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Even though it is #Mocktober, we didn’t think we would be doing this kind of mock draft so early in the Bucs’ 2017 season.

But, the reality is that this Tampa Bay Buccaneers team is 2-5 and currently holds the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. When you’re a team picking that high, that means you have some holes; not only on your roster, but likely elsewhere on the coaching staff.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht is in a contract year, and because of that, his future could be uncertain depending on how the rest of the year and his most recent draft picks finish up. After a promising start to his head coaching career last year, Dirk Koetter now has a below .500 record as a head coach at 11-12. Knowing that, there’s so much that could be hanging in the balance at One Buc Place in terms of what this team and its leaders may look like come draft time. But, while we’re at it, we might as well take a look at what some draft possibilities might look like for this team, if they end up picking this high.

Here are three early scenarios that could come to reality and make some good out of a disappointing year. The first one has USC quarterback Sam Darnold staying in school for one more year.

1. Cleveland Browns (0-8)

PICK: UCLA QB JOSH ROSEN

2. San Francisco 49ers (0-8)

PICK: PENN STATE RB SAQUON BARKLEY

3. New York Giants (1-7)

PICK: NOTRE DAME OT MIKE McGLINCHEY

4. Indianapolis Colts (2-6)

PICK: TEXAS OT CONNOR WILLIAMS

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-5)

PICK: NORTH CAROLINA STATE DE BRADLEY CHUBB

If the Buccaneers stay in a 4-3 defense, their top priority should be none other than the 6-foot-4, 275-pound pass rusher Bradley Chubb.

After submitting a 22 tackles for loss and 10.5-sack season in 2016, Chubb upped his game in 2017 and now has 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks already through eight games.

NC State DE Bradley Chubb - Photo by: Getty Images

NC State DE Bradley Chubb – Photo by: Getty Images

The Bucs giving defensive end Will Gholston the money they did is proving to be a mistake. He simply is not a force on the edge as a pass rusher at all, and they need that. Noah Spence has also been somewhat disappointing thus far. He had 5.5 sacks as a rookie, which was fine, but didn’t seem to build on that at all before going down with what will now be the second major surgery on his should in less than one calendar year. You can’t blame a guy for injuries, but now they have to plan for them.

The Bucs are dead last in the NFL in sacks with seven in seven games with no sign of it getting better. If they’re picking at No. 5, a pass rusher must be the pick. They have to grab one early in what might be a shallow class beyond the guys at the top.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Horse
Horse(@horse)
4 years ago

You see patriots traded their back up QB for 49er’s 2nd round pick which is almost like a 1st rounder. We need more than 1 DE and i believe we should do the same as the Patriots and trade one of our up and coming LB’s; that would be Alexander. We could get a 2nd rd pick for him and he’s on the cheap for many teams. Maybe trade with the Patriots as they could use a LB now; I know this won’t be popular. As of right now I am pushing the following needs; 2 DE’s, 1 OLT, 1… Read more »

DrT1066
DrT1066(@drt1066)
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Trade Mike Evans. For Aaron Donald.
Rams get the receiver they need.
Bucs get the defense they need.
Just a thought.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Can’t be Quan. He is probably our best player on Defense. McCoy would have been good if we had traded him before the last draft, but it is too late now and we will be lucky to get a 2nd round pick. I totally agree with you on what our needs are, and I would add a DT as well.

Buc on the Move
Buc on the Move(@buc-on-the-move)
4 years ago

Don’t think Kwon is the guy to trade. Not even close to the backside of his career. Bucs need a homerun in this draft at the DE position in the biggest way. An upgrade at LT would be really nice, especially if DSmith could be better used at RT. It still feels like a luxury right now, comparing the OL and DL play. I know plenty of people say it is not all about sacks, but sacks are a reflection of your pressure on the passer and 1 per game is pretty historically bad. Must get better, or all other… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Buc on the Move
4 years ago

