Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Odell Beckham Jr. Wouldn't Be Worst First-Round Pick

By Bonder Carthen
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With just one winning season since firing Jon Gruden, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to hit on more than just new uniforms for the upcoming NFL season.

The Bucs, who made a plethora of offseason moves which included new head coach Lovie Smith, head into tomorrow’s NFL Draft with the No. 7 overall pick, and their biggest need coming at the wide receiver position.

The quarterback position has been mentioned for the Bucs in round one, but it shouldn’t be their main focus. With the return of Mike Glennon, who put up better numbers than any other rookie quarterback last season, and the pickup of Josh McCown, who was solid starting eight games for the Bears while Jay Cutler was injured, Tampa should zero in on filling other voids.

After trading away their second-best receiver Mike Williams, following a disappointing 2013 season and some off the field problems, Tampa Bay needs to turn their focus on getting Vincent Jackson some help. With a surplus of talent at the receiver position in this year’s draft, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. would be a perfect fit for the Buccaneers’ scheme in round one.

For a team looking to add speed at every position, Beckham fits that description perfectly. He has excellent hands and explosive speed, he’s a solid route runner and he plays bigger than his 5-foot-11, 198-pound frame.

Slotted as the third-best receiver heading into the 2014 draft, Beckham put together an impressive junior season for the Tigers catching 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns. Based on what we know about Jeff Tedford’s offense, Beckham may be considered a better fit for the Bucs than Mike Evans.

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