Buccaneers 2014 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web

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Buccaneers 2014 Draft: Aggregating Report Card Grades from Around the Web
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Let the premature postdraft evaluations begin!

Grading a draft class days after the draft requires significant foresight. Or guessing. No evaluator will honestly or reliably be able to predict the likely success of any NFL rookie in the days after that rookie has joined the league.

That won't stop them from trying, though. While the projections of career success may be a bit hasty, every NFL team is subject to evaluation of how well their draft took advantage of the perceived value of their respective picks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enjoyed their share of ups and downs on draft day. Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht got the big receiver they desperately needed in Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

They even took Bucs fans by surprise by taking Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with their second-round pick.

Despite entering the draft with serious need on the offensive line, Smith and Licht waited until Day 3 of the draft to bolster their ranks at guard and tackle. This could be a gamble the Bucs come to regret during the season.

No single grade of the Bucs' draft provides a comprehensive or authoritative judgement of how good the players they picked will be. By examining and comparing them, a more complete picture emerges from the postdraft cacophony.

Take a look at how a few NFL pundits graded the Bucs' 2014 draft. Judge for yourself if their evaluations are fair or accurate.

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