May 15, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

#13 Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Division: NFC South | Last Season Record: 4-12

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The quarterback of the future may not be Mike Glennon. If that is the case, it would have made sense to draft that guy. Finding a receiver to play opposite Vincent Jackson, and a pass catching tight end, should have been high on their priority list. Also, if they could come away with a starting guard, they would be in good shape.

Of course it would have made sense to add another pass rusher, but finding another linebacker should have been their biggest priority on the defensive side of the ball.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

7. (7) Mike Evans**, WR
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Texas A&M
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 327 lbs.

Round 2

6. (38) Austin Seferian-Jenkins*, TE
Experience: Junior | School: Washington
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 263 lbs.

Round 3

5. (69) Charles Sims, RB
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: West Virginia
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 214 lbs.

Round 5

3. (143) Kadeem Edwards, OG
Experience: Senior | School: Tennessee State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 307 lbs.

9. (149) Kevin Pamphile, OT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Purdue
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 310 lbs.

Round 6

9. (185) Robert Herron, WR
Experience: Senior | School: Wyoming
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 190 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Charles Sims, RB (Round 3, Pick 5)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: West Virginia
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 214 lbs.

Analysis: Charles Sims was my #1 running back in the 2014 NFL Draft. While the Bucs do have Doug Martin, with Sims on board, they'll have one of the best one-two punches at running back.

Most Questionable Pick:

Kevin Pamphile, OT (Round 5, Pick 9)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Purdue
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 310 lbs.

Analysis: Pamphile is really raw and inexperienced. Worth a shot as a developmental tackle in the 6th or 7th round, but not in the 5th round in my opinion.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Brett Smith*, QB
Experience: Junior | School: Wyoming
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205 lbs.

Analysis: Brett Smith had been compared to Johnny Manziel throughout the entire draft process, with some going on to say that they would rather draft him in the middle rounds instead of taking Manziel in the first round. He'll likely make the roster as the 3rd string quarterback.

Other Free Agent Signings

Solomon Patton, WR, Florida
Keith Lewis, CB, Virginia-Lynchburg
Chaz Sutton, DE, South Carolina
Aaron Burks, WR, Boise State
Tony Hurd Jr., DB, Texas A&M
Matt Patchan, OL, Boston College
Mycal Swaim, SS, Eastern Michigan
Chris Burnette, OG, Georgia

Draft Review:

Analysis: Though they were probably strongly considering Johnny Manziel with the 7th overall pick, they opted to take his go to guy at A&M. Mike Evans was a great pick, and he'll start opposite Vincent Jackson, who Evans is universally compared to. Like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in Chicago, Lovie Smith now has two towering receivers in Tampa.

Though Jace Amaro was still on the board, you can't knock the Bucs for grabbing Austin Seferian-Jenkins instead. He is a better blocker, and offers more athleticism at the position. They now have 3 6 foot 5+ targets for Mike Glennon.

What Charles Sims could bring to the table more than anything is his incredible receiving ability. I love the fact that they added several weapons in the first three rounds.

While Kevin Pamphile is a developmental tackle, Kadeem Edwards has the potential to become a starting guard. He came off the board a round earlier than expected, however.

I thought Robert Herron was a good get in the 6th round. Even after taking Mike Evans in round one, they needed to add another fast receiver.

The Verdict: While I do wish the Bucs would have drafted a linebacker at some point, you have to love what they did in this draft. They are building around their young quarterback, giving him arguably the best receiver and tight end in this draft. And on day 3, they added two offensive linemen with developmental upside.

Overall Grade: A-