The five most intriguing NFL draft classes – The Bucs’ plan is revealed, and more



Riddick: Bucs’ offensive line will be tested quickly (1:42)

Louis Riddick is interested to see how Tom Brady’s new offensive line will fare against a tough Saints defense in Week 1. (1:42)

May 14, 2020
  • Jeremy FowlerESPN Staff Writer

    • ESPN staff writer
    • Previously a college football reporter for
    • University of Florida graduate

Now that the 2020 NFL draft is weeks in the past, there’s a deeper understanding of what teams actually tried to do with their selections. Some drafted for splash, others for need, some for scheme or philosophy — or simply for good players.

How the pieces fit — and how coaches foster the talent — will go a long way in determining the success of this draft.

With that in mind, let’s highlight five teams that had the most interesting drafts, and what that means for 2020, with help from NFL personnel evaluators, several college coaches and even a former All-Pro running back.

Tom Brady and the Bucs’ ground game

With three capable tight ends and two Pro Bowl wide receivers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ possibilities seem endless in a Tom Brady-led passing game. But Brady’s 20-year run in New England featured its share of stout rushing attacks, something that has eluded Tampa Bay recently.

The Bucs haven’t ranked higher than 24th in rushing offense since 2016. They aim to change that after the selection of first-round tackle Tristan Wirfs, who can punish linebackers in the open field, and third-round tailback Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

“They have a chance to be a lot better in that area,” one NFC executive said. “I think that’s where they’ll improve coming out of the draft.”

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