The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did it! They actually filled all of their main needs with the first three picks of the draft. Quarterback? Jameis Winston. Left tackle? Donovan Smith. Right guard? Ali Marpet. Done! Those were the team's three main needs heading into the draft -- the positions they really had to address if they were going to be able to field an offense this year -- and they did a great job.
That puts the Bucs in a bit of a luxury position: they get to draft whoever they want with the next pick without necessarily paying attention to needs. That doesn't mean they don't have any needs left, but those holes they have left to fill don't necessarily need to be addressed for the team to have success this year. So today should be pretty interesting, because no one really knows who the Bucs still love in this draft.
Bucs remaining needs
Defensive end: The Bucs don't have a solid starter at defensive end, but they do have a pretty good group of rotational edge players in Jacquies Smith, T.J. Fatinikun, George Johnson, William Gholston and Larry English. Adding another young, development end to that group would be pretty useful.
Running back: Yes, Tampa Bay has a decent stable in Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Charles Sims. All of those players have a role on offense, though Martin's may be played out already. But none of them can really carry a running game down after down. Finding a running back who can, even if he's deficient in other areas, would be pretty valuable.
Free safety: The Bucs will have Chris Conte and Major Wright compete at free safety. That's not ideal, but it's not going to be a huge problem given that both are intimately familiar with their defensive scheme. Finding a late-rounder who could turn into a starter down the line would not be a luxury at this point. They're not going to fix the position this year, but a long-term move is pretty valuable, too.
Return specialist: The Bucs' return game was absolutely hopeless last year, and none of the players on the roster can be counted on to take over that role either. The team kept trying out new returners and none of them worked. Finding an explosive returner is not usually a priority for any team, but it's a role the Bucs do need to fill this year -- and why not late in the draft, then?
Based on Dan Kadar's 2015 NFL draft rankings:
DE Trey Flowers, Arkansas
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
WR Justin Hardy, East Carolina
S Anthony Harris, Virginia
RB Jay Ayaji, Boise State
RB Buck Allen, USC
S James Sample, Louisville
RB Jeremy Langford, Michigan State
DE Za'Darius Smith, Kentucky
S Derron Smith, Fresno State
DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson
DT Michael Bennett, Ohio State
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke
Buccaneers draft picks
|1||1||1||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||2||34||Donovan Smith, T, Penn State|
|2||29||61||Ali Marpet, G, Hobart|