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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Do the Buccaneers need a receiver next year?

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Two years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the Dunkaneers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans would form an imposingly huge receiving corps. Three years on, Seferian-Jenkins has mostly been a disappointment, Jackson will be a free agent in 2017 and struggled in 2016, and Mike Evans has been very good with some hands issues. That leaves a potentially large hole at receiver in 2017.

That's probably why Todd McShay has the Buccaneers grabbing a wide receiver in his first 2017 NFL mock draft. Specifically: JuJu Smith-Schuster, who put up 89 catches for 1,454 yards and ten touchdowns last season. He's certainly productive, but I have no other opinions on draft prospects this far before the actual draft.

Of course, it's way too early for these mock drafts. Lots of things will change between now and next year's draft. Whether receiver will be a truly pressing need will depend mostly on whether Vincent Jackson is re-signed, and whether Kenny Bell develops the way the Bucs hope he can. Mike Evans is a very good receiver who needs to improve his hands a little, but today's offenses have more than just one good receiver.

In today's NFL, you simply can't have enough weapons. The Bucs have enough for one year, but that can change quickly. And as we saw last year, injuries can deplete the skill positions really quickly.