NFL Draft: Bucs bolster sagging offense

Tampa, Florida -- Bucs newest head coach Lovie Smith is widely known to be a defensive coach, but no one would have guessed the Bucs would have used all their draft picks on offensive players.

The Bucs added Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards, Purdue tackle Kevin Panphile and Wyoming receiver Robert Herron on Saturday.

In the first three rounds, the Buccaneers introduced new wide receiver Mike Evans, they selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round, and they picked running back Charles Sims in the third.

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Seferian-Jenkins was the John Mackey award winner as the nations' top tight end. Last season at Washington, he caught 8 touchdowns and posted 450 receiving yards. At 6'6 and 276 lbs., Seferian-Jenkins will provide a big target in the middle of the field for offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford to work with.

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The selection of Evans and Seferian-Jenkins marks the first time since 1997, when the Buccaneers drafted Warrick Dunn and Reidel Anthony the team selected two skilled offensive players in the first two rounds.

With the 69th overall pick in the third round, the Bucs selected Sims out of West Virginia. The former Houston transfer was regarded at the top receiving running back with impeccable hands out of the backfield.

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Last season, Sims rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his collegiate career and posted 11 touchdowns.

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Sims will join an already deep backfield with the Bucs. The Bucs selected Haines City product Michael James last year, then added Bobby Rainey and Groveland native Jeff Demps. Pro Bowler Doug Martin is returning from a torn labrum and is anticipated to be the starting running back come week one against the Panthers.

Contributing: Associated Press

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