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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a in much better spot than they were one off-season ago. After drafting Jameis Winston the team finished the 2015 season with a 6-10 record. That was a huge improvement over their 2014 record of 2-14. Now with a new Head Coach in place (Dirk Koetter) and most of the major pieces in place on offense. It will be up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to put the final touches on their defense and do their best as an organization to take that next step, which would be to make the playoffs. The team was in the NFC Wildcard hunt at the end of last season, only to come up short when it was all said and done. In order to prevent that from happening again the Bucs should do their best to put another talented defensive lineman around Gerald McCoy. If Deforest Buckner is still there at the number 9 draft spot, that would be a huge steal for the Buccaneers. Buckner is a player that could come in and really set the tone opposite of McCoy. That would make it very tough for opposing offenses when going against Tampa’s defense and ultimately would give the team the best shot to succeed. Now it gets a little bit tougher if Buckner isn’ there. You could look at Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd to fill your need around McCoy. Or the team could hope that Vernon Hargreaves falls in their lap and instead choose to fill their corner need first. Hargreaves recorded 4 interceptions last season for the Florida Gators and really did a great job of showing why he is one of the top cover guys in the nation. A player like that would really help out the Buccaneers on the backend of their defense, but the bottom line is Tampa should look to dominate the line of scrimmage first. You do that by drafting lineman on both sides of the ball and by winning the games in the trenches. Tampa should shoot for Buckner as their first choice, and work down the evaluated list. That is the best option for the Buccaneers at the moment.
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