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2013 Buccaneers Draft Preview

Pewter Report’s 2013 7-Round Bucs Mock Draft 3.0

WRITTEN_BY Scott Reynolds Scott Reynolds
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Pewter Report publisher Scott Reynolds has updated his 2013 Bucs 7-round mock draft of 2013. Who will be Tampa Bay’s first pick? How many cornerbacks will the Bucs draft? Get the answers right here.
The Buccaneers will have seven picks in the 2013 NFL Draft and Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds has forecasted all the moves in the third edition of Tampa Bay’s 7-round mock draft. The Bucs surrendered their 2013 first-round draft pick in the Darrelle Revis trade, but have enough ammunition to trade up into the later part of the first round as they did last year in acquiring running back Doug Martin with the 31st overall selection.

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



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    I like Margus Hunt, but I think the most pressing need is a NT to play next to McCoy. Hunt's stock is rising and my bet is he gets drafted late in the first anyway. Round 2. DTs worthy of the pick John Jenkins Ga., Johnathan Hankins OSU, Kwann Short Purdue, Jesse Williams Ala., Brandon Williams Missouri Southern. The two I like best are Jesse Williams and Brandon Williams because they are two of the physically strongest players in the entire draft. Those guys can both stop the run, push the pocket and take the heat off McCoy. Clayborn and Bowers. Brandon Williams is flying under the radar and I think he could be the sleeper of the draft. 38 reps @225 and he is a real space eater as well. 3. Sio Moore would be a great pick up, but I don't see him lasting till round 3. This guy has the whole package. Maybe a slot receiver like Ryan Swope or Stedman Bailey here too if Sio Moore is off the board. I see slot receiver as a greater need than TE even with the addition of Oglevee and Smith. Maybe a RT likeTerron Armstead Ark LR or David Quessenberry San Jose St.. Either of those guys would be good because of their ability to play Tackle or guard. 4A. QB maybe Tyler Bray or possibly Mike Glennon or Landry Jones. Or a CB since the talent is pretty deep at the position. Anything after round 4 is a crap shoot.
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    THE PICK If he were to make it to the second round Joh Jenkins is the absoulute hands down biggest plug in game changer the Bucs could add. There are not many rookies that a def has to game plan around and he is def one of them.I don't think there is a center in the nfl that wouldn't need help with him and that is what takes to get the other three to the next level.He alone, would make the rest of our line 20 percent better on first and second down , while also providing supreme help with short down and distance as well as goal line.Can't think of another player that can come close in improving a def at this position in the draft.Hunt is popular in that slot but he won't have the immediate impact that Jenkins will.Two and a half down player but there ain't many Vince Wolfolks that come along, not sexy but very very efective!!
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    Kino Hankins may have the highest ceiling of all the NTs but he has a rep of taking downs off and not being as hard a worker as he should be. He came to the combine overweight and out of shape and he didn't work out. I say The two Williams guys will both be beasts at the next level.
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    This is why he may slip , he was about 345 at the combine which is about his playing weight, played at 370 during the season and can effectivly play at that weight.Down below 340 now , he will play at 350 plus much of his career.Not necessarily the best player just the best fit for the bucs defensively as far as having a game changing and personel improving impac ( you have to game plan around this guy period), which is rare for a rookie.I don't think there is another player in the draft that will command the double teams he will. Contrary to popular belief GMC very seldom does .His helmet looks like a throw back leather lid its so small on his head.He made guys at the senior bowl look like kids at times.Plenty of talented players just my take.
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    Not too much in love with this, but it's a good guess as any.
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    This digital magazine is worthless for me. I am not printing out all of this. I'll just go buy a NFL Sports Magazine like USA Today on Thursday and Friday.
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    horse.totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!
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    2) Kawann Short 3) Logan Ryan 4) Chris Harper 4) Christine Michael 5) Quanterus Smith 6) Ricky Wagner 6) Duke Williams
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    I like Edwamil's draft way better than Scott's it makes since and addresses key areas
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    Scott, After you go and tell us that Hunt won't be available at #43 you say for the sake of argument, lets pretend that he is (or words to that effect?). Sorry, that killed your draft for me. Also, in your point-counter point thread you mention that the Bucs would have a hard time dealing with injuries to the OT, DT, CB and RB and I don't think your draft hits that. Picking a LB in the 3rd after you told us how devalued the position is? As it stands, I find Ed's draft much more realistic and more effective for us as well. Sorry, but I'd be really, really unhappy if the draft unfolded the way you laid it out (other than getting Hunt at 43, which I think is very unlikely).
