Pick In 2014 NFL Draft …December 24th, 2013
Damn that tough Bucs strength of schedule, one of the toughest in the NFL. It’s killing Tampa Bay’s
shot at Johnny Football draft position.
Five teams are tied with an ugly 4-11 record — Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Oakland, Cleveland and Jacksonville — but the Bucs are behind all of them in the draft if the season ended today. Strength of schedule is the main tiebreaker, and it works against the Bucs.
Daniel Jeremiah, of NFL Network, one of their top draft gurus, is already starting to breakdown team needs.
Jeremiah doesn’t seem to think the Bucs need a starting quarterback.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Needs: DE, TE, OT
Analysis: Tampa’s defense is loaded up the middle, but it could use a dominant edge rusher. An offensive tackle like Michigan’s Taylor Lewan would also fill a need
Lewan is Michigan’s gargantuan left tackle, who stands 6-8. With the rookie salary cap, teams can lock up a first round pick cheap for five years. It’s never a sexy pick, but it’s a critical position.
Joe doesn’t know if Lewan could play right tackle and work himself into the NFL scene from there. The Bucs will be in extreme win-now mode in 2014, and left tackle is a tough position to gamble on with a rookie. It’s not as if Donald Penn is part of the Bucs’ problem.