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March 19, 2014 @ 12:20 pm
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PewterReport.com's 2014 Bucs' 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0

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PewterReport.com releases its third mock draft of 2014 and makes its projections for the Buccaneers' five draft picks. Why is Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins still projected to go in the first round to Tampa Bay? Find out in this PewterReport.com article.
Before we get to the latest PewterReport.com mock draft for the Buccaneers, here are some thoughts on the teams selecting ahead of Tampa Bay. Houston will either take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or a quarterback. Assuming they keep they keep the second overall pick, St. Louis will either take Clowney or an offensive tackle. The Jaguars and Browns will likely take quarterbacks, and the Raiders, who pick fifth overall, will take one of the top three quarterbacks if there is one left over, or could take an offensive player like Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Atlanta will probably take a pass rusher like Buffalo’s Khalil Mack with the sixth overall pick as it appears the team may be switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2014.

With the signing of journeyman Josh McCown, who will turn 35 this summer, PewterReport.com is convinced that the Bucs will select a quarterback of the future in the 2014 NFL Draft, and one of the players on Tampa Bay’s radar is Fresno State’s Derek Carr, who debuted with the Bucs’ first overall pick in PewterReport.com’s initial mock draft in January. While he’s had a good offseason in terms of competing well at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine where he showed off above average athleticism that rivals that of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Carr’s stock never rose to Top 10 status.

Tampa Bay currently has the No. 7 overall selection, and a scenario in which trading down into the teens in the first round to draft Carr and acquire up extra picks in this year’s draft seems likely. It’s a scenario PewterReport.com has floated before and one that Luke Easterling of NFLDraftReport.com has occurring in his latest Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft. Because most trades in mock drafts are wishful thinking, hard to accurately project and pull off in real life, PewterReport.com does not typically engage in them in its mock drafts. But it’s worth noting that trading down a few spots in the first round to get Carr features a great degree of plausibility.

ROUND 1 – Clemson WR Sammy Watkins – 6-1, 215
Previous selection: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson turned 31 in January and is scheduled to make $10 million this season. Next year, Jackson will be 32 and is slated to make $9,777,777 in 2015. As good as Jackson is, producing 150 catches for and 2,608 yards and 15 touchdowns over the past two seasons in Tampa Bay, he has to be nervous seeing 31-year old veterans Donald Penn and Davin Joseph become salary cap casualties the second their play slipped, which happened in 2013. Heck, cornerback Darrelle Revis was even deemed to be too expensive at $16 million per season despite having a Pro Bowl season and still being in his prime. Jackson needs to be more sure-handed in 2014 than he was last year if he wants to remain in red and pewter.

The league’s worst-ranked offense resided in Tampa Bay last year and needs wide receivers in a big way to help put more points on the scoreboard. While the Bucs offense gets the return of Mike Williams from a torn hamstring that cost him much of the 2013 campaign, Williams is in the doghouse with new head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht over character concerns for his hard-partying ways and his tenure in Tampa Bay could be coming to an abrupt end. To say that wide receiver is a position of need for the Bucs heading into the 2014 NFL Draft is an understatement.

Watkins is the clear-cut number one wide receiver in this draft and remains in the top spot for the PewterReport.com 2014 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior from Clemson has blazing, 4.4 speed and athleticism that allowed him to catch 101 passes for 1,464 yards (14.5 avg.) and 12 touchdowns, including a Clemson- and Orange Bowl-record 16 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns in a 40-35 victory over Ohio State. Smith began to see the importance of having premier receivers in Chicago at the end of his tenure with the Bears after the team traded for Brandon Marshall and selected Alshon Jeffrey in the second round of the 2012 draft. Adding a dynamic playmaker like Watkins gives the Bucs another weapon and a future No. 1 wide receiver when Jackson’s time in Tampa Bay is up.

Here’s a highlight video of Watkins’ big-play ability at Clemson.

