Figuring Out Who To Draft


1. Take best player available. This has its strongest implications during the draft itself but it is the reason they evaluate all players that don’t really fit any need. Teams that do this often will often be successful.

2. Look for where you are lacking in talent. The Buccaneers only had 26 sacks last year (tied for second worst) and allowed 4.7 yards per carry (also tied for second worst) while suffering injuries to their rookie defensive tackles. They will be zeroing in on pass-rushing talent and overall physical specimen for the defensive front seven.

3. Look for where you are old. The Buccaneers need to soon replace 35 year-old CB Ronde Barber. Can Myron Lewis be the guy? Jeff Faine will be 30 on opening day next year but the Bucs still have one of the youngest offensive lines in football.

4. Look for where you are lacking in leadership. Sometimes the Bucs have the right player, with the right mentality and the right intelligence but he’s a follower, not a leader. They are filled with leaders on offense and Ruud is adequate on defense.

5. Look to trade down where possible. This is how dynasties are born. Bill Belichick enters this draft with multiple picks in each of the first four rounds and he may multiply some of those picks by more trading down.

6. Get depth at key positions. So, offensive line will be targeted after all. I wish the NFL would expand the rosters from 53, especially with the new rookie wage scale.


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