The National Football League is widely considered to be one of the most competitive professional sports leagues in the world. Every year, there seems to be at least one team that is able to surprise people and take the next step forward to compete for title.
Going into the 2017 season, one team that look like they would be able to compete for a division and conference title was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were coming off of a very good 2016 season in which they had a very young talented core and barely missed the playoffs. While 2017 seemed to have a lot of promised, the team was not as successful as they hoped and they finished in last place.
After a disappointing season, in which the Buccaneers one just five games and finished far behind the other three teams in the division, the team is now focused on looking for ways to improve for the future. While the Buccaneers have had some struggles, there is plenty of reason for optimism. First, the team will have a very high draft pick. Tampa Bay will end up having the 7th overall pick. The team is rumored to be planning on using this selection to draft a defense of star (https://nflspinzone.com/2018/02/11/tampa-bay-buccaneers-defense-priority-2018-offseason/). This will help to support a defense that end up being one of the worst in the NFL.
After the first round is selected, The team will continue to focus on building it’s death during the draft. The team will likely focus on finding a quality back up quarterback, getting additional help on the offense of line, and providing support pieces for defense and special teams. This should help to improve the overall depth of the team and make them more athletic.
While the team clearly needs to improve in many different areas, there is still plenty of reason for optimism for the upcoming season. Quarterback Jameis Winston once again showed that he is very talented and could turn into a pro bowl quarterback. Also, the team will get back Mike Evans and Doug Martin for full seasons next year. Now that the whole team will be back together, there should be enough cohesion and talent for the team to compete and succeed in their tough division.