Bucs question: Draft a LB?

March, 1, 2014
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Let’s turn to Eric from Adelphi, Md., for today’s mailbag question.

Eric wants to know if I think the Bucs should draft a linebacker in the first round. My short answer is no and my reasoning is pretty simple. The Bucs have Lavonte David on the weak side and Mason Foster in the middle.

That leaves the strong side as the only opening. In an era when teams play so much nickel defense, the strongside linebacker wouldn’t be on the field very much. I can’t see using a first-round pick on a part-time player.

That said, some mock drafts are linking the Bucs to Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr, a pair of guys that played outside linebacker in college. Both have pass-rush skills and it might be a wise move to draft one of them and move him to defensive end. But there’s no need to draft an outside linebacker in the first round because the need isn't there.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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