Apparently, the voters liked what the Bucs did in the draft because Tampa Bay now is ranked No. 23. The Bucs were No. 27 in the previous edition of the rankings.
The voters must view the Bucs as being something close to a .500 team. They’re ranked between Dallas and Miami, who were both 8-8 last season.
The Bucs were 4-12 last season, but they’ve been making solid moves throughout the offseason. I view the Bucs as a team on the rise -- and so do the voters.
Coach Lovie Smith has talked several times about how he wants the Bucs to be relevant again. The move up in the rankings can be taken as a sign that the Bucs are headed in the right direction.
But we’ll have to wait until the season starts to see if the Bucs really have turned the corner.