I don’t think you got what i was saying. Alexander is nowhere near the backside; I was suggesting we could trade him and get a 2nd round pick for him. Sometimes you have to give up something to get something. Beckwith and David would still be on the team and Iexpect Bond to be decent in season 3. Beckwith would slide to the middle where he belongs.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Trade one of your best players for a “who knows what you get” second round pick? Incredible, just incredible.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
Brooks Dunn-Winston(@brooksdunn-winston)
4 years ago

Terrible idea Horse. Wow.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Brooks Dunn-Winston
4 years ago

Not really, but I hear you.

kingbucc239
kingbucc239(@kingbucc34)
4 years ago

Trade Alexander? Really Horse.? The best player on our defense? Ummm, NO… I enjoy reading your comments & thoughts on here, but I’m certainly glad you’re not the Bucs GM. That’s a terrible idea.

TowMater69
TowMater69(@towmater69)
4 years ago

Draft a DE and sign Demarcus Lawrence as a Free agent from Dallas.

kingbucc239
kingbucc239(@kingbucc34)
Reply to  TowMater69
4 years ago

This idea, I’m definitely liking. 👍

Lawdy
Lawdy(@lawdy)
4 years ago

Tank for Chubb

zothhh0
zothhh0(@zothhh0)
4 years ago

No harm in some out-of-the-box thinking but given our mediocre drafting I don’t think it makes sense to trade a known quantity like Alexander for a 2nd round pick that history tells us the Bucs will probably botch.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
4 years ago

Wanted Chubb ever since I saw him dominate the Noles this year, ofcourse that’s not saying much. He not only has the stats, but he is a nasty dude. I like the edge he plays with and he’s not undersized like every other DE rusher we seem to want to draft. The trade deadline is over so we aren’t going tp be trading anything. It’s got be a DE with the first pick. Even the secondary can wait till round 2. As for trading someone else before next draft, I certainly wouldn’t get rid of Kwon. Maybe Mccoy could get… Read more »

mjmoody
mjmoody(@mjmoody)
4 years ago

So while we’re fielding ideas (for better or worse) IF the Bucs are up there top 10 –Draft talk week 9…Thanks Bucs– Why not take a REAL OLT? Protect the franchise, run the football, actually have play action that works. This team is so notorious for taking talented guys, and making them be something they aren’t. An OLT, he is not. BTW, love your list Horse. Those are our needs. Always enjoy your posts sir. This post is straight out of your wheel house too. Build your fronts.

macabee
macabee(@macabee)
Reply to  mjmoody
4 years ago

MJM,

Your old friend macabee here. Haven’t heard from you in a while. Good to see you’re still in the mix. Good looking out! Go Bucs!

TowMater69
TowMater69(@towmater69)
Reply to  mjmoody
4 years ago

Our current DEs get zero explosion off the snap, it’s like they are trying to beat the opposing tackles over a 7 second engagement rather than powering over them in the first 2-3 seconds. The DE play in the Dallas-Washington game was incredible compared to the Bucs game. Lawrence/Irving/Kerrigan were all exploding through the offensive tackles.
No matter how average Smith is at LT, he is more serviceable than our current crop at DE

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  TowMater69
4 years ago

I’d be inclined to agree Tow. While smith isn’t going to be a top 5 LT any time soon. Our defensive end talent is far worse than our offensive line talent right now. I mean my goodness watching Ayers get trucked by Mccaffery today, I almost cried.

billbyrne
billbyrne(@billbyrne)
4 years ago

It is a sad day at 2-5 that we are already talking about the 2018 draft. If the Bucs lose this Sunday I think it is time to sit Winston down and let his shoulder heal before he really gets hurt. Sad…sad…sad times to be a Bucs fan. How much of a price will our head coach and coaching staff pay for this dismal season? That’s a better conversation to have than the draft options.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  billbyrne
4 years ago

Always glad to see your posts Bill. Need to see them more often.

