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NFL Power Rankings: The Bucs are moving up

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2017 NFL free agency is mostly over, so we’re getting some overviews of where each NFL stands before the 2017 NFL draft. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, things are looking up — most analysts love what the Bucs did in free agency, and they look like an up-and-coming team.

That’s what NFL.com’s Elliott Harrison thinks, too, ranking the Bucs 10th in his post-free agency power rankings.

The Bucs were my sneaky NFC squad last year, but if they keep executing the kind of savvy moves they've made of late, these guys won't surprise anyone by going 10-6. The headliner, of course, is the arrival of DeSean Jackson. We'll see if he can continue to be the same deep threat we've come to know him as in Year 10. It should be noted: Randy Moss went to the Patriots in his 10th year and went ape@#$#, scoring an NFL-record 23 touchdowns. Much depends on Jameis Winston. Much depends on the running game. Was bringing back Jacquizz Rodgers enough for the RB group?

If this holds true, the Bucs would be a playoff team this year — a wild card playoff team, but still, that’s better than the Bucs have done in an actual, full decade.

Of course, these power rankings aren’t actually going to be an accurate representation of next season’s final standings. They are, however, a nice indication of what analysts think of the Bucs and that is not without import.