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2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 5 Biggest Needs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 5 Biggest Needs

Lovie Smith
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We’re just a month away from the 2014 NFL Draft. Now that free agency is essentially over, with the biggest signings already happening, let’s update the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' five biggest needs heading into the draft.

5. Linebackers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebackers
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5. Linebackers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Linebackers
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The Buccaneers have plenty of potential in their linebacking corp, but we have yet to see that. Their defensive line did a solid job getting after the quarterback last year, but the three behind them were fairly quiet throughout the season. Either they need to draft some young talent, or find a player in their linebacking corp that will step up and show out.

4. Tight End

Timothy Wright
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4. Tight End

Timothy Wright
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If you can name the Buccaneers starting tight end off the top of your head, I'm proud of you. Timothy Wright is by no means a show stopping tight end in the passing game and is average in run blocking. As a rookie, he caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Those aren’t awful numbers, but they can certainly be better.

3. Quarterback

Mike Glennon
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3. Quarterback

Mike Glennon
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They already had Mike Glennon and added Josh McCown through free agency. However, I don’t think either is the answer at quarterback for the Buccaneers. This isn’t their highest priority, but they shouldn’t feel too comfortable with what they’ve got.

2. Defensive Back

Darrelle Revis
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2. Defensive Back

Darrelle Revis
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The Buccaneers let arguably the best cornerback in the game of football walk out the door. Now that Darrelle Revis is gone, the Bucs’ 17th-best pass defense will certainly suffer. Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson, Johnthan Banks and Danny Gorrer are manning the secondary. Will they be enough? I’m not so sure.

1. Offensive Line

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line
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1. Offensive Line

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Line
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Last season, the Buccaneers' front five paved the way for the 22nd-best rushing attack and allowed a painful 47 sacks. It doesn’t matter who your running back or quarterback is, if the offensive line can’t get the job done, your offense is virtually useless. They could very easily draft a solid lineman on Day 2 of the draft, but we’ll see how that plays out.