NFC South 2017: Top needs, NFL draft picks for Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Buccaneers

By The Sports Xchange   |   Feb. 22, 2017 at 9:02 AM
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ATLANTA FALCONS

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Free agency, draft shopping list

As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine (March 1-6), the Atlanta Falcons must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 11-5 record from last season.

The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com evaluated the Falcons' roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine.

Change came quickly after the Falcons' stunning collapse in their Super Bowl LI loss to New England. As expected, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan departed to become San Francisco's head coach, and he was replaced by NFL neophyte Steve Sarkisian.

Head coach Dan Quinn made several other coaching moves, the most notable being the promotion of Marquand Manuel to defensive coordinator, replacing Richard Smith.

The Falcons don't have many glaring weaknesses, but they will look to continue upgrading their defensive personnel in the offseason.

THE BREAKDOWN

2016 finish: 1st in NFC South (11-5)

STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE: 415.8 (2nd)

RUSHING: 120.5 (5th)

PASSING: 295.3 (3rd)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 371.2 (25th)

RUSHING: 104.5 (17th)

PASSING: 266.7 (28th)

NEEDS, SHOPPING LIST

&=Released

*=Vet who may be released or option not exercised

TOP THREE NEEDS

RIGHT GUARD

The Falcons run the outside zone running scheme and need an athletic right guard to improve the line.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati (G; 27 in March, $1.89M)

T.J. Lang, Green Bay (G/injury; 30 in September, $5.2M)

Ronald Leary, Dallas (G; 28 in April, $2.55M)

Chance Warmack, Tennessee (G; 26 in September, $3.04M)

Ted Larsen, Chicago (G/C; 30 in June, $1.65M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/33 Dan Feeney, Indiana, 6-4, 304, 5.09, 1-2

2/35 Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky, 6-4, 305, 5.12, 1-2

3/46 Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 300, 5.20, 2

4/49 Dion Dawkins, Temple, 6-4, 317, 5.27, 2

5/85 Nico Siragusa, San Diego State, 6-4, 326, 5.37, 3

6/96 Isaac Asiata, Utah, 6-3, 325, 5.38, 3

DEFENSIVE END

With the emergence of Vic Beasley, the Falcons need a pass rusher to put on the other side.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants (28, $10M)

Calais Campbell, Arizona (DT; 31 in September, $11M)

Jabaal Sheard, New England (28 in May, $5.5M)

&Mario Williams, Miami (32, $8.5M)

Charles Johnson, Carolina (31 in July, $3M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., Proj. Rd.)

1/1 Myles Garrett, Texas AM, 6-4, 268, 1 (underclassman)

2/3 Solomon Thomas, Stanford, 6-2, 275, 1 (underclassman)

3/17 Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 265, 1 (underclassman)

4/28 Taco Charlton, Michigan, 6-5, 272, 1

5/32 Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3, 255, 4.74, 1-2 (underclassman)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

In order to complete their rotation and improve their depth, the Falcons must add some girth to the middle of the defense at nose tackle.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Kawann Short, Carolina (28, $1.16M)

Dontari Poe, Kansas City (27 in August, $2.83M)

Domata Peko, Cincinnati (33 in November, $4.5M)

Vince Wilfork, Houston (possibly retiring; 36 in November, $4.5M)

Nick Fairley, New Orleans (29, $3M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/2 Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 291, 4.82, 1

2/22 Malik McDowell, Michigan State, 6-5, 276, 4.89, 1 (underclassman)

3/50 Caleb Brantley, Florida, 6-2, 297, 5.05, 2 (underclassman)

4/56 Carlos Watkins, Clemson, 6-4, 312, 5.06, 2

5/66 Chris Wormley, Michigan, 6-5, 297, 4.92, 2-3

6/71 Elijah Qualls, Washington, 6-1, 321, 5.37, 2-3 (underclassman)

UFA KEEPERS

G Chris Chester (34, $2.35M)

DE/LB Courtney Upshaw (28 in December, $1.25M)

DT Jonathan Babineaux (36 in October, $3M)

TE Jacob Tamme (32 in March, $1.6M)

TE Levine Toilolo (26 in July, $615K)

ROSTER REVIEW

MAJOR COACHING CHANGES

--Steve Sarkisian replaces Kyle Shanahan as OC.

