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Position Power Rankings: What Are the Best and Worst Aspects of the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Roster?

May 16th, 2013 at 7:56 pm by Leo Howell




 
The Buccaneers have already completed a majority of the moves they will make in preparation for the 2013 NFL regular season, with free agents, draftees, and undrafted rookies already being evaluated and signed. There may still be slight changes here and there, especially as training camp cuts begin closer to the start of the regular season, but for the next couple of months we’re unlikely to see major changes to the Buccaneers’ roster.
 
So with that knowledge in hand, let’s evaluate the Bucs’ roster and determine what aspects of the depth chart are the best, and which are in need of improvement, by giving the roster the power ranking treatment.
 
I’ve broken down the team into 12 sections, and I will rank the sections in order of talent for 2013. Obviously some positions have more potential than others, and some have players with expiring contracts. But for 2013, here is how the Buccaneers’ roster breaks down, section by section:
 
1. Safety
 
This was tough, because I believe the most talented player on the roster is a cornerback. But the top three safeties for the Buccaneers are all above average for their role (Dashon Goldson is a top 3 free safety, Mark Barron is a top 15 strong safety without the pressure of playing deep as often, and Ahmad Black is one of the better backup safeties in the league.), and that means this position as a whole is the best on the team. The Bucs are heavily invested in their safeties, so they’ll be called upon to deliver this season.
 
2. Cornerback
 


As previously mentioned, the best player on the team is a cornerback, as a (hopefully) healthy Darrelle Revis will be the best player in Tampa Bay, and probably the best defensive player in the NFC if he returns to his true form. But after him, there’s a lot of guys who I feel comfortable with as a third corner, but none that are definitively a second corner. A healthy, focused Eric Wright would make this cornerback group the best in the NFL, but we’ve yet to see that Eric Wright in Tampa Bay. Johnthan Banks will be a solid NFL player, but he’s a rookie who may lack top-end speed needed to make up for any rookie mistakes.
 
3. Interior Offensive Line
 
Carl Nicks, Davin Joseph, and Jeremy Zuttah are probably the best Guard-Center-Guard combo in the NFL, which speaks highly to the Buccaneers’ secondary that they’re the third best unit on the team. Nicks and Joseph must prove they’re back to 100% health, but if they are, they’ll be steamrollers paving the way for Doug Martin all season long, and keeping pressure off of Josh Freeman.
 
4. Wide Receiver
 
Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams may not be the best wide receiver duo in the NFC South, but they’re still among the top 10 in the NFL, and they both provide the big play threat needed in the Bucs’ current offense. The slot receiver position drags the ranking down a bit, but there’s potential for a breakout season from any of the players competing for the third receiver job.
 
5. Running Back
 
Doug Martin carries this position on his own, as there is still a lack of proven talent behind him. The Dougernaut is primed for another big year, but Brian Leonard is the only other guy on the roster with much NFL experience at the position. Erik Lorig will play fullback, and that’s just fine, but not spectacular.
 
6. Special Teams
 
Michael Koenen is among the best at kickoffs, and Connor Barth is a solid kicker, but the Buccaneers lack dynamic return men and Michael isn’t the best punter (he’s not bad, but not amazing). There is room for improvement here.
 
7. Interior Defensive Line




It’s strange that a position featuring a Pro Bowler is so low, but Gerald McCoy has been prone to injury, and the rest of the defensive tackles need to prove themselves. Akeem Spence’s performance will dictate how this position turns out.
 
8. Offensive Tackles
 
Donald Penn is solid but not great, and Demar Dotson is average at best, but that’s fine considering the solid interior offensive line. The 8th place ranking is more a sign that the rest of the team is pretty solid, rather than a negative directed to Penn and Dotson.
 
9. Quarterback
 
Josh Freeman could shoot up this list, or wind up at the bottom. He’s got to prove himself, or he’ll be gone. I believe he’ll be alright in 2013, but he’s not one of the most talented players on the team.
 
