Monday, May 6, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round Two: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

This is a great selection. Every mock draft writer pegged Banks to the Bucs in round one before his poor combine. I'm still surprised he fell out of round one. The Buccaneers must have been ecstatic when Banks will still available for them in the second round. This is a great value at a position of need. With the signings of Gholdson and Revis coupled with drafting Banks, the Bucs have completely re-worked their secondary. If everything turns out as planned, this major weakness could soon become a strength in Tampa.


Round Three: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State

I know Josh Freeman had an awful end to the season, but Tampa is being built to win now. Spending a third round pick on a quarterback is unacceptable when other needs are much more pressing. If they really don't like Freeman, wait till next year and pick one from the stacked 2014 quarterback class. This pick just makes no sense to me.


Round Four: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois / William Gholston, DE, Michigan State

This was a decent round for Tampa. Neither of this players are going to be household names, but they could both be solid contributors. Spence and Gholston don't offer much of a pass rush, but will be solid against the run. They will help maintain one of the league's top run stopping units.


Round Five: Steven Means, DE/OLB, Buffalo

Who? Means wasn't even on my draft board. I wouldn't have known who he is if someone signed him as an UFA. Why would they spend a fifth round pick on him? No one else would have taken him.


Round Six: Mike James, RB, Miami

With Blount gone, Tampa needed a new backup for Martin. James will probably end up being that guy. This is about where James was slotted to be taken.



Aside from Banks, this was a pretty disappointing draft. They completely blew two picks, and only had two decent rounds of picks. Even the fourth round had slightly better options. I love Banks, but it was all down hill from there. Tampa could have done much better to make them a playoff contender in this draft.


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