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    (Scott, please add formatting to PR, every other website has it) With no 1st round pick, and having strengthened our secondary, we should focus on strengthening the D-Line. I do not want to move up (If I know Dominik, we’re going to) so I suggest we take the BPA available at 43 – Margus hunt, Cornellius Carradine, or Kawann Short. Otherwise, I would consider either D.J. Hayden, Jonathan Banks, or Khaseem Greene. RD2 – DE/DT Margus Hunt RD3 – CB/KR/PR Tyrann Mathieu/LSU RD4 – OT Brennan Williams/UNC RD4 – RB Stephan Taylor/STAN RD5 – DE Quanterus Smith/WKTY RD6 – DT Nicholas Williams/SAMFD RD6 – TE Joseph Fauria/UCLA
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    Even with the trade for Revis, I still believe the Bucs will address CB again in rounds 2 or 3 at the latest. I think Dom moves up into the 1st to grab a DL and targets a DB with the 3rd round pick. If Trufant, Star, Richardson, Hunt slips into the late 1st, Dom pulls the trigger.
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    HORSE.Im w/ you!!!!!!
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    Scott you lost me after Hunt. I have the Bucs moving up to get him in the 1 st. We 're gambling on Revis's knee holding up, so I have us taking another corner before the 5th round. I think our first 3 picks will be D line, corner, then BA.
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    This mock makes me want to cry.
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    This mock isn't Scott's personal wish list for the Bucs. He isn't selecting the players. What is the point of criticizing SR? It is based on opinion mixed with facts from sources. It also isn't Madden or fantasy football. You can't just list 7 players that you like for a mock, there ARE other teams who will be drafting! And SR has nailed 14 Best Bets over the last 10 years. 14.
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    an average of 1 per year. wow , how impressive. most of us readers could hit one. try again.
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    Let's see 14/10 = 1? Okay.
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    Let's see your mock before Thursday. I will save it and we will compare next year.
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    You know, bucray, you kinda sound like an *censored*. I bet you wouldn't be so brazen if you weren't hiding behind a computer screen. I take issue with some of the picks here too, but you don't have to be such a jerk about it. Mark and Scott won't say this stuff to you either because of some combination of (1) them being too damn nice or (2) recognizing that you're a subscriber and that, accordingly, they're forced to grit their teeth and put up with your dousche bagger. Well I don't suffer from any of those restraints, so I'm happy to tell you: you're a total jerk. The world, and this board, would be better places if you stopped being such an obvious total jerk. I'm done wasting characters on you now.
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    Mark I understand what you are saying but if our draft plays out this way, I'll be sick.
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    Hunt will be gone in the 1st. Scott... Why make a mock draft if the player you picked in the 2nd will be gone, as you said Dominik will have to move up to get him so why not put that in your mock? Picking CB's in the late rounds and undrafted players DOES NOT work as we have tried that. If we have to give up picks to move up ,so be it. QUALITY is much, much better than QUANTITY
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    I'm staying up past my bedtime Thursday night, because I expect to see movement into the 1st round from Dom. That's what he does. I also expect to see the Bucs select a CB at the very least by the 3rd round. There is way too much Height Weight Speed in that area to not grab someone to push Lewis in TC. Also, Dom values 4th down and Special Teams. Which I liked seeing with SR's 2nd pick.
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    I'm not a fan of taking a 26 year old player who barely knows how to play the game. He is athletically gifted, but how long can you develop somebody that old?
