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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.

NEW MOCKS THIS WEEK

ESPN.com – Mel Kiper

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

ESPN.com – Todd McShay

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

CBSSports.com – Ryan Wilson

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

SBNation.com – Dan Kadar

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

LSU CB Greedy Williams

LSU CB Greedy Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

CBSSports.com – Chris Trapasso

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

TheDraftNetwork.com – Benjamin Solak

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

BleacherReport.com – Brett Sobleski

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.

Why?

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

PREVIOUS MOCK DRAFTS

TheDraftNetwork.com – Trevor Sikkema
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

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

BleacherReport.com – Matt Miller
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver

SportingNews.com – Vinny Iyer
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor

ProFootballFocus – Mike Renner
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Clemson Edge Clelin Ferrell

PewterReport.com 
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

CBSSports.com – Chris TrapassoNFL.com – Lance Zierlein
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver 

CBSSports.com – Ryan Wilson
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver

BleacherReport.com – Zach Buckley
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama LT Jonah Williams

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Pete Wood
2 years ago

None of these mocks have the Bucs trading down. This makes me think that the “experts” don’t know what they are talking about since the Bucs have traded down two of the past three years. And, has Mel Kiper ever been right? Asking for a friend. Here’s how the trade down is gonna work, IMHO Trade five for thirteen and second and third and next year first with Miami. Then trade 13 to Raiders for 24 and 27 and second round pick. Then trade two second round picks to Rams for their first round pick. We end up with 24,… Read more »

BucWonder
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

I think Miami might be that QB stupid/desperate. Can’t see Gruden giving up that much for one player. I like moving up to get the ram pick. I think Licht can get us 5 picks in the top 75, and fill a bunch of holes. Key to it all is the initial trade down from 5. Go Bucs!

seat26
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

The Pewter report Mock has them moving down and picking up a 2nd. Bucs need too many bodies for a 6 man draft. There is a lot of defensive talent there in the 1st round. Some of it will spill over to 2nd. I hope Bucs trade down get an OL and a DE and a Corner.

Spitfire
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

There is no compensation chart that will justify trading 5 for 13 a 2nd and 3rd AND next years first, only way we would get next years anything is if there was a bidding war. Also pick 24 and 27 are worth more than pick 13 so ALSO getting a 2nd would not happen. That’s why Fantasy Trading is fun but it is never ever as rewarding as you think it will be… But fun to Dream!

Pete Wood
Reply to  Spitfire
2 years ago

I have no idea what I’m talking about, of course. My only hope is that QB-hungry teams overpay to move up in the draft.

JohnGaltsGhost
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

Most of these mocks have explicit rules that says no trades. This makes them unrealistic and handcuffs them before they even get started.

Licht will no doubt try to trade down. Question is do we trade down to seven, 10, or further back for a big haul?

GrayBalls
Reply to  JohnGaltsGhost
2 years ago

I wouldn’t be surprised to see us with two trade downs in the first and end up picking in the 10-15 range and having 9 or 10 total picks. Probably won’t happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised

fanofdabucs
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

No offense, but did you even bother reading any of these??

Of the ones who give an explanation of their picks, half of them talk about how likely a trade down may be given that the Bucs pick just ahead of the QB needy Giants.

Pete Wood
2 years ago

You are probably right. Gruden wasn’t born yesterday.
But, I can dream!

thejerseybuc
2 years ago

Jonah Williams got handled pretty well by Cle Ferrell in the championship game. Not sure his best position in the NFL is left tackle. Reminds me of someone else we already have.
I think he is better suited to move to Guard, but we can’t take a G at 5. Trade down is the best scenario unless in the unlikely event that Bosa or Allen drop into our laps.

Captain Sly
Reply to  thejerseybuc
2 years ago

That would be the dream senerio having an opportunity at Allen or Bosa. However I have looked at this from many angles and I keep coming back to Offensive Lineman. BA runs a similar offense with the QB taking seven step drops, you have to protect the pocket or your QB gets exposed. We’re taking a Tackle whether we take him at the 5th pick or move back a few spots to get one.

Pete Wood
2 years ago

Hey, Pewter!
How about a column exploring some possible trade down scenarios for the Bucs?

yohohoandabottleofrum
yohohoandabottleofrum
Reply to  Pete Wood
2 years ago

how bout trading down 2 or 3 spots pick up extra second rounders, draft the best OT Taylor from Florida who can play either RT or LT well. Draft Weiter from Wisconsin OG, then draft defense the rest of the way. Sign FA RB.

GrayBalls
Reply to  yohohoandabottleofrum
2 years ago

As much as I would love to see us go defense in the first, this would be an amazing scenario

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

We still don’t know how much control Bruce Arians has on this team it’s impossible to predict the Bucs draft until we actually know who’s running the team if Bruce is running the team it’ll be drastically different from the past I hope Bruce Arians has free reins on this team.

GrayBalls
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

This, BOB, this. I would give you multiple “thumbs up” if it let me

DT25
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

I mean, every coach has input into the players their GM selects…they kinda have to. Hopefully Arians will be heavily involved in the process, but I’m sure him and Bowles have told Licht the traits they want in their players just as Koetter and Smith did. I just have much more faith they’ll actually be able to translate the players’ talents to the field better than Koetter and Smith ever could.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

Bucs will probably trade down and take the best available trench player. Trading down and drafting a LB or CB would be not great but okay.

But yeah I think trading down is something more likely to happen with Arians in the fold now and wanting to run two camps for vets and young guys.

Diehard Astheycome
2 years ago

After Smith resigning today , it looks like defense at 5. I think Sweat is gonna be a multiple pro bowler- Trust me if he ends up in Carolina he’ll terrorize us yearly! He’s the real deal. That said , we NEED a MAULER like Cody Ford, Lindstrom on the right side!! A trade-back to smile about would be landing one of them and Devin Bush.

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