The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did one heck of a job on Thursday night. They traded back five spots with the Buffalo Bills and added two extra second round picks in the process. The Buccaneers selected 350-pound Vita Vea, a defensive tackle out of Washington. The defensive line is now complete and Gerald McCoy will have all sorts of help next season.
Tampa Bay currently holds the 38th, 53rd and 56th pick in the second round of tonight’s NFL Draft. There are plenty of good players left for Tampa Bay to take, especially with their first pick. Some prospects who were projected to go in the first round wound up falling to the second and Tampa Bay picks pretty high so they should get a very good player.
My first day two target for Tampa Bay is Derrius Guice. I have no clue how Sony Michel and Rashaad Penny were taken over Guice, who to me is a top 20 overall prospect. Guice would give the Buccaneers an instant starter in the backfield and would add another dimension to their offense, which they have been lacking for years. If Guice is available at 38, Licht shouldn’t hesitate for a second.
My second day two target for the Buccaneers is cornerback Josh Jackson. To many people’s surprise, Tampa Bay elected not to go secondary with their first selection. It is arguably the weakest position on the team and needs to be addressed before the second round is over. Jackson would give Tampa Bay another starter in this draft class. He was a Jim Thorpe award finalist last season, which is an award given to the best defensive back in college football. If Tampa Bay can add a prospect like this on day two, and fill an immediate need, Jason Licht would have an A+ draft grade.
My third day two target is Will Hernandez, who played his college football at UTEP. Hernandez would most likely step in and play left guard, which would allow for Ali Marpet to move back to right guard. Hernandez is a physical nasty offensive lineman who fits the mold in what the Buccaneers have been looking for this season. It honestly wouldn’t shock me if he was the pick at #38.
If the Buccaneers can come away with two of these three players tonight, it would be a home run. All are day one starters and all fill major positions of need. Tampa Bay has a lot of draft picks to play with, so don’t be surprised if we see them trade up to nail one of these three players.