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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Biggest Needs Heading Into the 2020 NFL Draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the most exciting teams to watch in 2019 because of Jameis Winston, or commonly known as Mr. Interception, throwing either a 75-yard touchdown or throwing a pick six the other way. But after an offseason of a lot of change, this is a new Tampa team. And after addressing some big needs in the NFL Draft, the Buccaneers will look to compete in 2020.

The Buccaneers made a huge free agency move this offseason, signing Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski came running afterwards. With the signing of Brady, anything can happen in Tampa next season and why not add to the pot a little bit more by adding some solid young talent in this year’s draft. 

Bucs 2020 Draft Picks

  • Round 1, Pick 14
  • Round 2, Pick 45
  • Round 3, Pick 76
  • Round 4, Pick 117
  • Round 5, Pick 161
  • Round 6, Pick 194
  • Round 7, Pick 241
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Bucs Biggest Draft Needs

Offensive Tackle (OT)

Adding a quarterback as vetted as Brady, Tampa Bay needs to address their offensive tackle position to protect him. Tampa’s offensive line is the third-most expensive line in the NFL currently, but they didn’t look like it. In 2019, the left tackle position was ranked 25th and the right tackle ranked 28th. That’s not going to cut it with Brady as the starter. 

Dream Pick: Jedrick Wills Jr, OT, Alabama (No. 14 overall)

Wide Receiver (WR)

Tampa Bay has arguably one of the best wide receiver duos in the league, with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. But beyond those two, there isn’t much. They lost Breshad Perriman to free agency, who stepped up late last season when both Evans and Godwin were out to injuries. Plus, Brady likes to share the football with multiple receivers, so taking the gamble on a wide receiver in the mid rounds won’t hurt too much. 

Dream Pick: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan (No. 76 overall)

Running Back (RB)

Tampa Bay has always struggled with the run game, as they ranked 28th in 2019 in yards per carry. Ronald Jones isn’t a bad option, but drafting one of these top running backs in the draft is the best bet. There’s tons of talent at the running back position, but they’re going to fly off the board fast. If a guy falls that can catch the ball out of the backfield, he’ll put up some numbers with Brady as his quarterback. This is a draft need the Buccaneers must address in order to play to Brady’s strengths.

Dream Pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU (No. 45 overall)

Secondary Team Needs 

Defensive Tackle

Linebacker

Safety 


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