Bucs Among Five Draft “Winners?”May 11th, 2014
The Bucs have been widely celebrated over the past handful of years for being “big winners” in the NFL Draft versus their counterparts.
That hasn’t translated into much beyond some feel-good spring moments.
According to Around The League chief Gregg Rosenthal, of NFL.com, the Bucs were at it again over the weekend. Rosenthal names them one of his five “winners” of the draft, along with the Raiders, Falcons, Steelers and Browns.
They have a playoff-ready defense, and needed to add offensive talent to balance out the squad. They are awful in the red zone, and needed to add physical talent. Done and done. Wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims add explosiveness to a promising offense. They didn’t draft a single defensive player, which says a lot about how confident Lovie Smith is in his group. Plus, we liked the decision to hold onto Mike Glennon. He’s more promising than any quarterback in this class taken after the first round.
Joe’s not sure he agrees with Rosenthal, but draft grades this time of year are about as valuable as mock drafts.
The Bucs did inject a lot of offensive talent, as much as any team in football. Now they have to use it and develop it within Jeff Tedford’s system.
Joe hopes Rosenthal’s belief that the Bucs have a “playoff-ready defense” is accurate, because it’s hard to imagine this offense will jel quickly — quickly enough to punish Carolina and St. Louis in Weeks 1 and 2.