Sunday, May 25, 2014

NOT DONE 2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


7th Overall Pick: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

A lot of people thought Manziel would be the pick if he fell to Tampa, but the big wideout was too much for them to pass up. They've needed another threat to pair with Jackson, and now they have found another big bodied receiver to throw to. A lot of people had Evans going in the top five, so this is decent value for him as well. He's not quite as sure of a prospect of Watkins, but he has just as much potential. I'm almost a little surprised the Bucs didn't grab a defensive player for Smith, but still a very solid selection .

GRADE: A-



2nd Round: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

I personally love this selection. Jenkins was once considered the top tight end in this class, but some people thought he could fall to round three. I think this is the correct range for him. Along with Mike Evans, the Bucs now have some giant targets for Mike Glennon, assuming he's the quarterback. The Bucs got good value at a position of need, great pick.

GRADE: A



3rd Round: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

What a waste of a pick. Tampa Bay already has a stud in Doug Martin and very solid depth behind him. They don't need Sims in the slightest. Worst of all, he's a reach here. There were much better running backs available. Just a waste of a valuable pick in a very deep draft

GRADE: F



5th Round: Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State

I think this is a bit of a reach here, at a position they really didn't need to reach at. 

GRADE: C


5th Round: Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue

I normally wouldn't have much of a problem with this pick, but Tampa traded up for him with better players available at the position. I don't see the sense in moving up for a player who might not make the roster. 

GRADE: C


7th Round: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

After a stretch of bad selections, Tampa hit a homerun in the sixth round. Herron could have snuk into day two, so grabbing him in the seventh round is amazing. This is their best value pick yet.

GRADE: A+



Many are blasting the Bucs for not grabbing a quarterback, but I completely understand them not finding a guy they think they can turn into a franchise quarterback in this years' draft class. However, what I do have a problem with is wasting third round picks on running backs you don't need, and overdrafting backup linemen instead of addressing needs on defense. However, the weapons they found at receiver and tight end are spectacular. They could collectively make a big impact on offense. However, those mid round selections really hurt this draft class in my opinion.


OVERALL GRADE: B-



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