The Buccaneers held a press conference for new GM Jason Licht on Thursday and while he said a lot things you typically hear from a new hire like “we will build the through the draft” and “we will spend wisely in free agency,” Licht also mentioned that all options are on the table for their No. 7 overall pick.
- Licht also told reporters that he and HC Lovie Smith will have to agree on a player or they won’t draft him.
- Smith has final say over the Buccaneers roster and personnel, but Licht sounds convinced that both of them are on equal footing with roster decisions.
The Buccaneers do have needs including offensive line, defensive end, tight end and linebacker. They could also use some extra depth at wide receiver as well.
But of course the most important decision for the Buccaneers new regime will be at quarterback, as Lovie Smith has yet to endorse Mike Glennon as the team’s starter. Until then, there is going to be speculation as to whether or not the Bucs could draft a quarterback for the second time in as many seasons.
If Tampa Bay decides that they are comfortable targeting positions other quarterback in round one, they could shop their first-round pick to teams either looking taking one of the quarterback prospects who’s still available. Some believe as many as four quarterback could be selected in the first eight picks and with Vikings directly behind them at No. 8, Tampa Bay could at least shop their pick and see if anyone is willing to move up for a certain player.
The 2014 draft class is expected to very deep in the middle rounds, so obtaining some extra picks could be really enticing for NFL teams.
This is however just a hypothetical situation based on something said in a press conference. We’ll have to see how the draft process plays out in the coming months before we have a better idea of what the Buccaneers options really are.
For what’s it’s worth, we have Tampa Bay taking UCLA DE/OLB Anthony Barr at No. 7 in our most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft.