It is NFL Draft season and the mock drafts from the NFL experts and pundits are being published nearly every day and making their picks for the Bucs. Every Monday until the 2019 NFL Draft in April, PewterReport.com will scour the Internet to find the list of players that are projected to Tampa Bay and put out the list with the links.

PewterReport.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Wisconsin G Michael Deiter
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: Memphis RB Darrell Henderson
Bucs’ Fourth-Round Pick: James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland
Bucs’ Fifth-Round Pick: Elon RT Oli Udoh
Bucs’ Seventh-Round Pick: Oklahoma State QB Taylor Cornelius

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense needs more talented playmakers for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and White is one of the most athletic and physical defenders in this year’s draft.”Scott Reynolds

LSU ILB Devin White
LSU ILB Devin White – Photo by: Getty Images

SB Nation
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: LSU CB Greedy Williams
“Todd Bowles, the new defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers, runs a defense that calls for its cornerbacks to play on an island without much help. That could point toward Tampa’s plans with the fifth pick in the draft. Williams, who was just a redshirt sophomore in 2018, is a little raw, but he has a lot of tools.”Dan Kadar

Walter Football
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Florida T Jawaan Taylor
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Virginia S/CB Juan Thornhill
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: North Carolina State C Garrett Bradbury

“Taylor (6-5, 340) played right tackle for the Gators the past two years and impressed team evaluators. Sources love his size, movement skills, and strength. As Taylor gained experienced, he became more consistent. In the NFL, he could play left tackle or remain at right tackle. Multiple team sources have told me they think Taylor is the best offensive line prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.”Charlie Campbell

The Draft Network – Kyle Crabbs
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama T Jonah Williams
“Regardless of whether or not OT Donovan Smith walks, this pick makes sense. Williams can step in at Left Tackle and replace Smith or push Smith to Right Guard in the team’s effort to maximize their 2015 investment.”Kyle Crabbs

The Draft Network – Jon Ledyard
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver
“With Gerald McCoy likely on the way out of town, the Bucs will be looking for another difference-maker on the interior defensive line to help out Jason Pierre-Paul. I don’t care that they drafted Vita Vea with their first round pick last year; he’ll be a good player, but he doesn’t have close to the explosive skill set on all three downs that Oliver offers.”Jon Ledyard

DT Ed Oliver – Photo courtesy of University of Houston

NFL Network – Bucky Brooks
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White 
“White’s speed, athleticism and playmaking ability would add a dimension to a Bucs defense that struggled to defend the run and pass over the middle.”Bucky Brooks

NFL Network – Daniel Jeremiah
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
The Bucs didn’t see any return on their investment in Ronald Jones, a second-round pick last year. Jacobs is a dynamic player with ideal toughness.”Daniel Jeremiah

DraftWire.com – Luke Easterling
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Florida DE Jachai Polite
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: Washington OT Andre Dillard

CBSSports.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver
“Oliver, considered a top-five pick during the college season, would be a steal here. He’s fallen out of the top 10 in recent mocks though through no fault of his own. His season was limited by injuries while other names elevated their profiles in the meantime.”Ryan Wilson

DraftCountdown.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: LSU CB Greedy Williams
“LSU is arguably college football’s premier defensive back pipeline and next up is Andraez “Greedy” Williams, who is a prohibitive favorite to be the first cornerback selected. Williams looks the part as he’s tall and long-limbed with a rangy, albeit noticeably slight, frame.”Scott Wright 

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

22 COMMENTS

  1. A lot of options when it comes to this draft but Daniel Jeremiah gets the first “what are you smoking” for the running back pick in the top five. I’ll throw up if that’s the pick.

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    • Honestly every year he has us picking a RB in the first round.

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  2. Greedy Williams is way too high at #5. My philosophy about the draft is taking the best player available if you are a good team. If you are a constant basement dweller, trade down and get more bang for the buck. One good player will not turn this Team around. We need about a dozen.

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    • I agree. Guy has a great name and comes from a great program, but a CB at 5 better be Deion Sanders.

      Ed Oliver reminds some of Aaron Donald. Can’t wait to see the combine.

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      • Oliver is my favorite player in this draft. Even if McCoy is still a Buc next season, I think he will be, Oliver should be the guy, if available. If not, Jonah Williams. If both are gone, drop back to seven or eight, hopefully Greedy or White are still around at that point. If they are gone, trade back again. There is so much talent on the defensive side in this draft we should stockpile as many picks as possible, so long as the players we’re targeting at the spot we’re in is gone. Ideally we could get a really good player in rd 1 and have another 2-3 day 2 selections. I could be a dreamer, though. Too much Madden maybe

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  3. The tough part of doing these mocks is there will almost certainly be a trade either before the Bucs selection and/or when the Bucs select.

    My guess is at least one if not two QB’s will go in the top five as a result of trades.

