Interview with the Enemy – Draft Edition: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Oct 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson (93) pressures New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Detroit won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Harrison Nayler: Last season obviously didn’t go to plan for Tampa Bay, but with some cap space and the benefit of the first overall draft pick, there’s reason for optimism. What were the Buccaneers’ biggest needs coming into free agency, and how were they addressed?

Jose Martinez: I believe that the Buccaneers’ biggest needs coming into free agency were the offensive line, quarterback and defensive end. The team will most likely resolve the quarterback issue on April 30 with the No. 1 pick, but the other two areas are still a bit of a question mark. While the Bucs did get a pass rusher in former Lion George Johnson, there’s still some uncertainty regarding his ability to consistently play well at the NFL level. He had one good year. Now it’s a matter of him replicating that success.

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Oh, and let’s not even talk about the offensive line. They did nothing and now we absolutely NEED to address this matter through the draft. It’s a risky way to go about it, but tackles and guards are pretty deep this year and a promising player could fall into our lap early in the second round.