The draft is approaching, so more and more outlets are breaking down what every team is going to do. Today, Steve Muench of ESPN's Scouts Inc. broke down draft options for every NFC South team. Steve Muench gives the Buccaneers options for day one, day two and day three of the draft -- that is round one, round two-three and round four-seven, respectively.
He starts with Ronnie Stanley over Vernon Hargreaves, a selection that doesn't fill a need but does give the Bucs yet another young, talented lineman. He'd be the third offensive lineman for the Bucs in the top two rounds in two years' time. That'd be a very heavy investment, and it'd also call into question what the Bucs want to do with Donovan Smith. They liked his work at left tackle last year, but his occasionally heavy-footed style would arguably be a better fit on the right side -- and Stanley is more of a left than a right tackle as well.
Muench's second-round pick also makes a lot of sense: Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah. He's an intriguing candidate, in that he tested well at the scouting combine and has decent but not spectacular tape. The problem for Ogbah is that he was used all across the defensive line, and rarely asked to just line up and go at a tackle -- something he'll have to consistently do in the NFL. Muench also gave the Bucs cornerback Maurice Canady in the third round, someone I don't really know -- but at 6'1", he has good size and he tested well at the combine.
One thing that keeps bugging me is that draftniks rarely address the safety position for the Buccaneers, even though that is arguably their biggest need right now. Sure, they re-signed Chris Conte and held on to Bradley McDougald, and they can certainly go into the season with those two as starters, but they have no difference makers at the position at all, and not a ton of depth either. Finding an explosive athlete at that position could go a long way to making the entire secondary better -- arguably more so than finding a terrific cornerback would.