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5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Who Mean The Most To The Team’s Future

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5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Who Mean The Most To The Team’s Future

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The last few years have been tough for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans, but the future looks bright by the bay. The Bucs have plenty of good, young talent on the roster for new head coach Lovie Smith to work with. They're not built to win now, but they have talent for the future.

Smith, always the bridesmaid but never the bride, is the perfect coach for this team. He’s never the coach to get a team over the hump and win a title, but he is really good at getting the most out of a team that has been underachieving. He won't win a championship with the Bucs, but he will make them better and should have them contending for the playoffs soon.

To get to the playoffs, the Bucs will need their young stars to step up to the plate and start matching their potential with their production. The only good thing about being bad for so long is that they have amassed a stockpile of quality young players through the draft that should be ready to start paying dividends for them on the field.

Tampa Bay may not be the team of the now, but they are a team that is built for the future. They have quality young players on both sides of the ball and at key positions. If they can start putting it together, they will suddenly be one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.

These are the five players who mean the most to the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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5. Mark Barron

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Mark Barron, the seventh overall pick a couple of years ago, has been a solid contributor since coming into the league. However, the time is now for the former national champion at Alabama to be even better than he's been. Heading into his third year as a pro, Barron should be ready to put it all together and play like one of the better safeties in the league.

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4. Gerald McCoy

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Another former top pick by the Bucs, Gerald McCoy is quickly becoming one of the better defensive tackles in the league. McCoy amassed nine sacks last year, and Tampa Bay is hoping he will be a force on the defensive side for years to come.

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3. Mike Glennon

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Whether or not Mike Glennon is the quarterback of the future for the Bucs remains very much in question, but his development will be integral to their fortunes moving forward. If he is that guy, they'll be in a good spot. If he's not, they're back to square one at the most important position on the field.

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2. Doug Martin

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Doug Martin may be the most talented young player on the Bucs, but you just don't build your team around a running back anymore. As Tampa Bay found out the hard way last season, running backs break down to easily, and it's hard to count on any one guy from year to year. Martin is a big part of the future in Tampa Bay, but a running back just can't top this list for me.

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1. Lavonte David

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Lavonte David is suddenly one of the best linebackers in the league. Solid against the run and able to make plays in space against the pass, David has racked up 283 tackles in his first two years as a Buc. If he keeps going at that pace, he'll be considered among the elite defenders in the NFL before we know it.