--Marquand Manuel replaces Richard Smith as DC.

DEPTH CHART

Starters and backups are listed according to their status at the end of the season, but players who were starters before being injured are included.

* Indicates player who ended 2016 season on reserve.

& Indicates player released since the Super Bowl.

QUARTERBACKS: Starter -- Matt Ryan. Backup -- Matt Schaub (UFA).

RUNNING BACKS: Starter -- Devonta Freeman. Backups -- Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, FB Patrick DiMarco (UFA)

TIGHT ENDS: Starter -- *Jacob Tamme (UFA). Backups -- Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo (UFA), Joshua Perkins, D.J. Tialavea.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu. Backups -- Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, *Devin Fuller, Eric Weems.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- LT Jake Matthews, LG Andy Levitre, C Alex Mack, RG Chris Chester (UFA), RT Ryan Schraeder. Backups -- T Tom Compton (UFA), C/G Ben Garland, G Wes Schweitzer.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- DLE Tyson Jackson, DLT Grady Jarrett, NT Jonathan Babineaux (UFA), DRE Brooks Reed. Backups -- DE Dwight Freeney (UFA), *DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Courtney Upshaw (UFA), DT Ra'Shede Hageman, *DT Derrick Shelby, *DT Chris Mayes.

LINEBACKERS: Starters -- SLB Vic Beasley, MLB Deion Jones, WLB De'Vondre Campbell. Backups -- ILB LaRoy Reynolds (UFA), ILB Paul Worrilow (UFA), OLB *Sean Weatherspoon (UFA), *OLB Tyler Starr, OLB Josh Keyes, OLB Philip Wheeler (UFA).

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- *LCB Desmond Trufant, RCB Robert Alford, FS Ricardo Allen, SS Keanu Neal. Backups -- CB Jalen Collins, CB Brian Poole, CB Deji Olatoye, CB C.J. Goodwin, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (UFA), S Dashon Goldson (UFA), *S Kemal Ishmael (UFA), S Sharrod Neasman.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Matt Bryant, P Matt Bosher, KOR/PR Eric Weems (UFA), LS Josh Harris.

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CAROLINA PANTHERS

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Free agency, draft shopping list

As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine (March 1-6), the Carolina Panthers must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 6-10 record from last season.

The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com evaluated the Panthers' roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine.

Getting quarterback Cam Newton right has to be the biggest task for the Panthers in the offseason. Of course, solidifying the line in front of him could be a big part of that. Tackle surely needs an infusion of talent as does running back thanks to Jonathan Stewart's advancing age.

The Panthers aren't alone in being a team that needs pass-rush help.

THE BREAKDOWN

2016 finish: 4th in NFC South (6-10)

STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE: 343.7 (19th)

RUSHING: 113.4 (10th)

PASSING: 230.3 (T21st)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 359.8 (21st)

RUSHING: 91.6 (6th)

PASSING: 268.2 (29th)

NEEDS, SHOPPING LIST

&=Released

*=Vet who may be released or option not exercised

TOP THREE NEEDS

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

The Panthers can't just depend on Michael Oher returning to man the left side, so they need to add a tackle. Or two.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati (36 in December, $9M)

*Russell Okung, Denver (29 in October, $10.6M)

Rick Wagner, Baltimore (28 in October, $576K)

Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville (G; 26 in November, $5.3M))

Matt Kalil, Minnesota (injury; 28 in July, $4.94M)

Riley Reiff, Detroit (29 in December, $2M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/14 Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, 6-5, 314, 5.29, 1 (underclassman)

2/25 Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 310, 5.28, 1 (underclassman)

3/38 Garett Bolles, Utah, 6-5, 296, 4.97, 1-2 (underclassman)

4/53 Taylor Moton, Western Michigan, 6-5, 330, 5.31, 2

5/59 Roderick Johnson, Florida State, 6-6, 308, 5.34, 2 (underclassman)