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    Thanks Scott - this mock drafting is not easy and you're getting some heat here - in reality the draft almost never goes "as expected"...some team will do something that appears silly (QBs will be taken higher than expected, some kid projected for the 3rd round will go in the 1st, etc) and throws everything up in the air....so Scott's assumption of Hunt dropping to round 2 is not so ridiculous IMO...it would be nearly impossible to get a mock correct...but the best part of these mocks is typically when you can identify a player (like Lavonte David last year) which our team thinks is hot and you project us getting him....maybe that's Scott's point about Moore this year (it's not a need pick, it's not an obvious pick, it relies on some silly things happening earlier, maybe it means Dom has to trade up) but he's saying he thinks we get this guy because he thinks Dom is hot on him....we'll see. Personally, I would feel better if Dom was hot on on some OL and DL (maybe Hunt is that guy) picks - I think we win or lose this year in the trenches and I am concerned about two starting DEs with long injury histories + GMac missing more than he has played + Nicks and Joseph coming off injuries.....our second stringers (who will become first stringers at some point) are pretty weak....oh ya, plus we still don't have a starting calibre NT....
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    With the exception of the 2 pick (Hunt) and the 4th pick (Christine Michael) this moch does suck. Even though I like the Hunt pick, why would we spend our highest pick on a back up roll? Heres my predictions: Round 2. Jesse Williams DT Alabama/ Round 3. Travis Kelce TE Cincinati/ Round 4. Kiko Alonso OLB Oregon/ Round 4. Christine Michael RB Tex A&M/ Round 5. Michael Buchanon DE Illinois/ Round 6. Jordan Mills OT Lousiana Tech/ Round 6. Ryan Griffin QB Tulane
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    As far as I'm concerned, they can take the rest of these throw away picks and move up to grab Margus Hunt. I do agree they need to find another DT but other than that, I don't care. For the first time in a long time, I think our opening day starters are just about set.
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    No way. Bucs will draft a QB.
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    I don’t criticize anybody’s mock – because I don’t take any of them seriously – even Kiper and McShay. When I do this I’m having fun and I enjoy seeing what other PR GMs think. I don’t conduct player interviews or got to pro days or work players out in my backyard. Trust me, Mark Dominik isn’t waiting with bated breath to see my mock before he finalizes his draft board. This will probably come as a surprise to some of you, but he’s not waiting to see yours either. I have a scientific method for insuring that my mock is always right. I watch Youtube videos and pick the guy with the best video and the worst rap music. Works every time! LOL. My point, have a little fun, give it your best shot and after the draft is over brag about the one pick that you guessed right!
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    I've seen a lot of mock drafts saying Bjoern Werner falling into the 2nd round. Id way rather have him. Im a Gator fan but I even know he's was a monster at FSU. And I think we should get a TE earlier.
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    I'd much prefer Werner over Hunt, too. I think Werner will be a machine.
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    scott, please stop trying to show everyone how smart you are and do a realistic draft. most of the guys you selected are guys with minimal football experience , one big character issue or not even slated to be in the spot you select them. to pick 2 cornerbacks in the later rounds is like saying you were comfortable with last years stable of cornerbacks. our biggest remaining needs are dt/de , cb for depth , te and possibly ot. let's focus on our needs and stop trying to impress people with your depth of football knowledge. please try again!!
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    I agree that this isn't a good mock, but need-based drafting is one of the quickest ways I know of to postseason irrelevance. Do a little research, man. Teams that just check positions off a list have struggled more than most, historically. I want to see an early drafted CB, but that's because we NEED one, aaaaanndd there are going to be CBs there worthy of a high pick.
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    Point 1 Hunt is a monster and the best picl. Two this a mock and as someone above (Macabee maybe) said this should be fun Three I am ashamed to say there are some really mean spirited subscribers here. Four some need math tutoring.
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    You gots to figure that Scott and PR are putting up smokescreens!(you have to figure they know Margus isn't going to be there). Still, Scott and Pr show some new names to ponder; thanks Scott!
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    Mark, Scott- All these mock drafts are for water cooler talk purposes anyway and no matter who u project to be selected most people will not like it, so don't worry about the negativety and what people say and just keep doing these mock drafts so it gives us fickle Bucs Fans something to complain about, lol. Keep up the good work I love coming on here and reading these articles. Btw saying "you hit on your "best Bets" when you name like 100 people is not exactly chest pounding material
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    I hear you JG, but here's the list of guys: Ahmad Black, Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams, Josh Freeman, Dexter Jackson, Jeremy Zuttah, Josh Johnson, Gaines Adams, Quincy Black, Bruce Gradkowski, Barrett Ruud, Torrie Cox, Gerald McCoy.... These were all best bet predictions. Which is one early rounder and one later rounder at every position. If you think SR just picked these out of thin air without hours of research, phone calls to agents and sources, you are wrong. And show me anyone else local or national that is even close to 14 in 10 years. Yeah I get a little defensive about my boss since I see the hours he puts in it. Again he isn't picking guys he particularly likes, but from all the research and work he puts in it! And yes I know it is all water cooler fodder. And hey, this piece has generated a ton of hits and discussion it is successful! Thanks JG.
