With all 32 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft now solidified after the offensive shootout that was Super Bowl 52, we now how a more clear picture of what teams might be doing when it comes to the draft. The Bucs are one of the teams that is picking relatively early, and for that, their options have sort of remained the same since the league crowned its football champion. But, with the news of defensive line coach Jay Hayes being fired, perhaps that hints to national media members that the Bucs are serious about doing everything they can to help their pass rush for 2018, perhaps even investing their first round pick along the line.
All that being said, here is our 3.0 version of a Bucs mock draft round up from around the web and other publications. A few of the expert picks are repeats due to them not putting out a new mock since version 2.0, but most of the mainstream mock drafts have been updated with new picks and new analysis for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Scott Reynolds, PewterReport.com
“Vea’s presence would not only increase the production of Tampa Bay’s defensive ends, he would also occupy a double team on most plays, which would allow Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to get freed up for even more one-on-one pass rush situations. Because of his movement ability, Vea could also be moved around the line to play three-technique defensive tackle or even defensive end in some situations if the Bucs wanted to go with a big defensive line that consisted of Vea, McCoy, 340-pound defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and 295-pound defensive end Will Gholston.”
Mel Kiper, ESPN
“Nelson is a plug-and-play starter who would be an upgrade for almost every team.”
Todd McShay, ESPN
“The Bucs were dead last in the NFL with 17 sacks last season, and the defense was been porous (31st in total points). They still need another edge rusher opposite Noah Spence, but drafting the best possible player is better than reaching for a pass-rusher here. Fitzpatrick is a shutdown cornerback with the versatility to play safety and can be plugged in immediately.”
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
“Davenport reminds me of Ziggy Ansah coming out of BYU, and the Bucs need to add some life to their pass rush.”
Bucky Brooks, NFL Network
“Disruptive edge rushers with length, athleticism and sack production are always coveted at a premium.”
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