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. Each week until the 2020 NFL Draft in April, will scour the Internet to find the list of players that are projected to Tampa Bay and put out the list with the links. – Jon Ledyard
Bucs’ First Round Pick: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
“Kinlaw to the Bucs has been a trendy fit – he was Tampa Bay’s selection in’s initial 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft in early January – but with good reason. He fills a big position of need even if Ndamukong Suh does return (it’ll only be on a short deal, and his pass rush prowess is all but gone), and he completes what will be a fearsome defensive line when/if Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul get re-signed. The Bucs desperately need that with a young secondary that is still gelling together in the defensive backfield.

“Some would consider a safety here, but I’m still holding out hope for Justin Evans’ return in 2020. Let’s wait a bit to see how he’s faring before we go all in on Xavier McKinney at No. 14. Others might want a tackle, and I’m open to that strategy for sure, but it’s a deep class at the position and Demar Dotson can likely be brought back pretty easily on a one-year deal.

“I love the pick of Kinlaw because he’s the exact type of penetrating player the Bucs would want next to Vita Vea long-term, and he won’t have to play major snaps as a rookie, which gives him time to develop from the neck up under the tutelage of defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers.” – Jon Ledyard

CBS Sports – Chris Trapasso
Bucs’ First Round Pick: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
“How about a Tampa Bay defensive front with Shaq Barrett, Vita Vea, and Kinlaw. Studly.How about a Tampa Bay defensive front with Shaq Barrett, Vita Vea, and Kinlaw. Studly.” – Chris Trapasso 

CBS Sports – Ryan Wilson
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
“Wirfs was dominant last season and he can play either right or left tackle. In Tampa, Demar Dotson will be a free agent in March and Donovan Smith signed an extension that will keep him in Tampa through 2021. Now the Bucs just need to settle on a quarterback. QB Jordan Love makes some sense here, but if the Bucs prefer a veteran (whether it’s Jameis Winston or, say, Philip Rivers), Love wouldn’t likely be targeted this high.” – Ryan Wilson – Charley Casserly
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
“I believe the QB question will be solved before the draft, either by retaining Jameis Winston or bringing in another veteran signal-caller in free agency. Regardless of who ends up under center, the Bucs need help at right tackle.” – Charley Casserly – Benjamin Solak
Bucs’ First Round Pick (Pick 12, From Las Vegas): Washington QB Jacob Eason
“With a wild run on QBs early in this draft, you’ve got to go after your guy as quickly as possible — especially with a team like Indianapolis sitting at No. 13, with the potential to grab a developmental QB behind Jacoby Brissett if they want it.

“So Bruce Arians goes and gets his guy, and sometimes, it’s that simple. Arians has been tethered to Jacob Eason from the beginning, as his height/weight/arm length profile places him firmly in the bucket of Arians-style passers. Eason wouldn’t be a Round 1 player for most teams, but as Tampa Bay tries to figure out life after Winston, perhaps it pairs Eason with a veteran QB (Rivers?) to work into the starting gig.” – Benjamin Solak – Charley Campbell
Bucs’ First Round Pick: LSU OLB K’Lavon Chaisson
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Washington QB Jacob Eason
“Tampa Bay is going to be hard pressed to sign the defensive free agents it wants to retain while also paying a quarterback. Jason Pierre-Paul could be an odd man out, which would open up a need for an edge rusher. Chaisson’s athletic versatility would be a nice fit in Todd Bowles defense.

“Chaisson (6-4, 250) has a lot of upside to fill out his frame and develop into a dangerous edge rusher. He is fast, long, and athletic on the edge. In 2019, he had 60 tackles with 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two passes broken up while dealing with an ankle injury. Chaisson missed almost all of his 2018 season with a knee injury. In 2017, he had 27 tackles with two sacks and two passes batted.” – Charlie Campbell

Pro Football Focus – Mike Renner
Bucs’ First Round Pick: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: TCU DT Ross Blacklock
“At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, with 34-plus inch arms, Kinlaw is a specimen at the defensive tackle position. He doesn’t even have that many pass-rusio State WR hing moves yet and still put up a 90.7 pass-rushing grade last year in the SEC” – Mike Renner

The Draft Wire – Luke Easterling
Bucs’ First Round Pick: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Georgia OT Isaiah Wilson
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: Ohio State WR K.J. Hill
“Tampa Bay’s defensive front was dominant in 2020, leading the NFL in rush defense and boasting the NFL’s sack leader. Still, the unit has a ton of expiring contracts, and veteran Ndamukong Suh’s spot could be most in need of filling. Kinlaw’s dominant tape was followed up by a fantastic performance in Senior Bowl practices, making him an ideal pick here.” – Luke Easterling



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1 year ago

There’s no need more pressing on this team than right tackle. Do what you can to get Wirfs and then focus on Pass rushing and defensive backs.

Pete Wood
1 year ago

I agree with most of these picks. I’d be happy if Bucs take the best player available. O-line. D-line. Or even QB if the Bucs part ways with Winston.
If the Bucs pick Jacob Eason– destined otherwise to be a second or third rounder– at 14, that means that Arians has given up and dragged out the Ouija board to talk to Hugh Culverhouse.

