2013 NFL Offseason: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Draft Grades, Season Previews, Team Needs, Free Agents
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Year: 7-9)
2013 NFL Draft Grade: C+
Please note that the overall grade is not an average of all the individual grades. Other things are taken into account like team needs and goals.
Goals Entering the 2013 NFL Draft: The important thing for the Buccaneers is not to reach for a cornerback. This includes both drafting Xavier Rhodes at No. 13 or trading a bunch of picks for Darrelle Revis. They have to fix the corner position at some point, but Tampa Bay can just do that in Rounds 2-4. The No. 13 selection should be used on the best player available - preferably a defensive lineman.
2013 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Buccaneers did indeed trade for Darrelle Revis, but they didn't nearly give up as many selections as anticipated. Thus, I feel like they did a good job of bolstering their cornerbacks when taking that deal and the Johnthan Banks selection into account.
Tampa Bay made some other solid choices, but the one pick that really sticks out was Mike Glennon in the third round. I think general manager Mark Dominik sent a terrible message to his players by selecting the N.C. State signal-caller. The team seemed to quit last year when Dominik dealt Aqib Talib, as there was apparent frustration because it seemed like the front office didn't think it could win now. Dominik is once again doing the same thing. Instead of helping this group win by giving Josh Freeman a tight end or slot receiver to work with, Dominik spent a valuable pick on the future. It's like he can't make up his mind.
Then again, it could be argued that the Buccaneers can't win with Freeman period because he's too inconsistent. That would be a valid point, but Glennon in no way is an upgrade of any sort. Had he been considered one, he would have gone much earlier than the 73rd pick.
2013 NFL Draft Individual Grades:
43. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: A Grade
Think the Buccaneers shored up their secondary with Johnthan Banks and Darrelle Revis? Banks is a steal at No. 43. He was projected to go in the first round prior to running a 4.6 40 at the Combine. But as the Seahawks have proven, tall but slower corners can thrive in the NFL.
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73. Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State: C Grade
There are so many teams that need quarterbacks, yet the Buccaneers were the first one to choose a player out of the Barkley/Nassib/Glennon/Wilson group? It may seem strange, but head coach Greg Schiano absolutely hates Josh Freeman, who struggled mightily down the stretch. Glennon has good upside, but he's a project. The Buccaneers probably would have been better off giving Freeman one more shot and then coming back with a quarterback in the awesome 2014 class.
100. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois: B Grade
I thought Akeem Spence would go in the fourth round, so this is the right range for him. He's a one-technique in the 4-3, which is exactly what Tampa Bay needed in the wake of the Roy Miller departure. He should be an upgrade over Gary Gibson.
126. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State: B+ Grade
I had William Gholston here in my re-mock draft because it makes so much sense. William Gholston is a perfect fit in Tampa Bay's defense as a left end, a position vacated by Michael Bennett's departure to Seattle.
147. Steven Means, DE, Buffalo: D Grade
I wish I could give the Buccaneers a Millen grade for this, but it's the fifth round. Still, this is a bad selection. Steven Means is not a draftable prospect, and a second defensive end wasn't needed.
189. Mike James, RB, Miami: B Grade
This is a pick that makes sense. The Buccaneers just dealt LeGarrette Blount to the Patriots, so they had to find a second running back behind Doug Martin.
*** 2013 NFL TEAM NEEDS BELOW COMMENT BOARD ***
Things looked so promising for the Buccaneers when they were 6-4 and heading into a pivotal matchup against the Falcons in late November. They played valiantly, but lost by a point. This caused a cascade of losses, culminating with a 41-0 shutout at New Orleans and a 15-point home defeat to the Rams. Josh Freeman started hot, but completely collapsed down the stretch. However, a Week 17 dismantling of the Falcons should give the fans hope for next year.
