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

Max Staley
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers need to hit on their 2020 first-round pick.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers need to hit on their 2020 first-round pick. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
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With Tom Brady entering his age-43 season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty short Super Bowl window. That makes this offseason a particularly important one for the team. Armed with the No. 14 pick in the NFL Draft, the Buccaneers need to capitalize on that pick, as a miss could be disastrous.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three players the Buccaneers should avoid picking at No. 14.

1. Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs III would be a luxury pick for the Buccaneers.
Henry Ruggs III would be a luxury pick for the Buccaneers. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

As tempting as it may be to imagine a receiving corps comprised of Chris Godwin, Mike Evans and Henry Ruggs III, the Buccaneers have other holes to fill. They do need to find a legitimate WR3, but Ruggs would be redundant. He profiles best as a deep threat – something both Evans and Godwin already excel at. If Tampa Bay wants to address the position, it would be better off trading down or using a mid-round pick on a WR with a different skill set.

2. Josh Jones

Josh Jones is a great tackle, but he'd be a slight reach for the team.
Josh Jones is a great tackle, but he'd be a slight reach for the team. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

Josh Jones has a tantalizing skill set, but he's generally regarded as the fifth-best tackle in the class. Tackle is undoubtedly a need for Tampa Bay, but if the top-four options are off the board, the Buccaneers should look elsewhere rather than reach for Jones.

3. Grant Delpit

Grant Delpit plays a position of need, but he's not the right fit for the team.
Grant Delpit plays a position of need, but he's not the right fit for the team. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Safety is a need for Tampa Bay, as last season Jordan Whitehead received a 45.2 grade from Pro Football Focus, and Justin Evans didn't see the field due to injury. With the league's best run defense in 2019, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, Tampa Bay doesn't need a safety that excels in the run game, which is where Grant Delpit does some of his best work. If the team wants to address the position early, Alabama's Xavier McKinney would be the better fit.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.

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