ROUND 2 – Stanford G David Yankey – 6-5, 315
Previous selection: Stanford DE Trent Murphy

The release of Davin Joseph, and the uncertainty surrounding the health of Carl Nicks, leaves the Bucs’ guard position in flux. So drafting a starting-caliber player like Yankey, who can step in as a rookie makes an awful lot of sense. If Nicks can’t recover from two toe surgeries and a bout with MRSA, the Bucs may have to turn to Jamon Meredith, Oneil Cousins or Jeremy Zuttah – if he’s still on the roster – to start.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Yankey is incredibly versatile and has the ability and frame to start at guard, which he played in 2013, or left tackle, which he played in 2012 following the departure of Jonathan Martin. Yankey’s ability to pull from left guard helped power Stanford’s power running game as Stepfan Taylor rushed for 1,530 yards in 2012 and Tyler Gaffney rushed for 1,709 yards in 2013. The two-time All-American is a physical player with the quickness to block downfield on screens and on lead running plays.

Yankey, who is the top-rated guard of NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, has played four out of the five positions on the line, and has also lined up at tight end. Smith said he wants athletes at all positions, and Yankey, a team captain at Stanford, is a better athlete than he showed at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a 5.48 in the 40-yard dash and only benched 22 reps of 225 pounds. He will get another chance to better those numbers at his pro day, but an average showing in Indianapolis likely kept Yankey, who only allowed one sack last year and graded out at 86 percent of his blocking assignments, out of the first round, which is good news for Tampa Bay.

Here are some of Yankey's highlights from Stanford.

ROUND 3 – Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds – 5-10, 189
Previous selection: Oregon State CB Rashaad Reynolds (4th round)

The Buccaneers released Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, who refused a pay cut from his $16 million per year salary, and replaced him with another Pro Bowler, Tennessee’s Alterraun Verner, who will pair with second-year starter Johnthan Banks. The Bucs need a versatile, playmaking nickel cornerback and Reynolds, who was in last month’s PewterReport.com 2014 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, is the answer in the third round. A solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, had a 37.5-inch vertical leap and repped 225 pounds 20 times likely boosted his draft stock from the fourth to the third round.

There is a certain criterion that Smith is looking for in a nickel cornerback, including fluid hips to cover slot receivers, a nose for the football and good tackling ability to stop the run. The 5-foot-10, 191-pound Reynolds would be an ideal fit in Smith’s Tampa 2 scheme that will be deployed by defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Cornerbacks in the Tampa 2 scheme have to be great tacklers and not afraid of contact. Reynolds has a strong, compact build and relishes big hits. He has the skills to press at the line of scrimmage and re-route receivers, as well as playing off in zone coverage.

Reynolds has great ball skills, evidenced by six interceptions and four pass breakups in 2013, including a pick of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. In his Beavers career, Reynolds amassed 170 tackles, 25 pass breakups, 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Both of Reynolds’ fumble recoveries went for touchdowns and proved to be the difference against Boise State in Oregon State’s 38-23 win in the Hawaii Bowl. In a 52-24 win over bowl-bound Washington State last year, Reynolds dominated with six tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.

This is a hightlight reel of Reynolds' play during his sophomore year in 2012.

ROUND 4 – Traded to New York Jets for CB Darrelle Revis

ROUND 5 – South Carolina QB Connor Shaw 6-0, 206
Previous selection: California DT DeAndre Coleman

Licht believes there are franchise quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but insinuated that they’re not just limited to the first round, telling 98.7 The Fan in an interview last week, “I see franchise quarterbacks in this draft, but likely not the ones you’re thinking of.” That means there are other QBs capable of leading the Buccaneers other than Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Fresno State’s Derek Carr – all of whom are regarded as first-round picks.

Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garappolo, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron and or even Georgia’s Aaron Murray are also possibilities in the early-to-mid rounds, but so is Shaw, who could be had in the fifth round, as he checks off a lot of the boxes that Smith and Bucs are looking for. Shaw is a winner, posting a 27-5 record as a starter at South Carolina and leading the team to three straight top 10 finishes in the Associated Press poll, including an undefeated mark against rival Clemson and in bowl games. He is a fierce competitor with the grit and determination that rivals the likes of former Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia, current NFL starter Russell Wilson and an NFL Draft prospect like Manziel. In fact, he’s just as athletic as Manziel and comparable to him and Wilson from a size standpoint as he’s 6-foot, 206 pounds and runs a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash.

Shaw, who recently got engaged to his high school sweetheart, is a mature man of high character and shares the same beliefs as Smith does from a spiritual and football standpoint. He puts a premium on taking care of the football, evidenced by the fact that he threw 24 touchdown passes and just one interception last year, while completing 64 percent of his passes. In 2012, Shaw completed 67.5 percent of his passes, which set a South Carolina record. The Flowery Branch, Ga. native has a great blend of speed, athleticism, accuracy, integrity, intangibles, football I.Q. and leadership qualities to be a steal in the fifth round, which is a round higher than most draft pundits expect him to go due to his lack of ideal size and injury history. Shaw could learn Tedford’s system for a year or two on the bench behind McCown and then compete to start in 2015 or 2016.

Here is a highlight video showing Shaw's accuracy, touch and athleticism.

ROUND 6 – Traded to Chicago for OT Gabe Carimi

ROUND 7 – Baylor WR Tevin Reese – 5-10, 170
Previous selection: California TE Richard Rodgers

With the Bucs receiving corps facing an overhaul in the next year or two as Jackson ages and Williams is purged from the roster unless he makes the necessary character adjustments set forth by Smith and Licht, Tampa Bay will need to stockpile and upgrade the competition at wide receiver. Tedford puts a premium on speed, and that’s where a player like Reese comes into play as he makes his way back into PewterReport.com’s 2014 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.

While Reese timed in the 4.46-range at the Indianapolis Scouting Combine, he’s been timed faster in the 4.31 range in the 40-yard dash. Reese was the fastest playmaker at Baylor and is among the fastest wide receivers in the draft. The Bucs can use his speed as a slot receiver where he spent most of his time in the Bears offense. Reese, who led all draft prospects at the Combine with a 41-inch vertical leap, caught 187 passes for 3,102 yards and 24 touchdowns despite missing the final five regular season games of his senior season due to a broken wrist.

Reese had 38 catches for 867 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, while averaging an impressive 22.8 yards per catch. Had he played in all 13 games, his numbers would have projected to 61 receptions for 1,408 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder produced 23 catches of 40 yards or more in his Baylor career, including 10 from 60 yards and could be a big-play weapon in Tedford’s offense