6/77 Antonio Garcia, Troy, 6-6, 293, 5.04, 2-3

RUNNING BACK

A run-first team needs more than just soon-to-be 30-year-old Jonathan Stewart. The backfield could really use a dynamic playmaker.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (25, $1.03M)

*Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (32 in March, $14M)

LeGarrette Blount, New England (31 in December, $1M)

Latavius Murray, Oakland (27, $567K)

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay (27 June, $848K)

Darren McFadden, Dallas (30 in August, $1.5M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/5 Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 206, 4.43, 1 (underclassman)

2/9 Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, 4.45, 1 (underclassman)

3/24 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 202, 4.48, 1 (underclassman)

4/60 Alvin Kamara, Tennessee, 5-10, 215, 4.62, 2 (underclassman)

5/86 Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, 6-1, 226, 4.50, 3 (underclassman)

DEFENSIVE END

Kony Ealy may never be the guy the world saw in the Super Bowl, so a defense that depends so much on edge rushers needs another.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants (28, $10M)

Calais Campbell, Arizona (DT; 31 in September, $11M)

Jabaal Sheard, New England (28 in May, $5.5M)

&Mario Williams, Miami (32, $8.5M)

Charles Johnson, Carolina (31 in July, $3M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., Proj. Rd.)

1/1 Myles Garrett, Texas AM, 6-4, 268, 1 (underclassman)

2/3 Solomon Thomas, Stanford, 6-2, 275, 1 (underclassman)

3/17 Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 265, 1 (underclassman)

4/28 Taco Charlton, Michigan, 6-5, 272, 1

5/32 Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3, 255, 4.74, 1-2 (underclassman)

UFA KEEPERS

DT Kawann Short (28, $1.16M)

WR Ted Ginn Jr. (32 in April, $2.1M)

DE Charles Johnson (31 in July, $3M)

DE Mario Addison (30 in September, $1.28M)

ROSTER REVIEW

--DB coach Steve Wilks replaces Sean McDermott as DC.

DEPTH CHART

Starters and backups are listed according to their status at the end of the season, but players who were starters before being injured are included.

* Indicates player who ended 2016 season on reserve.

& Indicates player released since the Super Bowl.

QUARTERBACKS: Starter -- Cam Newton. Backups -- Derek Anderson, Joe Webb.

RUNNING BACKS: Starter -- Jonathan Stewart. Backups -- Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker (UFA), &FB Mike Tolbert, *FB Devon Johnson.

TIGHT ENDS: Starter -- Greg Olsen. Backups -- Ed Dickson, Chris Manhertz.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn Jr. (UFA). Backups -- *Devin Funchess, Brenton Bersin, Philly Brown, Damiere Byrd, *LaRon Byrd.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- *LT Michael Oher, LG Andrew Norwell, *C Ryan Kalil, *C Gino Gradkowski, RG Trai Turner, RT Mike Remmers (UFA). Backups -- C Ryan Wendell (UFA), G Chris Scott (UFA), G David Yankey, T Dan France, T Daryl Williams, *T Jordan Rigsbee.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- DLE Charles Johnson (UFA), LDT Star Lotulelei, RDT Kawann Short (UFA), DRE Wes Horton (UFA). Backups -- DE Mario Addison (UFA), *DE Ryan Delaire, DE Kony Ealy, DE Larry Webster, *DT Chaz Alecxih, DT Vernon Butler, DT Kyle Love (UFA), DT Paul Soliai.

LINEBACKERS: Starters -- WLB Thomas Davis, MLB Luke Kuechly, SLB Shaq Thompson. Backups -- Jeremy Cash, Ben Jacobs, A.J. Klein (UFA), David Mayo, Jared Norris.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- LCB James Bradberry, RCB Daryl Worley, SS Kurt Coleman, *FS Tre Boston. Backups -- CB Leonard Johnson (UFA), CB Lou Young, *CB Zack Sanchez, *CB Teddy Williams (UFA), S Travell Dixon, S Michael Griffin (UFA), S Colin Jones (UFA), *S Dean Marlowe.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Graham Gano, *P Andy Lee, P Michael Palardy, KOR Fozzy Whittaker, PR Ted Ginn Jr., LS J.J. Jansen.

