Post-Draft Review: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma Athletics)
Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma Athletics)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted May 6, 2010

The Buccaneers had to address the receiver position in order to help second-year QB Josh Freeman progress.

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, DE, CB, DT

Players Added

Round 1-Gerald McCoy/DT - McCoy will start at the "3-technique" tackle position in Tampa Bay's Cover-2 defense. McCoy plays with a high-motor and should provide an impact on their defense as a rookie.

Round 2-Brian Price/DT - Price will likely be aligned shaded off the nose (much like Jay Ratliff) since he's really not a pure nose tackle. He was seen as a high-riser within the final few months of the draft.

Round 2-Arrelious Benn/WR - Benn should challenge for a starting job as a rookie. While he doesn't run well, he has good size and solid hands. He's the kind of possession receiver who is capable of making an impact right away in a short to intermediate passing game.

Round 3-Myron Lewis/CB - Lewis is a nice-sized defensive back. He's capable of playing cornerback or safety. Because he lacks good speed, he may project to playing in a nickel role down the line or at free safety.

Round 4-Mike Williams/WR - If the talented receiver can stay out of trouble off the field, he'll have a chance to start as a rookie.

Round 6-Brent Bowen/P - After letting go of two veteran punters, this position became a need. Bowen was drafted to be the starter.

Round 7-Cody Grimm/S - He'll challenge for a roster spot as a fourth safety and on special teams.

Round 7-Dakoda Watson/LB - The undersized linebacker figures to compete for a roster spot at WLB.

Round 7-Erik Lorig/DE - If he has a strong preseason, Lorig will have a legitimate chance to make the 53-man roster because Tampa Bay is really light on talent at defensive end.

Post-Draft Needs

Wide Receiver - Even with adding two talented receivers in this draft, Tampa Bay still is light on talent at the position.

Defensive End - This position remains a major need. It's kind of surprising that it wasn't addressed. It remains to be seen how they can improve their pass rush with the players they have on their 80-man roster.

Cornerback - With starting CB Ronde Barber turning 35 last month, the team needs to find his eventual replacement. The nickel and dime positions also are issues.

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