As the Super Bowl LV championship is still fresh in the minds of Bucs players and their fans, the attention is starting to gravitate towards the 2021 NFL Draft. NFL experts and pundits are publishing mock drafts on a regular basis and making their picks for the Bucs.
Each week until the 2021 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. The Bucs will have the 32nd overall pick in the first round, and here’s who those around the media have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“The Bucs have the ability to take the best available player thanks to their solid roster construction. Running back is possible but re-signing Leonard Fournette keeps the position set for now. They should take a flier on a high-upside prospect like Jayson Oweh.
Oweh had little production (seven career sacks and none in 2020) but a legendary pro day. He ran like Calvin Johnson, sporting a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at 252 pounds. His speed and size must be harnessed into a third-down role, but he could be the next Danielle Hunter if he reaches his athletic upside.” – Ian Wharton
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Miami Edge Jaelan Phillips
“What do you give Super Bowl champions who have everything? How about even more edge-rush help! Jaelan Phillips has some exceptional pass-rush moves and tested as a superhero at Miami’s Pro Day. His concussion history is a major concern, but the Buccaneers have so much depth at the edge that they can manage Phillips’ playing time.
“If Tom Brady seems a little more creaky, it won’t matter, because the opposing quarterback will be too busy picking clumps of dirt from his facemask to notice.” – Mike Tanier
First Round Pick: TCU S Trevon Moehrig
“This is a throw-a-dart-at-the-wall pick. The Buccaneers can do anything here. I’ve had QB, WR and RB penciled in at this spot in working drafts. Moehrig’s my top player on the board who hasn’t been selected. You can never have enough good DBs in today’s pass-happy league.” – Peter Schrager
First Round Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore Second Round Pick: Stanford QB Davis Mills Second Round Pick: Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace
“The Bucs were able to bring back Ndamukong Suh, but Barmore looks like a potential replacement after 2021. Barmore has a chance to be a dominant interior player and recorded eight sacks in 11 games in 2020.” – Seth Trachtman
First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“Jayson Oweh is a tough player to fit into mock drafts, because he’s coming off a zero-sack season in seven games. However, his dominant pro day demonstrated his rare talent. The Bucs, who aren’t looking for any immediate starters, might be the type of team who could justify adding a project like Oweh.” – Ryan McCrystal
First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“So here I am again deciding between Oweh, who may need some time to develop but has incredible physical tools, and an interior lineman like Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike. Honestly, I’d be thrilled with either. It might make for more entertainment value if I switched this pick from my last mock draft, but that would sort of be like betraying the logic that led me to this pick in the first place. Jason Licht and company will surely have five or six players they are considering here and are going to go with the one they expect to be the best player two years from now. I think that’s Oweh, a 260-pound human who can run a 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds.” – Scott Smith
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore
“It feels like Christian Barmore should’ve been picked by now, but his fall is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ gain. The reigning Super Bowl champions would have yet another exceptional talent to add to Todd Bowles’ loaded defensive group in this scenario. Barmore would get plenty of snaps as a rookie, and given his ability to rush the passer, he’d thrive alongside the likes of Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh. If this happens, too, good luck running the ball on Tampa Bay in 2021 and beyond.” – Matt Fitzgerald
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama OL Alex Leatherwood Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Louisiana Tech DL Milton Williams Third Round Pick: Miami Edge Gregory Rousseau
“Leatherwood represents the future of the offensive line for Tampa, and he could play guard early in his career.” – Chris Trapasso
First Round Pick: Georgia Edge Azeez Ojulari
“The Bucs are already returning their entire starting lineup from last year’s Super Bowl team, so this pick is about loading up on potential for the future. They don’t have much proven depth behind Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, so spending this pick on a talented edge rusher who could rotate in as a rookie before assuming a starting job down the road would be ideal. Ojulari is one of this year’s most complete players at the position, and would be a perfect fit in Todd Bowles’ defense.” – Luke Easterling
Bucs’ First Round: Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield Second Round Pick: WR Tylan Wallace Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Tulane DE Cameron Sample
“Mayfield is a drive blocker who can help open lanes for the Bucs’ running game. I think he’d serve as a swing tackle early on before eventually earning a starting gig opposite 2020 first-rounder Tristan Wirfs.” – Todd McShay