table of contents
- Grading Tampa Bay's Offseason Acquisitions
- With Revis In Tampa, Bucs Need To Add Depth To Roster
- PR's 2013 Quarterbacks Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Running Backs Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Wide Receivers Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Tight Ends Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Offensive Line Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Defensive Tackles Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Defensive Ends Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Linebackers Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- Point-Counterpoint: Which Players Should The Bucs Draft?
- PR's 2013 Cornerbacks Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- PR's 2013 Safeties Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets
- Pewter Report’s 2013 7-Round Bucs Mock Draft 3.0
Who will the Bucs pick? Read on to find out.
ROUND 1 – Traded to New York Jets for CB Darrelle Revis
The Bucs traded this pick to the New York Jets as part of the compensation package for Revis.
ROUND 2 – SMU DE Margus Hunt
It’s doubtful that Hunt would last until the Bucs’ second-round pick with the 43rd overall selection, but they would definitely grab him if he did. The reality is that Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik might have to trade back up into the first round to select Hunt as he did last year by moving up to draft running back Doug Martin with the 31st overall selection. For the sake of this mock draft, let’s suppose Hunt is there when Tampa Bay picks near the top of the second round.
Hunt has been interviewed by the Bucs extensively at the Senior Bowl and at One Buccaneer Place where he was one of the team’s official visits. At 6-foot-8, 277 pounds, Hunt, who was born in the Eastern European country of Estonia, is a physical specimen with 33-inch arms and an 82-inch wingspan. He could contribute immediately on defense as a wave pass rusher, backing up either Da’Quan Bowers or Adrian Clayborn, and help on special teams as a kick blocker.
Hunt became one of college football’s most prolific field goal and extra point blockers with 17 career blocks, including seven during his freshman campaign. Hunt, who is still learning the game of football after switching from track and field to football at SMU and has only four years worth of experience playing the game, has been compared to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
The league’s leading sacker in 2012 with 20.5 quarterback captures, Watt entered the NFL standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 290 pounds with 34-inch arms, a 4.81 time in the 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump. Hunt ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and jump and bench-pressed a combine-best 38 reps of 225 pounds.
More importantly, Watt only racked up 11.5 sacks in two years at Wisconsin, including seven as a senior. Hunt played in 53 games, registering 112 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles on defense in his Mustangs career. He averaged 2.5 sacks during his first three years for SMU before registering a career-high eight during his senior season. In his final game against Fresno State, Hunt dominated by notching two sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety.
The loss of Michael Bennett in free agency means the team needs to address the defensive end spot in the draft and add a pass rusher. The Bucs want to get bigger on the defensive line, and Hunt would definitely help accomplish that goal. With two starters in Bowers and Clayborn, the team can afford to let Hunt develop over the next year or two and eventually develop into a starting-caliber defensive end.
Hunt’s Highlight Video (No. 92): Click here
ROUND 3 – UConn LB Sio Moore
Moore was a very productive player, multi-dimensional player for the UConn defense over the past three years, racking up 268 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 18 pass breakups, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and four interceptions. He capped off his senior season with 72 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups and eight sacks. Moore is adept at rushing the passer as an undersized defensive end and covering tight ends and slot receivers as on outside linebacker.
Moore made a strong impression against Bucs head coach Greg Schiano in his final season at Rutgers. In a 40-22 road win over the Scarlet Knights, Moore had six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble. Moore was flown to Tampa for a pre-draft visit with the Buccaneers.
At 6-foot-1, 241 pounds, Moore is powerfully built and has great athleticism, evidenced by a tremendous showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Moore was among the top performing linebackers with a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash, bench-pressing 29 reps of 225 pounds, and posting a 38-inch vertical jump and a 127-inch broad jump.
Moore had a fantastic showing in the postseason, notching sacks in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl as an injury replacement late in the week. The Bucs like to blitz their linebackers, and Moore definitely has the skills to be a pass rusher. With Quincy Black’s departure, Moore could challenge for the starting strongside linebacker position right away.
Moore’s Highlight Video (No. 3): Click here
ROUND 4 – Texas A&M RB Christine Michael
Labeled as one of the potential biggest risks in the draft, the Bucs take a player with first-round talent and seventh-round baggage in Michael, whose first name is pronounced Chris-TIN, not Chris-TEEN. Michael’s production at Texas A&M was hampered by a broken fibula that caused him to miss the final five games of the 2010 season after rushing for 631 yards and four scores, and a torn ACL that caused him to miss the remaining four contests of the 2011 campaign after rushing for 899 yards and eight TDs.
Despite those setbacks, Michael rushed for 2,791 yards and 34 touchdowns, while catching 44 passes for 323 yards and a score during his Aggies career. He posted nine games with over 100 yards rushing, and three more games with over 90 yards on the ground. His career-best performance came against Arkansas in 2011 when he rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries.
