Head Coach Bruce Arians may have his hands full this offseason trying to evaluate those who will fit in his new scheme.
It’s safe to say it’s a clean slate until Arians’ staff determines from game film who will belong and who deserves another shot, including the disgruntled receiver DeSean Jackson. Professionally, the biggest needs on paper will be on defense since that unit’s struggled the most to perform consistently and has become far more of a liability than the offense.
While, the offensive talent is there for Arians and offensive coordinator Bryon Leftwich, quality offensive linemen are always a big plus. The secondary is important given how injuries and broken coverage affected the team throughout the season. But it looks like defense will be the most important component to start on since defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will need his players to be versatile and comfortable in the 3-4 as much as the unit is in the 4-3.
The Bucs should concentrate on safety, cornerback, linebacker, and offensive line. Finding a veteran free agent running back would be a bonus, but they need to see if Ronald Jones can work in the system and if Peyton Barber is worth bringing back.
Most project that the Bucs will select LSU’s Greedy Williams. With Brent Grimes looking to depart, Vernon Hargreaves coming off a season-ending injury, and MJ Stewart and Cartlon Davis needing more time to mature, Williams gives them the top CB of the draft and ready-starter.
With Donovan Smith’s uncertain status, Jawaan Taylor from the University of Florida becomes a viable option to fill in the left tackle spot. He stands at 6’ 5’ and weighs 340 pounds—he should be a solid, dependable lineman for years.
If possible, if they feel their target will be around at a lower spot, then by all means the Bucs should trade down for depth.
Who do you think the Bucs should go for with their first round pick?