It was no secret that the Buccaneers had a desperate need at wide receiver heading into the 2014 NFL draft, but with just six selections throughout the entire draft, no one anticipated a bold move in trading up for any particular player.
The Bucs stayed at the 7th overall selection and took Texas A&M WR Mike Evans to fill their void.
While this seemed like the most logical move to most, it might not necessarily be what the Bucs were hoping to do on draft night.
Two days before the draft started, there were strong rumors through ProFootballTalk.com that the Buccaneers were trying to move up to the 2nd overall selection for either Johnny Manziel or Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. According to one of those players, those rumors could very well be true.
Sammy Watkins was a guest with Erik Kuselias on the NBCSN and said he was “shocked” that the Bills traded up to draft him because he thought he was going somewhere else.
“Honestly, I’d say Detroit or Tampa,” Watkins responding to where he thought he’d be playing in the NFL.
When asked by Erik Kuselias if either team had indicated to him their plans to trade up, Watkins responded, “They actually told me they were going to trade up.”
The Bills ended up making the bold move, giving up their 1st and 4th round picks in the 2015 draft, while the Bucs stayed at the 7th choice and took Mike Evans.
With just 6 selections this year, I believe the Bucs made the right move by staying with their pick and grabbing Mike Evans. By also grabbing TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and RB Charles Sims, the Bucs brought in plenty of weapons for their offense. They also did not part with any picks in 2015, so they can continue to build their team with more high draft selections.
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