Dirk Koetter: 'Unrealistic' to expect the Bucs to draft as well as latest year

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 0:34 AM

With the first-overall pick, they selected Jameis Winston, who went on to eclipse 4.000 passing yards. In the second round, they snagged two key members of the offensive line in Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet.

Dirk Koetter: 'Unrealistic' to expect the Bucs to draft as well as latest year

The Buccaneers' growth latest season (four more wins&#forty-one; can be traced to their two thousand fifteen draft class.

With the first-overall pick, they selected Jameis Winston, who went on to eclipse 4.000 passing yards. In the second round, they snagged two key members of the offensive line in Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. Finally, they landed linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth.

All four of those players were named to PFWA'south all-rookie team.

Ahead of following week'south draft, new Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is doing his best to lower expectations, because matching latest year'south draft class isn't going to be an simple task. According to Koetter, it'south "unrealistic."

"It'd be great if we could do that every year, but I think that'south unrealistic to declare that we're going to obtain the same four (starters&#forty-one; love that every year," Koetter said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "To obtain Kwon Alexander, that type of player, in the fourth round? But the draft is still an inexact science. There are plenty of examples.

"I think we just did a tremendous work in the draft latest year, and it'south necessary every year... That'south what'south going to obtain us over the top as a football team, so it'south very, very important, but I think it'south probably unrealistic to think that we're going to be able to do that every year."

Then again, the team'south common manager, Jason Licht, disagrees.

"We always endeavour for that," Licht said. "I wish to do better than we did latest year, so does my staff. We're confident that we can do it. To obtain four starters out of a draft is beautiful good. Hats off to those guys for everything they did. We endeavour every year to do better than we did the year before."

One reason why it'll be tough for the Buccaneers' to match latest year'south draft is their position. A year after owning the rights to the first-overall pick, the Buccaneers are ninth in the draft order.

Another is due to the team'south needs. Latest year, the team'south necessity was obvious and their choice came down to two talented passers (Winston or Marcus Mariota). This year, their necessity is a small less clear -- emphasis on "little." All five of our mock drafters have the Buccaneers' selecting FL cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who notched ten interceptions in three years.

If the Buccaneers hit on their picks again, maybe they can finally climb out of the cellar of the NFC South. They haven't finished better than fourth in the div since 2010.

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