Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (4)
The Buccaneers are another team with incentive to move down. C.J. Mosley and Eric Ebron are players who very well may get drafted in the 11-20 range, both of whom could help Tampa Bay. While they may just reach for them at No. 7, draft an offensive tackle, or even focus on their long-term quarterback if they don’t like Mike Glennon, the Buccaneers could find nice value if Sammy Watkins falls to No. 7. The Rams (2), Browns (4) and Raiders (5) are all teams who could grab the No. 1 receiver prospect. If Watkins makes it to No. 7, he’d give Tampa Bay a nice complementary weapon opposite of Vincent Jackson.
Tampa Bay has quite a few needs to address in this year’s draft, but one issue that needs to take precedence is a threat on the outside. Newly acquired QB Josh McCown needs a versatile target on both sides of the ball on offense and adding Watkins could give them a solid 1-2 punch at wide receiver. Think of the tandem that would be Vincent Jackson and Sammy Watkins aka a cornerbacks nightmare. Giving McCown a receiver he can target outside of Jackson, especially with the issues surrounding Mike Williams right now, would be a welcomed addition.
Like Minnesota taking Adrian Peterson in 2007, Watkins doesn’t fill the Buccaneers’ biggest need, but elite level playmakers don’t stay on the board. Watkins is clearly the best wide receiver in the draft, and will provide a spark on the Tampa Bay offense regardless of who is starting at quarterback. The only reason he slips out of the top five is because of greater positional needs of the teams drafting ahead of Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay has a solid roster with few weaknesses. They could be a candidate to select the best player available regardless of position. Sammy Watkins slips to #7 in this scenario. He would team up with Vincent Jackson to form a talented WR duo. QB Josh McCown had success last season while throwing to elite WR’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Buccaneers would be wise replicate that formula and surround their new QB with talented players such as Watkins.