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Round 1 Pick 7 – Mike Evans WR
Round 2 Pick 38 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE
Round 3 Pick 69 – Charles Sims RB
Round 5 Pick 143 – Kadeem Edwards G
Round 5 Pick 149 – Kevin Pamphile OT
Round 6 Pick 185 – Robert Herron WR


After being aggressive in free agency the Buccaneers entered the 2014 just needing to add the final touches to the roster. General Manager John Licht made franchise history by
selecting the franchises' first all offense draft. Have Tampa Bay now got the personnel on the roster to make a playoff run though?

Every year in the draft there are teams that get lucky. A player drops into your lap that you had no idea would still be on the board when you get to pick. In 2014 the Bucs were on of those teams. As NFL media insider Ian Rappaport tweeted the Tampa Bay back office had projected that Mike Evans wouldn't be available at pick 7.

He was though and Bucs fans should be extremely excited with the pick of Texas A&M wide receiver Evans. Although many fans were hoping to see Texas A&M's quarterback Johnny Manziel come to Tampa Bay, the Bucs got the better of the two players by taking Evans.

A big reason that the Johnny Football brand even exists is that he had the 6'5'' 231 pound Evans catching his throws. A tall receiver with safe hands who can use his strength
to bully cornerbacks Evans should be a big powerful target for Josh McCown.

Last season Evans chalked up 69 receptions for 1,394 yards with 12 touchdowns. Within those 1,394 yards were standout games against Auburn and Alabama where he went for 287 and 279 yards respectively.

The Buccaneers followed up the Mike Evans pick by taking tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. If it wasn't for some off the field issues Seferian-Jenkins would have been a
first-round pick. To get him in the second round then represents good value.

Entering the 2013 season Seferian-Jenkins was already Washington's record holder for a tight end and he added to this by taking 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns. Perhaps the best part aspect of Seferian-Jenkins is that unlike Eric Ebron he is also a solid blocker who spent much of the 2013 season clearing out running lanes for Bishop Sankey.

At 6'6'' and 262 pounds Seferian-Jenkins is a real mismatch threat that along with 6'5'' Mike Evans will cause opposing defensive co-ordinators all sorts of headaches.

The Bucs continued to improve the offense with the rest of their picks. Fifth round picks guard Kadeem Edwards and offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile both possess the size and
stature to be solid offensive linemen. Pamphile in particular looks like an interesting pick.

He only played one year of football a high school and is a recent convert to OT only playing there 29 times. He was previously a defensive end. In his new position Pamphile has shown lots of potential though and if he keeps progressing could be one to watch.

The last player Tampa bay took was wide receiver Robert Herron. At 5'9'' Round 6 pick Herron is a dwarf compared to the other receivers taken but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. He ran a 4.4 second 40-yard-dash at the combine and should help stretch defenses.

The only weak looking pick of the draft was running back Charles Sims. The Bucs already had a surplus of running backs on the roster and it is hard to see exactly what Sims brings that the Bucs didn't already have had. I would have preferred to see the Bucs invest in some depth at cornerback with a pick like Bashaud Breeland who ended up going in the fourth round.

Overall, there is much to like about the Buccaneers draft. Given all the talent they have injected into offense Tampa should be one of the most exciting teams in the NFL and
have a decent shot of making the playoffs.

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