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  4. We need a LT, RG, CB and S, also a LB and RB would put the cherry on top… If we can get a solid player at those first 4 positions we are instantly better, and the latter 2 would finish it off. If we resign Humphries and Alexander, and possibly restructure McCoy, we will be a solid team next year…

    Our Offensive Line were the worst parts of our team this year and despite that we still had a killer offense. If we can Draft 2-3 linemen along with moving Benenoch over to RT and bringing in any Undrafted and FA Olinemen that we can, we should be able to fill out that line to become the Pewter Wall that we have always needed it to be… I sincerely believe Winston will be one of the best QBs in the league with proper coaching and support. With a better Oline he and our running game gets instantly better…

    Our Secondary was soft yet our front 7 turned our Sack Drought around. Davis is going to be a great CB in the next year or 2 so making sure Hargreaves is coached up along with finding a solid CB and Safety in FA or the draft will shore up the secondary. That combined with our front 7, no matter if they are in a 3-4 or 4-3 and our Defense all of a sudden gets scary.

    So many years I always think we are a few players away from making the playoffs but this time I feel like we saw exactly where the soft spots are and that it will only take a handful of players to shore them up… As long as a few key players finally get proper coaching, which it’s becoming more and more obvious they were not getting up to this point, and we hold onto a few key players, we have every chance to fill the few holes we have this offseason.

    5-11 may make it seem like we have a lot more work to do but the 2 soft spots we have just made it look that way, shire them up and it’s playoff time…

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    • Move Benenoch to RT? I’m sorry but I’d rather move him out of state..that man would get eaten alive at RT.

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      • Out of state?? Out of the country might be his (and our) best option. Rumor has it that interest is waning from H&R BLOCK (and any of the new coaches who have seen any of his 2018 film). Ironically, perhaps Benenoch’s could be a real asset (or something) in hedge fund HOLDING……

        It’s time to move on……

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  5. First time commenter, long time reader.
    I do not like the first round pics going for LB. Kwon is a very good LB and I see it being a better chance of him coming back very capable and healthy than not. And with over a year to recover, Beckwith should be good to go, surely. Plus, L. David, that is a stout LB crew. No need to spend a FIRST rounder on it. Go with CB or OL.

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    • Beckwith may not come back. He never played this year. And Cinchy had a serious injury. I think OL is more of a priority, but they will probably take an LB at some point.

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    • I’m a Kwon guy too, and well David could be one of the biggest benefactors of playing some or a lot of Bowles’ 3-4 scheme. Regarding Kwon, perhaps its his small (for a LB) frame or how hard & tough he plays, but he’s starting to be catagorized as an oft-injured player. Some LB depth would be necessary to legitimize a solid 3-4 option – even if Kwon is resigned, maintains at least a seblance of his Pro Bowl caliber skills, AND STAYS HEALTHY.

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    • Welcome! Take the best player. Our team needs help at multiple positions.

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    • I think you should comment more here.

      I agree no LB, unless he is a really special player. I want a great player at 5.

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  6. Sorry to disagree about the LB corp, but too many times you see the other teams attacking the middle of the defense where the LBs are supposed to be in coverage. LB definitely needs to be upgraded too.

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  7. Pewter Report does this every year, they pick guys in the 2nd and etc. rounds that won’t be there. It’s cheap theatrics. Be honest and just tell us these are your favorite players in the draft. Also, as stated by others do not pick a LB as our top pick. Unless there is a superstar at 5 on either OL or DL, trade down and get us the OL, DL, S, RB, CB and LB we need. I hope Vita Vea was not a wasted pick. I am still hurting over not getting Derwin James.

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  8. I’d love to get the best player at #5 that will be a 10 year Pro Bowler, that when people talk about him around the league there’s immediate acknowledgement they guy is a stud. We’ve got lots of needs.

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  9. Picture attached to the article is of Jonah Williams. Only 1 out of 10 mock drafters has Tampa taking him. It means nothing, of course, just interesting the PR staff would picture him. Fan favorite I suppose. He is sliding on draft boards for his short arms. Maybe he will play Guard in the NFL.

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  10. Our LB group is one of the best position groups on our team, when beckwith and Kwon are healthy them and David are arguably one of the best linebacker groups in the NFL, the bucs need to not waste another pick on an already stacked position and need to take greedy williams and not mess up again like they did last year with the Derwin pick.

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    • This is an outdated assessment IMO.

      David has clearly lost a step.
      Kwon might not return the same from an ACL tear.
      Beckwith might not ever play again.

      Even when Kwon was healthy he looked slow in coverage and took inadvisable angles.

      Unless you believe Jack Cichy is the next Luke Kuechly, we need Devin White

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  11. I’d say it will come down like this:

    1) if we let GMC go, and tag D Smith…then we take a DT (Oliver)
    2) if we keep GMC, and let D Smith walk….then we take an OT (Taylor)
    3) if we keep GMC (because he takes a pay cut) AND tag D Smith…then we take a CB (Byron Murphy)

    Keep your eye on what happens with GMC and D Smith….

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  12. Some of these Mock drafts must be for comedy relief. Take a LB or a RB at #5!? Unless the full version of the mock text talks about the bucs trading down, but even then it seems far fetched to imagine Bucs taking RB or LB in the first round!

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