As we gear up for this Sunday's Super Bowl with the Seahawks and Patriots, I think it is only natural for fans of the Buccaneers to wonder when their favorite team will make it back to the big game. Along those lines, what players will be on the team at that point. Here are some of the names I believe will help the Bucs to their next Super Bowl, whenever that might be.
I bet some of you probably have jokes. Yes, the easy answer is "none" because they're so far away from the Super Bowl, but one quarterback can change a team's fate, and the Bucs are in position to get that player.
On offense, I think this most recent draft class would have to make an impact if the Bucs were to return to the Super Bowl any time soon. Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and even Charles Sims would be contributors to an offense that consisted of wither Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston. We all know the Bucs offensive line is horrible, but Demar Dotson will be on the Bucs next Super Bowl teams as the starting left tackle.
The Bucs have set themselves up for a nice run on defense with a lot of young players. Obviously, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David will be main stays and part of the resurgence of the Bucs. I think Johnthan Banks has the size and ability to turn into one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. One player I have become a big fan of is safety Bradley McDougald. I not only believe McDougald is on the roster the next time the Bucs make it to the Super Bowl, but I think he'll become one of the leaders on defense.
By my calculations, that leaves the Bucs with just 8 players on the current roster that I feel will still be with the organization the next time they reach the Super Bowl. It could be in 5 years, 7 years, or 10 years. I don't know, but the fact is the Bucs will have much more roster turnover before they settle into a roster worthy of making a legit run to the playoffs and a Super Bowl. Looking at the current roster, many names should be different over the coming years if the Bucs are truly looking to compete again.
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