For the first time in franchise history the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted only offensive players. This is an unexpected move considering the Bucs signed new head coach Lovie Smith in the offseason. Smith is known for his defensive mindset. Tampa filled a lot of holes on the defense during the offseason, which allowed Smith to focus primarily on his offense during the draft.
Beefing up their offensive weapons, the Bucs drafted wide receivers Mike Evans and Robert Herron. Evans, picked up seventh overall has been on the Bucs short list for draft picks since the beginning of the offseason. Herron, drafted in the sixth round (185th overall) is a speedy receiver who will compete for a slot position.
In addition to the two receivers, Tampa drafted tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round. Jenkins stands tall at 6-foot-6 and with the addition of Evans to current Buccaneer Vincent Jackson, Tampa has created a very tall set of receiving threats.
The biggest surprise of the Buccaneers’ draft was their third round pick of running back Charles Sims from the University of West Virginia. Sims is added to an already deep running back position on the roster, but is expected to compete for the backup role.
The Bucs also added some depth to their offensive line by selecting guard Kadeem Edwards and tackle Kevin Pamphile in the fifth round. Both add a little security to a line that suffered a lot of injuries last season.