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Ranking the Tampa Bay Bucs starters for 2015

Gerald McCoy has been the face of the Bucs’ defense since the day he was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft.

1. DT Gerald McCoy
Face of the franchise, locked up through 2021. When will he make playoffs?
2. LB Lavonte David
Another defensive linchpin under longterm contract. First Pro Bowl this year?
3. WR Mike Evans
Already rewriting Bucs record books after 12 TD catches as a rookie.
4. QB Jameis Winston
Hardest to rank this rookie, but he carries so much of the team's future hopes.
5. WR Vincent Jackson
TDs dropped last season, but he's reliable for 1,000 yards and leadership.
6. CB Alterraun Verner
Eager to get back to Pro Bowl form in second season with Bucs.
7. RB Doug Martin
If he can return to rookie-year Doug, huge news for Bucs' progress in 2015.
8. CB Johnthan Banks
Still emerging, his seven INTs match the most of any player drafted in 2013.
9. OG Logan Mankins
Much more a leader of young offensive line after arrival at start of 2014 season.
10. LB Kwon Alexander
Could be steal of draft; he's starting at middle linebacker as a fourth-round rookie.
11. DE Jacquies Smith
Found off waivers, may be best shot Bucs have at that elusive 10-sack season.
12. LT Donovan Smith
Another rookie pressed into a huge role, tasked with protecting Jameis Winston.
13. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Quiet as rookie, he's healthy now and could have breakout sophomore year.
14. C Evan Smith
If offensive line is to take a step forward, he'll be in the middle of that progress.
15. DE George Johnson
Has never started an NFL game, but counted on to spark outside pass rush.
16. DT Clinton McDonald
Won Super Bowl in Seattle, will benefit from help from team's best depth at DT.
17. S Bradley McDougald
Only has five career starts, but Bucs think he's ideal as versatile run/cover safety.
18. G Ali Marpet
Fourth rookie starter — making huge leap from Division III to starting in NFL.
19. LB Danny Lansanah
Two pick-sixes last season, and Bucs need whole defense to ballhawk like him.
20. RT Gosder Cherilus
Former first-rounder brought in last month to fill in for injured Demar Dotson.
21. S Major Wright
Long history with Lovie Smith, but could lose starting job to D.J. Swearinger.
22. WR Louis Murphy
Former Lakewood star will serve as No. 3 WR, complementing Evans/Jackson.