Once the NFL Draft is over, you expect to see some subtle changes in the odds to win the Super Bowl, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw their odds begin to shorten dramatically long before a single pick was made this year. With the addition of Tom Brady during free agency, the Buccaneers suddenly became one of the favorites to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy. Those odds shortened once again after it was announced last week that Rob Gronkowski would also be heading to Tampa to join the GOAT. Let’s now take a look at what the Buccaneers did in the draft and how their odds to win the Super Bowl look after it’s all said and done.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SB Odds & Analysis After Draft For 2020
With the moves that the Bucs made in the offseason, it’s perhaps no real surprise that their top need was a solid player on the O-line. They moved up a spot to ensure that they got what they wanted, going with OT Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick overall. Wirfs was one of the stars of the show at the NFL Combine, and while that doesn’t always translate to the real game, there is no denying that he is a big, athletic guy who will certainly bolster the offensive line and add another layer of protection for Brady.
The Buccaneers have some serious concerns about the health of S Justin Evans, so it is perhaps no real surprise that they went for a safety with their pick in the 2nd round. Antoine Winfield Jr. is a kid with some real pedigree, as his father played 14 solid seasons in the NFL. Winfield is coming off a stellar season with Minnesota, where he tied the modern-day single season school record with 7 INT. Expect him to be a starter this coming season.
While Tampa Bay will be looking to Brady to chuck the ball all over the field, they also know that they need a balanced attack to have success. Their pick in the 3rd round, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a pass-catching RB that will be a nice outlet for Brady, as well as being a solid 3rd down back. This is a player who is lacking a little on speed, so he will probably see time as a short yardage type of running back as opposed to a regular carrier of the football.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not have a pick in the 4th round, but with their selection in the 5th, they added another weapon for Tom Brady. Tyler Johnson is a big receiver, and while he is not blessed with natural speed, he is a big target that can play outside or in the slot.
The Bucs went with DT Khalil Davis in the 6th round as they look to add some depth at that position. The big man is coming off a solid final year with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, registering 8 sacks.
Tampa bay closed out the 2020 NFL Draft with a pair of picks in the 7th round. They started out by taking LB Chapelle Russell, before selecting RB Raymond Calais with their final pick.
This was a very solid draft for the Tampa bay Buccaneers, with the consensus Grade coming in at an A. They look to be serious contenders this coming season, with the bookies listing them at +1100.