Projecting Buccaneers starters

After ending last season on a 10-game losing streak, no team needed more out of the NFL draft than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the surface, it looks like they got at least three starters in safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David. Add them to key free-agent pickups Carl Nicks, Eric Wright and Vincent Jackson and Tampa Bay should have a very different look come September. Let’s take a look at what I suspect at the moment will be Tampa Bay’s starting lineup.


  • RB Doug Martin (LeGarrette Blount will get some carries, but Martin’s an all-purpose back)

  • WR Vincent Jackson

  • LG Carl Nicks


  • DT Brian Price (Amobi Okoye will factor heavily in rotation and could start if injury woes continue for McCoy and Price)

  • OLB Lavonte David

  • CB Eric Wright (Aqib Talib could factor in, but his future is uncertain)

  • SS Mark Barron