By now, we know that the consensus has been the Buccaneers had a great draft. Major outlets thought highly of the moves and selections Jason Licht and Co. made throughout the draft. It is very early to assume much of how the entire class will perform, but we here on Bucs Nation feel they will fare really well for the most part.
With all that said, the love and recognition for Tampa Bay continues.
NFL media’s Elliot Harrison released updated power rankings. It wasn’t much of a move up in rankings, but, at least Harrison acknowledges these rookies could have some sort of impact for the Bucs.
The Bucs move three spots up to No. 21.
Ronald Jones (Round 2, No. 38) should help immediately, especially since it’s slightly easier to transition from college to the pros at that position. Licht and Co. hit the secondary hard with M.J. Stewart (Round 2, No. 53) and Carlton Davis (Round 2, No. 63). Vita Vea (Round 1, No. 12) is massive in the middle. He’s a tree stump. You can’t pull him out of there with a Jeep winch. So if anyone ever tells you Allen is a bust, look at all these great plays he’s gonna provide ... in Tampa Bay.
The Bucs were the second biggest jump in the rankings. The New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams hold the honors for the biggest jumps with four spots.
The Biggest drop? The Cincinnati Bengals lost three spots after their draft haul. Or lack thereof.