To say that the Tampa Buccaneers have invested heavily in the defensive line in the past few seasons is an understatement. The Bucs spent two first- and second-round selections on defensive tackles (Gerald McCoy and Brian Price) and ends (Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers) in 2010 and 2011.
But Tampa Bay's plan to build a dominant defensive line for the next six to eight years hasn't exactly worked out to this point. The Bucs had a league worst 23 sacks last season and had the NFL's worst run defense.
Now, McCoy is coming off his second season-ending biceps injury, Bowers is currently out with a torn Achilles' heel, and Price was traded to the Chicago Bears last week.
The Bucs are looking to turn things around though, and they have their lineup set headed into this season – for the most part.
At right end, Clayborn, who had 7.5 sacks as a rookie last season, is looking to improve upon his success last year. On the other side, Michael Bennett will start while Bowers is rec...