After being snubbed by the NFL’s Top 100 on NFL Network, the Buccaneers have some representation in ESPN’s Top 100 projected list where they predict the top 100 performers in the NFL for the 2018 season.
Gerald McCoy came in at number 46, getting praise for his quick get-off at the snap and having the most sacks in the NFL at defensive tackle since 2013.
Mike Evans comes in at 49 as only the third receiver in NFL history to have over 1,000 yards in the first four seasons of a career.
Finally, Lavonte David gets some recognition coming in at number 70. David has the most tackles since 2012 and is the only player in history to have 450+ tackles, 15+ sacks, and 10+ interceptions in his first five seasons.
Although there may be a few payers who take exception to not being named on the list - Kwon Alexander, Brent Grimes, and Jason Pierre-Paul to name a few - it can only serve as motivation that this team still gets ignored and overlooked.
Well, there’s only one way to change that.
The list was compiled very similarly to the way the NFL Network does their list. In ESPN’s case, they surveyed the NFL experts at ESPN to rate players using a 1-to-100 scale, then compiled the average to fill out their list.
As always, Jenna Laine did a great job representing the Buccaneers.