Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B-

The Buccaneers knew who they wanted in the first round, and managed to trade down a bit and still get the player they wanted in cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. He's a technically sound corner with good instincts. He can get beat by speedy receivers deep, but that might just be a technique issue for Hargreaves. Spence is an instant playmaker for Tampa Bay even if he's used as a pass rush specialist early in his career. Aguayo was a surprising pick, but a starter is a starter. Benenoch is a good backup to pick in the fifth round. He has experience starting at right tackle and guard.

—Dan Kadar, SB Nation


Vernon Hargreaves

CB, Florida

Hargreaves was an outstanding cornerback for the Florida Gators the past three years, picking up 10 interceptions and 38 passes defensed in his college. He was named All-SEC and All-American in both of his final two seasons. Hargreaves is a tenacious cover corner who has the athleticism to mirror receivers and the explosiveness to break quickly on balls in the air. He's also highly physical in run defense, and will jam receivers at the line.


Noah Spence

LB, Eastern Kentucky

Spence should give a big boost to the Bucs' pass rush, as they haven't had a quality edge rusher since Simeon Rice in 2005. Spence's explosiveness, bend around the edge, hand use and ability to redirect to the quarterback are outstanding, and he absolutely dominated offensive tackles for Eastern Kentucky. For those concerned about the level of competition: he did the same thing at Ohio State, before getting kicked out, and was outstanding at the Senior Bowl this year.


Roberto Aguayo

K, Florida State

For some completely baffling reason, the Buccaneers set their sights on a kicker next. Yes, a kicker. The guy who comes on the field ten times a game to kick a ball. A job usually held by undrafted free agents and other guys teams pick up off the street, because finding competent kickers is easy. Whether Aguayo busts, becomes just a decent kicker, or turns into one of the best kickers ever to play the game remains to be seen. He'll have to fall into the latter category to be worthy of the draft capital the Bucs gave up for him, though, because instead of drafting Aguayo, they could have picked a starting safety like Vonn Bell (he went two picks later), or a defensive tackle like Adam Gotsis (four picks later), or a center like Max Tuerk (six picks later). Or, perhaps, a wide receiver. I hear this draft is full of them, too. Instead, they used a second-round pick on a kicker. Good job, Jason Licht.


Ryan Smith

CB, North Carolina Central

Smith has okay size at 5'11, and 189 pounds, and ran a solid 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Coming out of North Carolina Central, he obviously hasn't faced a lot of competition, but his athleticism stood out at the combine. There's a chance the Bucs see him as more of a safety than a cornerback, though we'll see what Jason Licht has to say after the draft.


Caleb Benenoch


The 6'5, 305-pound lineman should give the Bucs some added depth on the offensive line. He also has the athletic ability (he ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash at the combine) and size the Bucs crave in their offensive linemen. Benenoch could play both guard and tackle, and played at both spots in college. He may be a slightly better fit inside, which helps the Bucs, who won't have a pure guard backup -- Kevin Pamphile is more of a swing tackle, while Evan Smith is mostly a center.


Devante Bond

LB, Oklahoma

Bond is a little undersized at 6'1", 235 lbs. and not the fastest linebacker, running a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at the combine. But he's got some thump to him, can run and hit, and could be a long-term replacement for Daryl Smith, who's currently manning the strongside linebacker position.


Dan Vitale

FB, Northwestern

Vitale should give the Bucs a bit of a boost in the running game, and some versatility in the passing game as well -- he could turn into an interesting schematic weapon, as he'd function equally well in pass-heavy and run-heavy formations.