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

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Free agency, draft shopping list

As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Combine (March 1-6), the New Orleans Saints must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 7-9 record from last season.

The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com evaluated the Saints' roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine.

Head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees are back, but the Saints' mediocre finishes the last two seasons show that isn't enough. Mostly, Payton has to figure out a way to have his offense present a true running threat while continuing to improve a defense that ranked last in the league against the pass.

Cornerbacks and pass rushers would be a start.

THE BREAKDOWN

2016 finish: 3rd in NFC South (7-9)

STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE: 426.0 (1st)

RUSHING: 108.9 (16th)

PASSING: 317.1 (1st)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 375.4 (27th)

RUSHING: 101.6 (14th)

PASSING: 273.8 (32nd)

NEEDS, SHOPPING LIST

&=Released

*=Vet who may be released or option not exercised

TOP THREE NEEDS

CORNERBACK

The Saints like what they have in two-year starter Delvin Breaux, but they could use another solid cover corner to pair with him.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

A.J. Bouye, Houston (26 in August, $1.67M)

Trumaine Johnson, L.A. Rams (27, $13.95M)

Logan Ryan, New England (26, $693K)

Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo (27 in September, $3.02M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/10 Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State, 6-0, 195, 4.47, 1 (underclassman)

2/15 Teez Tabor, Florida, 6-0, 201, 4.50, 1 (underclassman)

3/21 Marlon Humphrey, Alabama, 6-1, 196, 4.49, 1 (underclassman)

4/23 Sidney Jones, Washington, 6-0, 181, 4.49, 1 (underclassman)

5/34 Desmond King, Iowa, 5-11, 206, 4.53, 1-2

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

The Saints are set with Terron Armstead on the left side, but they may need to find a replacement for 11-year veteran Zach Strief.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati (36 in December, $9M)

*Russell Okung, Denver (29 in October, $10.6M)

Rick Wagner, Baltimore (28 in October, $576K)

Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville (G; 26 in November, $5.3M))

Matt Kalil, Minnesota (injury; 28 in July, $4.94M)

Riley Reiff, Detroit (29 in December, $2M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/14 Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, 6-5, 314, 5.29, 1 (underclassman)

2/25 Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 310, 5.28, 1 (underclassman)

3/38 Garett Bolles, Utah, 6-5, 296, 4.97, 1-2 (underclassman)

4/53 Taylor Moton, Western Michigan, 6-5, 330, 5.31, 2

5/59 Roderick Johnson, Florida State, 6-6, 308, 5.34, 2 (underclassman)

6/77 Antonio Garcia, Troy, 6-6, 293, 5.04, 2-3

RUNNING BACK

Mark Ingram is a strong inside runner, but the Saints need another capable back even though Tim Hightower, a free agent as of March 9, was a solid alternative.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (25, $1.03M)

*Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (32 in March, $14M)

LeGarrette Blount, New England (31 in December, $1M)

Latavius Murray, Oakland (27, $567K)

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay (27 June, $848K)

Darren McFadden, Dallas (30 in August, $1.5M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/5 Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 206, 4.43, 1 (underclassman)

2/9 Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, 4.45, 1 (underclassman)

3/24 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 202, 4.48, 1 (underclassman)

4/60 Alvin Kamara, Tennessee, 5-10, 215, 4.62, 2 (underclassman)

5/86 Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, 6-1, 226, 4.50, 3 (underclassman)

UFA KEEPER

DT Nick Fairley (29, $3M)

ROSTER REVIEW

DEPTH CHART

Starters and backups are listed according to their status at the end of the season, but players who were starters before being injured are included.

* Indicates player who ended 2016 season on reserve.

& Indicates player released since the Super Bowl.

QUARTERBACKS: Starter -- Drew Brees. Backup -- Luke McCown.

RUNNING BACKS: Starters -- Mark Ingram, FB John Kuhn (UFA). Backups -- Tim Hightower (UFA), Travaris Cadet (UFA), Daniel Lasco, Marcus Murphy.

