- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay is giving its low-scoring offense a face-lift in the NFL draft.

A day after beginning their first draft under coach Lovie Smith with the selection of Texas A&M; receiver Mike Evans, the Buccaneers added Washington tight end Austin Seferin-Jenkins in the second round and West Virginia running back Charles Sims in the third on Friday night.

General manager Jason Licht said the team didn’t enter the draft with a set plan to try to surround offseason acquisition and projected new starting quarterback Josh McCown with playmakers capable of jumpstarting the league’s lowest-ranked attack.

The Bucs finished 30th in scoring and last in passing and total offense in 2013.

“We had a plan, but not necessarily” to concentrate so heavily of upgrading on offense, Licht said. “It’s just the way it fell.”

They began the draft by selecting Evans instead of his much higher-profile college teammate, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, in the first round.

Seferian-Jenkins was the sixth player selected in the second round, No. 38 overall. Sims, who rushed for a combined 3,465 yards and 40 touchdowns in four seasons at Houston and West Virginia, was taken 69th, even though running back had been considered a strength, with Doug Maritn, Bobby Rainey and Mike James already on the roster.

“You can’t have enough backs, especially when they have versatile skill sets, Licht said, adding that the Bucs rated Sims as the best receiving back in the draft.

Seferian-Jenkins had 36 receptions for 450 yards and 8 touchdowns last season at Washington.

“I’m going to bring explosiveness. I’m going to bring playmaking ability,” he said. “I’m going to bring blocking. I’m going to bring an all-around tight who can play on all three downs, and a guy who’s going to work hard, chase Super Bowls and try to win as many games as possible.”

A two-sport athlete at Washington, where he also played on the basketball team for a portion of his college career, Seferian-Jenkins is the second tight end the Bucs have brought in since last season. The team also added veteran Brandon Myers in free agency.

Meanwhile, Evans flew to Tampa from New York for an introductory news conference.

The more Smith studied Manziel as possibly the franchise’s quarterback of the future, the more the coach became sold on Evans being able to help the team’s struggling offense now.

The 6-5, 231-pound Evans was Manziel’s favorite target the past two seasons.

Smith and Licht watched lots of film of the Aggies quarterback in the weeks leading up to the draft. It was difficult to ignore the guy catching many of Manziel’s passes.

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