Thursday, May 27, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.2 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (ESPN)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Players who benefited most from draft: OLBs Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul

Neither Barrett nor Pierre-Paul like to come off the field, but the addition of first-round draft pick Joe Tryon as a rotational player could help keep both players, especially Pierre-Paul, who is now 32, fresh, especially when that midseason lull starts to kick in. Perhaps Tryon's presence will help a more-rested Barrett and Pierre-Paul excel down the stretch. -- Jenna Laine -- Rank: 1

We're sure there've been other years where the reigning Super Bowl champ used its offseason to aggressively pursue keeping the entire core in place for a title defense, but we don't know if there's ever been a team that was this successful. With Antonio Brown back in the fold, every relevant contributor returns for an encore, and it will be fascinating to watch this simple strategy play out. Meanwhile, second-round pick Kyle Trask becomes the latest QB prospect selected to eventually replace a retiring Tom Brady. Get comfortable, kid.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They have the look of a repeat champion with Tom Brady and gang all back. But we know how tough it is to repeat in the modern NFL.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

The first team since the 1977 Oakland Raiders to return a Super Bowl starting lineup intact, Tampa Bay also corralled WR Antonio Brown just prior to the draft before bolstering the pass rush in Round 1 with Joe Tryon and getting a nice developmental prospect behind QB Tom Brady in Round 2 with the selection of Kyle Trask. The pathway is there for the first Lombardi repeat in 17 years.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

The defending Super Bowl champs are taking "run it back" to another level. They had 31 players log at least 200 snaps on offense or defense last season. All 31 are back, along with head coach Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

One potential hurdle for the Bucs: Their depth will likely be tested more than last year when they had the best injury luck in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders' research. But unless Tom Brady shows signs of decline at the age of 44 -- and it's unlikely anyone will be bold enough to predict that happening -- Tampa Bay figures to be in the mix at the end.

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