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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 NFL Draft War Room

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Vernon Hargreaves was taken in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft (Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the perfect example of a team that has talent but are missing some direction. Dirk Koetter is a moron and has proven to be an incompetent coach which isn’t surprising from a coach who is very anti analytics. 2018 could also be a make or break season for Jameis Winston who we aren’t really sure if he is good or not. Until then building on what is already a talented roster has to be the priority. What can we expect from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2018 NFL Draft?

Holding the 7th pick in the draft, Minkah Fitzpatrick feels like a target. Vernon Hargreaves has potential. So does 2017 2nd round pick, Justin Evans. Brent Grimes is on his last legs but this secondary needs that one face to put them over the top. Fitzpatrick can do just that and realistically can play 7 positions. I’ve compared him to the Honey Badger but with more size. Fitzpatrick really has very little bust potential and is one of the safer picks in the draft as well.

In the second round, Tampa should target a runner. Are you good with Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber as your primary backs? The second round should be a feasting frenzy for running backs. Rashaad Penny from San Diego State could be their guy. Penny is a terrific runner and showed out at the Senior Bowl. Could he be that next Kareem Hunt? Penny has great size and patience. Penny should be a great pro but his only downside is he is a horrendous pass protector. The good news is Rodgers is one of the best in the league which makes the Penny fit a much more feasible selection.

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The Bucs traded for Jason Pierre-Paul which sures up their pass rush. Noah Spence is bound to break out at any point as well. With Kwon Alexander, Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy and Levonte David, I can’t understand why this team can’t win more games. With Vinny Curry, Ryan Jensen, and Beau Allen coming over in free agency, there’s no reason why Tampa shouldn’t challenge for a division title. To put the cherry on top of this team, why not draft Daniel Carlson of Auburn to be the kicker of the future. Oh wait, maybe that’s not a good idea. The ghost of Roberto Augayo needs to live on!


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