Here is a highlight reel of some of Reese's big plays.
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    I'm honored that you would cite me as a reference JonnyG. I do recall your having reservations about # 5. He must have had you worried after that 2010 season.
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    The way I have been 100% on my draft analysis I should be hired on the Bucs staff. I didn't like drafting Freeman, Glennon, Benn, Clayborne 2. loved David, Martin, and liked McCoy and Barron. Ask Scubog if I didn't say this at the time, so if you want "real" draft analysis then look no furthur I can't miss. Here is what I would do if I were the Gm !. 1.Watkins if available or Manziel 2. I agree on Yanky 3. Trent Murphy if around or Will Sutton 4. Revis 5. a kick returner 6. Guard 7. who cares
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    This mock merely gives us something to talk about in March, can some one say article fillers
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    @tjbucsman: I feel you. At first i thought the same. But after digging a little into the draft prospects, you will see that the bucs are still in prime position to get top talent. Thats why despite the few picks, i think the Bucs actually shouldn´t trade down. Defense could use another good edge rusher and if that rusher also happens to be a good LB who is very good in coverage.. doesn´t that sound like a good pick up (Anthony Barr LB UCLA; he would be a very nice pick) and what about TE Ebron? He could turn out to be the next Jimmy Graham.. At the very least he is a top talent TE - blocks well and is amazing catcher + has some speed (well, not freak of nature VernonDavis like; but still fast enough + good route running + it seems we got a very good TE coach with the new staff).. And you forgot Jake Matthews, the top tackle this year (Robinson has the most upside, but his pass blocking isn´t battle tested like Matthews´) - all in all, look forward for this GREAT oppertunity the bucs have and hope the LichtLovie led Bucs will make good decissions..Have a nice day, GoBucs!!
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    No way we get Watkins now. He wont make it passed the Raiders now that they traded for Shuab and signed Penn. They no longer need a QB or RT. Good news is there is a real possibility that one of the top 3 QB's fall to us now.
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    I won't even pretend to make draft suggestions or picks - I couldn't identify most of these guys out of a police line-up if my life depended on it (and if history shows anything, some of these guys will, sadly, be in one at some point over the coming years). However, I do have to comment on the selection of Conner Shaw. As someone commented early, Shaw may have a lot of drive and heart but he is "Mr. Brittle Bones". Whatever talent he has (and I think he has a commendable amount) will be on display very infrequently since he'll be in rehab most of the time for something or other. He should be avoided unless we are talking 7th round (maybe) or undrafted FA. Otherwise, let the speculation continue - it's fun reading although waiting until May for the draft is quite annoying - damn Goddell!
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    I understand everyones feeling of uncertainty surrounding the Q.B. position. What I don't understand are people suggesting S.R. included, that we let Glennon go for a mid round pick. Even if we draft a Q.B. at #7 who's to say he'll turn out better then Mike? Think of what Glennon will be worth if we groom him another year under Q.B. guru Tedford. He's got some talent, and only making 3rd round money, you don't let players like that go. While we're looking for the next best thing here's a what if for you. What if this is McCown's time like it was Gannon's time when he got together with Gruden. McCown is only 34, and in very good shape, he could easily play another 4years. So don't fret about finding a franchise guy. We might already have two on our roster, and somewhere in this draft we'll have a chance at another. It just doesn't have to be at seven. I have a feeling McCown will have a season like A Smith did last year, and maybe even an MVP season like Gannon did under Gruden. B Johnson was good enough to win a S.B..
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    Macabee: That was hysterical! Other posters often write humorous tidbits but usually when they're presenting what they believe is an "aha" moment. I just so enjoy all of the draft talk, evaluations and predictions. What I've learned over the past 3+ decades of poring over the works of Joel Buchsbaum, Mel Kiper and nowadays the absolute avalanche of prognosticators; is that none of them possess any insight beyond a reasonable guess. Most simply throw so many possibilities out there that they're bound to get one right once in a while. Out of the four or five QB's that could be taken in the first round, history tells us that probably only one will achieve the greatness the team selecting him anticipates. Likewise, a team could draft one further down (Connor Shaw) and strike unexpected gold. Personally, I would like to see Johnny Football bring some much needed excitement worthy of the modernized Bucs uniforms. I just like his Bret Favre-like moxie. Like Horse, I'm inclined to trade down. I have this hunch that two of the three QB's thought to be top 10 talent will all slip into the teens. After trading down and acquiring an additional 3rd round pick. "With the 15th choice in the first round, the Buccaneers say, "Here's Johnny."
