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.
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat “The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Sweat, who had 22 sacks over the past two seasons, was the best prospect at the Senior Bowl in January. He keeps rising on my board, and he should have a great combine workout. Tampa Bay’s defense is likely to undergo an overhaul under new coach Bruce Arians and coordinator Todd Bowles, and the Bucs have to add edge rushers. Jason Pierre-Paul had a nice first season in Tampa (12.5 sacks), but he’s 30. Former second-round pick Noah Spence, meanwhile, has just one sack over the last two seasons. This is another spot that could be for sale in a trade as teams try to get ahead of the Giants to grab a quarterback.” – Mel Kiper
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama OT Jonah Williams “Williams is a plug-and-play prospect who would fill the void left by free agent Donovan Smith. He can handle speed rushes off the edge with quick feet and would help buy some time for Jameis Winston. However, I’d look for Tampa Bay to trade back and simply take the best offensive lineman available, with the likes of Jacksonville and Miami looking to move up to grab a QB.” – Todd McShay
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver “Oliver spent his college career terrorizing centers but he’ll be a three technique in the NFL — where he’ll continue to dominate. The Bucs could be moving on from Gerald McCoy and Oliver would be a solid choice to replace him in the lineup.” – Ryan Wilson
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver “A lot of what the Buccaneers do in the first round will depend on if offensive tackle Donovan Smith is brought back. If he’s not, a left tackle might be the team’s biggest need. Finding a quality defensive tackle next to second-year player Vita Vea has to be high on the team’s shopping list too. Oliver can help an ordinary run defense and help spark the pass rush from up the middle.” – Dan Kadar
Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU CB Greedy Williams “Prudent selection for the Buccaneers. They need an alpha outside cornerback, and that’s precisely what Williams is. With Julio Jones and Michael Thomas in the division, Tampa can’t have too many cornerbacks.” – Chris Trapasso
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama OT Jonah Williams “Hey, so the Tampa OL sucks.
I mean, their EDGE pool also sucks, but you can get pass-rush starters in Round 2 and Round 3 more easily than you can get starting offensive tackles, so that’s where I’m going in the Tampa rebuild under Bruce Arians: offensive trenches first, then the defensive trenches.
And that’s a big point: Arians wants to drop back and sling the pill, and Jameis Winston’s freelancing ways can be nicely mitigated by a clean pocket. Time in the pocket should help him stabilize his high-variance play, and Jonah Williams slides into right tackle while providing some optionality at LT in the future.” – Benjamin Solak
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama OT Jonah Williams “The fifth overall pick will likely serve as a critical juncture for the rest of the top 10 and possibly the entire first round.
The quarterback-needy New York Giants own the sixth pick. So, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold plenty of leverage over other organizations that want to leapfrog the Giants to select a signal-caller.
If the Bucs stand pat, an offensive tackle to protect Jameis Winston will be vitally important after Bruce Arians’ hire as head coach. Arians’ offensive approach requires the quarterback to regularly take seven-step drops without max protection.
Furthermore, left tackle Donovan Smith will be a free agent. One the right side, Demar Dotson is entering the last year of his contract and turns 34 years old in October.
Alabama’s Jonah Williams doesn’t quite fit the mold some teams want in a left tackle, but his technique and consistency in protecting the blind side are undeniable. According to Pro Football Focus, Williams allowed only one sack and three quarterback hits over the last two seasons.”– Brett Sobleski
CBSSports.com – Will Brinson Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama LT Jonah Williams NFL.com – Chad Reuter
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs Bucs’ Second Round Pick – Clemson LB Tre Lamar
Bucs’ Third Round Pick – Alabama State T Tytus Howard
Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU ILB Devin White
Bucs’ Second Round Pick (From Jacksonville): Boston College DE Zach Allen
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Boston College G Chris Lindstrom
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Western Illinois DT Khalen Saunders
Bucs Fourth Round Pick: Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: Memphis RB/KR Tony Pollard
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: SMU CB Jordan Wyatt