By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 15, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sitting at an interesting spot in this year's NFL Draft. The Buccaneers could pick a few players at the seventh selection, and a quarterback, wide receiver, offensive tackle and linebacker could all be in play here. Here are five rumors regarding the Bucs you should know as the draft nears.
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Carl Nicks is one of the best offensive guards in all of football, but the Bucs are lacking a quality guard opposite of him. Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net said that the Bucs would like to come out of the draft with a quality offensive guard or tackle. With the release of Davin Joseph, it would make sense to add a versatile offensive linemen.
Mike Glennon wasn't awful in 2013, but it seems like the Bucs may want to go a different way in 2014. According to Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com, the Bucs don't believe Glennon is a fit in the new regime. Jeff Tedford is taking over as offensive coordinator, and there seems to be some concern over Glennon and his fit in this offense going forward.
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock stated that Khalil Mack will not get past the Bucs in the first round. Mayock is a big fan of Mack, and he even said that he would take Mack with the first overall pick. Mack is an intriguing player because he can play defensive end or outside linebacker. Lovie Smith used to be a linebacker coach, so he could see something special in Mack.
According to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, Sammy Watkins would be a great fit for the Bucs. Vincent Jackson is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but after trading away Mike Williams, there is a clear need at the second receiver spot. Watkins would be a nice fit in this offense because Tedford would utilize him in many ways. If Watkins falls, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Bucs draft him.
When the Bucs signed Josh McCown, many thought that he would be the starter entering the 2014 season. After all, Lovie Smith has history with McCown from their days together in Chicago. Smith said that the McCown signing doesn't preclude the Bucs from drafting a quarterback with the seventh pick. Lovie also has "genuine" interest in Johnny Manziel. It would surprise everyone if the Bucs took Manziel in the first.
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