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    • Roy

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      If you think about it, our team needs are pretty much set even though the free agency is still going on. Licht will be drafting for the needs a few years out, especially for 2022. And there are some glaring needs that will crop up in 2022.

      1 Defensive Tackle: Whether or not we sign Suh, McCoy or whoever, we still need to draft another DT who can step in and start in 2022. I think this will be the priority.

      2 Tight End: Even if we sign Gronk and keep Howard around, what about 2022? TE is a huge long term need. Don’t be shocked if we draft a TE in the first or second round.

      3 Edge rusher. We will either resign Shaq or if we don’t we will probably sign another FA pass rusher. Either way, we need to improve the depth at edge to replace JPP after this year.

      4 OT. I don’t see any huge extension happening for Donovan Smith. He will be better off waiting out the year and cashing in on free agency next year when the cap expands. The Bucs need to draft an OT to give us legitimate depth at that position.

      5 Running Back They will probably sign a FA, but we still have room for a rookie RB who can step right in and help next year.

      6 OG/C: Jensen is in the same position. Why renegotiate this year when he’ll be a free agent when the cap expands? We need depth all across the O-line.

    • Team Pteranodon

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      2 shocks because it absolutely does not belong there, for one there’s no such thing as long term with this team right now, and two if there was TE is still not an important enough position to matter. Agree with all others though so not unlike our draft history the 2nd is a disappointment.

    • Roy

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      I think TE is important because of the blocking aspect, and Brady likes to throw to them.

    • Team Pteranodon

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      I know, and we’re good there this year for miles considering theoretically the best of all of them was injured most the year and were getting him back. Like I said all things being equal right now DT is looking like the biggest contribution from a rookie standpoint so I agree there considering 3/4 of the rotation are free agents.

    • Swash

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      Tight end is not a priority in the draft.

    • Boid Fink

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      Bucs are not prioritizing anything but signing our guys back, maybe adding one or two surprise free agents who are ring chasing, and winning next year. Their TE room, after Gronk signs, is still the deepest in the league. Auclair, Gronk, OJ, Brate. That’s a lot of weapons at that spot, and Hudson is an upside Move-type tight end that Brady likes. Another Cam Brate basically.

      They will draft a running back to replace Fournette who is definitely not coming back. His big plays in the post season set him up for a decent payday…his attitude was good even after getting benched. He was told he could be a part of something special if he stuck around and improved his practices, and he did and it oaid off for everyone. He should get a solid deal for a second contract running back, but the Bucs cannot afford having two one dimensional backs at that price.

    • jcaulfield8

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      looks like an espn talking head just spittle drivel to sound different from everyone else.
      But no to TE. we are set there and its better to stockpile lineman on both sides of the ball than to stockpile TE’s for when we need a new qb in 2-3 years

    • BuccaNOLEer

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      I see your points on all the needs, but they are a bit out of order in terms of priority. Edge Rusher should be top priority over DT for now. Where both those positions stand going into the draft is whether or not Shaq, Suh, and the others come back. As for OT, Smith still has a year left on his deal. I always thought he wasn’t worth that kind of money and I’ll bet they draft his replacement in this draft. For the interior O-Line, there are some good value guards to be had later in the draft. Marpet can always move to C if need be. Jensen brings a nasty disposition to that line that can’t be measured.

      Tight end needs to move way down to the bottom. Right now, the tight end room is stocked with talent and can easily be shored up next offseason. Same goes for RB. I don’t think Fournette leaves, but if he does, Duke Johnson, Marlon Mack, and Chris Carson are all available.

    • Boid Fink

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      Pass rushers from any place on the front lines are just as important as a QB and offensive line.

      The Bucs need to shore up the dline or oline with their first pick. They might be able to snag a RB with their second, because it’s not really a luxury pick with Fournette most likely gone, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn not flashing anything that impressive. The Bucs basically have RoJo and Vaughn going in. They will draft a RB, and hopefully a good one is available in round 2. But if a better Oline or dline prospect is available, you get them instead. JMO.

    • Anonymous

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      I don’t see why the Bucs can’t improve their depth thru free agency. That should allow them much more latitude going into the draft.

    • Roy

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      Their ability to sign other FAs will be related to how much a Shaq contract as well as Gronk and Suh leaves them with, and how much they want to or are able to redo other players. For example, you may not want to extend Howard. You may not want to extend Smith at $20 mil or whatever you’ll have to give him for 2022. He’s a starting LT. Gronk and Suh may not want to take deals that are too team friendly just so Shaq can break the bank. All in all, I don’t get the feeling there will be more than a few pennies left when its all said and done.

      So as for drafting a TE, all I’m saying is that don’t be surprised if the Bucs draft a TE on Day 1 or Day 2 of this draft. When you look at it our strong TE situation is somewhat of a mirage. Gronk will be back on a year to year basis. Do you want to pay injury prone Howard $6 mil? If not you trade him for a late draft pick. Are you willing to pony up for Brate with his current deal? If not you are going to have to let him go elsewhere.

    • Biggs3535

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      The OP is correct that #2 shocked me, because it’s mind-numbingly stupid to say the Tight End position is a need on this team.

