Three and out: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1. The Buccaneers currently have just two running backs on the roster with any NFL experience: Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers. And while head coach Dirk Koetter is talking up Barber as the team’s potential No. 1 tailback, the Bucs should look to add competition in this draft.
Advice: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley would be an obvious pick were he to slide to No. 7, but there's little chance of that happening. A more likely scenario is finding value early in the second round with someone like Nick Chubb or Sony Michel from Georgia, or Ronald Jones from Southern California.
2. The Bucs should be looking to add both a cornerback and safety in this class. Veteran cornerback Brent Grimes was re-signed, but the long-term outlook is tenuous after former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves III was demoted to nickel last season. Tampa Bay was pleased with 2017 second-round pick safety Justin Evans and could use an early selection again on the back end.
Advice: General manager Jason Licht should have a handful of elite defensive players to choose from at No. 7, and the best of the group might be Florida State safety Derwin James, who is already drawing comparisons to the likes of Kam Chancellor and Eric Berry. Ohio State's Denzel Ward would be the top choice for a pure corner, while Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a versatile defender who could serve in a number of roles.
3: Pass rusher was the top need heading into the offseason, but adding Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry ahead of Noah Spence could take care of the issue. The offensive line remains a sore spot, with right tackle Demar Dotson potentially needing a successor as he turns 33 in October.
Advice: With no third-round pick after the Pierre-Paul trade, Tampa Bay is likely best served waiting to make an addition up front. Ohio State's Jamarco Jones and Western Michigan's Chukwuma Okorafor both have starter potential and could be available early on Day 3.
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