The cupcake matchups are over, and big-time college programs are facing off in big-time games. For NFL fans, this is the best way to see the prospective future of their favorite franchise.
For Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, this is especially important. Given the youth movement that general manager Mark Dominik started in 2010, and the lack of depth Tampa Bay has shown through two games, the 2013 NFL Draft should have as big of an impact on the franchise as the 2012 class.
At this point, the Buccaneers have six players drafted last year on the active roster, as well as one rookie free agent they acquired after the draft.
College scouting is undoubtedly a priority for the Tampa Bay front office.
Pairing with new head coach Greg Schiano, Dominik proved the team is willing to go after their guys. The Bucs made trades to get into position to draft three starters in Mark Barron, Doug Martin and Lavonte David.
Fortunately, Dominik's maneuvering avoided the loss of any selections from the 2013 draft.
The following players are potential targets for the Buccaneers in next April's draft. They should provide something for Tampa Bay fans to look for on Saturdays in college football.