After falling short of the goal in their final game of the 2019 season, losing to the Atlanta Falcons at home by a score of 28-22, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished their year with a record of 7-9.

As the rest of the league finished up their games throughout the day, the Bucs draft slot for the 2020 NFL Draft became known, and Tampa Bay has officially been awarded the 14th pick in the draft.

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Lots of QB needy teams picking before us.

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    • We shouldn’t be picking a QB. We should be picking OL.

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      • A lot depends on who gets retained and who the Bucs sign in free agency. If they can’t bring back Suh, JPP, Nassib, Allen or Nacho, they will have to consider more defense early. I’m hoping they bring everyone back and draft a RT, RB, OL, DL in the top 100. A trade down would be best.

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        • Disagree. We need to go OL first and hard (at minimum, the same amount of focus the secondary got in the last draft) regardless of how many players on the D are retained. Neglecting the OL is the primary reason why we don’t have a consistent running game and a QB who’s felt he’s needed to do it all himself his entire time here.

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          • Disagree right back.

            Last year there were 3 can’t miss OTs in the draft. They were all supposedly able to play at LT or RT. They were all in discussion for the Bucs at #5 by many fans and media members. Their names? Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard, Tytus Howard.

            Do you know what kind of season those 3 had? I do. It wasn’t good. Jonah Williams never played a single snap for Cincinatti. Andre Dillard had 6 starts in the middle of the year and Philly lost 4 of 6. He wasn’t good. Tytus Howard season ended on IR week 12. He missed half his early games with injury. Durability and dependablilty matter most.

            In short, you don’t draft a RT in round 1 unless he’s generational. There are no generational Right Tackles in this draft.

            The best play is to take the best RB in round 1 after a trade down. If and when they retain Winston, they will have to limit his self harm. RB is the only way to fix that.

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  2. Agreed. There’s a ton of teams needing a signal caller. Hopefully a stud oline man will fall to us. Sure up the lines in the first two picks, get a RB in the third, then work on a possible safety and a WR. Although this is all predicated in free agency. Having Perriman as a number three with Evans and Godwin is too much for any team to deal with, but his late surge will land him good money with another team I’m afraid

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  3. The Raiders are picking before us. How many more years will they give Gruden, despite his 10 year contract.

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    • Another 8 years. They were in line for the playoffs on the last week. Starting RB and potential rookie of the year candidate went down, their planned primary receiver going into the year is a nut case and left and their number one pick went out before the season started. Not a bad coaching job all considered.

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  4. I was a little bummed that we didn’t finish 8-8, but it is great that the Falcons dropped to the 16th pick by their win and we pick two spots above them. That might also save some of their coaches from being fired too because we should Then beat them twice next year on our way to the playoffs.

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  5. It is very interesting that we finished better than 13 other teams this year!!!

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  6. Zero faith that Licht will make a good decision with the 14th pick…he’ll either trade it away, or use it on a position we already have reasonably filled.

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  7. Licht has drafted 2 kickers. One of them he traded up in the second round to get. He drafted his franchise QB who has failed to take this team to any playoff appearances and leads the league in turnovers since his debut. He has refused to build a competent o-line, pretending that D.Smith is a top tier LT, just because he drafted him. How does this man still have a job?

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  8. Seeing how well PFF was playing today I don’t think we need to spend a high pick on a sacker as long as we can keep PFF and Barret. I think that Nelson can be developed into a future replacement for PFF by BA. We could use another good RB to step in if one of our top two RBs get hurt. So first pick should be a OT, second pick (got from a trade of Howard to a needy team outside our Division with a high 2d pick—I suspect Howard didn’t like BA’s scheme for TEs and has played for a trade) should be for a proven blocking TE who can also catch. With our second pick in the second round get an OG; Third round get a RB, fourth round a backup QB for BA to develop (and trade off Griffin who is now 30 to save his 10 million salary needed to keep other players like Suh), and BPA for last three picks and try to get two speedy special team players and one over 300 pound DT to develop.

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  9. RB Jonathan Taylor or bust. 7000+ scrimmage yards and 55 TDs in 3 seasons. He is a true workhorse and the best RB in this draft. Bolster the position again in the 3rd with LSU’s spark plug Clyde Edwards-Helaire if available. Grab a RT in round 2 and 4.

    I mean, I could be the damn QB and win with that lineup.

    Evans, Godwin, Taylor, Brate, RoJo, and CEH would make this the best team on paper in the history of the team.

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  10. I think it’s hysterical how we had folks wanting to lose to the Falcons to get a higher Draft position then chastise the QB and PK who fulfilled their wish.

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  11. If Licht doesn’t draft oline early and often, it will just be another nail in the coffin for him. With the 14th pick, he may be able to get a good tackle.

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