Defensive side of the ball takes two out of the three"
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WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmToday's NFL NewsNFL DraftNFL DraftTop three positional needs for Tampa Bay heading into the draftNew Justin Evans Jersey ,81commentsDefensive side of the ball takes two out of the threeEDTShareTweetShareShareTop three positional needs for Tampa Bay heading into the draftKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 NFL Draft is just over a couple of days away. Keep in mind that the last few days leading up to the draft is smoke screen season, so don’t believe everything you see. With that being said, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a fantastic opportunity to improve their football team in a big way come this weekend. There are still many holes on this football team, so Jason Licht, Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles have their work cut out for them.Here are the three biggest positional needs for the Buccaneers heading into draft weekend.What is the Bucs top need?Bucs fans, sign up for Bucs Nation FanPulse!Cornerback: It isn’t a great year to need a shutdown corner in this year’s draft, but the Buccaneers could use one. Bruce Arians has expressed great confidence in Vernon Hargreaves, but I’m not close to being sold on him as an outside cornerback. In addition to his up and down play, Hargreaves also has been bit by the injury bug the last two seasons. Relying on him as a potential #1 cornerback is not smart and a huge risk that could back fire.The team also has Carlton Davis, who showed promise as a rookie, but most likely will never be a true #1 cornerback in this league. In a pass happy league, the cornerback position is extremely week on this football team, and it needs to be addressed.You have to think that they will be targeting a corner at some point in the first three rounds. Arians has stated that they will be looking for more of a slot cornerback then an outside guy. Linebacker: In terms of biggest need, this is right up there with cornerback. After losing Kwon Alexander in free agency, the team has a massive need at linebacker. I know that they signed Deone Bucannon in free agency Chris Godwin Jersey , as well as Shaquil Barrett, but they need a true playmaker in the front seven and we’ve heard of a certain LSU standout that can be that guy. There have been rumors that have tied Devin White to the Buccaneers pretty much since this whole process began back in mid-January. The fit makes sense, the only question is whether or not the value lines up with the fifth overall pick. The numbers say no, but what if Devin White puts together a rookie season like Darius Leonard did for the Indianapolis Colts last season? If you find a player that you feel fits your scheme to a tee, you take him and worry about the money and the production fitting that money later. Of course, it would be ideal if the Buccaneers trade back and take White, but you’re always taking a risk by moving back.Right Guard: You can argue defensive tackle, especially if Gerald McCoy is released, but if you get a solid option at right guard, that instantly improves the play of both Ryan Jensen, as well as Demar Dotson and the play of the offense overall. I believe last year, both players were so focused on helping Caleb Benenoch, that it negatively impacted there play and focus on their own assignments.One of my favorite players in this year’s draft is Chris Lindstrom out of Boston College. If he’s available in the top of the second round, the Buccaneers would be fools to pass on him. He would be a plug and play right guard who would improve this team from day one. If - and it’s a huge IF - the Buccaneers can find a quality starter at all three positions mentioned above, I believe it will have been a very succesful draft for Jason Licht. Another week Mike Edwards Jersey , another vegas odds article. This is by far my favorite article to write throughout the week, partly because I think sports gambling is fantastic, but also because it simply tells you what the oddsmakers in Vegas are thinking regarding the game. Tampa Bay are underdogs in this game as expected. The Buccaneers currently sit at 3-4, while the Panthers are 5-2 and are on a two game winning streak. In no way am I a professional gambler and in no way am I telling you to put your money with what I predict. This is really just for fun and something we here at Bucs Nation thought the readers would enjoy after sports gambling was legalized. For those that don’t know sports gambling, I will quickly go over the three main bets that are often placed. Also, the lines could always change and the website you use, could be different from mine. Betting with the spread: Currently, the Buccaneers are +6. This means that if you were to take the Buccaneers with the spread, they can lose by 5 and you’d win the bet. If you take the Panthers at -6 , they have to win by 7 in order for you to win. It is also possible for you to push this week. If the game ends in a panther victory by 6, everyone gets their money back if you took the spread. Spread bets always have the same odds, which are -110. This means that you need to risk $110 to win $100. To open the week, Tampa Bay was +7, so it has dropped by a point. Money line bets: As of late friday night, the Buccaneers are anywhere from +235 to +250 Mike Edwards Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , depending on the website or sportsbook you use. So a $100 dollar bet will win you $235 or $250. That’s a pretty solid return for a team who should probably be 5-2 on the season if it weren’t for Jameis Winston interceptions. The Panthers are -290, but opened the week at -260, So obviously sportsbooks have gotten hefty bets on the Panthers money line. You’d have to risk $260 just to win 100 dollars.Over/Under bets: Again, no matter what way you pick, the odds in this case are -110. Vegas sports books currently have the over under at 55 total points scored. If you take the over, the Bucs and Panthers must combined to score 55 points in order for you to win. Obviously, 54 points or under would result in a win if you go that route. The line opened at 54, so the public likes the over in this as well and how can you not? It’s likely the Bucs will fall behind early and have to play catch-up for the remainder of the game.Last week was a 1-1 week for me yet again. I can’t seem to get that sweep, but i’d much rather a .500 week then a 0-2 week. My overall record on the season is 7-7. A few things to consider: The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 8 games Tampa Bay has played on the road. The total has gone OVER in 7 of the last 8 games Tampa Bay has played overall. Carolina is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games played at home. Carolina is 4-1 straight up in their last 5 games played.My picks: I like Tampa Bay +6. I don’t think they win this football game, but 3 of their 4 losses this season have been by less than 6 points. I expect Fitzmagic to make a little bit of a run in the fourth quarter and cover that spread. Also, take the over, this defense is still trash.