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.
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CBSSports.com – Ryan Wilson Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White “Offensive line is an obvious need too but White fills a hole in the middle of the defense and he is one of the most dynamic players in the draft. He’s a sideline-to-sideline thumper who will make life easier for both the front four and the secondary.” – Ryan Wilson
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye
SBNation.com – Dan Kadar Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White “Sure, the Buccaneers added Deone Bucannon in free agency, but he hasn’t been a very productive player since the 2015 season. With Kwon Alexander gone, the Buccaneers need talent at linebacker. White is a player with few flaws, especially when he can work in space and locate the football. He’s a strong tackler and has outstanding instincts.” – Dan Kadar Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin.
“The mini slide for Quinnen Williams ends at No. 5 overall.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians to remake the team’s offense and get Jameis Winston playing franchise-quarterback football. But the biggest weakness on the roster is on defense, which former New York Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles was hired to run.
With a 3-4 scheme likely coming to Tampa, the team needs to shuffle up front and get talented big men. Last year’s first-rounder Vita Vea likely plays nose tackle with Gerald McCoy in one defensive end spot. Another defensive end is needed. That’s Williams’ best profile in a 3-4 scheme, where he has the tools to be a Fletcher Cox- or Chris Jones-type player.” – Matt Miller
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Georgia CB Deandre Baker
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Iowa State RB David Montgomery
NFL.com – Lance Zierlein Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White “Montez Sweat could easily be the pick in this spot, but the Bucs may look to play it safe after the news of Sweat’s heart condition. White gives the Bucs a speedy hitter in the middle of the defense.” – Lance Zierlein
NFL.com – Bucky Brooks Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White “The sideline-to-sideline playmaker is a perfect fit for Todd Bowles’ attack-style defense” – Bucky Brooks
TheDraftNetwork.com – Trevor Sikkema Bucs’ First Round Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver “The trendy pick here for the Buccaneers is linebacker Devin White. That makes sense given the fact that the team lost starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander to the 49ers in free agency and the fact that they’re moving to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, which will require more linebacker play. However, I believe there is a better choice.
The predictions on Ed Oliver’s land spot are all over the place right now. I’ve seen him Top 5 and I’ve seen him late 20s. I still think Oliver is a Top 5 caliber player, and the Buccaneers, who will be moving on from Gerald McCoy at some point over the next two years, will need to not miss a beat on replacing him as an important interior pass rusher.
Though White (or Devin Bush) would be a fine pick for the Bucs, line play always means more.” – Trevor Sikkema
SI.com – Conor Orr Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU LB Devin White “This is a fairly significant defensive shift Tampa Bay underwent, and they’ll need quite a bit. New coordinator Todd Bowles was drawn to powerful, do-everything safeties in both Arizona and New York, but that player isn’t on the board right now. In watching some of the blitzes he had called up for the Jets last year, though, I was drawn to the way he sometimes liked to bookend the center with a pair of blitzing inside linebackers to immediately create chaos and put pressure on a blocking back (our Andy Benoit adds that it’s a shorter distance to the quarterback, thus clouding his vision). White would do that well—30-plus pressures each of the last two seasons, 11-plus tackles for loss each of the last two seasons. Bowles will have to weigh whatever White lacks in coverage (Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara are in this division and can expose just about any coverage weakness in a linebacker) though someone who can create immense interior pressure can also probably keep some of those guys in the backfield on blocking duty.” – Conor Orr
WalterFootball.com Bucs’ First Round Pick: Kentucky LB Josh Allen “I’m sure the Buccaneers would love to trade down, but they may have trouble passing on an elite talent like Josh Allen. The Kentucky product is the best player available, and he also fills a huge need to provide a boost to a lacking pass rush. With the Buccaneers transitioning to a hybrid defense, Allen would be a great fit.
Josh Allen can basically play anywhere you want him to on defense. He’s a terrific player, as he was the primary reason why Kentucky was in contention for the SEC East title so late into the season. He’s compared to as a hybrid of Leonard Floyd and Zach Cunningham, as he can play in coverage and also rush the quarterback effectively on the edge.”
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PewterReport.com – Scott Reynolds Bucs’ First Round Pick: Kentucky OLB Josh Allen Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Kansas State RT Dalton Risner
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Memphis RB Darrell Henderson
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: UCF DT Trysten Hill
Bucs’ Sixth Round Pick: TCU ILB Ty Summers
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Georgia DE Jonathan Ledbetter
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