Buccaneers 2020 draft review

The 2020 draft is in the books and it looks as if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had another outstanding draft class.

The steal of the draft was picking up wide receiver Tyler Johnson from Minnesota who was taken in the fifth round.  Johnson was rated as high as the 10th best wide receiver on some draft boards.  For the Bucs to get him with pick number 161 in the fifth round was the major steal of the draft.

The Bucs had some needs going into the draft. The right tackle was the most pressing need. A third wide receiver to replace Breshad Perriman. Depth in the secondary, and along the defensive line.

There was also some talk that the Bucs would take a quarterback at some point in the draft to begin grooming as the heir apparent to Tom Brady.

The Bucs opted note to go that route instead of signing free agent Reid Sinnett from San Diego. Sinnett will most likely spend the season on the taxi squad as the Bucs are set with Brady, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Griffin as the top three quarterbacks.

Round 1, Pick 13: Tackle Tristan Wirfs, Iowa 

The Bucs got one of the four best tackles in the draft in the first round taking tackle Tristan Wirfs from Iowa to protect Brady’s right side.

Wirfs is one of just a half dozen tackles taken in the first round from Iowa should step in and start right away.

Another great pick that should shore up the right side of the line for the foreseeable future.

Grade A


Round 2, Pick 45: Safety Antoine Winfield, Minnesota 

This pick caught everyone by surprise as everyone was expecting the Bucs to take a running back with this pick.

Winfield was one of the better defensive backs in the draft due to his versatility. The Bucs will use him in a verity of roles in the defensive backfield.

A solid pick.

Grade A


Round 3, Pick 76:  Running Back Ke’Shawn Vaughan, Vanderbilt


After a mediocre start to his career at Illinois, Vaughan moved back to his home town of Nashville and played his final two seasons at Vanderbilt where he averaged just over six yards per carry.

Vaughan is also a good receiver out of the backfield and this is an area the Bucs needed an upgrade.

Not the running back that Buc fans wanted, but Vaughan appears to be the kind of back the Bucs needed.

A good value pick.

Grade B


Round 5, Pick 161: Wide Receiver Tyler Johnson, Minnesota

This was another need for the Bucs, and they were able to grab a very good receiver in the fifth round.

This was the steal of the draft. It was a surprise that a talent like Tyler Johnson was still there in the fifth round when the Bucs were on the clock.

Johnson is an excellent route runner and will battle Scotty Miller and Justin Watson for the third receiver.

The steal of the draft.

Grade A


Round 6, Pick 194: Defensive Linemen Khalil Davis, Nebraska

With the loss of tackle Beau Allen, the Bucs needed to find some depth and they got their man in Khalil Davis.

The Cornhuskers have had a history of producing good defensive players for the Bucs as Lavonte David and N’Damokung Suh are all  Nebraska alum.

Davis will back up Vita Vea and should get plenty of work in the Bucs defensive line rotation.

Another solid value pick.

Grade B


Round 7, Pick 241: Linebacker Chapelle Russell, Temple

Russell has already overcome a lot of adversity and he has recovered from two torn ACLs and has battled through those injuries to de drafted into the NFL.

Russell will have another challenge ahead of him on making the roster as the Bucs are deep at linebacker.

Could contribute on special teams.

Grade C


Round 7, Pick 245: Running Back Raymond Calais, Louisiana Lafayette

Calais is small in size measuring five foot eight and 188 pounds but is blessed with track star speedrunning a 4.42/40 at the combine.

Could see playing time in the return game along with second-round pick Antoine Winfield Jr.

Had two kick returns for touchdowns this past season.

Grade B


Overall a solid B plus for this Buccaneers draft class.






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