Pre-Draft Needs: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have decided to sit out free agency for the most part. Rather, they will attempt to build their team through the draft.

Players Added

Reggie Brown/WR - The veteran receiver could challenge for a starting job right away. That tells you how dire their receiver situation is.

Jon Alston/LB - He figures to see most of his playing time on special teams.

Sean Jones/S - At one point earlier in his career, Jones was one of the better young strong safeties. However, he hasn't played as well the last few seasons.

Players Lost

Byron Storer/FB - He didn't play last season due to injury.

Antonio Bryant/WR - Bryant was never healthy last season, and was a result, the team didn't want to pay him big money. However, his absence leaves a big hole in the starting lineup.

Brian Clark/WR - He'll compete for a backup job with the Detroit Lions.

Dirk Johnson/P - The journeyman punter should find be able to compete for a job somewhere by August.

Josh Bidwell/P - He was released, but should find a new home as training camps get under way.

Jimmy Wilkerson/DE - He visited the New Orleans Saints and is scheduled to visit the Seattle Seahawks.

Matt McCoy/LB - The former second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles found a new home in Seattle.

Rod Wilson/LB - He fits in as a backup MLB.

Torrie Cox/CB - He was released last month. Cox will find work as a special teamer.

Jermaine Phillips/S - The veteran defensive back played linebacker last season.

Will Allen/S - He would have been a backup had he returned.

Pre-Draft Team Needs

Wide Receiver - With veteran WR Antonio Bryant signed in Cincinnati, the Buccaneers probably lack two solid starting receivers. They have to do whatever they can to help second-year QB Josh Freeman.

Defensive End - Tampa Bay has no proven pass rushers. They probably need to get at least two good pass rushers in this draft.

Cornerback - Veteran CB Ronde Barber turned 35 recently and the team has no viable replacement for him. They also lack a proven nickel back.

Other Issues to Address

Guard Depth

Right Tackle Depth

Left Tackle Depth

Center Depth

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