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    Mark- I respect Scott tremendously and by no means any disrepect in what I say in regards to his mock drafts, I do think the Bucs will take a DT in the second or third and hopefully address corner before round 5 as we have no depth at the position. My draft would looks something like this 2. Short 3. Ryan 4. Xavier Nixon 4th. Christine Michael 5th, best TE available 6th whoever
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    I know I may be a minority here, but I really like this Mock Draft! Of course we all know it won't go like this, but if it did, I'd be happy! I hope we do move up to get Hunt! Moore and Michael would be great additions. I love the way Michael runs, great vision, great patience to let blocks develop and good burst! RB along with LB are dire needs, as we don't have a starting SLB, and we have no credible back up to Martin, since it's looking like Blount might get traded. The only thing I would have changed is to add a DT and slot receiver instead of a TE and one of the CB. We have a BIG hole at DT to fill that I hope the Bucs will address. If Hunt is not available, then I hope they go for a DT in rounds 2, 4 or free agency after the draft.
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    Scott, Mark, Eric; I think most of us appreciate your efforts. I'll try to get more insider information this year if the Coach and GM want to remain silent as the season starts. I can see why they are elusive before the draft; after it is over, I would hope they would open up to you guys? I know it has been real rough to get information because you have to prove to them that you can be trusted. By the way; the Buccaneer Web site is almost useless. Why don't they hire you guys to take it over? Hey Buccaneers! We don't want another Ray Perkins situation again; lighten up on these guys and give them some more information.
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    I'm glad to hear Stokes and Dominic say that they will pick the best available player vice the "best available player at their need" like so many fans get stuck on. We all know we need CB's, but so many fans are so stuck on that they are willing to pass up on great players at other positions juts to get a minor improvement at the CB position. Of course you need to keep your needs in mind, but if you let that philosophy guide you every year, then you will pass up on great players simply because they weren't a position of need and accept a worse player. The problem with that philosophy is that while it ensures all your needs are met, you end up with a team full of average players. If you pick the best available player period, every year, then you end up with a team full of studs!!! If you have too many studs at one position, you can choose the best and trade away the rest to fill your needs then.
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    I'm with you on the huge faults of need based drafting, but are you even aware that this draft is incredibly strong in 2nd and 3rd round CBs? Marginal improvement? Marginal improvement?!? Eric Wright was independently rated as the 83rd (yes, 83rd) best CB in football last season. We need a CB DESPERATELY, and this draft is absolutely full of them. If we don't come away with one in the 2nd or 3rd round, I'm gonna be rightly pissed off.
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    mock drafts are for fun,kept up the good work pr.
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    I appreciate the PR effort, and your track record is far better than anything I could hope to achieve. That said, if the draft goes anything like this it will be RIP for DOM. If we're drafting DE after Claiborne and Bowers and letting our top sacker go for almost no $, it will be indefensible given the team's other more pressing needs. And a LB? And RB, which only makes sense if you can get back a decent pick for Blount. And waiting till the end for CB's? Much prefer an OT given import of good foundation, or a CB higher given Wright and Barber's age, maybe even a WR 2nd or 3rd which I am usually fearful of.
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    I don't really get this draft either. The total omission of guys who project as at least #2 CBs is just silly. CB is still our biggest need, especially when you consider that Wright will almost definitely be gone next year (see my comment below for why). Use a 3rd round pick on a position that sees at best like 35% of snaps in our defensive scheme??? Sure, why not?!?!? I like Hunt, but I agree that I don't see us using three 1st/2nd round picks on DEs in just 3 years. On top of that, there's like a 2% chance that Hunt is even there when we pick in the 2nd round, if that.
