Grading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 NFL Draft class

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. How did he do in the 2020 NFL Draft. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

It’s hard to top adding Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the same offseason, but the Tampa Buccaneers also had an excellent 2020 NFL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going all-in. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are now in Tampa Bay and ready to win another Super Bowl, and after a strong 2020 NFL Draft, the Bucs have the talent to do it. Armed with seven selections, the Buccaneers needed to add talent around Brady and reinforce the defense, and they were able to accomplish both goals.

Brady will be 43 in August, and is on a two-year deal. Deep playoff runs should be the minimum expectation for this team. Head coach Bruce Arians has experience working with veteran quarterbacks and along with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, should be able to conform the offensive scheme to Brady’s strengths.

Offensive line was considered one of the team’s biggest weaknesses heading into the Draft, and the Buccaneers needed to improve Brady’s protection. However, many expected the top four offensive tackles (Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, and Alabama’s Jedrick Wills) to be off the board by the time Tampa Bay picked at #14. But the board fell favorably for Tampa Bay, and when the Cleveland Browns had their choice of three tackles at pick #10, the Bucs began to explore trade-up options.

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