He senior year was marred by clashes with his new coach, Kevin Sumlin. Yet he still ran for 417 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught eight passes for 48 yards during his senior season while being in Sumlin’s doghouse.
After posting superb combine numbers with 43-inch vertical, 27 reps of 225 pounds, a 4.02 shuttle time, a 6.69 time in the three-cone drill and a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Michael was flown to One Buc Place for a pre-draft visit with the team so that they could investigate his character. Blessed with great tackle-breaking ability, instant acceleration and a penchant for finding the end zone (averaging one touchdown on every 15 carries), the Bucs may have another fourth-round steal (see Mike Williams) if the team deems him to worthy enough to be selected to back up Doug Martin and fill a major need.
Michael’s Highlight Video (No. 33): Click here
ROUND 4 (from New England) – Virginia Tech OT Vinston Painter
Painter is a relative newcomer to football, having first played the sport as a freshman in high school. But his athleticism showed, and he was a four-star recruit by Virginia Tech. Once he got to college the Hokies coaching staff played him on both sides of the line at left tackle and defensive tackle.
The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Painter was moved again to right guard before playing his entire season at right tackle where he finally settled in and let his athleticism shine. NFL scouts like the fact that he has experience playing multiple positions on the offensive line, but moving around definitely stunted Painter’s development.
Painter was a star performer at the combine where he ran a 4.95 in the 40-yard dash and was among the fastest offensive tackle participant. His 30.5-inch vertical jump was also among the best among offensive tackles.
The Bucs could use a versatile athlete to compete with Demar Dotson at right tackle and have the ability to be a backup swing tackle and reserve guard. If Painter lasts until the fourth round he would be considered a steal.
Painter’s Highlight Video (No. 71): Click here
ROUND 5 – Utah State CB Will Davis
The Bucs address the cornerback position for the first time in the draft with Davis, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 188 pounds. Davis only has two years worth of FBS division experience as he was a JUCO transfer to Utah State in 2011 where he started five games and played in 13, logging 35 tackles, six passes defensed and 3.5 tackles for loss.
As a senior, Davis blossomed and recorded five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Idaho. He tallied 64 tackles, 17 pass breakups and 4.5 tackles for loss, as he became a first-team All-WAC selection and helped the Aggies to a bowl victory.
The Bucs extensively interviewed Davis at the Senior Bowl and love his smooth athleticism and his fluid hips. Davis is a cover cornerback with good speed and quick feet that let him stay with most receivers.
The one area he really needs a lot of work on is tackling and defeating blocks. Davis’ lack of physicality in run defense is a glaring weakness and the major thing that is preventing him from being a Day 2 draft pick.
Davis’ Highlight Video (No. 17): Click here
ROUND 6 (from Philadelphia) – Cal CB Marc Anthony
The Buccaneers come back near the top of the sixth round and grab another cornerback in Anthony, who has the size that Tampa Bay is looking for. At 5-foot-11, 191 pounds with a 74-inch wingspan, Anthony has the range to defend against bigger wide receivers like Atlanta’s Julio Jones.
Anthony has recorded 138 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 21 pass breakups, five interceptions and two forced fumbles in his Cal career, and was a three-year starter for the Golden Bears. In 2012, Anthony recorded 52 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two interceptions, including a 61-yard touchdown against Southern Utah and a forced fumble. His best all-around game came against Stanford in Cal’s 21-3 loss where Anthony had six tackles, a tackle for loss, a red zone interception, a pass breakup and a forced fumble.
Anthony, who was a team captain at Cal, had a couple of interviews with the Buccaneers in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl, including one with Dominik. The Golden Bears star has an intriguing skill set would be a nice developmental cornerback for the Bucs on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Anthony’s Highlight Video (No. 2): Click here
ROUND 6 – Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson
The Bucs add some depth, athleticism and size to the tight end position in the seventh round with the acquisition of Jefferson, who played for head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers from 2009-11. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Jefferson is a converted quarterback that stood out during the East-West Shrine practices due to his long frame that allowed him to create mismatches in the passing game.
Jefferson was underused at Rutgers as the offense wasn’t designed to feature the tight end. He caught a career-high 20 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown as a senior and finished his Scarlet Knights career with 47 catches for 560 yards and two scores. Jefferson has decent speed and has catches of 46 and 53 yards on his career stats sheet. He could compete with Luke Stocker, Nate Byham, Danny Noble and Drake Dunsmore for a roster spot in Tampa Bay in training camp.
Jefferson tore a pectoral muscle doing the bench press at the combine and will not be able to participate in team drills until training camp while he rehabs the injury. The Bucs did interview Jefferson at the combine and are believed to be very high on him as a late-round pick.
Jefferson Profile Video: Click here