Could he find his way into the rotation?"Outside of the quarterback position Matt Gay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , edge rusher may be the most important position on the football field in today’s NFL. A good pass rush can confuse and derail any competent quarterback. The key to the demise of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers over the years has been the ability to generate consistent pressure. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it may be a difficult task finding players who can provide that spark. A lack of personnel, a switch in defensive philosophy, and new coaching in general are just a few of the obstacles in the way of becoming a good defense. The Bucs potentially have an inside presence when it comes to the likes of Vita Vea, Lavonte David, and (possibly) Kwon Alexander or Kendell Beckwith. The outside, however, is a different story. Enter Aaron Lynch, a former EDGE rusher for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. He has complied 18 sacks in five years and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. Should the Bucs take a look at Lynch?AARON LYNCH’S CAREERLynch’s career has been a mixed bag of results since he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.He came out and recorded 12.5 sacks in first two years, but a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and an ankle injury limited him to just seven games in 2016. A back ailment and a calf injury caused him to miss nine more games in 2017 and essentially sealed his fate as a free agent.He accumulated just 2.5 sacks in 2016 & 2017, but it was enough to warrant a one-year, $3.9 million contract from the Chicago Bears. He finished the 2018 season with 16 combined tackles, three sacks, four TFLs, seven hurries, and six quarterback hits on 33% of the team’s defensive snaps according to Pro Football Focus. His 73.6 overall defensive grade was also a career-high. Lynch was a focal point of the pass rush in San Francisco, but he appeared to find a niche as a role player in Chicago.Now, a lot of that could be due to the presence of former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio was part of the 49ers when Lynch was drafted in 2014. Regardless, Fangio used Lynch primarily as a pass rusher in Chicago, where he played 58% of his snaps at either ROLB or LOLB, but he was effective when it came to stopping the run as well, evidenced by his 87.0 grade in that department.At 6-foot-6 2019 Matt Gay Jersey , 270-pounds, Lynch has the perfect size of speed, length, and athleticism off the edge – and the Bucs need edge rushers in a bad way.How about that? A perfect segue鈥?WHY THE BUCCANEERS NEED HIMThis one is simple: the Bucs need pass rushers and Lynch can provide that at a decent price.There are still a ton of questions/scenarios to play out before we really get an idea of what this defense can or will do, but there is no question that the Bucs will need all the help they can get when it comes to pressuring opposing quarterbacks.Right now, Tampa Bay has Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib as the main edge rushers. There’s no reason to think that Lynch wouldn’t be able to find a home on this team. He has plenty of experience in a 3-4 system and has shown flashes of potential throughout his career.But his suspension, injuries, and weight issues are all red flags that this franchise must consider as well. That is a talking point that Jason Licht and co. could bring to the table if there is any interest from Tampa Bay’s side. Lynch would definitely be more of a rotational player. The Bucs can’t afford to make the same mistake and expect - and pay - a rotational player to perform like a starter a la Vinny Curry in 2018.WHAT WILL LYNCH COST?He shouldn’t be very expensive at all and I wouldn’t expect him to demand much, but teams will pay a premium price for pass rushers these days. If Lynch and his agent could stir up a good case, then he could very easily price himself out of Tampa Bay’s budget. If he can stay between the $2-$4 million number, then I’d say go for it. Anything over $4 million is too rich for my blood, though.WILL IT HAPPEN?For the right price? Sure.The Bucs need all the help they can get on defense. Former defensive coordinator Mike Smith wasn’t the sole cause for everything, this defense has multiple holes everywhere. Whether it be the starters or the backups, there are serious changes that need to be made if this teams wants to stop anyone in 2019. Lynch isn’t known as a great locker room presence and he isn’t bringing in some sort of stellar career, but he could be a “diamond in the rough” that Bruce Arians spoke about during his introductory press conference back in January. A complete look at one version of how the 2019 NFL Draft could play out for the Buccaneers."First round mocks are fun, but complete mocks are more fun. Just about every first round mock draft will leave fans wondering: What about (insert position group here)?Well, in full mocks, we can answer those questions. Thanks to The Draft Network, we can complete a full mock draft which not only seems plausible, but is also quite possible. No first round projections being taken in the seventh round on this simulator.So, I went ahead and joined the masses in completing my first complete