Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling
There, arguably, wasn’t a team out there that had a better free-agency period than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who spent a ton of money and brought in a handful of new starters.
After a 4-12 season in 2013, that was much needed.
The next step for new general manager Jason Licht and new head coach Lovie Smith was to kill their first draft together.
The Bucs only added six players, but three could be immediate playmakers. Two more could develop into nice finds, while there was only one head-scratcher.
Let’s take a look at Tampa Bay’s 2014 NFL draft, and asses the good, bad and the baffling.
2014 Draft Picks
- Round 1, Pick 7 (7th Overall) – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
- Round 2, Pick 6 (38th Overall) – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
- Round 3, Pick 5 (69th Overall) – Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
- Round 5, Pick 3 (143rd Overall) – Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee St.
- Round 5, Pick 9 (149th Overall) – Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue
- Round 6, Pick 9 (185th Overall) – Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Round 1, Pick 7 (7th Overall) – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Buccaneers had to add a wide receiver after trading away Mike Williams, and they found a gem in Evans. He’s going to look amazing next to Vincent Jackson, and those two are going to terrorize opposing defenses for years to come.
Round 2, Pick 6 (38th Overall) – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
With the need to add a tight end of high importance, Tampa Bay went out and found a huge target for quarterback Josh McCown to throw toward. Seferian-Jenkins has all the makeup to become a pass-catching tight end that can rival many of the other great receivers that just happen to line up next to an offensive tackle.
Seferian-Jenkins should be a fun red-zone target and a very effective way for Tampa Bay to move the chains with regularity.
Round 5, Pick 3 (143rd Overall) – Kadeem Edwards, OG, Tennessee St.
Coming from Tennessee State, Edwards is going to have to address the level-of-play questions. But he should soon overcome them.
He’s a moose of a player who plays with a great base. He’ll rotate in as a swing guard, with the opportunity (once he improves some mechanics) to earn some time with the regulars next season.
Round 5, Pick 9 (149th Overall) – Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue
Pamphile is almost exactly like sushi; very raw, but oh so good if done right. There is so much upside potential in this offensive tackle from Purdue, and if he learns and grows with the Bucs, he could develop into a starting-caliber tackle.
Reaching for raw players with upside is exactly what the fifth round is all about, and Pamphile is the epitome that.
Round 6, Pick 9 (185th Overall) – Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Maybe it’s because he’s only 5’9,” but Herron falling into the sixth round is amazing. He’s track-star fast and can take the top off a defense at will. He’s going to have to adjust to bigger, more physical defensive backs, but with defenses looking to stop Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, Herron could flourish.
Congratulations to Jason Licht who, in his first draft as general manager of the Buccaneers, escaped without making a bad pick.
Round 3, Pick 5 (69th Overall) – Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Sims should be able to succeed in the NFL. In fact, he should do very well.
The reason why Sims is a baffling pick has nothing to do with his skill level or upside, however. This move is baffling because the Bucs didn’t need a running back.
Doug Martin and Mike James will return in 2014 from injuries last year. And Bobby Rainey, who filled in exceptionally well last season, will also be around. Why pick a running back in the third round?