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The Bucs' biggest 2016 NFL draft needs

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Over at Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke listed the 2016 NFL draft needs for every team. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: defensive end -- with cornerback, safety and wide receiver listed behind that.

It's tough to win in the NFL without a consistent pass rush, and outside of Gerald McCoy and newcomer Robert Ayers (who notched a career high in sacks just in time to his free agency) the Buccaneers haven't been able to bring much heat. The cornerbacks could be solid if Brent Grimes makes a smooth transition onto the team and at least one of Alterraun Verner or Johnthan Banks bounces back. Tampa Bay could alleviate its worries by nabbing a potential starter early. The CB spot is in better shape than safety, where the roster features a hodgepodge of underwhelming options (Chris Conte, Bradley McDougald, Keith Tandy, Major Wright).

It's clear where the Buccaneers need help: on defense. Specifically, at defensive end and in the secondary. Anywhere in the secondary, really. That's no secret, and it doesn't take a genius to spot it, but sometimes things are just that easy.

The one curious note here is wide receiver. It keeps coming up as a potential need, but it's hard to see how a receiver is going to stick on the roster and get playing time. The Bucs aren't getting rid of Vincent Jackson, and Mike Evans is obviously their number one receiver. That means any draft pick would be number three at best -- but Louis Murphy is returning from injury, as is promising second-year player Kenny Bell. And then there's Adam Humphries, who showed some potential as a slot receiver.

Basically, the Bucs actually have a lot of players at receiver. But it's also a fragile group that was devastated by injury last season. As is the case at offensive tackle, the Bucs don't really have a need at the position, but if the best player on the board is a receiver they probably won't mind picking him up.