We went over a number of draft grades yesterday, but the churn continues on. We've got more and more grades, and even guys who think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in position to win the division (see the video).
B+The Bucs were big spenders in free agency. Trading back into the first round to draft Doug Martin surprised some. Their offense needed a legitimate rushing threat though, and he's a well-rounded player. He also helps as a pass blocker. Mark Barron will also be contributing in year one. He is very talented and better in coverage than most acknowledge.
They drafted Keith Tandy, a cornerback with a nice combination of size and speed, in the sixth round. Is that enough to back up the Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib pairing?
They had a inconsistent rushing offense and bad back-seven play last season. This continues a killer offseason.
Credit general manager Mark Dominik and coach Greg Schiano for adding a number of talented players primed to fill key roles in Year 1. Mark Barron is a one-of-a-kind safety with the skills to thrive in the box or in space. Running back Doug Martin reminds some of Ray Rice; he should excel as a feature back in a run-first offense. Linebackers Lavonte David and Najee Goode could form a dynamic tandem that terrorizes opponents with speed, athleticism and aggression. Turning around a woeful team requires a serious infusion of talent; the Bucs certainly upgraded the roster over their three-day weekend.
Impact pick: OLB Lavonte David (second) -- The Bucs have finally found their apparent answer a the all-important weakside linebacker spot in their defense. David is a plug-and-play guy who had impressive range against the run and in zone coverage, and while he needs to get stronger and improve his take-on skills he will be an immediate contributor.
Intriguing pick: CB Keith Tandy (sixth) -- With Ronde Barber nearing the end of his career and the troubled Aqib Talib likely on his way out of town, cornerback is a major concern. Tandy can be a sub-package corner early and contribute with his zone instincts, and he's tough and effective in run support. He fits what Tampa is looking for and if he doesn't pan out then they don't lose much on a sixth-round pick, but there is potential for a steal here.