Buccaneers projected to take Florida WR Van Jefferson in third round of NFL Draft

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a massive offseason so far, adding superstar quarterback Tom Brady to lead their offense. For years, the team has struggled at quarterback with the turnover-prone Jameis Winston. Now, they may actually have a chance to compete in the stacked NFC.

Brady will be joining a team with elite weapons already at his disposal. He will have both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to target. However, the team still could be looking to add another weapon for him to utilize in the 2020 NFL Draft.

CBS Sports released a new three-round mock draft and they have the Buccaneers taking a wide receiver in the third round. Florida wideout Van Jefferson was their projection, which would add another talented weapon for Brady.

Last season with the Gators, Jefferson caught 49 passes for 657 yards and six touchdowns. At 6-foot-2 and 197 pounds, NFL.com is currently comparing Jefferson to former Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries.

Here is the overview that NFL.com provided for Jefferson ahead of the FNL Draft.

Versatile, skilled receiver who has played all three receiver spots but is likely to do most of his damage from the slot. Jefferson has average size and won’t run away from quality man coverage, but he will separate from it with premium route-running and unique looks and angles that keep cornerbacks on their heels. He needs to prove he can deal with NFL size and strength banging on him at the catch point. Jefferson is a pro-ready receiver whose skill level and competitive nature outweigh average explosiveness and he should find quick work as a WR3/WR4.

Jefferson is going to be a lethal route runner in the NFL. He has the potential to be a quality slot receiver should the Buccaneers choose to use him in that role. That would help out greatly with Godwin and Evans being outside receivers.

Tampa Bay should do everything they can to bring in the best weapons possible for Brady. They have a real franchise quarterback for at least two years and they need to build around him as quickly as possible.

Jefferson would be a solid addition for the Buccaneers. He wouldn’t be the piece that makes them a Super Bowl team, but he would certainly be a piece of that puzzle.

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