The Tampa Bay Bucs and their fans remain optimistic about the wealth of young talent this week's NFL Draft could bring to the franchise. However, drafting the wrong players could very well send them spiraling in the opposite direction. Here’s 3 Players The Bucs Need To Avoid In The 2015 NFL Draft.
QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon
The character concerns surrounding Jameis Winston are eyebrow-raising to say the least, but the fact remains that he's the best pure quarterback in the draft and the most NFL-ready as well. Mariota's athleticism and escapability is undeniable, but he's got system star written all over him. With Winston, the Bucs get the ultimate package of pocket presence and pure throwing ability. If he has the right support system guiding him, he's a potential superstar in any system.
OT Cedric Ogbuehi - Texas A&M
Tampa can use some help on their offensive line, and should be set up to take a prospect somewhere in the early stages of the draft. Ogbuehi is widely thought of as one of the top 10 offensive tackles in the draft, but concerns linger over key attributes like his core strength and his work in pass protection. The ACL injury he suffered in A&M’s bowl game adds some more doubt to his short-term outlook, positioning Ogbuehi as more of a long-term project. The Bucs should look for more certainty if they’re picking a lineman in the second or third round.
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA
While the Bucs are in the market for a pass rusher in the draft, but spending an early pick on a guy who struggles winning on the edge and doesn’t have the versatility to act as a moving piece in different formations is counterintuitive to the direction defenses in the NFL are currently evolving. Odighizuwa is a solid scheme fit for a coach that wants to cater to his talents, but the Bucs would be better served targeting someone with a wider skill set and more malleability.
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