TIGHT ENDS: Starter -- Coby Fleener. Backups -- John Phillips (UFA), *Josh Hill, *Michael Hoomanawanui.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas. Backups -- Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman, Tommylee Lewis, Jake Lampman, Corey Fuller.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- *LT Terron Armstead, LG Andrus Peat, C Max Unger, RG Jahri Evans (UFA), RT Zach Strief. Backups -- G/C Senio Kelemete, G/C Tim Lelito (UFA), T Tony Hills (UFA), G Landon Turner, C Jack Allen, *OL Avery Young.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- DLE Cameron Jordan, DT Tyeler Davison, DT Nick Fairley (UFA), DRE Paul Kruger (UFA). Backups -- DT Sheldon Rankins, DE Darryl Tapp (UFA), DE Kasim Edebali, DT David Onyemata, *DE Obum Gwacham, *DL D.J. Pettway, *DE Mitchell Loewen.

LINEBACKERS: Starters -- WLB Dannell Ellerbe, MLB Craig Robertson, SLB Nate Stupar. Backups -- *SLB Stephone Anthony, *WLB Hau'oli Kikaha, MLB Sam Barrington (UFA), WLB Travis Feeney, SLB Jason Trusnik (UFA), *MLB Michael Mauti.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- LCB Sterling Moore (UFA), *RCB Delvin Breaux, *SS Kenny Vaccaro, FS Jairus Byrd. Backups -- FS Vonn Bell, CB B.W. Webb, SS Roman Harper (UFA), *CB Ken Crawley, *CB Damian Swann, *CB P.J. Williams, CB De'Vante Harris, FS Shiloh Keo (UFA), SS Chris Banjo, *FS Erik Harris, CB Taveze Calhoun, FS Robenson Therezie, *FS Jamarca Sanford (UFA), *CB Kyle Wilson (UFA), *SS Jimmy Pruitt.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Wil Lutz, P Thomas Morstead, KOR/PR Tommylee Lewis, LS Justin Drescher (UFA).

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

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Free agency, draft shopping list

As they wade through free agency and prepare to evaluate draft prospects at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine (March 1-6), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must decide which players to keep as they seek to improve upon their 9-7 record from last season.

The Sports Xchange and NFLDraftScout.com evaluated the Buccaneers' roster and created a shopping list to use in free agency and to reference during the Combine.

With Jameis Winston under center, Mike Glennon bided his time, and now he will be a free agent. His departure won't appreciably affect the Bucs ... unless Winston is forced to miss time.

However, the Bucs have other areas on which to focus. The defense began getting comfortable in Mike Smith's scheme as the 2016 season played out. Now, some key additions should make it better.

Running back and receiver will also be scrutinized, especially with Doug Martin being out for the first three games of the season on a league suspension.

THE BREAKDOWN

2016 finish: 2nd in NFC South (9-7)

STATISTICS

TOTAL OFFENSE: 346.4 (18th)

RUSHING: 101.0 (24th)

PASSING: 245.4 (16th)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 367.9 (23rd)

RUSHING: 117.2 (22nd)

PASSING: 250.8 (22nd)

NEEDS, SHOPPING LIST

&=Released

*=Vet who may be released or option not exercised

TOP THREE NEEDS

RUNNING BACK

Doug Martin was suspended four games and Charles Sims went on injured reserve last season. The Bucs gained nearly 40 rushing yards fewer per game than in 2015.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh (25, $1.03M)

*Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (32 in March, $14M)

LeGarrette Blount, New England (31 in December, $1M)

Latavius Murray, Oakland (27, $567K)

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay (27 June, $848K)

Darren McFadden, Dallas (30 in August, $1.5M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/5 Dalvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 206, 4.43, 1 (underclassman)

2/9 Leonard Fournette, LSU, 6-1, 230, 4.45, 1 (underclassman)

3/24 Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, 6-0, 202, 4.48, 1 (underclassman)

4/60 Alvin Kamara, Tennessee, 5-10, 215, 4.62, 2 (underclassman)

5/86 Joe Mixon, Oklahoma, 6-1, 226, 4.50, 3 (underclassman)

WIDE RECEIVER

The Bucs need a No. 2 receiver to make teams pay for double-teaming Mike Evans, and speed would be a big bonus. It appears the career of Vincent Jackson might be nearing its end.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

