Bold Predictions for the Buccaneers Heading into the NFL Draft

By michael obermuller
Will O.J. Howard stay or go this weekend? That and more as we discuss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bold predictions in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Will O.J. Howard stay or go this weekend? That and more as we discuss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bold predictions in the 2020 NFL Draft. / Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
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The franchise with all the hype heading into 2020, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first signed Tom Brady and have now acquired his old favorite tight end Rob Gronkowski straight off his brief wrestling career. Yes, that's right, things are certainly heating up down in Tampa again.

There are still holes on this roster however, and time is of the essence with a brief Super Bowl window of likely just two seasons before Brady's contract is up. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht have bet their careers on a championship, and these bold moves on draft weekend might help them attain one.

1. Keep TE O.J. Howard

O.J. Howard stays with Tampa, and Brady has the top tight end duo in the NFL in 2020.
O.J. Howard stays with Tampa, and Brady has the top tight end duo in the NFL in 2020. / Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The former first-round pick is the Bucs' top trade asset, and there have been heavy rumors that he will be traded before or during the draft. One story was that O.J. Howard almost got dealt to the Washington Redskins for Trent Williams. Another involved him heading to the New England Patriots for a higher draft pick than what they gave up for Gronk. None of these stories have come to pass though, and Tampa seems to have a hefty price tag on the tight end, possibly more than anyone is willing to pay. It wouldn't be the worst idea to keep both Howard and Gronk. Brady loves big athletic tight ends and these two are some of the best in the game in that regard.

2. Trade Down, Not Up, in Round 1

Playmaking safety Xavier McKinney is perfect for this weak Bucs secondary, and TB could still get him after trading down.
Playmaking safety Xavier McKinney is perfect for this weak Bucs secondary, and TB could still get him after trading down. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Another rumor has been that the Bucs may trade up in the first in order to get their hands on an offensive tackle. Why not go for broke, right? While the idea makes sense in a short-term perspective, Licht will likely think better of this if he has any plans of keeping his job long-term. The top four tackles will likely be off the board before Tampa picks at 14th, so instead of reaching on a player there, they could elect to trade down and draft either OT Josh Jones or S Xavier McKinney with their first selection of the draft.

3. Draft Future QB Late

Jake Luton could be Brady's next protege.
Jake Luton could be Brady's next protege. / William Mancebo/Getty Images

Arians and Licht have two seasons of Brady (at least), they don't necessarily have to draft his eventual replacement right away. However, it would be smart to take a shot this time around. Tampa has a sixth and a seventh-round pick after the Gronk trade. Depending on how many quarterbacks are left on the board, they could use one of these picks on either James Morgan out of Florida International, or Jake Luton out of Oregon State. The two are similar, upside QB's with big arms who limited their interceptions in college. Either one could end up being a sleeper learning from Brady and Arians, and if Arians wants to stick around in Tampa for some time, he'll need his next bomber.



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