Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas

2020 NFL Draft: First round options for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Jorge Antun March 9, 2020 0 Comment
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the second season under their new coaching staff. Here are some first-round options that bring an immediate impact in 2020.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the second year of their coaching staff lead by head coach Bruce Arians. If they can find consistent quarterback play, we could be talking about a team that makes a significant step forward in 2020.

The Buccaneers still face the question of who will be under center when the season begins. Finding the answer to that question will likely come via free agency. Options include Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, or bringing Jameis Winston back, are the most likely candidates. They could consider taking a young quarterback in this year’s draft, but it’ll be hard to find one of the top 4 prospects at pick 14.  In a very complicated offense in terms of the scheme, it looks like leaning towards a veteran is the safest move.



Thomas was pegged a top 5 pick and the best offensive tackle in the class coming into 2019. However, it seems that his value has dropped a bit and is likely to be available for this pick. Thomas hasn’t lowered his level of play, but this class has a lot of options, and it seems that the other three projected top 15 tackles (Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills Jr., Tristan Wirfs) have cost him some money.

Thomas is an excellent tackle, with a lot of consistency in all facets that will be demanded at the next level. In principle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thomas could play on the right side, eventually move to the left tackle. It all depends on how the front office views the expensive contract and inconsistent play of Donovan Smith.


Shaquil Barrett was a pleasant surprise in 2019, with 19.5 sacks. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles gave him excellent use, and his results were spectacular. Still, you’ll never have enough pass rushers, and it’s always a good idea to add talent to the position.

Chaisson is an extraordinarily talented and athletic player. Pairing him on the opposite side of Barrett could form a very feared unit for the rest of the NFL. Of course, Jason Pierre-Paul is still an option, but at 31 years old, with an expiring contract, it might be best to take the younger talent in Chaisson.


Tampa Bay will probably lose Ndamukong Suh due to his expiring contract. Javon Kinlaw is an excellent option to replace Suh inside, and pairing him with Vita Vea would be a great idea to fortify the defensive line. Kinlaw, with Todd Bowles, has a chance to be a special player.

Kinlaw dominated the SEC and can move around the defensive line. Likely not a fan-favorite pick, but the impact he could make on this defense has to be considered.

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