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    This years draft appears to be heading in the same direction as a lot of past drafts. The Bucs always lose the player they covet the most one spot before they draft. It has happened way too many times with the Bucs getting the shi**y end of the deal. Looks like Dejavu again this year when Atlanta steals away Mack one pick in front of us. Frankly I am pissed off that this keeps happening all the time. Other teams seem to have the ability to do whatever it takes to get they player they want the most. Why not the Bucs? Just once I would like to see the Bucs not be outdone by someone one pick ahead of them in the draft. All they had to do last year was be 2-14 instead of 4-12 and we can get at least a tie for the number one pick but NOOOOO, we have to win these last couple of meaningless games so that we can take it up the arse in another draft. Schiano couldn't even tank right. Lets face it Bucs fans we are doomed to mediocrity it seems. The players that they want and need the most Watkins, Clowney, Robinson and Mack are most likely not going to be there at seven. Who else really stands out after these guys that the Bucs really wanted. Certainly in my opinion none of these supposed franchise QB's that are rated in the top ten are worthy of that status. We need a solid starter of star status in too many areas. Especially O Line, D Line. WR, TE and yes even QB. This is supposed to be an extra special draft. Free agency went pretty well and the Bucs picked up some unproven serviceable players but the Bucs need to score big with this years draft and not blow another first round pick by reaching. Licht is going to have to be Houdini to make this a decent draft with only five picks. Trading down at seven and picking up some extra picks like a fourth and possible another second or at least a third seems to be the best option. There are no players left that any other team would want to trade for on this current Bucs roster in my opinion except possibly Mike Williams or Glennon. These are just the mindless babbling opinions of an irritated and discouraged cranky 68 year old Irish Bucs fan that has witnessed too many terrible drafts. Licht please save us from all of this despair and please make this this the best draft ever, I have no more blood to give. I now have to go and have a beer, take my medication and calm down before I am called for another personal foul. Thanks for letting me vent.
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    tjbusman; I hear you. I am just one that is not willing to accept that anybody should just quit, and then justify that it was okay because we have a plan to obtain a higher draft pick. I understand you're frustration; I think many of us these past 5 years are having nightmares that another repeat of the 1980's multiple coaching turnovers are upon us again.
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    I think Watkins will be our pick at 7 and this is by far the best mock draft you have ever came up with Scott.
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    Retinadoc had a much better analysis than you did here Scott--not your best. I give your strongest strength as your initial instincts. Your first instinct that Schiano needed to go was Prophetic but then you backslid off it just like you did here backsliding off of Carr for the first pick, and picking a RB who will be off the board at 7. Now the next biggest need is not guard but MLB because you know Foster showed he could not cover passing lanes and Tampa Two requires even better cover on passing and Foster will not be able to do that though he will be a star at SLB, his natural position. Watch Lovie insist on Michigan States giant MLB who beat Ohio State and will remind Lovie of Urlacher. Take your guard in the third round and your slot receiver in the fifth. We have starting guards already and I think Page can be a great Slot receiver with our excellent coaching anyway.
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    Sorry Scott, but Watkins won't be there at 7. I see the Bucs seriously trying to trade down since they only have 5 picks, but if they are stuck at 7 Khalil Mack or Ebron will be the pick.
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    One other thought: if the Bucs do take a QB in the first round, and recent rumors about Glennon on the trade block are true), then trade Glennon for a second or third to a team that needs a QB but passes on one in the first round and feels Glennon has more potential (and 13 NFL starts on his resume) than whoever would be available in the later rounds. And if the Bucs do pass on a QB in the first, and target one in the middle rounds, I would rather see them take Aaron Murray than Connor Shaw. The presence of McCown would give Murray plenty of time to recover from his torn ACL, he has 5 years of experience in the SEC, and ran a pro-style offense.
