After drafting OT Tristan Wirfs to anchor the offensive line with their first pick, the Buccaneers looked to use the rest of the draft to fill in some missing pieces in what already looks like a playoff bound team.
Instead of reaching on a RB after Wisconsin stud Jonathan Taylor was picked up by the Colts, Bucs GM Jason Licht beefed up an already stacked defense drafting Safety Antoine Winfield Jr with their 2nd Round pick. Our secondary is very young but as the team grows it will continue to get better, Winfield Jr adds to that bringing ball hawk interception skills. Winfield Jr also specialize in his run defense often picking up the middle of the field tackles.
In the 3rd Round the Bucs finally secured a RB drafting Vanderbilt standout Ke’Shawn Vaughn to share carries with ROJO, which hopefully will take some of the load of Brady. To me he seems like a Doug Martin style running back, short but once he gets through the hole he has potential to take it to the house.
In the 5th Round the Bucs got Brady another possible weapon on offense getting another Minnesota player Tyler Johnson at WR. I can’t see him being a week one starter but it never hurts to give Bruce Arians even more weapons to draw up plays for.
Later Round Picks usually don’t get that much love but the Bucs added another Nebraska DT Khalil Davis with their 6th Round Pick. Davis joins fellow Cornhuskers Suh and fan favorite Lavonte David on Todd Bowles squad. Even if David doesn’t get much playing time due to Suh and Vea he can lessen the load on those two if he has a productive rookie year. I’ll definitely be looking out for Khalil Davis to make some big plays on D!
Later in the 7th Round the Bucs added another defensive player Temple OLD Chapelle Russel. They also went for RB Raymond Calais out Louisiana. Hopefully if Vaughn doesn’t get it going Calais could help take the load of ROJO this season.
With such a huge free agency and a team already on the cusp of a playoff birth, the Bucs leave the 2020 Draft with a franchise caliber OT and probably two more players that will probably see game time if not be starters with Winfield Jr and Vaughn. Time will only tell if the 7th Rounders make the team but I think Khalil Davis will stick around for a year or so. If they where able to get Jonathan Taylor at RB that would have given them an A+ grade but for the 2020 NFL Draft,I give the Bucs an A-.