It is almost draft time again, football fans, which means the teams that had a bad year last season are eating up all of the media talk, because they are holding the high draft selections.
Our Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pretty poor season last year, especially considering the high expectations for the team, but that means we are in prime position to land a stud from this year’s draft.
The Bucs hold the 7th pick in the draft and will have plenty of options. Here are some players that we think will be available at 7 and will fit well on the Buc’s roster:
Kahli Mack, OLB, University of Buffalo
Mack is an explosive outside linebacker that can rush the quarterback with ferocity, stop the run consistently and hold his own in coverage. Mack holds a rare mix of talents, which is the perfect recipe for a headache for offensive coordinators. If you put Mack on one side of the field and Defensive MVP candidate Lavonte David on the other side of the field, you’re giving Lovie Smith’s defense a lot of flexibility.
Blake Bortles, QB, University of Central Florida
Mike Glennon looked like the guy, but just like when any new regime comes in, Lovie Smith brought his own guy in Josh McCown who killed it last year for the Bears, but is on the wrong side of 30 without a great track record. So, if Glennon is not the guy and with so many holes filled already, why not grab a stud like Bortles if he falls to 7.
Bortles would only have to move a few hours to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from his alma mater, UCF. With a skillset that consists of no real weaknesses and only room to get better, Bortles could spend a year behind McCown and then take over after an Aaron Rodgers sort of start to his career. It also allows Glennon to be good trade bait for a decent draft pick. He’d fit well on the Texans if they go with Clowney at number one.
Jake Mathews, OT, Texas A&M
The Bucs did just sign Anthony Collins who should fit nicely at LT, but RT is still a weakness for the team. Mathews would make a great bookend on the other side of Collins and give whoever is behind center for the Bucs some real time back there. A son of a former offensive lineman, Mathews has been training to be a NFL player since he was a young kid. He has shown throughout his college career that he can dominate opposing linemen with his great hands, footwork and strength.
Wide Receiver Mike Evans is also an option after the Mike Williams trade. Check back to Max Muscle St. Pete for more blogs on sports, health and nutrition!