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    I would love to see Watkins at 7, however, I also don't believe he will be there. We certainly don't have the ammunition to trade up to take a prospect that L & L covet. In no particular order (and it doesn't matter anyway), I think the following prospects will definitely be off the board by the time the Bucs pick: Clowney, Robinson, Mack, Watkins, and Bortles. The 6th prospect off the board will likely be one of these three: Bridgewater, Manziel or Matthews. Look, if Carr or one of the "big 3 QB's" who falls to 7, and that's their guy, they take him. Period. Yes, we would all love the Bucs to trade down and get an extra couple of picks, however, there are risks to doing that. First, you have to have a partner willing to give you fair value. If the draft is really as deep as everyone seems to think, those picks will be more difficult for teams to part with. Many of the teams who have multiple needs filled at least some of them in free agency (except the Raiders, of course). And what if, for example, the Vikings love Carr and take him at 8 (which I have seen in several mocks). So the obvious risk in trading down is that you miss on the player you want, whereas when you trade up, you do so to get a player that is available and you covet. If McCown is the "bridge QB", then who is he the bridge to? Connor Shaw? Really? I would take Bridgewater, Carr, or Garropolo over Shaw any day. By all accounts, McCown is a leader and mentor type. Even if one of these guys is a first round pick, he wouldn't have the pressure of playing right away. It certainly didn't hurt Aaron Rodgers to sit for three years behind Farve (who was not a mentor type). Taylor Lewan just got charged with 3 counts of assault, so Lovie will likely take him off the board. To be fair, PR put this draft out before the Bucs signed Mike Jenkins, lessening the need for the CB in the third round. So, I would take their favorite QB at 7 and get over it. Then I would take the best available receiver in the second (hoping for Brandin Cooks but doubt he will be there). If they do take Carr, look for Davante Adams from Fresno State. Another possibility is Odell Beckham, Jr from LSU. Obviously, we still need a guard, so whoever they like in the third would be the choice. Yankey is the first or second rated guard in most public boards, and probably won't be there in the second round anyway. If Tedford wants a zone blocking scheme that requires athletic lineman, that likely rules out Gabe Jackson and Cyril Richardson. I think John Urschel from Penn State and Brandon Thomas from Clemson would be good fits in the scheme and are projected third-rounders. As for the fifth and seventh? Who knows? Linebackers tend to drop, and they still need depth, so maybe Max Bullough from Michigan State or Lamin Barrow from LSU, Christian Jones from FSU or Chris Borland from Wisconsin. For the other position, a really fast, scatback or wide receiver who could return punts and kickoffs (not that there will be many of the latter when they move the ball to the 40 yard line) would be nice or maybe another offensive lineman.
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    NO way Watkins is there at 7 now. Here's the million dollar question, do they take one of the QB's at #7. As we have seen for this team, if you REACH for a QB and miss, sets you back decades. This draft has so many NFL ready players, I hope they do not take swing and miss at qb. We need a help in all areas.
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    They really need a LB in there at some point. All of these positions you have them taking are definite needs, but we have only 2 starting caliber LBs. We also have no idea if Foster can play the MLB in the passing game the way Lovie will want. Multiple trade downs need to happen to get more picks.
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    I agree with all of you sayng that Carr wouldn´t be a nice pick. I would even say, while Watkins is a very good player, he is not the best pick at the 7th. Plenty of WR out there who could get the job done (lets not forget, right now, we got 2 good ones) - but we have just one good (i would say above average) TE. And Ebron is world class elite TE - could cement this position for the next 10 years and a good TE is a youngs QB best friend. Watkins isn´t even the best WR (not clear cut). While he is the best after the catch, i would argue Evans has elite size/skill combination like a V-jacks (while clearly not on V-jacks level now) and M.Lee from USC has IMO better body controll at sidelines and is every bit a threat like Watikins. AAAAnd we could get the best Slot-WR since WesWelker in DeAnthony Thomas - realy look out, this guy is what you call a speed in space.. pure agility and sharp routes + good hands; only mock is his size, but with sheme (and he has the football IQ) this guy will burn a lot of defenses. I think he is the reason ChipKelly doesn´t