Pro Football Focus released an article on Tuesday that took a dive into each team’s roster and announced which team PFF believes was each division’s most improved following the 2019 NFL Draft. According to PFF’s lead draft analyst Mike Renner, the Bucs are the most improved team in the NFC South.

According to Renner, the Bucs got the premier player – first-round pick LSU linebacker Devin White – of any team in the NFC South division through the draft, and emphasized the value Tampa Bay received in fourth-round pick Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson while investing heavily in their secondary with cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean along with safety Mike Edwards.

“The Bucs not only got the biggest impact player of anyone in the division with LSU linebacker Devin White, but the team also got one of our favorite sleepers in the draft with Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson. Between those two picks, they had a heavy focus on one thing: coverage. They drafted two corners in Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting and Auburn’s Jamel Dean who we liked the value of each along with Kentucky safety Mike Edwards.” – Mike Renner

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  1. I continue to believe this was a better than average draft. Alexander was way over-rated and White looks like he could be a superstar and team leader. Time will tell. Still worried about the right side of the line. Would not surprise me if McCoy was traded for an offensive lineman. Atlanta made some major reaches and is counting on all their guys who were injured last year on defense to come back strong and two rookie offensive lineman. New Orleans got their center, but he’s a rookie replacing an all pro. Carolina has a lot of holes and drafting a quarterback makes you wonder what confidence they have that Cam will be the same quarterback after two shoulder surgeries.

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  2. We need all the accolades we can get. Not to change the subject but has the UDFA list been finalized. I saw several versions through Monday but then it ended. No transaction updates or conclusive articles.

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  3. I try not to get overconfident anymore. Bucs have new Offensive and Defensive systems. Rarely is that a recipe for success. Add in the strength of schedule and the brutal stretch of road trips and this team will be lucky to have 3 wins by November. Bucs better come out strong in the 1st month of the season or it’s going to be another dismal year for the Bucs.

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  4. I feel, as part of a long frustrated fan base, that if we don’t “Win Now” then not only was the draft a bust, but so was the hiring of Arians and his staff. Sadly that’s not fair to anyone at this point, but unfortunately this is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ sport where the participants get paid a lot of money to be better than their opponents, and we as Bucs fans just haven’t seen a whole lot of that from top to bottom.
    The whole article about improving the most is just fodder for my feel good serving of apple pie a la Bowles. Bucs fans needed a boost the most so, yay, we are “the most improved”. Can’t hardly get worse than 4th place out of 4 now can we?
    On the flip side of all of this sarcasm and negativity, I highly approved of the complete decimation of the entire coaching staff. Forget bringing in a HC to take over the same nonsense. Wipe the slate clean and start over. As much as Bucco Bruce has stated that there is a ton of talent on this team and just a few tweaks are needed to make them winners, I wouldn’t be surprised to see about 12-15 new starters when it’s all said and done. That’s not called tweaking Bruce. That’s called overhauling. I don’t care as long as you win.

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  5. Y’all do realize that “down-voting” LI’s comment doesn’t make him wrong, right? I am almost always optimistic going into a new season, this year’s no different. But, reality is, if we don’t secure a few wins early, it will be another disappointing season. We need at least 3 wins in our first 5 and 3 in our last 5 in order to have a chance at treading water (8-8). I think this squad has the talent, and now leadership, to win 10, but it will have to ve a HARD fought 10 with the way our schedule plays out

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  6. I’m breathlessly awaiting BucAssBob’s reaction to PFF’s analysis. He’s so much smarter than Bruce, Jason, Todd, and PFF.

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  7. LIBucsFan93 May. 2, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    I try not to get overconfident anymore. Bucs have new Offensive and Defensive systems. Rarely is that a recipe for success. Add in the strength of schedule and the brutal stretch of road trips and this team will be lucky to have 3 wins by November. Bucs better come out strong in the 1st month of the season or it’s going to be another dismal year for the Bucs.

    Arians and Bowles took an AZ Cardinals team which finished 5-11 in 2012 to a 10-6 finish during the 2013 season, and a playoff game. That 10-6 record occurred despite an injury to Carson Palmer. I don’t think it is overly optimistic at all to expect the Bucs to finish at least 8-8 in Arian’s first season.

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  8. Bucs didn’t have a bad draft. It is pretty decent but it is a draft that will require a long overview to grade three years from now.

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  9. Mike Renner is a idiot!

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  10. I don’t know the validity if this years draft and neither does anyone else who posts out here but I do know one thing, if the Bucs don’t tighten up their defense on the road, they are in for another losing season.
    By my calculations, last year offenses put up 286 points or 35.7 points a game on us on the road. At home it was a much more respectable 178 points and 23.62 points a game.
    Of course I didn’t spend endless hours of watching game film like BA and the rest of his staff, but maybe they saw something us pedestrian couch GMs didn’t with our untrained eyes and less than valuable football acumen.

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  11. Imagine if they got Josh Allen and Greedy Williams how great their draft would have been

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  12. Meaningless off-season reward and recognition .

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  13. Maybe we’ll get a participant trophy too…

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  14. There’s little doubt that even without these Draft additions, our Defense will be improved from its’ 2018 spot at close to or at the bottom in virtually every category. These rookies will be given every opportunity to contribute early. Let’s hope they bring the speed and swagger the team has been lacking.

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  15. 1. While I am not optimistic about this draft class, i do acknowledge that it is too soon to grade. My problem with this draft is it basically says the 2018 draft sucked, since all we got out of that was a run stuffing DT and a bunch of corners. 2. We are supposed to have the best player and the best draft. We had the worst record and the best pick.

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  16. GoldsonAges, gee it would have been the same, seeing as nonody on planet earth had Josh Allen rated as a better defensive player than Devin White. And there were MULTIPLE “experts” that had Bunting rated higher than Greedy. If Bunting went to LSU and Greedy went to Central Michigan, I’d bet my life that opinions on those 2 players would be completely flipped. Greedy is a very flawed player. Big name or big school has absolutely ZERO bearing on how the player turns out. Same as lesser known name or small school doesn’t guarantee bust in any way shape or form. God almighty dude

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