With the fifth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White LB | LSU
Tampa Bay has been relatively quiet in free agency with limited salary cap space to go spend. The biggest news of the offseason was the hiring of head coach Bruce Arians and trading DeSean Jackson back to the Eagles. In terms of draft day, the Bucs are a prime candidate to trade back, possibly with a team looking to move up to a grab a quarterback. Tampa Bay certainly has needs, otherwise they wouldn’t be picking at #5, but I think their more pressing needs could be addressed later in the draft. A quick glance at the current depth chart and you can see that the secondary is their biggest weakness. The stats support this, as the Bucs finished 7th worst in passing yards allowed per game last season. Vernon Hargreaves hasn’t lived up to his first round selection back in 2016, and the 35-year-old Brent Grimes is a free agent. Trading back and grabbing someone like LSU cornerback Greedy Williams would be fun. Remember when the Bucs used to have Cadillac Williams running the ball back in the day. Man, good times. If the Buccaneers stay at #5 maybe they go with another LSU player in linebacker Devin White.
Devin White has been rising up draft boards after his strong combine measurements and workout (6′ 0” 237 lbs, with a 4.42 40 yard dash). I originally had him going a little later to the Bengals at pick #11 but I’m not so sure he’ll last that long now. I think the Bucs could use his services as well after losing Kwon Alexander, who got paid by the 49ers. This was a hard pick to make, mostly because I have no fucking clue what defensive scheme the Buccaneers are going to run on Sundays. You would think 3-4 with Todd Bowles at defensive coordinator right? If that’s the case, the only defensive lineman who currently makes any sense on the depth chart is Vita Vea (their first round pick from last year) at nose tackle. I don’t know that Jason Pierre-Paul fits at one of those other defensive end spots after playing in a 4-3 scheme his entire career. There have also been rumors that Gerald McCoy’s days with the Bucs are numbered. Tampa Bay also went out and signed former Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon and former Broncos outside linebacker Shaq Barrett. So where the hell is Lavonte David playing? Inside? Outside? I’d be tempted to give them either Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary or Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat here too. I guess both could theoretically play rush OLB in a 3-4 scheme or defensive end in a 4-3 scheme which would give the Bucs some flexibility. I’m over here obsessing about their front seven now. Watch them take an offensive lineman.