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We watched the Buccaneers stun the nation after going 10-6 last year. Now it appears they can win the division by resorting to their old way: defense.
Tampa Bay was fortunate enough to get Adrian Clayborn at No. 20 in the first round. If he stays healthy, they'll have an unbelievable pass rusher. That same statement goes for Tampa's second-round pick as well, Da'Quan Bowers.
How could it be that Bowers, who was once considered the draft's top talent, fell all the way to the end of the second round? Team executives consider him damaged goods, but the Buccaneers created a feel-good story when drafting him to walk in the footsteps of his former mentor at Clemson, Gaines Adams.
The Buccaneers addressed the pass rush in a huge way, and then got tackling machine LB Mason Foster in Round 3. He's the ultimate ball hawk, and will lock down the front seven while Tampa's talented secondary does the rest.
Josh Freeman now has TE Luke Stocker at his disposal, too. The Buccaneers' offense is already packed with potential, and Stocker will open up the middle of the field.
You'd have to think this team is headed for the playoffs now. Freeman has the offense winning big games in the fourth quarter, and there isn't a position of need on defense. Tampa Bay is headed for a brilliant future after its success in this draft.