realy need DeseanJackson anymore, ChipKelly could make such a bold move as to get him in the 1st - it´s all about value/production - and DeAnthony has these rare skills.. Could go on and on - if he is there, when we have our 2nd pick and we dont get him - BIG TIME FAIL. this guy is for real - no matter the size - just see how much production Welker had.. and DeAnthony could even take snaps as HB.. If Tedford is realy that inteligent.. - and he also made good use of Desean in college.. so maybe.. DeAnthony is the reason the Bucs dont need to use the 1st rounder to fix WR.. get Ebron, get DeAnthony next.. and rest (o-line and later a V-jacks replacement, can be found in the next 12 months..). And even Anthony Barr would make more sense (from a intelligent thinking) than Watkins. Barr is a very good rusher (what we need) plus very good in coverage (dont we have a "hole" at SLB?). he could play SLB on regular defense and play besides LVD (who is kinda a MLB on Nickel/Pass defense anyhow). Then we would got a great rushing/coverage LB for years to come. "Burner" WR are easier to get than the PERFECT TE, and such a good talent of LB like Barr (Barr is way better than Mack also; at least most sure to succeed - Mack is a hype and potential pick..not sure fire)
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    The draft is certainly a crapshoot...one trade-up/trade-down throws everything off; but I love the attempt by PR. I hope PR is right in predicting all the "top" QBs being drafted before the Bucs' pick. (Bortles is the only one worth a first round pick). I see the Bucs trading down with its first pick if they can find a partner; then picking BPA and later picking up Garrapolo or Carr in the second or third round.
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    Glennon is a holdover from the ScianOfer regime, he is not Lovie's guy, he wants his own guy McCown. Lovie is also smart enough to know that the GZlennon Mob and perhaps the team will be divisive about his choice, if Glennon is around. He almost has to get rid of him to silence the internal and external hubub. They will get a QB in the draft and whether it is now (preferable), or later this summer, he will trade him away. The writing is on the wall. Sorry Glennon Mob, the fat lady is warming up.
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    buctebow i agree with you but would like to see McCowen at least have a chance to compete for the position , considering his surrounding cast and no training camp with the number ones last year. but instead we will send him somewhere else. I just hope that the williams/young scenario doesn't repeat itself.
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    The sad thing is...I could see this sort of draft happening...and then knowing that 2014 is basically a right-off with McCown and Glennon (or Shaw or whoever in the 5th) at the helm of our offense. Maybe it's the best thing for the long haul - Watkins could replace VJax and we could look for a QB next year, or the year after, or the year after....but then we'll need a new a defense too....it just feels like chasing your tail when you don't have a great QB....oh how sometimes I really envy the folks in Indy...how the heck do they get two decades of franchise QBs in a row....well maybe we can find our own version of Russell Wilson/Joe Flacco somewhere and build the best defense in the league to win it all...of course we have some work to do on D too to get to that stature...hmmmm, think I would much rather have Bortles or Bridgewater and have a chance to do something in 2014 than wait for the development of the best D in the league to happen in 2018??? I guess I'm saying there is more than one model to success and I don't see us with the Seattle model at the moment player-wise (good new additions but we are not top-5), I see us closer to the San Diego/SanFran model minus the QB right now...get us a good QB and maybe we can make some noise...or maybe I just need to be patient for a few years....
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    Love Watkins, Yankee, and Reece. Overall good mock, but shouldn't buyer beware with spurrier qbs? I'd much rather see Murray drafted. Reece is a special talent but can't see him lasting all the way to 7th rd
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    Watkins wont be there at 7...Manziel will be the pick if hes there at 7...I know hes not popular with everyone here...but he will be the guy
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    Waste of an article. No way Watkins makes it to seven.
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    i agree with most of this draft. My only issue is everyones infatuation with david carr! I will be highly disappointed if that's who we take with our first pick.Im all about watkins or or khalil mack, but at seven that's way to high to take carr unless we move way back and pick up another pick. If those two or gone i agree we should trade back. I would rather take garrapollo (sp) in the second round or aaron murray in the later rounds. We have way to many needs to draft a quarterback wth our first pick.
