No. 7 is a special number for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because it’s the pick that helped them land star wide receiver Mike Evans when he was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 2014 draft. Fast forward to now and the Bucs hold the No. 7 overall pick once again in the upcoming draft and they’re hoping to have the same luck with whoever they select this time around.
During the Bucs predraft press conference, general manager Jason Licht made that incredibly evident, making it clear that he hopes the Buccaneers’ next pick works out in their favor like it did with Evans.
“I don’t like picking at seven just because it means it’s a repercussion of your season, the disappointment of the season before,” Licht said. “But, with Mike Evans it worked out. So hopefully it’s a lucky number seven. There are enough players there, if no quarterback went above us, that we would be very excited about if we stayed put.”
After back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons, it’s evident that Evans has become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He has not only emerged as Jameis Winston’s No. 1 target, but has also consistently been Tampa Bay’s most dangerous weapon. Though he is still young and fresh in his career, the former Texas A&M stud has already managed to record 309 receptions for 4,579 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns in a star-studded campaign. Licht and Co. are hoping the Bucs land a game changer like Evans and have a similar outcome with whoever they target in Round 1 Thursday night.
Source: Bonnie Mott | Bucswire