10. Defensive End
 
Talk about a position that needs to prove itself. Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers have potential, and were high draft choices. The depth is mostly made up of young players, as well, which means there is potential for breakout seasons or inexperienced disappointed.
 
11. Linebacker
 
Lavonte David is one of the better players on the roster, but Mason Foster is average at best at middle linebacker, and the strongside linebacker position has yet to be decided upon. Mason must improve to improve the linerbackers’ standing.
 
12. Tight End
 
Dallas Clark was disappointing, and is now gone. Tom Crabtree is mostly potential, and Luke Stocker and the rest of the remaining Bucs tight ends have yet to provide much more than solid backup performance.
 




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« #1 : May 18, 2013, 11:03:28 PM »

    Not sure Zuttah is all that great at C. Hopefully he will improve his consistancy this season.
    TE probably has the least talent, with only limited experience. Potential is there though, as at other positions...
    Our THINNEST position is RB; surely we'll go to TC with more than FOUR RBs, won't we?? Demps would be 5, but likely won't see all of camp due to his track schedule, assuming he's even on the roster at all...

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« #2 : May 18, 2013, 11:26:25 PM »

damn....someone else that sees QB as a team weakness. Un-possible!!

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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« #3 : May 19, 2013, 01:29:43 AM »

damn....someone else that sees QB as a team weakness. Un-possible!!



Free will get the season to prove himself.  Even if he falters, they will give him a long look.  I don't think we see Glennon very much, if at all.  Going into next offseason they need to know exactly where they are with Freeman.  The worse that can happen, is they give him the hook, and he leaves in free agency next season, and becomes Tom Brady all of a sudden.


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« #4 : May 19, 2013, 02:21:34 AM »

damn....someone else that sees QB as a team weakness. Un-possible!!



Free will get the season to prove himself.  Even if he falters, they will give him a long look.  I don't think we see Glennon very much, if at all.  Going into next offseason they need to know exactly where they are with Freeman.  The worse that can happen, is they give him the hook, and he leaves in free agency next season, and becomes Tom Brady all of a sudden.

There is no doubt that he'll be given every opportunity to prove himself.... and what i expect is another season of what we've seen before, just enough to leave us wanting.

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« #5 : May 19, 2013, 08:21:21 AM »

That's pretty much how I would rate it as well. I was thinking about posting something along these lines today.

Again, on paper, this is a pretty solid team this year and has the least amount of questions in quite a while. Good coaching should be the only thing that holds this team back this year.

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« #6 : May 19, 2013, 10:50:03 AM »

    I would say Josh is the biggest question mark on the roster. He blows hot and cold, and none of us down here like that cold air... 8)

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« #7 : May 19, 2013, 08:14:17 PM »



Strongest link - Vincent Jackson.

He's done well on his past team, and now this one. He's entrinched and has a solid work ethic.

Weakest link - Myron Lewis.

Yes, the "Great one." He is the most injury prone bust I'd like to never see the field again. Every time he's even around the ball, bad things happen. I honestly don't understand why he's on the team. Someone has some naughty pictures of someone in blackmail storage.

Naismith was right about Revis. Everyone else is a dummy.

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« #8 : May 20, 2013, 08:23:54 AM »

I think WR should be the #1 position group. Mike Williams is a lot better at being a #2 WR than Barron a #2 S, Wright a #2 CB, Joseph a #2 OG, and Zuttah an average C.

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« #9 : May 20, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »

CB is too high.  We only have one proven one and he is returning from a serious injury and has never played with this group.  Safety shouldn't be number 1 either. 


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« #10 : May 20, 2013, 09:41:11 AM »

Not sure how to rank them...  I think that a more valuable comparison would be to rank them against other teams...

To me, the Bucs are in that weird middle ground of proven and unproven, talented and potential and booms and busts.

Will love it when we get some of those question marks answered...   part of enjoying the game too IMO.

Who knew how good it would feel as a fan when we now know what it\'s like for our team to have a direction, an attitude, and dare I say an offense?.  

Good time to be a Bucs fan.
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