Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet is seen during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t see a whole lot stacked against a Wilson to the Bucs draft weekend special. Somehow though, I feel like Wilson might be off the board by the time they look at receiver, based on the ordered needs of their team. People think they’ll look quarterback, tight end and cornerback early, so if that’s the case when they get to the 4th or 5th is when they’ll start looking receiver.
The Perfect Storm:
The Buccaneers own plenty of picks, have a need for a wide receiver in their rotation and have a lack of height outside of Vincent Jackson on the team. Wilson fits in nicely to the group from that standpoint. He also loves to make the tough catch with someone around, which could make him a valuable red zone target.
As mentioned before the pressing needs aren’t there at wide out immediately, so they could look late at the position. However, if they feel like getting Josh Freeman some weaponry, tight end then receiver would be the way to go early, probably those two in the first 3 picks. Wilson’s value starts to rise around the late second round, so if they wait till round 3 (pick 11) for that need they could be staring directly at him. With the lack of respect for quarterbacks this draft, one could surmise that they could wait and still find a guy they’re interested in as a project in round 5 or 6.
Likelihood of Getting Drafted by Bucs:
B- (In this case if the Bucs look wide receiver early, it’s the best chance for Marquess)