Are the Buccaneers Finally Building Something Special?

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Are the Buccaneers Finally Building Something Special?
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Wide receiver Mike Evans and new head coach Lovie Smith are part of something special that's building in Tampa Bay.

With their first pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a tight end.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a huge target at the tight end position at 6'5" and 262 pounds. He'll combine with first-round pick Mike Evans to give a huge boost to the Buccaneers offense.

In fact, the first two picks of Evans and Seferian-Jenkins should have people believing that something special is being built in Tampa Bay. Mike Tanier, from Sports on Earth, certainly believes this because he has the Buccaneers finishing with an impressive record this year:

When you combine Evans and Seferian-Jenkins with who the Buccaneers already have on offense, it's easy to believe that this team will have no trouble putting points on the board. From wide receiver Vincent Jackson to running back Doug Martin and a rebuilt offensive line, Tampa Bay should be one of the better teams in the league offensively.

The only question mark on this side of the ball is at the quarterback position. If the Buccaneers decide to not draft a quarterback in the draft, they'll either start Josh McCown or Mike Glennon next year. While neither McCown nor Glennon are elite players, they both have the potential to be extremely solid starters.

And to be perfectly honest, it might not matter who is throwing the football in Tampa Bay with the incredible size that the Buccaneers now have. Just take a look at the height of the projected top-three targets:

Size of Buccaneers' Receivers
Name Position Height
Vincent Jackson WR 6'5"
Mike Evans WR 6'5"
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE 6'5"


Jackson, Evans and Seferian-Jenkins are all 6'5" tall. They should be nearly unstoppable in the red zone on jump balls. No defense is going to have the size in the secondary to match up against those three, and that includes the Seattle Seahawks.

If teams do decide to bring in extra defenders in the secondary to stop all the height, then all the Buccaneers need to do is hand the ball to Martin, the Muscle Hamster. Martin was easily forgotten last year due to injuries, but he rushed for over 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie.

He's still one of the premier young running backs in the league. However, even if Martin can't fully recover from his injury, the Buccaneers added an insurance policy with their third-round pick:

In Charles Sims, the Buccaneers have a legitimate No. 2 running back who can make an impact in all facets of the game. He's a great receiver, possesses solid quickness and has the potential to develop into a solid all-around back for Tampa Bay.

Simply put, the Buccaneers just continue to add impressive talent to their offense.

What's even more frightening about this team is what could happen if both Evans and Seferian-Jenkins reach their full potentials. Both players are considered raw prospects at this point in their careers. If they can fully develop their talents quickly, there's no reason that the Buccaneers shouldn't have one of the best offenses in the league.

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We also can't forget about the defense in Tampa Bay. While it hasn't spent any picks on defensive players yet in this year's draft, they already boast an impressive unit.

What ultimately makes the Buccaneers defense so impressive is that they have elite players at each level. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alterraun Verner give Tampa Bay a strong core to build around. 

With a stout defense and a rapidly improving offense, no one should be surprised when the Buccaneers challenge for the NFC South crown next year. They're an early candidate to have a huge turnaround, a la the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs.

If nothing else, it'll be fun to watch Evans, Jackson and Seferian-Jenkins jump over every secondary in the league.

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