3 Positions the Buccaneers Need to Address in 2021 NFL Draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have the most complete roster in the NFL. From top to bottom, this team is absolutely loaded. But a general manager's work is never done, and there are some issues that Jason Licht will need to address in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Looking to load up for another Super Bowl run, here are three positions Tampa Bay needs to address in the draft.
Nothing showcased the value of an elite offensive line better than the Bucs' Super Bowl LV victory. While the Kansas City Chiefs' patchwork O-Line got decimated by Tampa Bay's fearsome pass-rush, Bucs' stars like Tristan Wirfs and Ali Marpet kept Tom Brady clean while cruising to an easy win. This unit is one of the best in the league, but it could stand to add some depth at guard alongside Ali Marpet. Alex Cappa is a serviceable enough starter, but Tampa should look to draft a guard to either take over for him or step in if someone goes down on the interior. Aaron Stinnie is a rock-solid backup, but you can never have enough depth at OL, and adding someone like Ohio State's Wyatt Davis could really help this team. Picking a QB of the future is a need as well, but with Brady entering his age-44 campaign, the Bucs are probably better off spending resources to go all-in on another Super Bowl run in 2021.
The Buccaneers have two of the best linebackers in the game in Lavonte David and Devin White. But David is entering his age-31 season and got banged up toward the end of the year. If either White or David goes down next season, this defense could be in real trouble. Kevin Minter is the only other ILB on the roster right now, and he wouldn't be able to come close to replicating what White or David bring to the table. Spending a Day 2 pick on a playmaker at LB like Jamin Davis or Jabril Cox makes a ton of sense. A young LB would be a great insurance policy incase either star went down, and it'd be smart to have a succession plan in place for the 31-year-old David.
1. Defensive Line
This may seem counterintuitive given that the defensive line is arguably Tampa Bay's biggest strength, but that unit isn't exactly filled with spring chickens. Key contributors like Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh are both well into their 30's. And Vita Vea, the team's youngest starter up front, is quickly approaching the end of his rookie deal. Tampa Bay could really benefit from an infusion of young pass-rushing talent both on the edge and the interior. It would allow the team to transition to a new era down the road without losing its identity as a fearsome pass-rushing unit. Plus, adding some young talent on the line could allow the Bucs to manage their aging stars' workloads. Don't be surprised to see Tampa target a pass-rusher like Penn State's Jayson Oweh in Round 1.
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