The days continue to dwindle down to the NFL Draft, and we here at Babble Royale continue to cover our first round predictions. Here are the predictions for the Buccaneers and the Broncos.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1st Round Picks: #19
The Buccaneers put up a much better record than their stats would tell. Posting a 9-7 record, Tampa Bay would miss the playoffs due only to a tiebreaker that would go in favor of Detroit. However, the Buccaneers ranked in the bottom half of the league in both offense and defense, which doesn’t bode well for their playoff hopes this coming season. While QB Jameis Winston continuing to progress, there is little help around him to keep Tampa Bay competitive.
Pick #19: CB Tre’Davious White (LSU)
Though the Buccaneers have CB Vernon Hargreaves manning one side of the field, the other side is left with question marks. CB Brent Grimes is 34 years old, and the depth behind him is unproven talent. While the Buccaneers could wait to see if that talent develops, the poor pass defense last season says they need to improve sooner rather than later. White has the ability to shut down a receiver as a potential island corner. Add in his experience at nickel, and White becomes a valuable asset that can help in many aspects of the secondary.
1st Round Picks: #20
One year removed from Peyton Manning’s retirement and the Broncos look to be slipping. After QB Brock Osweiler left for Houston, Denver attempted to find a replacement for Manning in the form of a QB carousel with Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch along for the ride. While the QB position is the main focus of any casual fan of the Broncos, the real collapse was along the offensive line, which struggled to hold up late in the season and caused the offense to flounder. Add in the retirement of HC Gary Kubiak, and the Broncos may have too many holes to fill to prevent them from sinking further.
Pick #20: OT Ryan Ramczyk (Wisconsin)
There are questions about his health, but Ramczyk is an instant starter on the Broncos’ offensive line. After losing OT Russell Okung in free agency, the starting left tackle position is dangerously thin and adding a top tackle prospect will help immensely. Ramczyk has the athleticism and tenacity to dominate at the tackle position and can help sure up a collapsing line. Hopefully with Ramczyk in the fold, the Denver offense will improve and regain some semblance of the Super Bowl team from a couple seasons ago.
And those are my picks. For previous analysis, click the link below:
Browns & 49ers – here
Bears & Jaguars – here
Titans & Jets – here
Chargers & Panthers – here
Bills & Bengals – here
Saints & Cardinals – here
Eagles & Colts – here
Ravens & Washington – here
Don’t forget to like this post, share it on social media, and subscribe to Babble Royale. Check back for more analysis on the upcoming draft.