In 2016, three Buccaneers made the NFL Network's annual "Top 100" list – linebacker Lavonte David (No. 53), running back Doug Martin (33) and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (63). After the Bucs finished with a 9-7 record and were knocking on the door to the postseason, it wouldn't be surprising to see more Tampa Bay players make this year's list. But the questions is: who will make the cut?
There are a few new faces with an excellent chance to join the list, including wide receiver Mike Evans, who was surprisingly excluded a year ago. After finishing in the top five in nearly every major receiving category a year ago, Evans should be a shoo-in for the Top 100. Evans made the list in 2015, his rookie season, coming in at No. 75.
Linebacker Kwon Alexander, who led the NFL in solo tackles, would be a likely candidate to make the list, as would quarterback Jameis Winston, who finished just outside the top 100 a year ago. Guard Ali Marpet, cornerback Brent Grimes and tight end Cameron Brate are among other players who could make it after productive campaigns in 2016.
The NFL Network started rolling out their list in late April. The list is created by current NFL players, whose votes help create the rankings. The NFL Network will announce a new set of players on Monday night, with the reveal show will airing at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Should a Buccaneer make the list, stay tuned to the @TBBuccaneers on social media for coverage.
Top photos from Gerald McCoy's 2016 campaign.