Buccaneers draft of the year, just in time for the NFL Scouting Combine to shuffle the values of everyone involved. For the sake of argument, I went ahead and captured a few picks before the picks I made and a few after. That way, all of you fine folks have a relative picture of who wasn’t available and who I passed over for the guy I took. Here’s how it went down.1ST ROUND - DL Matt Gay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey , QUINNEN WILLIAMS (ALABAMA)I’m still not completely sold that Gerald McCoy is staying in Tampa Bay much longer. If I’m correct, then the Bucs will likely be looking to replace him before looking to add pieces elsewhere.Where there’s speculation McCoy can play in a 3-4, we know Quinnen Williams can. Oh, and we also know he can be effective lining up next to Vita Vea on the interior when the Bucs decide to go four strong on the line, or just want to give an extra punch to the middle of the opposing offensive line.If the Bucs get draft capital back for McCoy, great. If not, well, they’ll have some money and a brand new defensive lineman to make everyone feel better about it.2ND ROUND - OT, DALTON RISNER (KANSAS STATE)Dalton Risner projects as a pretty solid right tackle in the NFL. If Tampa Bay sees him in that role from the jump, then this could trigger the release of veteran Demar Dotson. As much as I like Dotson on the team and as a veteran presence, Risner would give the team, and presumably Jameis Winston, a right tackle to grow old with.There are some who feel Risner would be better off moving inside, and if the Bucs agree there, then we could see the Wildcats lineman moving in for Caleb Benenoch who struggled to find consistent positives in his first year starting in 2018.Either way, Risner addresses a position of need, and is a nice value in the second-round.3RD ROUND - EDGE, ZACH ALLEN (BOSTON COLLEGE)You don’t draft a guy in the third round looking for him to be plug-and-play, but because he has potential to contribute and may surprise people given opportunity and coaching.Zach Allen is the definition of this for the Buccaneers. More suited to play as a 4-3 defensive end, Allen isn’t an easy fit in what we all expect Tampa Bay to do.However, we all know base defense is a relative term and Bruce Arians has put a premium on athletic potential and effort.Allen didn’t get a lot of chances to play as a stand-up end, and likely didn’t get a whole lot of instruction on it either.It just so happens there are guys like Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib who showed success over the years doing just this, and could help Allen get ready for just such a roll. In the meantime, he can provide some special teams work.If Allen runs well and shows improved agility on the cones Sean Bunting Jersey , then his stock is going to rise. Possibly to a place the Bucs can’t - or won’t - reach.4TH ROUND - CB, ROCK YA-SIN (TEMPLE)Some will make the connection of Todd Bowles (a former Temple defensive back) landing Rock Ya-Sin from Temple. But this is about much more than that.I honestly feel like Ya-Sin will be gone before this, but I won’t look this gift horse in the mouth too much.No, I don’t expect him to be the starter opposite of Carlton Davis III. I would still expect Jason Licht to bring in a veteran through trade (cough - Patrick Peterson - cough) or signing.What Ya-Sin brings is the ability to play in zone when the team chooses to do so, and potential in man with a clear path to becoming a starting caliber corner in the next three years.Perfect situation to bring in a veteran starter and allow the youngster to develop.5TH ROUND - RB, ELIJAH HOLYFIELD (GEORGIA)Truth be told, running back was not high on my list of target groups entering this exercise. There are guys I like, of course, but I honestly feel like the trio or Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones and Andre Ellington can get this job done.But. If Elijah Holyfield is still there in the fifth round, I just have to take him. I don’t know if the Buccaneers have any interest in carrying four running backs into the regular season, but man this group contest would be fun to watch. And no matter what, Tampa Bay comes out with three solid backs.7TH ROUND - WR, MECOLE HARDMAN (GEORGIA)I promise you I’m not some Georgia Bulldogs homer in disguise. But, Mecole Hardman brings the speed to be able to stretch any defense and he’s just getting into the meat of his potential.Honestly, I think Hardman is probably looking forward to being challenged more than anything after spending so much time in a running back heavy program.In both of his last two season’s with Georgia, Hardman had fewer than 40-receptions, but averaged over 15-yards per in each. He also totaled eleven touchdowns, meaning nearly 20% of his catches went for scores.He had some relative success as a runner as well and contributes on special teams.What more can you ask for in a final pick of your draft class?2019 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DRAFT CLASSHere it is Bucs fans. Your 2019 mock draft class. It wound up being an even split between defense and offense with a running back and wide receiver rounding out the group.I like it, but then most people tend to agree with themselves. What do you think?
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