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Projecting the Buccaneers' starting lineup after the 2014 NFL draft

After a wild draft weekend and a proactive free agency period, what to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting lineups look like?


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added six new draft picks this weekend, and a slew of extra undrafted free agents, after an incredibly active free agency period. Lovie Smith and Jason Licht were not satisfied with the play and the roster they saw last year, and they've aggressively addressed nearly every position on the roster in an effort to turn this team around in a hurry. 

Overall, though, the Bucs drafted only two starters: second-round tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and first-round receiver Mike Evans. They added one significant role player in third-round running back Charles Sims. Sixth-round receiver Robert Herron has a chance to be a contributor early on as a returner and slot receiver, though those odds are significantly longer. And their two fifth-round offensive linemen are both developmental picks who probably won't see the field for one or two seasons, if that.

Despite that, we can still look at the team's offense and defense and see a large amount of turnover. Here are the projected starting lineups as it stands, based on their most likely, most frequent lineups. That means two tight ends on offense, and a nickel defense on the other side of the ball. 


WR Mike Evans LT Anthony Collins LG Carl Nicks/Jamon Meredith C Evan Dietrich-Smith RG Oniel Cousins RT Demar Dotson TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Brandon Myers WR Vincent Jackson
QB Josh McCown
RB Doug Martin

The offense has seen a complete makeover. It's so thorough, that we see only four returning starters: Doug Martin, Vincent Jackson, Demar Dotson and either Carl Nicks or Jamon Meredith (depending on Nicks' injury status) -- and Meredith was only a starter for a handful of games last season. Tim Wright might get the starting nod over Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and he'll certainly see the field a significant amount of time, but his lack of blocking prowess will probably keep him off the field in the team's base offense. 


CB Johnthan Banks CB Leonard Johnson DE Adrian Clayborn NT Clinton McDonald UT Gerald McCoy DE Michael Johnson CB Alterraun Verner
MLB Mason Foster WLB Lavonte David
SS Mark Barron FS Dashon Goldson

I count three new starters on defense, although Clinton McDonald might be displaced in the base defense by Akeem Spence -- that remains to be seen. But Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner will certainly take up starting roles. The nickel cornerback is a bit of a question mark now. The Bucs treat it as a completely separate position, which means Mike Jenkins probably won't be taking that spot, but will Leonard Johnson really win that competition over D.J. Moore?