- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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The good news is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rid of Mike Williams and all the off-field headaches that came with him. The bad news is that the Bucs have to replace Williams, who was traded to Buffalo last week, as a football player and their current roster isn’t overflowing with talent at wide receiver.
They have Vincent Jackson and almost nothing else. They have some guys who can be fourth and fifth receivers, but they need a No. 2 and a No. 3 receiver. The pool of remaining free agents isn’t deep, but the Bucs should be able to find a No. 3 receiver.
Getting a No. 2 receiver could be a little trickier, but the Bucs have a shot to land a receiver who's as good as Williams in the short term and better than him in the long term. A replacement like that will almost certainly have to come through the draft.
Sitting at No. 7 overall, the Bucs could have a shot at the best two receivers in the draft. Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is considered the best receiver in the draft and he’d be a great fit for the Bucs, who really could use his speed.
But there’s a potential problem with Watkins. He could be gone before Tampa Bay picks. If that happens, there’s another solid option. That’s Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. Like Jackson, Evans is a bigger receiver, but he’s faster than a lot of people give him credit for.
A lot of mock drafts have been giving the Bucs a lot of different things -- offensive line, quarterback and linebacker to name a few. But Tampa Bay’s biggest need is at wide receiver.
The Bucs would be wise to use their first-round pick on a receiver.