The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came out of the 2016 NFL Draft as winners, filling several of the team’s needs on the cusp of offseason minicamps.
After adding the likes of OLB Robert Ayers, OG J.R. Sweezy, and CB Brent Grimes over the last several weeks in free agency, the Buccaneers continued their strong offseason by adding several key players in the draft.
The secondary was a concern for Tampa Bay as the draft approached. The Buccaneers alleviated some fears of lack of depth in the defensive backfield when they took Florida cornerback /nfl-draft/scouting-reports-database/2016-draft-prospects/special-team/roberto-aguayo-2016-nfl-draft-scouting-report-r111/” rel=””>Robert Aguayo. Though many poked fun at the pick, the Buccaneers saw Aguayo as a franchise kicker. With the league permanently moving the extra-point attempts back, having an accurate kicker with a strong leg has never been more important. Aguayo is arguably the best kicker in NCAA history, making his selection in the second round not such a bad thing.
Tampa Bay continued to add depth in the secondary with the selection of North Carolina Central cornerback Ryan Smith with the 108th pick, added offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch out of UCLA at 148 and finished out the draft with Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond with the 183rd pick.
Looking at the value the Buccaneers got in the 2016 NFL Draft, especially in the first two rounds, the team is heading into offseason workouts with a much better roster than they had a year ago.