Top Three NeedsFebruary 17th, 2014
Yes, the NFL Scouting Combine begins later this week. While Joe puts little value in the combine from a football talent perspective — it’s a glorified indoor track meet — it is excellent for evaluating prospects medically and interviewing potential players.
Joe also loves the nonstop assembly line of NFL coaches and front office people, not to mention hundreds of top college players, available to be interviewed by the fourth estate. (Yes, Joe will be in Indianapolis gathering intelligence.)
Former NFL scout and current NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah is working overtime. He just published his top three draft needs for each NFL team. Below are his Bucs’ needs.
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.
Joe is going to nitpick Jeremiah. Even though he doesn’t list outside linebacker as a need for the Bucs, in two of his previous mock drafts, he has the Bucs selecting an outside linebacker in the first round.
Frankly, the top three draft needs can’t be identified now. No one knows what the Bucs will do in free agency, which beings March 11 when the clock strikes 4 p.m. If general manager Jason Licht goes all Danny Snyder, maybe he could land both Greg Hardy and Jared Allen. If that is the case, it’s a very good chance the Bucs don’t draft a defensive
Joe is of the mind that rather than tight end, wide receiver should be on Jeremiah’s draft list (again, pending free agency). If the Bucs showed anything last year, depth at wide receiver is pretty poor after Mike Williams.