Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ultimate 2014 Draft Primer
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The months since the Seattle Seahawks pummeled the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII have been months of healing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Healing and change.

After a disastrous 4-12 record, the Bucs fired their general manager and head coach and replaced them with Jason Licht to rebuild the team and Lovie Smith to coach it.

Licht and Smith were extremely active in free agency.

Not only did Tampa Bay add 15 new faces, including a new starting quarterback and several other key starters on both sides of the ball, the Bucs handed out $74.3 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN Stats & Information, far and away the largest amount in the NFL.

The front office and coaching staff has changed. The new regime was active and did a fantastic job in free agency. And now the Bucs must “win” the 2014 NFL draft if that four-win season from 2013 is going to be placed in the rear-view mirror.

Here’s what you need to know about the draft, and how the Bucs can set themselves up for a winning season.

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