Who’s to say when “draft season” officially begins. Some say it’s when your team officially gets eliminated from playoff contention. Others say it’s after the new year begins. Some would say it’s not until a Super Bowl Champion is crowned. But, there are also those who believe that it really always is draft season while college football games are being played; these are the people who are constantly looking towards the future and what might be in the stars for their team, whether they win it all during the current year or not.

Wherever you fall on that draft season calendar, when East-West Shrine Week rolls around, that’s at least an alarm clock to wake you up for the coming months of draft prep.

For fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the East-West Shrine Game is special because it’s held right in their backyard in St. Petersburg, Fla. Each team, East and West, will practice at a local high school in the area, and general managers, team scouts and head coaches from around the country all gather in Florida to hopefully find their next diamond in the rough prospect – or at least get a jump on a few of them – as the East-West Shrine Game features mostly Day 3 talent in terms of draft picks.

The Bucs struggled to get their offense to reach its peak when they really needed it this season. there were drives and moments you can point out that working in their favor, but overall, the lack of control within the offensive line, as a whole, and the lack of red zone scoring really hurt them.

With that said, these are PewterReport.com’s Top 10 Bucs targets, on offense, for East-West Shrine Week.

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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. Watching these playoff games can see how important the defense priority might be for us. I would use rounds 1-4 on defense and the rest of the rounds on offense.

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    • Well, watching those same playoff games, a very good argument can be made that investing in the offensive line would also be quite compelling

      Three of the four teams playing this past weekend have invested in pretty good stables of Big Uglies to keep their running games going and their quarterbacks upright. The only one of the four teams to have suffered a bad defeat was the team that didn’t – and their result was 65 yards net rushing and 8 quarterback sacks.

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      • Correction – 7 of the 8 teams playing this past weekend have pretty good O-lines.

        And looking at the Bucs, we finished 27th in the league in rushing, and 18th in sacks given up, we could definitely use some help there.

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  2. We need a Center in the third round like Michigan State’s Crabtree to regain our best RG and we need Miami’s McDermott at Tackle so we can move Smith to LG, his best position, or to replace Dotson in case of injury or he declines because of age. We have to protect Jameis better to avoid injury to him and get more first downs to rest our Defense and touchdowns in the red zone. Not to mention to also improve our running game.

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  3. Jackson and Edmonds are both intriguing guys. Could be nice day 3 options if no backs are taken early. Jackson worked almost exclusively in power/gap schemes which is what we do best(think Peyton vs Doug). Showed good vision and patience in setting up his blocks. Edmonds could be a candidate to replace Sims if he isn’t kept or to challenge him if he is brought back on a modest 1-yr. contract.

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  4. Imagine that, one thing that all these teams have that are left in the playoffs is what? A great defense. Unlike pinks philosophy, I believe a somewhat good defense can get us there. I mean you have nick foles, Casey Keemun, and freaking Blake bortles in the division championship games. Proof that all you Winston haters need to realize, this is a TEAM SPORT! Fix the damn defense and we will see different results

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  5. Please address the D Line!!

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  6. KC McDermott is one of my favorite 3rd day pick to upgrade Oline depth!

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