1 year ago

I would not enjoy the Bucs taking a QB not named Burrow or Tua in the 1st and those options aren’t likely.

Franchising Jameis is seeming like the best option, even though this is the least of I have thought of him in his career. Give Shaq his Florida discount 4 year $60 million.

Becton, Wirfs or Chaisson in the 1st probably that order. Kinlaw, OT Thomas … McKinney as other less desirable options for me.

Pete Wood
Reply to  SaskBucs
1 year ago

Bucs seem stuck between a rock and a hard place at QB, don’t they?
Agree with you that few QBs are worth the Bucs first round pick. Maybe the kid from Oregon. Maybe.

1 year ago

I still like Andrew Thomas if he’s there. He’s the perfect RT and loves run blocking.

Then in round 2 I’d take RB Clyde Edwards.

This assuming the can retain most of their DL.

If both JPP and Suh leave, then I think the go DL/OT.

1 year ago

Offense doesnt need to be fixed by draft. Free agent market can fix a little better OL play, and would also resign Doty. BA doesnt like rookie OL anyway. We are losing bc CANT STOP anyone consistently and when need ball back, especially when Winston is giving ball to other team. If we keep Winston, and looks likely, need a STOUT DL, so get younger, energetic, cheap, hungry DL players to help improve DBs and LBs. Draft Defense players and keep building young D. Not sexy pics, but SUH, ALLEN, etc, too costly and NOT dominant DE/DT-KINLAW is a stud,… Read more »

1 year ago

If we go Kinlaw (or any other position that isn’t RT) then Round 2 must be an OT. I like Demar Dotson, but he clearly isn’t what he once was, and adding a F/A tackle would likely be too expensive. I mean… look what we had to pay for Donovan Smith – and he isn’t really very good.

Still need an additional interior OL player too, because Cappa may not be the ultimate answer there either. Still plenty of big holes that make a luxury pick (like a RB) unsensible. Fix the trenches first.

Hockey Duckie
Reply to  CrackerBall
1 year ago

C Jensen sort of redeemed himself in 2019, but stole $12 in 2018. Still, Jensen earned $10 mil this year and will earn $10 mil next year. He’ll cost another $10 mil in 2021. It’s a shame we have no talent depth knowing full well Dot is getting old, Jensen was abysmal in 2018, there wasn’t anyone at RG in 2018, and Donovan Smith was overpaid b/c we have no other option at LT b/c we have no talent depth developing. In 2019, the Bucs’ OL positional spending ranked was 3rd most paid at $41.6 mil. Our run blocking was… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Hockey Duckie
1 year ago

Only way to fix that is by drafting OL or bringing in cheaper vets.

1 year ago

Since BA is not a big fan of drafting offensive linemen. I am sure we will pick one up in the second or third round to develop, plus that’s what Licht’s been doing since he’s been here. I am looking for them to resign Dotson to a 1-year deal until the rookie is up to NFL speed like he did with DJ Humphries. I like Tristan Wirfs, but I don’t think they will take him to be honest. If they can’t get a deal done with Suh they will most likely draft Javon Kinlaw in the first.

1 year ago

We trade up to pick Eason? Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Man, people are stupid.

Reply to  JordyNYC
1 year ago

It was a novel idea. LOL

But it did make me stop and think about it for a moment. I certainly had not thought of that option before.

I am hoping we can find a way to get Eason with our second pick. I am expecting JW to be our starter again.
Go Bucs!!!

1 year ago

Kinlaw would be amazing, but I am not sure he makes it to 14. Right tackle, running back, and safety have to be addressed as well, either in FA or the draft. Arians has some quotes about not liking to draft OL high because they take too long to develop, so I am skeptical we will take a tackle that high. I don’t like the idea of taking Chaisson or another similarly sized rush OLB if we are going to resign Barrett. I doubt we would put him and Barrett on the field at the same time absent third and… Read more »

Reply to  Bayside4Life
1 year ago

Did you used to remind the teacher when she forgot to assign homework? 😉 I’m kidding, typos can be annoying.

1 year ago

I like Kinlaw but I really believe we need an LT so that Donovan Smith can move to RT. Gotta strengthen the OL.

Bring Suh back on a 2 year deal and draft a DT in the 3rd round.

Austin Williams
1 year ago

We do not need to try and get too fancy here, everyone knows what we need to draft in the 1st round. Best available OT. Then in the 2nd and 3rd rounds get a Safety and RB. Then maybe a speedy WR

1 year ago

Did the what’s his name from Pro Football Focus just try and say he predicts us to pick a DT with our 1st AND 2nd round pick?! He is either our very own Bobby Sue or he didn’t bother to even remember what his 1st round picks were. This is a perfect example of why Mock Drafts from anyone outside your area is absolutely pointless.

1 year ago

Typical, typical, typical. How about a listing of players who are graded between 10 and 20 from which our #14 pick should come and stop the nonsense about needing an OT so take the one left sitting on a bar stool at closing time?