Signing Ex-$70m Pass Rusher Won't Stop Bucs' Draft Goals

Yaya Diaby led the Bucs with 7.5 sacks his rookie season, and the team is excited about Markees Watts and Jose Ramirez's growth.

Laine wrote Anthony Nelson is a rotational player, while Todd Bowles thinks Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is a 'Joker' who can move. So expect an outside linebacker draft pick.

PFF, The Athletic, and ESPN all predict the Buccaneers drafting UCLA defensive end Laiatu Latu in the first round.

Over the past two years at UCLA, Latu had 23.5 sacks and 112 pressures. He possesses great upper-body strength and hand usage in pass-rush actions.

In the Bucs' 3-4 scheme, his 6-5, 259-pound physique, first-step quickness, and bend to execute on all three downs would make him a good standup rusher.

Latu reminds me of Bucs 2021 first-rounder Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, whose 2025 fifth-year option choice is due after the draft.

In 2023, the Buccaneers allowed 325 points, sixth in the NFL, despite safety Antoine Winfield Jr.'s 6.0 sacks.