    • TBChucky

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      Edge and DT are absolutely our biggest positions of need, with C/G/OT being our next. Hell, just take any BPA trench player. I think Licht might’ve finally figured that out.. Hopefully at least..

    • Roy

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      Yes Jcaufield I was using a clickbait trick. Cool, huh? Maybe I can get a job with Pewter Plank. But at least I did actually tell you the shocking one. Occasionally I’ll fall for the click bait “You won’t believe #6!” and then #6 doesn’t turn out to be anything. Then they’ll have “top ten” face lifts gone wrong or something. You click on it and there are 80 pictures and you just keep clicking. Life is rough on the internet.

    • Alldaway 2.0

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      Since we are ranking needs this is how I would do it:

      1. Edge Rusher

      Even with Shaq returning Bucs need a #3 edge rusher. Nelson is a solid #4.

      2. Defensive tackle

      Need another DT that can disrupt with Vea and rotate with Suh. K. Davis as a #4 is fine with me.

      3. Pass catching RB

      This offense needs a RB that can catch passes and be a threat downfield or in the flat. RoJo is a classic straightline thumper and Vaughn looks like a blend.

      4. OT

      Haeg is a free agent and I feel good about the development of the interior OL like Cappa, Molchon, and Stinnie.

      5. C

      Jensen’s future is up in the air and need a guy that can play center to be training one year in advance.

      6. Blocking TE

      If the Bucs managed to re-sign Auclair and Gronk then this need goes away.

      7. LB

      Need some youth to be developed behind LVD and White. Minter and Buccanon are nice stop gaps.

      8. Returning specialist.

      Need and upgrade here badly.

      Build the trenches!

      • Anonymous

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        Sounds about right.

        Less of a chance that DL will be BPA during the draft though, but TE? Ha, Roy, you’re too much man!!!

    • Roy

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      PFF mocked this player mid 2nd Round. If he falls to the end of the round, or the Bucs trade out of Round 1 into the mid-2nd round, why not? It would allow the Bucs to trade Howard finally. I don’t trust Howard to stay healthy.

      TE PAT FREIERMUTH, PENN STATE
      PFF’s Mike Renner dubbed Freiermuth a “poor man’s Rob Gronkowski” in the 2021 PFF NFL Draft Guide. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Freiermuth is going to be a great inline blocker and is like a bowling ball bouncing off the bumpers down a lane after the catch. Over the last two years, he broke 12 tackles on 66 catches and averaged over six yards after the catch.

      Another end of 2nd Rd pick Brevin Jordan. TDN: Miami tight end Brevin Jordan is a dynamic weapon that grew incrementally each season in college and 2020 revealed a player that is much more prepared to claim a meaningful role in the NFL. The Canes used Jordan all over the formation including in-line, from the slot, and out of the backfield as both a receiver and blocker and he should do the same at the next level. As a receiver, Jordan brings an exciting blend of size, athleticism, and ball skills that make him dangerous at all levels of the field. He’s a monster after the catch and challenging the seam. While his route tree expanded in 2020, there is still room to grow in terms of timing and technique as a route-runner. Jordan is a highly competitive blocker that is mostly effective, but adding more functional strength and technique to help him stay square to blocks will be important to contribute positively as a blocker in the NFL. Jordan projects as an F tight end in the NFL that has a chance to be a dangerous weapon if used correctly.

      Ideal Role: Starting tight end that is used in a variety of alignments as a receiver and blocker that receives targets at all levels of the field.

      Licht will have areas where we need help. Once he establishes those areas, then he’ll take the best player on the board. He doesn’t prioritize “premium positions” like some other GMs might do. We’ve seen that as fans cry out for an O-line and he drafts a DB or whatever. He doesn’t do it that way. If TE is an area of need, and that’s who’s on the top of his board that’s who he’ll pick. So I think that is an area of need. I’m probably in the minority, but we’ll see.

    • Donkey_Hunter

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      1. Edge
      2. DT
      3. C
      4. OT
      5. LB

      These are positions we need to address in the draft, with a huge priority on EDGE and DT.

    • theknees

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      Draft Leatherwood! Easiest decision ever at #32.

    • FireLicht2020

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      Title reads like click bait

      TE isn’t a need.

    • Anonymous

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      Roy likes tight ends, but has hopes of being a wide receiver.

      Seriously though, if they draft a TE, I’ll be shocked.

      Not sure OJ Howard has much trade value.

    • Boid Fink

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      Draft Creed Humphrey, C, OKlahoma.

      Guy is a absolute monster. Damn good center.

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    • Roy

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      I think the Bucs will cut bait with Howard, either by trade or cut. He’s ended up the season on IR three times. That’s when you need him around. It sucks for Howard. Its not that OJ is doing something wrong, he’s just injury prone. He’ll play somewhere, but the Bucs can’t afford to spend $6 mil on a guy who’s likely to be hurt. That $6 mil could go a long way toward signing one of the many free agent players who might be wanting to come to the Bucs. Unless he’s willing to take a paycut, which I doubt, I don’t think the Bucs will keep him around. They may be able to get a late round pick because somebody else will take a chance on him at that price level.

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