Never did Joe ever, ever expect to type the following. Especially in November.
How effed up is this season for the Bucs? With a healthy Tom Brady and star players up and down the Bucs’ roster, the Bucs enter the month of November, where contenders and posers separate themselves, with a top-10 pick in the April 2023 draft.
That is both jarring to Joe and appalling. But that’s the word from Dan Parr of NFL.com. The Bucs currently sit at No. 9 in the NFL draft order.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Biggest needs: QB, DB, DL
The interior defensive line figures to be among the many areas of need requiring the Bucs’ attention in 2023. William Gholston, Akiem Hicks and Rakeem Nunez-Roches are among the players due to hit free agency.
Joe doesn’t agree the Bucs need to draft a defensive back or an interior defensive lineman with a top-10 pick. The Bucs only need to re-sign Jamel Dean and the Bucs are set in the secondary.
If the Bucs draft an interior defensive lineman with a top-10 pick, what does that say about Vita Vea? That would be a big tell that the Bucs have soured on him.
If you have a top-10 pick, you better be looking at a quarterback, that’s all there is to it, because you hope to never draft in the top-10 again. Unless Tom Brady agrees to play with the Bucs until he’s 50, not getting a quarterback with a top-10 pick would be grossly irresponsible unless you have a franchise quarterback already locked up (Lamar Jackson, Derek Carr, Brady?).
The sad thing is, do you trust Todd Bowles to develop a quarterback? He had two high-draft-pick quarterbacks when he was with the Jets and they were complete busts.
What a s(p)itty year this has been!
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