May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Mike Evans (Texas A&M) poses with his jersey after being selected as the number seven overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft grades: Tampa Bay Buccaneers


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among the big winners in free agency earlier this spring, but they had to be as first-year head coach with the Bucs, Lovie Smith had limited ammunition to work with in the draft. Unlike Smith’s teams in Chicago, offense was made a priority in the draft and hit on some big targets for new quarterback Josh McCown who excelled with big weapons with the Bears.

Best pick: Mike Evans

Worst pick: Kadeem Edwards

Analysis: the drafting of the 6’5” Evans and 6’6” Austin Seferian-Jenkins gives the Bucs two massive and extremely talented targets for McCown and/or Mike Glennon in addition to the 6’5” Vincent Jackson already on the roster. These two should be starters from Day 1. Third round pick Charles Sims was a start at the Senior Bowl practices and could be one of the more complete running backs in the draft.

On Day 3, the Bucs added some beef to the offensive line in developmental players for the offensive line in Edwards who I thought was a reach and Kevin Pamphile. I like Robert Herron as a potential slot receiver out of Wyoming they took late.

Grade: B


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