Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of NFL Network held a nice little draft on their latest Move the Sticks podcast, picking the NFL rosters with the brightest futures. Brooks went first and selected the Minnesota Vikings, which is his mistake, because Jeremiah went ahead and immediately picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"Jameis Winston's 21 years old, had a nice, solid rookie season, 4,000-yard passer," Jeremiah said. "Now you're going to see him continue to develop. They've got a young offensive line in place with two rookies last year, Donovan Smith at left tackle who I think has got a chance to be a really, really strong player at that position. You've got Ali Marpet, a young guard to work with. You've got Mike Evans, who had a little bit of a down yaer last year, is a young wide receiver. He's only 22 years old.
"And then when when we go to the defensive side of the ball, you've got Lavonte David who's still young. Kwon Alexander who I think was a legitimate defensive rookie of the year candidate before that four-game suspension, and then you've still got some other pieces in place there as well. You look at the defensive tackle [Gerald] McCoy who's got a lot of ability. So there are a lot of good young pieces in place there."
So yeah, the Bucs have a bright future -- if everything works. That's not the first time we've heard that, though. I remember some talk back around 2010. Hopefully this time it'll end differently.