Predicting the Impact of Every Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 NFL Draft Pick

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While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't have that many picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, they used most of them to boost an offense that was incredibly mediocre last season. Tampa Bay signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown away from Chicago this offseason and needed to provide their new QB with some weapons to work with. While it's almost impossible to forecast how a player will pan out, I'll do my best to predict each player's impact.

1st Round, 7th Overall- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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1st Round, 7th Overall- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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Evans is an immediate difference-maker as a receiver in a tight end's body. While he's had some trouble gaining separation, his height and catch radius more than make up for that against smaller DBs. Starting Evans across from fellow 6-foot-5 receiver Vincent Jackson could create nightmares for opposing coordinators and give McCown similar ability to throw it up for grabs like he did in Chicago with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

2nd Round, 38th Overall- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

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2nd Round, 38th Overall- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

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As if Tampa Bay didn't have enough size in their receiving corps, they went out and drafted 6-foot-6 tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins out of Washington. While Seferian-Jenkins has had some off-the-field issues, his production in the Pac-12 can't be overlooked. Like many tight ends in this class, his blocking is still a work in progress, but he creates all kinds of mismatches with smaller LBs and safeties that the Bucs hope to be able to exploit.

3rd Round, 69th Overall- Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

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3rd Round, 69th Overall- Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

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With Doug Martin coming off shoulder surgery which ended his season, the Buccaneers needed a more suitable backup than Mike James and Bobby Rainey. As such, with their third-round pick, they opted for West Virginia running back Charles Sims. Sims transferred from Houston to WVU, but his production didn't waver even with the uptick in competition. He's a hard runner with good breakaway speed and is a nice insurance policy to spell Martin.

5th Round, 143rd Overall- Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State

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5th Round, 143rd Overall- Kadeem Edwards, G, Tennessee State

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After trading Jeremy Zuttah to Baltimore, the Buccaneers were left a little thin on the interior of their offensive line. They drafted Kadeem Edwards in the hopes that the small-school prospect can provide them with the necessary depth they were lacking, but the jury is still out on that. While Edwards doesn't figure to mix in in his first season, barring injury, he's got good size and strength at the point of attack and could step in in a pinch.

5th Round, 149th Overall- Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue

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5th Round, 149th Overall- Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue

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In an effort to further solidify their line depth, Tampa Bay chose Kevin Pamphile, tackle from Purdue, only six picks after their selection of Edwards. Pamphile is a veteran of the Big Ten trenches and provides the kind of frame that can succeed at tackle in the NFL. But he needs to get stronger to stay in front of NFL ends. Pamphile doesn't figure to be anything but a backup initially, but he could crack the rotation eventually.

6th Round, 185th Overall- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

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6th Round, 185th Overall- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

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Robert Herron has the potential to be one of the better late-round picks in this year's draft. Given Tampa Bay's lack of receiver depth beyond Jackson and Evans, it's quite feasible that we could see the electric Herron begin the season starting in the slot. Herron was pegged by many as a third-round possibility, but his size and lack of pedigree caused him to fall.


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