e
e(@e)
4 years ago

I don’t think that it’s a lack of talent on the current roster. Sure they could always use a player or two here or there, but there is a solid core of young guys including Winston. On paper, this should not be a two-win team at this point in the season. Something is going on with either Koetter, Smitty or Meatheads’ department. Figure it out gents. Show the team that you can at least right the ship before this season comes to another disappointing close; You don’t want Scott breathing down your neck all offseason!

macabee
macabee(@macabee)
4 years ago

I haven’t had time to study the draft yet. Just started to look at a few mocks after last Sunday. Let me say from the outset that early on, I’m in the DE in the 1st round camp. I say that because….well….I got eyes. Lol. But interestingly as MJM opined, I’m seeing an almost equal number of mocks with the Bucs taking a LT in the first round. Most notably Connor Williams/Texas, Mike McGlinchey/Notre Dame, and Trey Adams/Washington. For DE I’m seeing Bradley Chubb/NC State, Harold Landry/Boston College, and Arden Key/LSU. Matt Miller of NFLDraftScout/BleacherReport says that he is hearing… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
4 years ago

I assume when you say fronts Trev you’re talking about linemen. Licht’s record of drafting D linemen is dismal.

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
4 years ago

Can we not talk about the Bucs taking a Clemson Defensive End ever again?

Left tackle is the biggest need followed by defensive end

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
4 years ago

It was over in Phoenix. That why Scott reynolds wrote the Gruden article. He knew it then and he’s right.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan(@stlbucsfan)
4 years ago

Let’s hope somebody has learned our lesson on “high upside” DEs from Clemson.

BucFanInNC
BucFanInNC(@bucfaninnc)
4 years ago

Trevor I’m torn between Edge Rusher and LT. Jameis has to be protected. Which position looks the deepest?

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
4 years ago

I accept that when our team puts up a big fat LAST PLACE in some important category like sacks, that drafting a pass rusher must be priority #1….but,

It sure is going to hurt if we have to go a 4th year with Smith at LT….ouch.

I put our conundrum squarely on Licht and the result of poor planning…no DL or OL in round 1 or top-tier FA his entire tenure as GM…that was never going to be a winning strategy (you win in the trenches).

bEubanks11
bEubanks11(@beubanks11)
4 years ago

It’s too bad we can’t draft new coaches by position. I’d take a DC with my first round pick in 2018.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
4 years ago

I just don’t see the horrendous play from Donovan Smith that some of you folks are constantly bemoaning. Yes, he gets a penalty like they all do, and yes, every now and then he lets someone get past him, but I just don’t see his replacement as anywhere near our biggest need when our defensive line (except McCoy) is pathetic and our running back situation is mediocre. He’s not Paul Gruber, but he’s not Kenyata Walker either.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

I accept that it’s very difficult to watch the entire play of OLinemen in a game…the reality is most people watch the ball and the plays being made around the ball. When we happen to notice an OLineman, it’s usually because they got burned by a DLineman for a sack, or were flagged for a penalty. Hence, we have the following options: 1) just accept our eye-test…which, as I said, is likely to not look great for any OL, and certainly Smith has given up his share of sacks . 2) find every game tape (the all angles versions) and… Read more »

skipper
skipper
4 years ago

I agree with scubog

Buc76
Buc76(@jjjj)
4 years ago

Every position needs to be evaluated by real talent evaluators not these people. They are going to stick with this roster no matter what. Half of these players should be gone. The whole regime will get fired after this season. This team is the biggest disappoint in the NFL this year.

Brand G
Brand G(@b3000)
4 years ago

How many years have we been reaching for another Simeon Rice? Keep in mind that Rice was a free agent signing added to a unit that was borderline great anyway… Draft one of these elite safeties or corners in this draft early and then go after a few defensive lineman…or O-lineman…they both need talent upgrades but more importantly DL need to be able to rush as a unit…I’ve seen enough so called elite talent come to Tampa via the draft or free agency and have exactly no impact…complete the building of the defense initially with at least one elite Safety… Read more »

The Anti-Java
The Anti-Java(@the-anti-java)
4 years ago

That #3 mock was the most realistic to me. The early picks before the Bucs pick, seem like the way it will pan out. IMO

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