2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Preview
2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft preview page from Maddux Sports Handicappers. Scroll below for an individual team report on the 07 draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football club. Included is some possible Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft predictions. When 2007 regular season rolls around, revisit MadduxSports.com for expert NFL Picks from the best NFL sports handicappers.
Team Name: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Head Coach: Jon Gruden
2006 NFL Record: (4-12) Missed Playoffs
2007 Draft Order: (4th Pick)
2006 First Round Draft Pick: Davin Joseph
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Position Needs for Tampa Bay
Defensive Line: Defensive End Kevin Carter was acquired from Miami but at 33 his best years are behind him. Simon Rice has declined and is coming off of season ending surgery. At the tackle position Anthony McFarland was traded to Indy, and they lack that run stuffing impact player, so vital to the Bucs' defensive scheme. Both tackle and end will need to addressed on day 1.
Safety: Jermaine Phillips at one time looked like the answer but his cover skills are weak, and the Bucs' need to get young and nasty in the secondary.
Wide Receiver: Joey Galloway is 35 and although still better than most of the league, how much longer does he have? Michael Clayton has done nothing since his rookie season and is on the verge of bust status. Time to reload.
Draft Outlook for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers lost the coin flip to Cleveland to determine who will grab the 3rd pick, but it shouldn't matter as both teams would have gotten the player they wanted in either scenario. It looks like Tampa Bay will have the fortune of drafting fourth, but will get the most talented player in the draft Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson.
Tampa Bay is in a fortunate position owning 4 of the first 68 picks in the draft and may make a move to deal for some veteran talent on draft day. If they stand pat, and go with Johnson in the first round, look for the next 3 picks to spent on defense. DE Tim Crowder from Texas, DE Anthony Spencer from Purdue, and DT Paul Soliai from Purdue are all possibilities for T-Bay with the 35th pick.
With the 64th & 68th picks guys like Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse, Georgia's DE Charles Johnson, and Tennessee's DT Turk McBride would all fill needs depending on what they do with that 35th pick. The pressure is on Gruden to get back to the playoffs, and with a stockpile of picks, you have to like his chances.
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