5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters For Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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5 NFL Draft Prospects Who Could Be Instant Starters For Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 NFL Draft
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a long way to go before they can be considered a contender in the NFC South. With holes all over the field, on both offense and defense, they need to upgrade at several positions. The good news for them is that means they have plenty of opportunities to find players in the upcoming draft who can come in and start right away for them.

Drafting immediate starters is pretty rare in the NFL. Typically you have to get them in the first-round, and even that can be tricky. Sometimes you can find them in the later rounds, but that is very rare. Just finding a guy who can make your roster after the fourth round is an accomplishment.

The Bucs will need to use all their picks, especially their first rounder, to find a few players who have a chance to crack the starting lineup right away. The most obvious place for them to find a starter would be at outside linebacker on the opposite side of the impressive Lavonte David. They could also use an upgrade at corner on the defensive end.

On the offensive side of the ball, they lack for playmakers at receiver and depth on the offensive line. Both of those could be the kind of positions where they find a diamond in the rough later in the draft. For the defense, they will likely have to use their first-round pick to find an immediate starter.

These are the five 2014 NFL Draft prospects who have a chance to start right away for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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5. Justin Gilbert

Justin Gilbert Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Remember when Darrelle Revis was the best corner, and maybe the best defender, in the league? Well, that was quite a long time ago now. The Bucs need another good corner to match with the talented young Johnthan Banks, and Justin Gilbert is an instant starter in the NFL.

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4. Kyle Van Noy

Kyle Van Noy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tampa Bay needs to get better at outside linebacker, and Kyle Van Noy is one of the most pro-ready outside linebackers in the draft this year. He may not have great measurables, but he always makes plays and does the little things well.

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3. Odell Beckham, Jr.

Odell Beckham, Jr. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Most NFL teams have too many slot receivers and have a hard time finding big, tall outside wide receivers. Well, Tampa Bay has the opposite problem. They have two good outside guys in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, but they don’t have the shifty, speedy underneath type to open up the field for them.

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2. Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Bucs need an upgrade at tackle, and Jake Matthews could fall to them. Donald Penn is entering his ninth year in the league, and Tampa Bay could move him over to the right tackle spot to make room for Matthews on the left side of the line.

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1. Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack
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Outside linebacker Khalil Mack might be the most NFL-ready prospect in this draft. He might not have the top-end potential that some others do, but he is ready to step in and be a solid player for whatever team grabs him.


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