I have been a fan of the Bucs for over 10 years now, and I have never been more excited about a new season until this coming up season. With the momentum the team has going into this season, I am looking at a future Buccaneers squad that will contend for many years to come. Although the Bucs do have some needs to be addressed this offseason, I have complete faith in the GM, Mark Dominik, and the Head Coach, Raheem Morris, to get some veteran pieces to surround there young talent.
Lets get down to the Buccaneers team needs:
2 DE’s – The Bucs drafted 2 DT’s in the first 2 rounds of the 2010 NFL draft. Could this be another way to go for the 2011 draft? You never know with the Bucs. The Bucs will need to use a 1st or 2nd rounder on a DE for the future. Then maybe a 4th or 5th pick on another DE later in the draft. There is some buzz about the Bucs looking at some free agents at the DE position. There are some reports that they have an interest in Jason Babin, a DE for the Tennesse Titans. I could also see a guy like Ray Edwards from the Minnesota Vikings getting a look, as well as Mathias Kiwanuka from the New York Giants. All of these guys would be an upgrade from what the Bucs currently have on there roster.
OLB – I could see the Bucs using a 2nd or 3rd rounder for some depth at the OLB position. I love the way Geno Hayes plays, but he is going to need some help opposite of him.
RB – LaGarret Blount was a surprise last year with 201 carries gaining a total of 1007 yards. So, we have found our lunch pail back and all we need now is a guy who can bust a game wide open with his speed. These kind of backs can be found in the later rounds. In todays NFL, RB’s are not a priority until the later rounds.
G – With Davin Joesph hitting free agency the Bucs will need to find a replacement for the interior part of the offensive line, so the OG will need to be addressed in the middle rounds or through free agency.
CB – Even with the recent signing of Ronde Barber, the Bucs will need to start looking for his replacement. The Bucs got an underrated corner last year in the 3rd round, Myron Lewis, whom Rahim Morris is possibly grooming for Barbers replacement. Aquib Talib is the shut down corner who already is in our stable, but by all accounts is the player that no one has heard of outside of Tampa. If you have no idea who he is, let me throw two names out at you that he rivals: Nnamdi Asomugha and Darrelle Revis.
My Mock Draft picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Pick 20 – Ryan Kerriagan, DE
Pick 51 – Mason Foster, OLB
Pick 84 – Ahmad Black, S
Pick 115 – Nate Irving, ILB
Pick 132 – Derrick Locke, RB
Pick 148 – Greg Romeus, DE
Pick 211 – Bryant Browning, OG