Draft Day Surprise in Tampa


The Buccaneers find themselves on the outside looking in for another NFL season. The playoffs are looming, and the Buccaneers can’t seem to find the key for success. They are led by Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. The defensive front has gotten better this year with the additions of some free agents and trade acquisitions, but the secondary is still atrocious. It also looks like Head Coach Dirk Koetter will be relieved of his duties much like his buddy Mike Smith. The NFL Draft should align well for the Buccaneers as they will be drafting in the top 10 once again.

This year’s NFL Draft is loaded with defensive talent. I think the consensus is that Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa will be the number one pick. The Buccaneers are an interesting team this year. The obvious choice is to draft a safety or corner. Greedy Williams will be available for the Buccaneers. He is a shutdown corner out of LSU. The question will be this: are the Buccaneers going to extend Jameis Winston? He has been in several off-field situations. The numbers don’t lie for Winston, but is it worth it for the Buccaneers?

Some of the mock drafts have Tampa Bay selecting quarterback Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State University. Would this be smart for the Buccaneers? I personally wouldn’t mind seeing the Buccaneers move on from Winston. Tampa could select Haskins and keep Winston on to bridge the gap for Haskins to take over. Haskins was a Heisman finalist this past college season. He is the prototypical quarterback. He has everything: height, arm strength, and accuracy. Haskins has accumulated 4,580 yards with 47 touchdowns. He could be the missing link that takes the offense to an even more impressive ranking. Haskins hasn’t announced his decision to leave OSU yet, but I think it is coming in the upcoming months.

It remains to be seen what the Buccaneers will do, and while most think it is going to be a defensive player, we could all be in for a big surprise.