3 Most Likely Buccaneers Draft Targets With the 27th Overall Pick

Max Staley
Three most likely Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft targets with the No. 27 pick.
Three most likely Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft targets with the No. 27 pick. / Mike Ehrmann/GettyImages

Just when it looked like Tom Brady had completed yet another miraculous comeback, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season fell apart. The Los Angeles Rams got the ball back in a tie game with 42 seconds remaining and Cooper Kupp did the rest.

The loss leaves Tampa Bay in a precarious position. The Bucs could lose a ton of talent in free agency, their aging stars aren't getting any younger, and Brady's future appears to be legitimately up in the air. If Tampa wants to make another run next season, this front office will have to nail the 2022 NFL Draft.

Here are three players the Bucs should target with the No. 27 overall pick this offseason.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft Targets

1. Roger McCreary CB, Auburn Tigers

The Bucs' secondary was absolutely decimated by injuries this season. It's still a strong group when healthy, but the lack of depth reared its head all throughout the year. Rodger McCreary has a great all-around game and would be an excellent fit on this win-now roster. He may not have the raw physical tools that some of his peers do, but McCreary should be able to step in and contribute from day one. He'd be a nice fit with Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting, and he could be a great replacement for Carlton Davis if he walks this offseason.

2. Drake London, WR, USC Trojans

Drake London would likely be a top-15 pick had he not broken his foot in late October. But he did enough prior to the injury to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. The 20-year-old put up at least 130 receiving yards in six of his eight appearances, recording 1,084 yards and 7 touchdowns. Putting the 6-foot-4 freak opposite of Mike Evans would give Tampa Bay one of the most physically imposing WR rooms in the league. London would also be a great replacement for Chris Godwin if he heads elsewhere this offseason.

3. Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

Tampa Bay could use an injection of youth along the DL, as both Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul could bolt (or retire) this offseason. But they spent a first-round pick on EDGE Joe Tryon-Shoyinka last year and still have Vita Vea and Shaquil Barrett locked up as well. Tight end might be Tampa Bay's most glaring need, as Rob Gronkowski's future appears uncertain and O.J. Howard is likely to walk. Picking Trey McBride here is a bit of a reach, but it's one that could easily pay off. McBride dominated in a way that few collegiate tight ends ever do, recording 1,121 yards on 90 receptions for Colorado State. He managed to consistently get open despite being the team's only legit pass-catching threat, as no other Ram reached even 600 receiving yards. We all know Tom Brady loves his tight ends, and Cameron Brate probably isn't good enough to hold the position down on his own.

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