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Buccaneers had one of the top three draft classes in the NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a very good draft class. According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, they produced one of the top three draft classes in the league this year, along with Washington and the Minnesota Vikings.

That's no surprise: the Bucs' first four picks all started from day one, and mostly played well throughout the season. That's left tackle Donovan Smith, right guard Ali Marpet, middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and of course, quarterback Jameis Winston All four of them made both Pro Football Focus' and the PFWA All-Rookie teams, and all four of them should be key players for the Bucs over at least the next four years, and likely much longer.

If Kenny Bell also turns out to be a competent player after spending his rookie season on injured reserve, the Bucs may have found a draft class for the ages.

One caveat, here: it's only been one season, and we've seen players have miraculous rookie seasons only to fall off before. I wouldn't expect that to happen, but it's certainly possible that in three years we'll be talking about finding a new left tackle or middle linebacker. That'd make this entire draft class look significantly worse, of course.

Still, for now it looks like a great core to build a team around, and it's the kind of draft class that you could look back on in years to come and think of as the draft class that changed everything, the way the 1995 class with Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp did for the Bucs 20 years ago.