PEWTER REPORT PRE-DRAFT SCOOP Expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to attempt to trade some veteran players today in the effort to get even more draft picks. Among the major players that PewterReport.com has identified as being on the trading block in Tampa Bay include defensive tackle Ellis Wyms, cornerback Juran Bolden, cornerback Brian Kelly, defensive end Simeon Rice. The Bucs wouldn’t hesitate about parting ways with players like safety Blue Adams or linebackers Ryan Nece and Antoine Cash for the right draft pick, either.
Potential teams for the Bucs to trade with include Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and San Diego. Former Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and linebackers coach Joe Barry are now the Lions’ head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, and wouldn’t mind getting their hands on some Buccaneers defenders they are familiar with. The same could be said of defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin, who is now the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tampa Bay traded defensive tackle Anthony McFarland last year for the Colts’ second-round pick, and Indy head coach Tony Dungy had a role in bringing some of the players who are on the trading block to Tampa, including Wyms, Kelly and Rice. After losing starting cornerbacks Jason David and Nick Harper, the Colts may be interested in Brian Kelly (the same could be said about Kelly in Detroit as the Lions have a vacancy due to the trade of cornerback Dre` Bly earlier this season). Bucs general manager Bruce Allen has done a couple of trades in the past (Roman Oben and Keenan McCardell) with San Diego G.M. A.J. Smith, and both men know how to get a deal done together.
PEWTERREPORT.COM FINAL BUCS’ 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT ROUND 1: WR Calvin Johnson – Georgia Tech Somehow, someway Pewter Report still thinks Johnson will wind up as a Buccaneer. It may come with Tampa Bay trading up with Detroit and selecting Johnson with the second overall pick. It may also come after Detroit takes Johnson. The guess here is that the Lions are desperate to move out of number two and would like to select Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams later in the first round, they would just like to get some extra compensation for Johnson. Tampa Bay does not want to part ways with its second-round draft picks, but will offer up some players to Detroit to move up. Some names that the Bucs have already offered include defensive tackle Ellis Wyms and cornerback Juran Bolden, PewterReport.com can confirm. Detroit said, “No thanks.” The Bucs may also sweeten the deal to include cornerback Brian Kelly or defensive end Simeon Rice. The latest rumor calls for the Bucs to send both second-round picks and Kelly to Detroit. Would you do it? You can look at the compensation as two very valuable picks and a starting cornerback, or you can view it as the team’s second-rounder, an aging, injury-prone cornerback, and essentially Booger McFarland (that’s who the Bucs had to give up to get Indianapolis’ second-round pick at number 64) if it makes you feel any better. Pewter Report has learned that Tampa Bay is not afraid of Atlanta moving up to take Johnson. The reason is that the Falcons won’t pick until eighth in the first round and Adams would be long gone by then and the Lions wouldn’t get their man. Tampa Bay holds all the cards and can get Johnson if it wants either while Detroit is on the clock or within the hour after Detroit drafts him – before the Falcons have the chance to draft. The key to this scenario is drafting Adams, a player the Bucs could live with keeping if they had to, at number four. Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas is also a strong possibility, as is Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: WR Calvin Johnson – Georgia Tech IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: WR Calvin Johnson – Georgia Tech
ROUND 2: DE Anthony Spencer – Purdue We predicted the Bucs getting Calvin Johnson in the first round and the team may have to part ways with a second-round pick to do so. But in case they don’t have to, or don’t land Johnson in a trade, we’ll keep all of the Bucs’ picks and continue on with this mock draft. If Spencer is there at the top of the second round, Tampa Bay should (and likely would) pounce on him. By passing up a defensive lineman in the first round, the Bucs almost have to begin addressing the position in the second round. Spencer is a dominant, up-field, edge rusher that could really improve Tampa Bay’s pass rush. The Bucs’ other real targets in round two could be Michigan middle linebacker David Harris – if he is still on the board – and USC center Ryan Kalil. To get a guy like Kalil, who is the best player at his position, in the second round could be a coup for the Bucs. If the Bucs went offense with their first two picks, they would have to devote almost the rest of their draft to the defensive side of the ball. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: DE Anthony Spencer – Purdue IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: G-C Josh Beekman – Boston College
