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, 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.


Ian Wharton –

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

Mike Tanier – 

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

Peter Schrager –

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

Ryan McCrystal –

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

Scott Smith –

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

Matt Fitzgerald –

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

Chris Trapasso –

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

Luke Easterling –

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

Sam Farmer –

First Round Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
“The Buccaneers are drafting for depth, and they won’t have Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette forever.” – Sam Farmer

Mel Kiper And Todd McShay –

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

Benjamin Solak –

Bucs’ Second Round Pick (From Eagles): Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore
Second Round Pick: Ohio State IOL Wyatt Davis

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8 months ago

Ugh. I really hate these mock drafts lol. Only ones I like, are Kiper/ McShay(because of Mayfield falling to us at 32), and Ben Solak. Love the Solak mock. Trade back into the 2nd, grab an extra 2nd, and get Elijah Moore(who I absolutely love), and Wyatt Davis(who I also really like) with those two 2nd round picks

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Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

I love trading away our first rounder for more picks, but not digging Solak’s mock. Bucs don’t get enough for #32 and then throw away 37 on a WR. I looked at his draft and, IMHO, he underestimates how desperate teams are who want to move up in the draft. Nobody gets enough for first round picks in his mock.

Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

I agree to a point. I don’t think taking a WR in the mid 2nd, in a trade back, is a throwaway. In the early to mid 2nd round, barring the elite RB’s(Harris and Etienne), best remaining CB(A.Samuel Jr), or best remaining OT’s(Jenkins or Mayfield still being on the board, the 2nd group of WR’s holds the best value.( Toney, Bateman, R.Moore, Elijah Moore, and Marshall). With the 2nd group of WR’s, its about preference. I personally think Elijah Moore is a stud. Brady would have a field day with his short area quickness, hands, and ability to get open… Read more »

8 months ago

Would love to trade back into the second and get two picks for BPA. Flood bpa this year Licht! We’ve actually got a lot of depth needs as PR’s many mocks have pointed out.

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8 months ago

Isn’t it refreshing when the Bucs aren’t perceived as the worst team in the league desperate for help at any position? Needs……..what needs? With so many years being “on the clock”, holding the first pick in the Draft as soon as the season ends, it’s kinda nice having the “when you’re first you’re last” spot.

8 months ago

Why would anyone want that Penn St L.B? Because he had a good work out? That’s insane. Pick a player that actually produced on the field, not in the gym.

Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

Couldn’t agree more. I HATE the combine/pro day all stars. The tape should always trump all

8 months ago

Oweh’s tape is much better than his stat line. This guy has the tools to be dominant in a couple years, especially learning from Shaq and JPP. Would be happy with him or an Interior OL in the first.

8 months ago

1)Greg Rousseau (End)
2) Quinn Minerz (OL)
3) Cameron Sample (DL)