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NFC South Draft Grades: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wide receiver Mike Evans

Wide receiver Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers used all six of their selections to upgrade the offensive side of the ball. Tampa Bay grabbed receiver Mike Evans with the 7th-overall selection to pair with Vincent Jackson. The duo of Evans and Jackson could soon rival, or exceed the production of the Bears’ twin towers, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Evans is a little faster, and nearly identical in size as Jackson, giving the Bucs two 6-5, 230-pound targets on the outside, that should really help production in the red zone. In the second round, Tampa Bay added another huge target with Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-5 ½, 262). Seferian-Jenkins is a good route runner, who excelled in challenging the deep-hash area of defenses. The addition of running back Charles Sims in the third round gives the Bucs added insurance and depth at the position in case incumbent Doug Martin needs more time to recover from last season’s knee injury. Tampa upgraded depth along the offensive line depth by selecting guard Kadeem Edwards and tackle Kevin Pamphile in the fifth round. I also liked the selection of receiver Robert Herron in the sixth round. I think Herron has the ability to make the team and contribute as a slot receiver. The Bucs already had a solid defense, and upgrading the offense was vital if they hope to once again challenge for the division.
Grade: B

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2014 Draft Selections
1 (7) Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
2 (38) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
3 (69) Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
5 (143) Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State
5 (149) Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue
6 (185) Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

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