The Bucs have many needs. We talked about the team taking a quarterback with their first round pick and I still believe that's what they should do come draft time. But make no mistake, the team needs more than just a quarterback. Gil Brandt, who is an NFL Media senior analyst, recently broke down the top three needs for all 32 teams. Let's take a look at what Brandt says about the Bucs.
Brandt writes the Bucs top three needs are offensive lineman, pass rusher, and quarterback. Here's where is analysis gets interesting. "The Bucs probably could use two offensive linemen. I'd move LT Anthony Collins to guard, where I think he's better suited, and draft a left tackle," Brandt said. "They need to upgrade at quarterback. Josh McCown isn't a long-term solution and Mike Glennon is a marginal NFL talent."
My good friend and colleague Justin Pawlowski and I have actually thrown this idea around at the radio station. The problem though with Collins moving to guard is his lack of strength. Collins is more athletic than powerful and that could be a problem moving inside. That being said, proper coaching and flawless technique could make that move possible. We know the offensive line needs some work and maybe moving Collins to guard makes the Bucs offensive line a little better.
Brandt then proceeds to give us the top-rated seniors at positional needs: OT: Brandon Scherff (Iowa), Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M), La'el Collins (LSU); Pass rusher: Vic Beasley (Clemson), Alvin Dupree (Kentucky), Owamagbe Odighizuwa (UCLA); QB: Sean Mannion (Oregon State), Garrett Grayson (Colorado State), Bryce Petty (Baylor).
It's always fun to get a national perspective on the Bucs. Brandt is one of the more respected voices when it comes to talent evaluation. His analysis is spot on. Let's just hope the same can be said for the Bucs drafting in 2015.
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