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    Scott, interesting article and I learned a lot. Thanks. However, I do agree with jrWILSON85 that we need a NT as our top priority, and I like Brandon Williams as well. Teo'nesheim is a great backup DE already, wtih 30 sacks in college and should be used to cover both DE positions; so really we just need a competent backup DE from the lower rounds or we can press Dakota Watson to fill in there as a speed rusher from the outside, as long as he is cross trained in the Preseason, or just keep George at that position this year from Rutgers. In the third round take Cabrera if he is still there and in the fourth we need to pick up a competent QB who can really press Freeman--and that means Landry from Oklahoma. DOM already hinted we will bring in a QB in the draft. Goode can do very well at SLB and can compete with the other candidates already on our roster. That should leave a 4th round pick for a CB who will be a backup anyway. With the 5th round get a burner who can return kicks without fumbling. 6th round picks for best available players.
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    The very fact that Dom "hinted" in a press conference that we might draft a QB leads me to the conclusion that we definitely won't. Remember whenever Dom talked about signing multiple FA cornerbacks? lol. NT doesn't matter for us. We just had a great run stuffing NT and let him walk for 2.5 per year. Unless we're going to try to highly draft one that brings a pass rush, which seems unlikely since our first pick is the 43rd, then we're not gonna use a big pick on a NT.
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    Darned straight MC
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    So you have us passing on all of the talented 2nd and 3rd round CBs that will be available in this draft to get a SLB that'll be on the field for approx 35% of defensive snaps? No thanks. We won't re-sign EWright after this year (if he plays well he'll cost too much for our soon to be cash-strapped team, and if he plays poorly we won't want him anyways). We need a CB who can learn the NFL game while he contributes this season and step in very capably when Wright is gone. Come on, Scott, you gotta see how important that #2 CB pick is. We have to take a DJ Hayden (first choice), Johnthan Banks, Logan Ryan, Blidi Wreh-Wilson type of player. Have to. Unless we'd prefer to absolutely have to draft one in the 1st or 2nd round next offseason (hopefully late round picks!!) and throw him into the fire as a starter. CB is still a need for this season, and it will almost unquestionably be a need for next season, so when we're about to participate in a draft chocked full of starting caliber CBs, we need to get one of them...not Marc Anthony, lol.
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    I have several issues with Hunt, but my biggest is his age. 26 is HELLA old for a rookie defensive end. First, he'll be a rookie, so the earliest I'd expect him to reeeaaally produce is year 2 - you know, when he's 27. Seriously, by the time his second contract comes up, we're not even gonna want him. Osi Umenyiora is 31. Dwight Freeney is 33. John Abraham is 34. They're all thought of as old. Why do we want to draft a guy in the first or second round who's gonna be old by the time he first becomes a free agent? When you consider the fairly low success rate of draft picks to begin with, it sounds to me like bad business to to draft someone whose best likely UPSIDE is to be really good for 5 or 6 seasons.
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    I thought this hunt kid was a DT. I think we should pick up that kid that played opposite jonathan banks, can't remember his name.
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    My own Mock....problem with mine is I don't have a DT until round 6, which is too late, but I just don't see a good fit until then, plus we have so many holes to plug. 2-Sam Montgomery, DE-LSU 3. Darius Slay-CB-Mississippi St. 4. Zac Dysert-QB-Miami 4. Emmett Cleary-ORT-BC 5. AJ Klein-SLB-Iowa St. 6. Cory Grissom-DT-South Florida 6. Nick Casa-TE-Colorado The DT I like but couldn't fit into round 3 was Brandon Williams-Missouri Southern. I am sure it won't go anywhere near this, but I hope we get 2 starters, and then 2 more players to compete with starters, and that will be a good start.
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    TRADE UP, TRADE-UP and TRADE UP... Trade the xtra 4th, the 5th and the two 6's to get QUALITY, QUALITY and QUALITY. Picking CB'S in the 5-6 rounds does not work. We should use our picks and pick 1-4 and get the BA in those rounds.
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    Please not Hunt. He´s a 4th rounder: He´s older(more trained) than the guys he plays against, but doesn´t dominate them and it´s a weaker conference.. Trade a 4th, maybe Blount and sth else to get another 2nd round pick and get Ertz + Tyrann Mathieu (or D-line, CB, WR, LB Greene, HB)
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    All I know is that either in the draft or through undrafted free agents, there will be more Rutgers players on the Bucs roster!
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