TAMPA, Florida (AP) - Lovie Smith is well aware of Tampa Bay's shaky track record in the NFL draft, as well as the role recent failures have played in the Buccaneers missing the playoffs the past six seasons.
The franchise's third coach in four years has spent the last two months overhauling the roster through free agency. Now, Smith and first-year general manager Jason Licht are counting on filling more holes with an infusion of young talent.
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Barring a last-minute trade to move up or down in the selection process, the Bucs have six picks in this week's draft, beginning with No. 7 overall.
Needs include wide receiver, offensive line, and possibly targeting the club's quarterback of the future. As expected, Smith and Licht have given little indication of how they may be leaning.
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