Buccaneers Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Analysis

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Buccaneers Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Analysis
Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

When Lovie Smith took over as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, everyone knew that the Pewter Pirates' defense would look much different in 2014.

But as much as the scheme has changed, so has the roster.  The Bucs should have at least three new starters on defense with the potential for more fresh blood to unseat underachieving incumbents.

Tampa Bay does have two of the top young defenders in the league returning in Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, and free-agent additions like Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner hope to give Smith and new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier the weapons they need to combat an NFC South division full of explosive offensive attacks.

Let's take a look at how the depth chart is shaping up on defense for the 2014 Bucs.

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