The Buccaneers drafted Donovan Smith to go with Demar Dotson, but Smith has struggled mightily thus far, so perhaps he could move inside. Also, with Dotson, he'll be entering his contract season as a soon-to-be 31-year-old, so this could be a long-term solution.
The Buccaneers might have the weakest group of cornerbacks in the NFL. Alterraun Verner has been an abomination this season, while Johnthan Banks has only been marginally better, but only by default. This is an area that absolutely must be addressed this offseason.
Rd. 3, Pk. 20
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
It's a sad day when Chris Conte is your top tight end safety. The Buccaneers absolutely have to do something about this.
Rd. 1, Pk. 14
Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE/3-4DE, Ole Miss
The Bucs need defensive line help. I think they would prefer more of an edge rusher, but there has been a run on those player,s so Tampa Bay settles for a disruptor. Perhaps being around a leader and pro in Gerald McCoy will get Nkemdiche to turn his potential into production.
I've spoken with GMs who share my opinion that Nkemdiche is one of the most overrated players in this draft class. He consistently breaks into the backfield, but rarely ever finishes a play. Part of the reason for that is Nkemdiche has poor awareness. He also lacks pass-rushing moves. NFL sources say that while Nkemdiche has a great skill set, he just isn't a natural pass-rusher, and that can be seen in his pathetic sack production.
There is no doubt that Nkemdiche (6-4, 296) has a tremendous skill set with the speed and agility of a linebacker. For the NFL, he has the ability to be a disruptive presence at the point of attack if nothing else.
This season, Nkemdiche has 22 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and 1.5 sacks, plus he caught a 31-yard touchdown pass. Nkemdiche recorded 35 tackles with two sacks in 2014. He flashed, but lacked consistency. As a freshman, Nkemdiche totaled 34 tackles with two sacks and eight tackles for a loss. He has a total 5.5 sacks in his collegiate career.
Multiple teams have told me that they have off-the-field concerns with Nkemdiche. One team labelled him as having serious baggage. Another said that Nkemdiche loves the limelight and wants to be a movie star. They'd like to see him have the desire to dominate on the field.
Pick change; previously Ronnie Stanley, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Tony Conner, CB/S, Ole Miss
Tampa Bay grabs some badly needed secondary help.
Conner has only played in three games this season because of a torn meniscus. He has a total of 14 tackles in his four games. Conner totaled 69 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, an interception and two passes broken up in 2014. He was a tough defender for Ole Miss. The Rebels used him all over the field, including as an in-the-box safety, an outside corner, a slot corner, an outside linebacker and an edge rusher.
The Rebels had a phenomenal 2013 recruiting class and one of their star freshmen was Conner. From Week 1 of his first season on, he was all over the field for Ole Miss and impossible to ignore. Conner (6-0, 217) was a Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman. He totaled 66 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and seven passes broken up that year. Conner has instincts and should only get better.
Rd. 3, Pk. 12
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The Bucs continue to find pieces to build up their offensive line.
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Spriggs has good length on the edge with some power and athleticism. He held his own going against Joey Bosa this season. Spriggs plays on the blide side for Indiana, but would be a better fit at right tackle in the NFL.
Worst O-Line in football but people still pick Winston to haev a good first year.So that means if you put a stud up on the Line you can get your team to the playoffs.Doug Martin has trained this summer and it has showed with him dropping more than 15 Pounds and good pick in Stanley and i decent Veteran/Young gun signed Tampa Bay will have a good 2016
Tampa bay has a solid defense and picked up Jameis Winston number one overall in 2015 as their "franchise quarterback". An upgrade on the offensive line is next on the agenda and Tunsil fills the need. They need protection for Winston if they ever expect him to be their franchise game-changer. They are in a very similar situation to Tennessee.
This is primarily guided my belief in Myles Jack as a contender for a top 5 pick. He’s incredibly fluid in coverage and can contribute as a pass-rusher, something that Tampa Bay desperate needs. Even though a stud left tackle can only make Jameis Winston and the offense much better, investing in both Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet in this past draft suggests that they focus on grabbing elite talent at another are of need in 2016. Myles Jack gives the Buccaneers a versatile player that can potentially play some downs as an edge rusher while predominantly acting as a steady linebacker.