The Buccaneers season outlook has done a complete 180 since the start of the offseason. The arrival of Tom Brady turned the Bucs from fringe playoff team to Super Bowl contender overnight.
The Bucs had a total of seven selections in the 2020 draft and they got started by drafting one of the best tackles available.
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Round 1 (13th overall) – Tristan Wirfs T, Iowa
The Bucs traded their one remaining fourth-round pick and the 14th pick to San Francisco to move up one spot to select Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs, the last of the remaining top four tackles, will likely start on day one.
Round 2 (45th overall) – Antoine Winfield Jr. S, Minnesota
Not a single safety was taken in the first round and then, the best safety on the board fell into their lap. Antoine Winfield Jr. racked up 83 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and seven interceptions in 2019.
Round 3 (76th overall) – Ke’Shawn Vaughn RB, Vanderbilt
In need of a running back behind Ronald Jones, the Buccaneers tabbed Vanderbilt standout Ke’Shawn Vaughn as that guy. Vaughn is coming off back-to-back seasons of over 1,000 yards rushing where he totaled 2,272 yards and 21 touchdowns on 355 carries. In addition, he added 41 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns.
Round 5 (161st overall) – Tyler Johnson WR, Minnesota
Tyler Johnson had 29 touchdowns and back-to-back seasons of over 1,100 yards receiving the last two years. In 2019, Johnson had 86 receptions for 1,318 yards and 15 touchdowns and should make an immediate impact catching passes from Tom Brady.
Round 6 (194th overall) – Khalil Davis DT, Nebraska
The Buccaneers needed depth behind Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea and they got it with Khalil Davis. Davis recorded eight sacks in 11 games for Huskers last season. He added 44 tackles and 11 total tackles for losses.
Round 7 (241st overall) – Chapelle Russell LB, Temple
More front seven depth for the Bucs. Chapelle Russell had 237 tackles and 19.5 tackles for losses in four years at Temple. After tearing his ACL in both 2016 and 2017, he played 13 games in each of the past two seasons.
Round 7 (245th overall) – Raymond Calais RB, Louisiana
The Buccaneers decided to go back to the running back well with Raymond Calais with their final pick. Calais rushed for 886 on 117 attempts with six touchdowns. He had seven in 2018.