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Draft review: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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After analyzing the draft needs of all 32 teams, PFT will review how well each team addressed those needs. Up next: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What they needed: Cornerback, defensive end, tight end, quarterback.

Who they got:
Round 2: Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Round 3: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State

Round 4: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois

Round 4: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State

Round 5: Steven Means, DE, Buffalo

Round 6: Mike James, RB, Miami

Where they hit: They hit by acquiring the best cornerback in this year’s class — Darrelle Revis. Moving the 13th overall pick and some change in exchange for Revis immediately stabilizes things. Getting a guy with size in Johnathan Banks gives them options for a secondary that also includes Eric Wright, who played himself into another salary drive. Their secondary was a mess last year, but after signing safety Dashon Goldson to go with Mark Barron, and then adding the league’s best corner, they have remade themselves there.

Where they missed: The Bucs must have a crystal ball or a faith-healer on staff, because their pass-rush is in the hands of two guys with bad medical files — Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. They were willing to let Michael Bennett walk even though he turned out to be cheap, and it’s hard to see where the depth is. They also have a lot of faith in Tom Crabtree emerging as a receiving threat at tight end.

Impact rookies: Spence has a chance to play immediately in the middle, as Roy Miller left in free agency, leaving Gerald McCoy and a bunch of try-hard guys who were previously deemed unfit to be Panthers (Derek Landri, Gary Gibson, Corvey Irvin). If Spence isn’t at least solid, they have problems. Glennon has some potential, but if he plays soon, it’s a sign of bad things.

Long-term prospects: The Bucs are another team where the future hinges on the play of an inconsistent young quarterback. If Josh Freeman plays well in the final year of his rookie deal, they could be a playoff team. But there are enough issues to give the whole operation a house-of-cards feel. For all the money spent and star power in the secondary, the defensive front four is a bit of a head-scratcher. They have a good offensive line and can run, but if Freeman doesn’t earn his big new contract, they’re going to be a middle-of-the-pack team.

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  1. osiris33 says: Apr 28, 2013 3:45 PM

    A guy who can’t even run is the “the best cornerback in this year’s class?” Yeah right. If he was in the draft he would have gone lower than Matt Barkley with that ripped up knee.

  2. rippa941 says: Apr 28, 2013 4:10 PM

    RG3 knee is ripped up. ..and he would’ve went #1..#Ban Osirus from posting once he gets 75 thumbs down

  3. nathpz says: Apr 28, 2013 4:14 PM

    Weird that you’d say they have no defensive line depth when they drafted two defensive ends– although, to be fair, I don’t think much of Gholston as a pass rusher at all.

  4. onermedboxer says: Apr 28, 2013 4:27 PM

    Given an already nasty (#1 in the league) rush defense, the upgrades in the secondary and along the Dline have these defense looking actually kind of scary. If they can develop these players, this could be a return to the former glory days of defensive domination in Tampa Bay

    However, I won’t believe it until I see it. It’s up to the coaches now to get the most out of the undeniable amount of talent in Tampa

  5. imabucfan says: Apr 28, 2013 4:29 PM

    I suppose you don’t think Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, or RG III are elite players? Yes, they had the injuries and came back. Something tells me you would suck at fantasy football.

  6. jace1956 says: Apr 28, 2013 4:54 PM

    I got a gorgeous Fiat Multipla from earning $5435 this past 4 weeks and a little over $10k last month. Its by far the easiest and without any doubt the most financially rewarding job I’ve ever had. I actually started 8 months ago, and practically, straight away got at least $81p/h! This is what I do Rich4.Com_

  7. megamore78 says: Apr 28, 2013 5:36 PM

    I have normal football comments deleted regularly on this site and jace1956 can post spam about how he made money and it goes through. Awesome!

    I am not a fan of Tampa’s picks. I think that had they taken the Glennon with either of their 4th rounders the draft class would have been better. There were a fe starting quality DT’s and DE’s in the 3rd.

  8. shaggyjeff says: Apr 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    Bucs will win the division…..book it !

  9. againsville says: Apr 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    As a buc fan I think everyone overrates the rush defense. A lot of the reason they were so good against the run is because they were so poor against the pass. Teams wouldn’t run on them because they knew they could throw all over the. These acquisitions obviously help, but I think the bucs missed on a couple areas of need as well.

  10. mitybuc says: Apr 28, 2013 6:41 PM

    Dominik/Shiano/Hickey/Stokes all do this for a living.

