The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2015 NFL draft class consists of a franchise quarterback, two starting offensive linemen and a whole lot of backups. And with that draft in the books, we can start looking to the 2016 NFL draft. Because that's what the Bucs' seasons have revolved around over the past decade or so: which players will they get to finally get them back to their winning ways?
And to that end, here's Dan Kadar's 2016 NFL mock draft. He's giving the Buccaneers Notre Dame's starting left tackle in Ronnie Stanley with the third overall pick. Yes, that third pick is a bit early -- the rankings are based on Vegas' pre-draft projections, not Kadar's own, so don't fault him too badly. The Bucs shouldn't have that high of a pick again -- not with the offensive line and quarterback help they added this weekend.
Another offensive tackle is a little curious, though. The Bucs did draft Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, and they're hoping to start them at left tackle and right guard, respectively. But neither player is a sure thing, and right tackle Demar Dotson is getting up there in age (he turns 30 this season) and has just two years left on his contract -- there's a decent chance he'll have to be replaced before long.
Still, I think a defensive end is more likely to be the pick next year. Kadar has Baylor's Shawn Oakman on the board when the Bucs pick here, and he'd be a nice fit. The Bucs had a need at defensive end going into the draft, but there weren't many quality edge rushers they could have drafted beyond the second round. They still have that need, and unless they plug it in free agency, we'll probably be talking about edge rushers in the draft in about 10 months' time.