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    Scott, What I like about this draft is that it addresses all of our most pressing needs with players that fit the mold of Smith and Licht. But, I don't think Watkins will be there and neither will Mack. I think your scenario of trading down is almost a sure thing. I am not sold on Derek Carr. There is talk that he is unsettled when pressured and that is something that I think cannot be corrected. I see us trading down to take another receiver of which there are plenty or a CB.
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    Scott Reynolds, I agree with all your picks except the 5th round. I think the Bucs will select Lamin Barrow (ILB) from LSU. Then we can move Foster back to OLB to his natural position. We can wait and draft our QB of the future next year. There will be 3-4 good QB's coming out next year. Yes, we may have to sacrifice a pic to move up in the draft to get them but it will be worth it. (Winston, Mariota, Petty, and Mannion)
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    If we are going to take Shaw we should just keep Glennon and save the pick and wait till next year to get a QB. Hope Licht is not a guy looking to make a name for himself buy looking to try and find another Brady in the late rounds.
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    So, we wouldn't draft the guy we see as our future starting QB if we can't trade down a few spots? That makes no sense to me. We would have to pick up an extra pick to feel good about drafting our future starting QB?
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    I think this is a good mock, especially in the mid and lower rounds. I'd love to get Watkins in the 1st round, but the more chatter I hear from sports news sources, the more it looks like teams will pass on above average QB's and select sure-fire players at other positions, not unlike last year. I hope their wrong though because the top four QB's this year are way better than the top four last year. My only nitpick is David Yankey in the 2nd round. I know we need a guard, but all of the Stanford O-linemen that have been drafted high the last few years have been lousy NFL players. I'm talking about David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin; both have been busts up to this point. The fact that D. Yankey only ran a 5.48 40 and put up 225 22 times certainly doesn't lead me to believe he is going to break the trend.
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    Scott, how about taking Logan Thomas from Va Tech with 2nd round pick. I see another Steve Mcnair in the making. Use the first pick on another defensive player, build a suffocating defense, run the football and throw some down field to keep em' honest. Bucs will never be great offensively next year and I still believe defense wins games. Now at #7 pick I'd take Arron Donald. This guy will be fantastic. Zuttah will be our starter at guard.
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    Chetthevelle, I agree that Zuttah will be our starter at guard but who will be our other starter if Nicks doesnt make it back. We need to draft a guard as insurance just in case.
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    This would be a good haul. Your first two picks would be opening day starters on an offense that lacked juice last year. Reese sounds similar to D Jackson who Tedford had, minus the huge contract. Being a big fan of the SEC, Shaw is a good prospect, like his game, and being with the Ol ball coach couldn't hurt. Would keep Glennon on board also.
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    I was with you until you said Connor Shaw. I live in SC, Columbia actually, one word - fragile. Great kid, not a franchise QB and easily hurt. I think the Bucs take Watkins or Carr with the 1st pick, in that order - if available.
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    I should have read the "Reynolds" part more closely. My first thought was that Scott was making a push to beat Cook and decided to link a replay of his "on the field" achievements as his secret weapon to put him over the top in the competition. But then, the Reynolds "play in 2012" was a dead give away, I guess. Still, I like this draft.
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    Scott; good as guess as anybody's mock draft. The No.7 spot is a no brainer as we will take one of the projected top 8 picks. No 2 pick I agree that we will take an OL. No 3, 5, I don't see those positions happening. For me the need is WR, OL, WR, LB, TE.
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    Scott, you gotta believe me when I say I love you guys. But sometimes it's like we're all sitting at a table (Mark included) having a rational conversation about the draft and somebody is suffering from NFL Tourette's Syndrome and out of nowhere shouts out "Conner Shaw". What the? Where did that come from? Conner Shaw has a 6th round grade and I've never seen him in a mock anywhere. If you had said Aaron Murray or Brett Smith, I would say Ok, I could see that, but Conner Shaw! I don't get it!
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