For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an intrigue-filled first half of the offseason that has included a big free-agent signing (Dashon Goldson), a blockbuster trade (Darrelle Revis) and a respectable NFL draft class has reshaped the outlook of the franchise in 2013 and beyond.
Needing to address their porous, league-worst pass defense, the Bucs signed Goldson to a five-year deal worth $41.25 million.
Then, after several weeks of relative quiet in free agency, they completed a blockbuster deal for Revis that sent two picks, their first-round (No. 13 overall) this year and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2014, in exchange for a player many consider the top defensive back in the NFL—when healthy.
Those two additions alone overhauled the perception of the Bucs defense heading into next season, but then they added six players in this weekend's draft, some of whom should see significant playing time this season.
Among those drafted, defensive tackle Akeem Spence (No. 100 overall) and cornerback Johnthan Banks (No. 43 overall) will have the greatest opportunity to make an impact this season.
Banks was the Thorpe Award winner in 2012, given to the top collegiate defensive back in the nation. He brings good ball skills and height (6'2") and is a disruptive corner in coverage.
So, with the draft behind us, how does the depth chart look, admittedly, very early on?
Let's take a look.