Anyone that watched just a few Bucs games last year knows that Tampa Bay’s secondary is one of the weakest parts of the team. Undoubtedly, quick improvement in that area is necessary, especially with the best Defensive Back potentially leaving the Buccaneers next month, as Brent Grimes is set to become a Free Agent. There are most likely going to be a few solid options available as an upgrade, Aaron Colvin, Malcolm Butler and Trumaine Johnson, just to name a few, are all set to become Free Agents. However, the Buccaneers will certainly need to add more than one good player to make their defensive backfield competitive again.
A great addition to the team could also be picked up in the draft. With Bradley Chubb most likely gone by the time the Bucs are on the board, the best player available at #7 might be Minkah Fitzpatrick. The 6’1” Safety out of Alabama seems to be an extraordinary playmaker on defense. He can play Cornerback and Safety, is an absolute team leader, and acts like the quarterback of the defense. His very high football-IQ makes him a very dangerous threat on the field. Fitzpatrick excels at recognizing plays quickly, is always a threat to take the ball away and make that game-changing interception, and is a great tackler in the open field. He has the size and physicality to play man-coverage against receiving Tight Ends and he is a decent blitzer. Fitzpatrick impressed in every game he played last season. He is arguably the best Defensive Back available in this year’s draft and should definitely be considered as the Buccaneers’ first round pick, as he would instantly improve Tampa Bay’s defense. There is no doubt about it, Minkah Fitzpatrick would look great in pewter and red.
Edited by Morgan Adele