We’ve talked about wide receiver, quarterback and offensive line as areas the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could address with the seventh overall pick in the NFL draft.
I still think one of those areas will be addressed in the first round and the other areas could be addressed early in the draft. But the Bucs have six draft picks (and the number could grow if they trade down) and, in the later rounds, they might be addressing some other areas that aren’t getting a lot of attention.
Let’s take a look at five under-the-radar needs.
Tight end: The Bucs have Brandon Myers, Tim Wright, Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree. Each of those guys has a strength, and the Bucs could take a committee approach at this position if they keep the status quo. But it sure would be nice to find a tight end that can do it all.
Fullback: I get the sense that this position isn’t going to be overly important in coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offensive system. But there still will be situations where the fullback is used as a lead blocker. At the moment, the Bucs have only journeymen at fullback.
Strongside linebacker: Jonathan Casillas is ticketed as the starter here. But it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a little competition.
Defensive line: This unit already has the potential to be a strength, but the Bucs might not be done assembling depth. Coach Lovie Smith has a deep appreciation for defensive linemen and he could use some more talent to fill out his rotation.
Return man: Eric Page was the main return man last season and could end up in that job again. The Bucs also are expected to take a look at former Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps in this role. But if the Bucs see a dynamic return man in the draft, they could take him.