TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers made history last year by drafting exclusively offensive players.
Don’t be surprised if it happens again. Or at least the majority of Tampa Bay’s picks are on the offensive side of the ball. The fact is the Bucs are in decent shape on defense, but they still need a lot of help on offense.
They ranked 30th in the league in total offense and never got into much of a rhythm. But they did get some positive contributions from their draft picks. Let’s review.
Mike Evans. The wide receiver was one of the best rookies in the league last season. Evans caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins. His first season was a mixed bag because of injuries. But, when healthy, Seferian-Jenkins looked like he could be an offensive weapon. He had 21 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Charles Sims. He missed the first half of the season with an ankle injury. But the coaching staff obviously is high on Sims because he wound up sharing carries with Doug Martin. Sims could be the starter going forward.
Kadeem Edwards. The fifth-round pick is a project. He wasn’t getting any playing time before going on injured reserve at midseason. But Edwards could be a factor in the future.
Kevin Pamphile. Another project. Pamphile did get some playing time late in the season. In a best-case scenario, Pamphile will be the swing tackle next year.
Robert Herron. Aside from being the 12th man on the field for a critical penalty against Cincinnati, Herron didn’t do much as a rookie. The Bucs like his speed, but he needs to show he can catch the ball.
The point here is the Bucs got two starters (Evans and Seferian-Jenkins) and maybe a third (Sims) as well as three backups for the offense last season. If they follow a similar approach in this year’s draft, they might end up fixing the offense.