ROUND 2: DE Lamarr Woodley – Michigan Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin would happier than a pig in mud if Tampa Bay used its two second-round picks on defensive ends. Spencer and Woodley could be the players who end up replacing Simeon Rice and Greg Spires. The Bucs got some exposure to Woodley at the Senior Bowl before he left Mobile with a hamstring injury. Woodley was an explosive force off the edge for the Wolverines and gives Tampa Bay another pass rusher and some insurance in case Spencer does not pan out. The Bucs could also begin looking at safeties with this selection. Guys like Syracuse’s Tanard Jackson, Virginia Tech’s Aaron Rouse and Utah’s Eric Weddle are among the players the Bucs are targeting. If Cal cornerback Daymeion Hughes is still on the board, Tampa Bay may draft him in the second round, especially if Brian Kelly gets dealt on draft day. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: LB David Harris – Michigan IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: DT Marcus Thomas – Florida
ROUND 3: S Sabby Piscitelli – Oregon State Tampa Bay has had their eyes on Piscitelli, a Florida native, since the East-West Shrine Game where he performed well. He brings size, athleticism and speed to Tampa Bay’s defense. He needs to trust his instincts more in pass coverage and become a more sound tackler in the pros. Piscitelli’s stock is rising due to a stellar post-season. There could be a run on safeties in the second round and the Bucs might have to pull the trigger on one in the third round to ensure they get one. This pick is a great way to end the first day for the Buccaneers. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: DT Marcus Thomas – Florida IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: SS Aaron Rouse – Virginia Tech
ROUND 4: DT Marcus Thomas – Florida Tampa Bay starts the second day of the draft by picking Thomas, who slides from the late second and the early third round into the fourth round in our mock draft. Thomas has first-round talent, but he has character issues that have been well-documented. The only way the Bucs take him is if he interviews well and Tampa Bay’s background check comes back saying that his alleged marijuana use was a one-time occurrence. Thomas is a powerful, aggressive player who can play under tackle or nose tackle in the Tampa 2. If Kansas State return specialist Yamon Figurs is here, he might be an option. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: S Sabby Piscitelli – Oregon State IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: G-C Josh Beekman – Boston College
ROUND 5: SS Josh Gattis – Wake Forest K-State return man Yamon Figurs, who has been a fixture at this spot in the previous two mock drafts has seen his stock risen to the point that he may not be around when the team picks in round five. Gattis is a player the Buccaneers coached at the Senior Bowl and are familiar with. While Sabby Piscitelli is a strong safety, Gaddis is a free safety that was one of the leaders on a tough Wake Forest defense. He recorded at least 71 tackles in each of the last three seasons and had 10 of his 12 career interceptions over the past two years. Even though he was a three-year starter, Gattis has some work to do in coverage and on his backpedal, but defensive backs coach Raheem Morris can help develop those skills. Another option here would be Notre Dame guard Dan Santucci. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: KR/WR Yamon Figurs IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: KR/WR Yamon Figurs
ROUND 7: C Scott Stephenson – Iowa State Tampa Bay would have liked to have drafted a center earlier than the seventh-round, but it would be thrilled if a player like Stephenson was still on the board near the top of the seventh round. Stephenson has quick feet and good toughness. He’s a Bill Muir-type offensive lineman that can handle both conventional snaps and shotgun snaps. His lack of overall athleticism and his short arms will cause him to fall to the later rounds. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: C Scott Stephenson – Iowa State IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0: MLB Zach Diles – Kansas State
ROUND 7: MLB Zach Diles – Kansas State The Bucs will simply be looking for the best player available at an area of need at this point of the draft. Tampa Bay has some familiarity with Diles, who played in the Tampa 2 defense at K-State under defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was the Wildcats’ defensive coordinator last year. Diles has a tendency to overrun plays and has trouble re-directing, but he is physical, is a solid tackler, can cover in zone and has good instincts. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: DE Xzavie Jackson – Missouri
ROUND 7: S Craig Dahl – North Dakota State Dahl might get a ringing endorsement from Tampa Bay linebackers coach Gus Bradley and new Bucs defensive assistant Todd Wash. Both men coached Dahl at North Dakota State. Dahl is a special teams demon and is one of the most aggressive and hard-hitting safeties in the nation. Dahl, who blocked two kicks in college, can play in all phases of special teams and could become a player like Larry Izzo or Keith Burns with the right coaching and development. He is much better against the run than he is against the pass, yet he did manage to snare five career interceptions. Tampa Bay might use this pick to snag a cornerback, offensive tackle or running back, too. IN MOCK DRAFT VERSION 2.0: S Craig Dahl – North Dakota State
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