Mar 26, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers targeting wide receiver in first round


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to start their organization fresh this season with new head coach Lovie Smith. An integral part of this new era is coming up as the team will get ready to select seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft come May.

Smith is known the most for being a defensive-minded coach, which he showed year in and year out while he was in charge of the Bears. And while there will be some intriguing defensive prospects within that top 10, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport believes they’ll go after a top wide receiver target instead.


Smith and the team should have some intriguing options at that number seven slot when it’s their turn to choose. Even if top target Sammy Watkins is taken off the board by then, there should still be the likes of Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin and Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks there for the taking.

As much as defense does win championships, new quarterback Josh McCown needs some weapons to throw the ball to, now that they’ve let go of Mike Williams.

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  • Sean L. Elliott

    Tampa could certainly use Sammy Watkins. I am all for finding a franchise quarterback because McCown is clearly not the long term option and Glennon just doesn’t resemble the type of QB that can carry a team on his back to get a win. If we could bring in Watkins with this draft and continue to add speed and depth to the O-line then I believe next year draft would be optimal to go searching for a franchise QB. The 2015 class seems to have some nice QB prospects and if they join a yeam with a solid D, and threats to throw to like VJax, Watkins, and Martin in the backfield then the learning curve for a rookie QB next year could be a lot more endured.