- Two Cornerbacks: Tampa Bay had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL for a reason. Aqib Talib was traded, while Eric Wright dealt with injuries and suspensions. Wright can't be counted on to start next year (there's a good chance he'll be cut in the offseason), and neither can E.J. Biggers, who's a free agent. The front office could easily double dip at the position in the 2013 NFL Draft, beginning with Xavier Rhodes at No. 13 overall. Signed Darrelle Revis
- Defensive End: Michael Bennett is one of the better defensive ends in the NFL. He's also a free agent. If he leaves, Tampa Bay will have to find someone to compete with Da'Quan Bowers for the starting job across from Adrian Clayborn. Bowers, by the way, was arrested Feb. 18 for trying to bring a gun through airport security. Signed George Selvie
- Tight End: Dallas Clark is a free agent, so Tampa Bay will bring in someone to challenge Luke Stocker, who hasn't developed like the front office envisioned when it took him in the fourth round two years ago. Josh Freeman would really benefit from a dependable intermediate target. Signed Tom Crabtree
- Defensive Tackle: Roy Miller (a free agent) and Gary Gibson both thrive at stopping the run, but the Buccaneers need to find someone who can rush the quarterback from the interior alongside Gerald McCoy. Signed Derek Landri
- Strongside Linebacker: Lavonte David was awesome as a rookie next to Mason Foster. The Buccaneers got nothing out of the third linebacker spot, however. A Day 2 selection could be used on an upgrade over Quincy Black, who was released. Signed Jonathan Casillas
- Quarterback: Josh Freeman's late-season meltdown should prompt the front office to bring in some competition for him in 2013.
- Offensive Tackle: With Jeremy Trueblood heading for free agency, depth is needed behind Donald Penn and Demar Dotson.
- Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams form an awesome tandem, but the Buccaneers are awfully thin behind them. Signed Kevin Ogletree and Steve Smith
- Running Back: The Buccaneers could use a better No. 2 option than the unreliable LeGarrette Blount. Signed Brian Leonard
2013 NFL Free Agent Signings:
Dashon Goldson, S, 49ers. Age: 28.
Signed with Buccaneers (5 years)
Dashon Goldson had some issues in coverage back in 2011, but did what he needed to do to correct them this past season. Goldson made the Pro Bowl for good reason.
Nate Kaeding, K, Dolphins. Age: 31.
Signed with Buccaneers
Nate Kaeding was one of the most accurate regular-season kickers prior to suffering a plethora of injuries the past two seasons. He went 8-of-10 in 2012, but didn't try a kick beyond 50.
Derek Landri, DT, Eagles. Age: 29.
Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $3.25 million)
Derek Landri is a solid rotational defensive tackle who can put pressure on the quarterback occasionally.
- Kevin Ogletree, WR, Cowboys. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Brian Leonard, FB, Bengals. Age: 29. -- Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
- George Selvie, DE, Jaguars. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Jonathan Casillas, OLB, Saints. Age: 26. -- Signed with Buccaneers (1 year)
- Tom Crabtree (RFA), TE, Packers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Andre Neblett (RFA), DT, Panthers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Buccaneers
- Steve Smith, WR, Rams. Age: 28. -- Signed with Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Agents:
Salary Cap: TBA.
Michael Bennett, DE, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
Signed with Seahawks (1 year, $5 million)
One of the more underrated players in the NFL, Michael Bennett is a solid pass-rusher and a premier run-defender. He plays all three downs and deserves a big contract.
E.J. Biggers, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Signed with Redskins
E.J. Biggers took over for a suspended Aqib Talib in Week 6 and played surprisingly well in coverage. He's a liability in run support, however.
Ronde Barber, S, Buccaneers. Age: 38.
It's remarkable that Ronde Barber was able to perform on such a high level this past season as a 37-year-old. He could retire though.
Roy Miller, DT, Buccaneers. Age: 26.
Signed with Jaguars
Roy Miller doesn't offer anything as a pass-rusher, but he's a primary reason why the Buccaneers had one of the league's top run defenses in 2012.
- LeGarrette Blount (RFA), RB, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers (1 year, $1.75 million)
- Dallas Clark, TE, Buccaneers. Age: 34.
- Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Buccaneers. Age: 30. -- Signed with Redskins
- Brandon McDonald, CB, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
- Corvey Irvin (RFA), DT, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
- Sammie Stroughter, WR, Buccaneers. Age: 27.
- Dan Orlovsky, QB, Buccaneers. Age: 30. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers
- D.J. Ware, RB, Buccaneers. Age: 28.
- Quincy Black, OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 29.
- Roscoe Parrish, KR, Buccaneers. Age: 31.
- Jacob Cutrera (RFA), OLB, Buccaneers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Buccaneers
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