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The Buccaneers’ top need for 2017

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about to head into the offseason, which means they’ll try to fix their needs. Their many needs — though not really as many as in recent years.

One question is: what’s their biggest need? That will determine their biggest moves this offseason, most notably in the draft. Over at ESPN, Jenna Laine thinks the team’s biggest draft need is wide receiver.

Coach Dirk Koetter even said it in his season-ending news conference -- they need more speed and more playmakers. "Guys that can catch a 10-yard pass, break one tackle and turn it into a 30-yard gain," he said. "Our run after the catch is not where it needs to be." The need for more explosive receivers became even more evident when Vincent Jackson and Cecil Shorts III were injured and the Bucs didn't have a starting-caliber receiver to line up opposite Mike Evans.

I’m not sure what makes this a draft need, rather than an offseason need in general, other than that this is great SEO. After all, there’s free agency and the potential of trades before the draft ever happens. While spending a first-round pick on a receiver seems likely right now, it might not in three months.

Still, it is obvious that wide receiver is the team’s biggest need. Vincent Jackson is gone, Mike Evans is the only reliable receiver who can play on the outside, though Adam Humphries is a decent slot receiver, and the team needs some more explosiveness on offense.