The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 4-12 last season and are not only trying to wash away the bad taste of a losing season, but of a coaching regime that never quite looked like a fit.
Former head coach Greg Schiano spent two seasons with the Bucs and won a grand total of 11 games. He was the center of about as many controversies. Now that Lovie Smith is in Tampa to replace Schiano, and Jason Licht is the new general manager, the Bucs are hoping for wide-scale change.
So far, the ideal of change has been very apparent.
Overhaul is a more appropriate term as the Bucs have spent just north of $148 million on 12 free agents thus far in 2014, according to Spotrac, and have made a huge splash. Tampa Bay only has six draft picks in the upcoming draft, but Smith and Licht hope to make the same kind of impact in early May at Radio City Music Hall, as they've done so far in free agency.
Tampa Bay’s six picks come one per round, all except the fourth round, which belongs to the New York Jets as part of last year’s Darrelle Revis deal. The Bucs’ original sixth-round pick (No. 183) belongs to the Chicago Bears as part of the Gabe Carimi deal from 2013 (don’t forget that neither Revis nor Carimi are with the Bucs any longer), but when Tampa Bay traded Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills they took their sixth-rounder (No. 185) as payment.
Here’s how the Buccaneers might use their six draft picks.