Draft Review: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.
I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.
So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1 Pick 7Mike Evans
Mike Evans     WR    Texas A&M

What I said then: He bursts into tears. Holy Shit thats a scary offense. Good thing about it is the Panthers can get to the QB and blow his socks off. He goes and hugs his QB, who actually looks happy for him. Must be Manzeil knows what a shitty coach they have.
My only issue is Evans likes to hold the ball out, and he could fumble the ball a lot if he doesn’t learn to cradle.

What I think now: Yeah, I hate this guy even more now. 6’5 and runs a 4.5? Yeah. The Bucs need to work on getting him off the line in bump and run coverage, because he doesn’t throw his body around like a 6’5 guy . He likes to run a deer.
A giant F’N Deer.

Round 2 Pick 38
Austin Seferian-Jenkins     TE  

Who’s taller than Evans? This guy. Another 6’6 Giant in a position where soon 6’3 will be considered too short for the position. Left at the right time (Senior QB going) so he’s not stupid. He’s going to have problems getting open against quick linebackers, but just on size alone he should get some catches.

Round 3 Pick 69
Charles Sims     RB    West Virginia  

Good Size, Good Speed, Good production, Good Pick. I don’t think he’s a star, I don’t think there is a ton here to see. The problem is going to be if they can get him open in space and can he keep the ball under control. Kind of a poor man’s Reggie Bush. Decent third down back, but not much more.

Round 5 Pick 143Tampa Bay new uniforms
Kadeem Edwards     G    Tennessee State  

Bit of a reach, but he’s got good size and quickness for a guard. Has some hand issues, and the more watchful eye of NFL referees are going to be moving the Bucs backward faster than his long arms will move him forward.
I don’t see him playing much this year, but could be a starter next year, if he responds to coaching.

Round 5 Pick 149
Kevin Pamphile     OT    Purdue

6’5 310. Another slight reach, but still a solid pick, I don’t know if he sticks a tackle, or moves to Guard. I think he needs to get a bit stronger, and has a lot of work to do. Worth the pick, so can’t complain too much.

Round 6 Pick 185
Robert Herron     WR    Wyoming

I like this pick, even though he’s 5’9. He also has 4.38 speed. I can easily see him coming on is a few years and pairing with Evans on the same side of the feild for the next 3-4 years. He didn’t play special teams at Wyoming, and that does kind of concern me a bit about him, but I do like the pick.

149: Buffalo traded this selection to Tampa in exchange for Tampa’s seventh round selection (221st) in this draft and their fifth round selection in the 2015 draft.

185: Buffalo traded this selection to Tampa Bay in exchange for wide receiver Mike Williams.

Overall: I think the Bucs has 2 day 1 starters in the first two picks, and two possible starters next year in Edwards and/or Herron. I do like the fact they didn’t pick a QB, and got some parts to go with Evans- but Lovie Smith has a LOT of work to do, as there are question marks on everyone- and they each have coachable holes.

Free AgentsTampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Allen C Louisiana-Monroe
Nate Askew LB Texas A&M
Aaron Burks WR Boise State
Euclid Cummings DT Georgia Tech
Keith Lewis CB Virginia-Lynchburg
Andrew Miller G Virginia Tech
Matt Patchan T Boston College
Solomon Patton WR Florida
Brett Smith QB Wyoming
Chaz Sutton DE South Carolina
Mycal Swaim S Eastern Michigan

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  1. There is a lot of talk about Tampa possibly challenging for the division. Not sure they did so with this draft. I agree on the receivers (and the tight end), but besides them and Sims I don’t love this draft.

  2. Me too but with two receivers 6’5″ and a 6’6″ tight end all the QB in Tampa has to do is throw it high. Glennon or McCown should be able to at least do that much.

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