Tampa Bay's roster sprouts four glaring needs.
The four eyesores include No. 2 wideout, guard, tight end and "Sam" (strong-side) linebacker.
Vincent Jackson finds himself sympathizing with Dwayne Bowe, only his complementary cast makes Bowe's look like the '99 Rams. If the season started next week, Chris Owusu and Louis Murphy would battle for the second starting spot.
As for the guard slots, preseason will seemingly serve as a four-week traveling talent(less) show between a handful of average-on-a-good-day candidates.
Brandon Myers, Tom Crabtree and Tim Wright—whose names rival their skill sets in blandness—are the favorites for tight end.
With Dekoda Watson's departure—an underrated offseason addition for Jacksonville—the "Sam" position is shrouded in mystery, with no viable nominees to line up opposite the Sunday soul-snatcher known as Lavonte David. (Last year, per BucsNation.com, David became just the second player in league history to record at least 100 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions in a single season, yet he didn't make the Pro Bowl.)
At pick No. 7, analysts, including NFL.com's Adam Rank, have routinely linked Tampa Bay to Mike Evans, which seals the hole at No. 2 wideout.
Still, relative to the remaining vacancies, the Buccaneers don't need mid-round projects; they need Week 1 starters.
Kansas City is teeming with tight end talent, and while offloading Anthony Fasano's contract would be ideal, Sean McGrath is a younger, cheaper stopgap (which Tampa Bay will prefer). Packaging him with pick No. 23 will mask two additional weaknesses, making it easier for Tampa Bay to barter two choices in return.
Total Value of Pick No. 23: 760
Total Value of Picks No. 38 and 69: 765
Targets at No. 38: FS Jimmie Ward, WR Cody Latimer, WR Jordan Matthews, G David Yankey
Targets at No. 69: WR Jarvis Landry, WR Dri Archer, FS Terrence Brooks, CB Pierre Desir, ILB Jordan Tripp, CB Aaron Colvin, G Brandon Thomas, CB Lamarcus Joyner, OT/G Joel Bitonio, WR Paul Richardson