With this offseason of uncertainty beginning for the Buccaneers and their cap problems incredibly prevalent and constricting, the draft is the most important and plausible way for the Bucs to acquire (and replace) talent.
Here’s a list of a few prospects the Bucs could plausibly select in this upcoming draft to kick off the start of the post-Brady-era (PBE, if you will).
Tackles are going to be a growing theme in this draft, as the Bucs are pretty much guaranteed to cut Donovan Smith this offseason following a season of disappointing results. His cap hit is remarkable and will provide some great cap relief to a team that desperately needs it. Anton Harrison is a big upside guy and will need some time to get adjusted to the NFL, but with the Bucs’ lack of talent for next season, that’s not the worst thing in the world.
Broderick Jones was the starting left tackle for back-to-back national championship teams at the University of Georgia, plus he got the experience of blocking for a seasoned, 30-year-old veteran in Stetson Bennett IV (no one?). He’s a bit young both in age and experience, but his talent is undeniable, and how can you go wrong drafting someone out of Georgia?
A corner is another position in dire need of addressing, as both Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting are both headed out in free agency. Cam Smith is a bit of a departure from the usual solid tacklers the Buccaneers are used to at this position, but his physicality and athleticism makes up for it. His over-aggressiveness can be a huge concern too, but when you look at a player like Trevon Diggs (whose entire game is predicated on being overly aggressive) who has a boatload of interceptions, Smith could be a second version of that.
Joey Porter, Jr.
When I think of Joey Porter, Jr. I think of the DK Metcalf of corners. He’s ridiculously athletic and lengthy, but lacks the fluidity that a lot of elite corners possess. That being said, DK has proven a large number of scouts very, very wrong, and Porter, Jr. could easily do the exact same thing. Hopefully it’s for the Buccaneers.
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