PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft with its position previews. Taylor Jenkins previews the wide receiver position with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need at wide receiver, a detailed list of this year’s top wide receivers, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.

What The Bucs Have At Wide Receiver

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At the top of the depth chart lies a pair of Pro Bowlers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, one of the most talented receiving duos in the NFL. Evans is coming off of six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to start his career, while Godwin ran away with his starting spot last season, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance after amassing 1,333 yards and 13 touchdowns in 14 games.

Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin
Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Behind Evans and Godwin, Justin Watson has primarily acted as a special teams player in his first two seasons with Tampa Bay while Scotty Miller, the Bucs’ sixth-round selection in 2019, missed large portions of his rookie season due to injury. Miller has the inside track to win the No. 3 job right now due to his 4.4 speed and ability to stretch defenses. Further down the depth chart comes a number of young and largely inexperienced receivers like Spencer Schnell, Bryant Mitchell, John Franklin and Cyril Grayson, none of which are a lock to make the 53-man roster come the regular season.

What The Bucs Need At Wide Receiver

While the top of the Bucs’ receiver position is as talented as any in the league, the NFL experience drops off significantly after them. Watson, who will be heading into his third season in 2020, will actually be one of the older statesmen among the group.

With that said, adding a receiver through the draft isn’t the team’s most pressing need, but the Bucs will enter the 2020 draft looking for depth while possibly landing a third receiver to take over Breshad Perriman’s spot on Tampa Bay’s depth chart if the right player falls to them in this very deep and talented class of pass-catchers. This is one of the deepest drafts at the receiver position in recent memory, and there will be receivers that go undrafted this year that will have fifth-round grades.

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Bradenton BucFan
1 year ago

Rugg @ 14 if Kinlaw & Brown are gone also. I would take Rugg before trading down depending on the offer. He is a steal @ 14,& would give them leverage in the future. Could be the best of worst scenarios considering the needs of the team. If O-line cannot improve his impact will be minimal, we put horse before the cart with winston by choice. They may not have better choice this time. Karma Lol.

magoobee
Reply to  Bradenton BucFan
1 year ago

If the 4 OL and Brown & Kinlaw are gone that probably means Jeudy or Lamb fell to 14. And they are head & shoulders better players than Ruggs.

Dave
Reply to  magoobee
1 year ago

Head and shoulders better? Disagree there. Ruggs can play dude. Plus he’s a better fit for us. Which is more important. His speed is game changing, and dictates coverage and safety play. His speed Would open up the middle of the field for Godwin, Howard, and our pass catching back to eat.

a-bomb
1 year ago

I don’t hate the thought of taking Ruggs. He could potentially make this offense into a Madden game. A two-TE, three receiver set with Evans on one side, Ruggs over the top and Godwin in the seam would be something special.