DeSean Jackson, Washington (31 in December, $6M)

Alshon Jeffery, Chicago (27, $14.6M)

Pierre Garcon, Washington (31 in August, $8.5M)

Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland (28 in June, $1.67M)

Anquan Boldin, Detroit (37 in October, $2.75M)

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota (26 in March, $1.8M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/8 Mike Williams, Clemson, 6-3, 225, 1 (underclassman)

2/16 Corey Davis, Western Michigan, 6-3, 213, 1

3/19 John Ross, Washington, 5-11, 190, 1 (underclassman)

4/37 Curtis Samuel, Ohio State, 5-11, 200, 1-2 (underclassman)

5/42 Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma, 5-11, 175, 2

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Akeem Spence is a free agent, and Clinton McDonald is getting up in age while his production is down. Gerald McCoy needs help.

UFA TARGETS (Age, previous contract's average annual salary)

Kawann Short, Carolina (28, $1.16M)

Dontari Poe, Kansas City (27 in August, $2.83M)

Domata Peko, Cincinnati (33 in November, $4.5M)

Vince Wilfork, Houston (possibly retiring; 36 in November, $4.5M)

Nick Fairley, New Orleans (29, $3M)

DRAFT TARGETS (Rating pos/overall, Player, School, Ht., Wt., 40 time, Proj. Rd.)

1/2 Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 291, 4.82, 1

2/22 Malik McDowell, Michigan State, 6-5, 276, 4.89, 1 (underclassman)

3/50 Caleb Brantley, Florida, 6-2, 297, 5.05, 2 (underclassman)

4/56 Carlos Watkins, Clemson, 6-4, 312, 5.06, 2

5/66 Chris Wormley, Michigan, 6-5, 297, 4.92, 2-3

6/71 Elijah Qualls, Washington, 6-1, 321, 5.37, 2-3 (underclassman)

UFA KEEPERS

QB Mike Glennon (28 in December, $776K)

S Chris Conte (28, $3M)

S Bradley McDougald (27 in November, $2.553M)

ROSTER REVIEW

DEPTH CHART

Starters and backups are listed according to their status at the end of the season, but players who were starters before being injured are included.

* Indicates player who ended 2016 season on reserve.

& Indicates player released since the Super Bowl.

QUARTERBACKS: Starter -- Jameis Winston. Backups -- Mike Glennon (UFA), Ryan Griffin.

RUNNING BACKS: Starter -- *Doug Martin. Backups -- *Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers (UFA), Peyton Barber, *Antone Smith (UFA).

TIGHT ENDS: Starters -- Cameron Brate, Luke Stocker. Backups -- Brandon Myers (UFA), Alan Cross.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Starters -- Mike Evans, *Vincent Jackson (UFA). Backups -- Adam Humphries, Russell Shepard (UFA), Freddie Martino, Donteea Dye, *Cecil Shorts, Josh Huff.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- LT Donovan Smith, LG Kevin Pamphile, C Joe Hawley (UFA), RG Ali Marpet, RT Demar Dotson. Backups -- G/C Evan Smith, T Gosder Cherilus (UFA), G Caleb Benenoch, T Leonard Wester, G Josh Allen, *G J.R. Sweezy.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Starters -- RDE Robert Ayers, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Clinton McDonald, LDE Will Gholston (UFA). Backups -- DE Noah Spence, DT Akeem Spence (UFA), DT Sealver Siliga (UFA), DE DaVonte Lambert, DE John Hughes, *DE Jacquies Smith, *DE Howard Jones.

LINEBACKERS: Starters -- WLB Lavonte David, MLB Kwon Alexander, SLB Daryl Smith (UFA). Backups -- Adarius Glanton, Cameron Lynch, *Devante Bond.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters -- RCB Vernon Hargreaves, LCB Brent Grimes, SS Bradley McDougald (UFA), FS Chris Conte (UFA). Backups -- CB Alterraun Verner, CB Josh Robinson, S Keith Tandy, CB Ryan Smith.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Roberto Aguayo, P Bryan Anger, LS Andrew DePaola, PR Adam Humphries, KOR Josh Huff.

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