Luke Easterling was a big part of this website before taking over TheDraftWire.com for USA Today. As one of the USA Today's top NFL Draft analysts, Easterling is now living the dream of living the draft 365 days of the year. With this new approach comes detailed looks at each teams' previous draft. He took a deeper look at the Bucs draft recently.
In a series where Luke identifies the reach and steal for each team's 2016 NFL Draft, his Bucs' selections were pretty predictable because it is how many folks feel.
Easterling was a huge fan of Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence leading up to the draft, so you know the Buccaneers selection of him in the 2nd round had Luke all giddy.
It’s not often a team is able to grab the draft’s best pure pass rusher in the second round, but that’s exactly what the Bucs did when they landed Spence. His past off-field troubles have been well-documented, but he’s stayed out of trouble since leaving Ohio State and is eager to prove he’s fully committed to avoiding mistakes in the future.
As for the Bucs' reach, Luke went with for FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo. Again, trading up into the late 2nd round to draft a kicker is a very risky proposition, but Aguayo is a special kicker. I probably would have considered the Bucs' selection of Ryan Smith in the 4th round. The Bucs still have a need at defensive tackle, they know they have a need at defensive tackle, and they could have had their choice of several defensive tackles still available to them in the 4th round.
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