Two years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were slotted to pick seventh in the NFL draft.
Two years later. The Buccaneers hold that same exact position heading into May’s NFL Draft.
Now when a team is 4-12 in the previous year. There’s no surprise. They need help everywhere. They need offense, they need defense. But more importantly, they need game changers.
Insert Clemson Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins.
He’s the sexy pick and the game changer Tampa Bay needs on offense.
This team has it’s ‘quarterback of the future’ in my eyes in Mike Glennon. Insurance later in the draft is never a bad thing. But the decision to fill in the offense around Glennon should move forward with little doubt.
The NFC South is a tough division, filled with offensive knockouts everywhere you turn. New Orleans, Carolina and Atlanta all hold potent offense capable of scoring and scoring quick. It’s an offensive driven league and to just keep in the division. They must go toe-to-toe with the likes of Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Cam Newton of Carolina.
To do just that. The Buccaneers need weapons and more ammo in that offensive arsenal.
New offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford has developed great talent in his years at Cal, such as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He can be trusted to create an offensive firework show with explosiveness to run with the best in the NFC South.
With new head coach Lovie Smith at the helm working the defense into the kind of defense that led his Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006(With Rex Grossman at quarterback). I like Tampa Bay to go defense in free agency and utilize Smith’s connections to land a couple solid defenders, setting up offense as their top need in the draft.
But back to Watkins for a second. Who was only the fourth player ever to be named to the AP first-team All-American as a true freshman, joining Adrian Peterson, Herschel Walker and Marshall Faulk.
Good company huh?
Watkins has God gifted talent to go up and get the football. At Clemson, Watkins demonstrated his game changing playmaking skills that just can’t be taught. His vision for the field and acceleration is excellent and he is the consensus number one wide receiver in the draft.
The downfield push and play making ability he would provide, will open up plays to utilize Glennon’s big play ability and keep eight out of the box for running back Doug Martin to get back into his groove. Glennon was dead last in the NFL in yards per pass attempt last year.
The Conroe, Texas native Glennon has the potential to engineer an explosive offense. The additions of Tedford and a plan in place could put Tampa Bay in the mix next year.
Lucky number seven worked out for Tampa Bay two years ago. Will it work out for them again this year?
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