Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Buccaneers
By Pat Yasinskas
Todd McShay's fourth mock draft is out, and I can't say I'm surprised by what he has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers doing.
Despite a 4-12 record last season, the Bucs have done a nice job of narrowing their needs. They still could use some help on the offensive line, some depth on the defensive line and they might even consider a quarterback with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft.
But I think Tampa Bay's biggest need is at wide receiver. Apparently, McShay agrees. He has Tampa Bay taking Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans at No. 7. I have no argument with that pick, unless Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is surprisingly available. I'd take Watkins over Evans. But chances are good Watkins will be gone. Evans is the next-best receiver, and I think he instantly would be a nice complement to Vincent Jackson and eventually could be a replacement as the No. 1 receiver.
Wide receiver makes tons of sense for the Bucs in the first round because they're very thin at the position, but I'm not ruling anything out. I still could see the Bucs taking an offensive tackle or a defensive lineman with their first pick.