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3 Players the Buccaneers Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Draft Pick

Devon Platana
Three players that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to avoid with their first-round draft pick.
Three players that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to avoid with their first-round draft pick. / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their eyes set on a second Super Bowl run in three years following the offseason moves they've made so far. Having said that, there are holes left to fill as the 2022 NFL Draft looms around the corner.

The Buccaneers currently possess the No. 27 pick in the first round of the draft. There will certainly be NFL-ready talent available when they're on the clock, however, there are also some mistakes that they must avoid making.

Here are three players that the Buccaneers need to avoid with their first-round pick at the 2022 NFL Draft.

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1. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan

Adding offensive line depth is one of the Buccaneers' goals ahead of the draft, which is why they could consider drafting Bernhard Raimann. However, that isn't to say that they should select the Central Michigan tackle. For starters, Raimann recently started playing offensive tackle after he was a tight end only two seasons ago, so it remains to be seen what his potential at the position is. Weighing 303 pounds, he may also need to put on more weight after bigger defenders could often handle him during his collegiate days. Add in the fact that he isn't the best pass-blocker — something needed for Tom Brady's success — and it's clear that Raimann is a prospect worth passing up on.

2. Travis Jones, DT, UConn

Ndamukong Suh remains a free agent at this time and it's uncertain if he'll return to the Bucs, leaving a spot open at the defensive tackle position. While UConn DT Travis Jones could be a legitimate NFL player one day, Tampa Bay should avoid him at No. 27. Jones is far from a top pass-rusher in the class and struggled in one-on-one battles — something that the opposition will use against him at the pro level. Beyond that, he tends not to be too effective with his hands and needs help becoming better at stopping the run. With the Buccaneers looking for a Super Bowl victory next season, they can't afford to waste time helping Jones develop.

3. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State

Tampa Bay's passing game is somewhat lacking now that Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski aren't on the roster. The team did bring in wideout Russell Gage this offseason, however, it's been reported that adding another wide receiver is one of the top draft priorities. If that's the case, the Buccaneers shouldn't go with North Dakota State's Christian Watson. On one hand, he isn't that great of a route runner, which could be frustrating in a Brady-led offense. On top of that, he isn't that much of a deep threat and has a fairly limited catch radius. Despite being 6-foot-4, he doesn't use his body as often as he could, which will limit his potential if he doesn't make a change.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.