    It’s all that they do. All day long. Every day.

    They are not trying to build Mel Kipers version of a great team (we could do that).

    They’re building Shianos vision of a disciplined, talented, and tough team that the Tampa/Orlando/ect community can be proud of.

    In Shianos system, character/toughness will trump talent at times. I’m good with that.

    I don’t agree with every pick that they made but I’m not in the biz, not privy to the real insider stuff. Just another rabid follower.

    Didn”t see any big splashes (aside from Revis), but didn’t see any blunders in this draft.

    Do wish we would have jumped on available UFA’s quicker tho.

    Go Bucs!

  11. bucx01 says: Apr 28, 2013 9:23 PM

    A lot of the reason they were so good against the run is because they were so poor against the pass. Teams wouldn’t run on them because they knew they could throw all over the.
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    Maybe, but they also lead the NFL for running plays for a loss. I don’t think this had anything to do with them being poor against the pass.

  12. Richard Dickson says: Apr 28, 2013 10:33 PM

    It’s easy to have no pass rush when your secondary is letting the primary receiver get open almost immediately so the QB can throw the ball nearly as soon as he makes the read. Improving the secondary will improve the pass rush.

  13. turbo2728 says: Apr 29, 2013 5:23 AM

    TE was never really a need for us- Sully’s offense doesn’t really feature them. Anyway Stocker played well at the end of last year and between him and Crabtree can give solid production.

  14. celly84 says: Apr 29, 2013 11:58 AM

    megamore78 says: Apr 28, 2013 5:36 PM

    I have normal football comments deleted regularly on this site and jace1956 can post spam about how he made money and it goes through. Awesome!

    I am not a fan of Tampa’s picks. I think that had they taken the Glennon with either of their 4th rounders the draft class would have been better. There were a fe starting quality DT’s and DE’s in the 3rd.
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    Given the run on QB’s in the 4th round, i HIGHLY doubt Glennon would’ve been available when we picked.

    Smart money will have you groom a backup QB that is in the same mold as your starter, that way, in the unlikely event that your starter goes down, you can have a guy come in that, while possibly not as talented as your starter, you would not have to deviate too far from your game plan as he would most likely have the same skillset as your starter.

  15. bucheadlouden says: Apr 29, 2013 7:38 PM

    Shiano want´s Freeman to fail. That´s why they didn´t get him a good slot WR nor TE. And making winning even harder: no Depth to rotate D-line, or insurrance if one DE/DT goes down (and there were options available). Hate this draft..

  16. 1jwbucs says: May 2, 2013 2:53 PM

    bucheadlouden… Listen to yourself… How ridiculous… Greg Schiano is a true hardcore head coach with leadership skills and “Win Now” mentality displayed by his drive and work ethic. No quality head coach would want to lose for the sake of having his own way ultimately… I have competed in Professional Racing and Won the Winston World Championship. I believe I can relate to the Win Now mentality, and losing is just not a part of the thought process. Josh Freeman may not be the HC’s choice of quarterback, but I can assure you that Coach Schiano will not trade Freeman’s failure, which would be reflected by losing, in order to install his choice at quarterback. Schiano will warm up quickly to Freeman with Josh opening successfully on the field of play and having a great season in 2013 that results in January play!

  17. imabucfan says: May 2, 2013 6:25 PM

    I agree with 1jwbucs. I have been a fan since year one, and the many disappointing seasons with it. I can’t remember having this many big name talented players on the team for the same season ever.
    Schiano has the attention of the owners, and there is no way a rookie starts over Freeman with the free agent talent we brought in. What Josh Freeman needed was defensive support, and Schiano HAD to have made it clear to the owners because they have NEVER spent this much on talent, and much of it on the defense. If you are not excited about the team this year, you have not been a Bucs fan. My only worry is the O and D line staying healthy, and the new faces coming together quickly as a team.
    We know from the Washington Redskins that spending money can’t buy a playoff season, but after seeing the Bucs do so poorly in seasons past, I’ll take an exciting season this year, win or lose. (But winning is better!)

  18. uglyglazers says: May 31, 2013 7:40 AM

    Last year,

    They managed to beat:

    Panthers,
    Chiefs,
    Vikings,
    Raiders,
    Chargers,
    Panthers,
    Falcons (Final week which Atlanta secured playoff spot and had no effort in the meaningless game)

    This year they Play Carolina, Miami and Buffalo. They could get a few wins there!

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