I know it's early, but the Bucs rookie class this year is sure passing the eye test. Yes, I'll surely get the guys who think they know football better than the rest of us saying, "they haven't even played a regular season game yet." I guess when you've seen as much crappy football as Bucs fans have witnessed, it's easier to be pessimistic.
I feel like I have watched a lot of football in my lifetime already. I'm pretty confident in my eyes and being able to tell if someone can play and if someone can't. The Bucs first 4 picks from April's draft have all proven that they are ready to play in the NFL. None of them are developmental players, and all 4 will be starting as the Bucs open up the regular season.
Saying this is the Bucs' best rookie class in years is not really much of a bold statement either. The Buccaneers have had horrific draft classes over the past 8-10 years. It's safe nto say that's been the main reason this franchise has burried itself in the depths of NFL laughingstocks. To draft four legit talented players who all are starting for you from day one of the regular season is a big step in the right direction for this franchise.
Jameis Winston has shown plenty of flashes, which is all you can ask for from a QB at this point, that he could be a star in the NFL. Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith are already tremendous upgrades over Anthony Collins and Garrett Gilkey from 2014. As for Kwon Alexander, it might only be a little bit of time before he becomes the face of the Bucs defense.
I don't need to rehash the bad picks the Bucs have made over the past 3, 5, 7, or even 10 years. All I know is that this is the first time in years that rookies have passed the eye test like these rookies have this year already.