Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A Good 2018 Draft To Prevent a Nightmare Season
Coming into the 2018 NFL Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers needed to fill holes to make their 2018 season better than 2017. They finished with a record of 3-13 once again missing the playoffs. Most of the offseason defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had been going to social media to try to bring defensive players to the Bucs to help him out. The Bucs went out and made trades and acquired free agents to help. They picked up Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, and Jason Pierre-Paul. Going into the draft earlier this week they felt like that wasn’t enough on defense or offense.
The Bucs secondary was torched most of the year because of the lack of a pass rush. So basically the draft depended on what the New York Giants did. All of the experts knew that there would be 4 or 5 quarterbacks going in the top 10 well 4 of them did which set a record for the draft. The Bucs started the night with the 7 pick overall. They traded the pick to the Buffalo Bills who moved up in the draft order from 12 to 7. They selected what they hope will be their franchise quarterback. Thus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 12 pick beefed up their defensive line and took Vita Vea out of the University of Washington. He is 6’4 and weighs 335 pounds. Indeed, he will demand a double team and will be a nightmare for most offensive lines.
He will be on the line now with Gerald McCoy who drew many double teams a year ago. He will also join Vinny Curry and one of the best edge rushers in Jason Pierre-Paul. Now that it seems like they shore up their line now they had to focus on the secondary. Later in the draft, they got 2 CB’s and a safety. The two cornerbacks they obtained came into the second round first M.J. Stewart out of the University of North Carolina and Carlton Davis out of Auburn University. Both of them are averaged sized defensive backs that will be up against the best receivers in the NFL.
In the 4th round, they drafted safety Jordan Whitehead out of the University of Pittsburgh. He will also be a big help to the secondary. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were pretty solid at the LB position but they drafted one in the sixth round, Jack Cichy out of the University of Wisconsin. He will join Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander. Two of the best at the pro level.
They also needed a running back after they released Doug Martin after the 2017 season. They selected Ronald Jones out of the University of Southern California. He will help re-signed running back Peyton Barber. They also drafted another wide receiver to help give QB Jameis Winston another weapon. For assurance they selected another offensive lineman, taking Alex Cappa from the University of Humboldt State. They needed more defense than offense but it never hurts to make sure they covered all their holes.
Overall they had a good draft filling many or all of their needs. Many people weren’t sure why they drafted another defensive lineman but having too many is never a bad thing. Vita Vea will be a future problem for many offensive linemen. They will need to lean on him a lot with the quarterbacks inside the NFC South. Future Hall Famer Drew Brees and two good QBs in Carolina Panthers Cam Newton and Atlanta Falcons with Matt Ryan. All three of them can pose a threat to the Bucs. They also acquired help to veteran DB Brent Grimes which now should have a better 2018. They will not have to cover a WR for more any longer than they have too. With the picks, they made it is looking up from the nightmare of the 2017 season and now maybe not a nightmare in 2018.
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