As the Super Bowl LV championship is still fresh in the minds of Bucs players and their fans, the attention has gravitated to the 2021 NFL Draft. NFL experts and pundits are publishing mock drafts on a regular basis and making their picks for the Bucs.
This is the last mock draft roundup of 2021 since the draft is starting on Thursday night. 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. Here’s who those around the media have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington OLB Joe Tryon Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Alabama C Landon Dickerson Third Round Pick: Tennessee G Trey Smith Fourth Round Pick: Minnesota CB Benjamin St. Juste Fifth Round Pick: Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert Bucs’ Sixth Round Pick: Boston College ILB Isaiah McDuffie Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Boise State TE John Bates Seventh Round Pick: Boise State CB Avery Williams
“Tryon is far from a finished product, but has a very big upside due to his long, 6-foot-5, 262-pound frame, big-time hustle and play speed. Tryon is comfortable rushing from both sides of the defensive line and knows how to effectively come underneath on stunts, which were commonly called at Washington. He has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme, as well as rushing in a four-man front. His transition to Tampa Bay’s defense should go rather smoothly.
“Drafting this physical, high-energy player at the end of the second round and having him learn for a year behind the likes of Barrett and Pierre-Paul would be ideal for Tampa Bay’s pass rush long term. Tryon could be the eventual replacement for Pierre-Paul, and having him split time during his rookie season could help extend the shelf life of JPP.” – Scott Reynolds
First Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon
“I’m not bullish on Tryon, but landing with the Bucs gives him a much better chance to succeed than most spots in the NFL. In Tampa Bay, Tryon can continue to develop behind Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, earning playing time sparingly as a much-needed No. 3 edge rusher. For the next year or two, Tryon’s presence could be a welcome depth addition. The question is if he’ll reach his ceiling in time to be a desirable full-time starter in the NFL.
“Other players the Bucs could consider if the board falls like this mock draft: Georgia CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh, Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg (to move to guard), UNC RB Javonte Williams and Alabama C Landon Dickerson, if his health checks out.” – Jon Ledyard
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Kentucky ILB Jamin Davis Second Round Pick: Alabama C Landon Dickerson Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Stanford QB Davis Mills Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: Miami OLB Quincy Roche Fifth Round Pick: Texas A&M DT Bobby Brown III Sixth Round Pick: UCF WR Jacob Harris Seventh Round Pick: Stanford OL Drew Dalman Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: BYU TE Matt Bushman
“While I think there is a good chance the Bucs trade out of the first round, for the sake of this article I have them sticking to their guns and drafting the best player available. Taking Davis here fortifies a not-so-deep linebacker unit. Davis only had 11 starts in college, but won’t be pressed into duty right away, allowing for time to develop and learn Todd Bowles scheme. The fast and athletic Davis is great in coverage and will be the heir apparent to Lavonte David in Tampa Bay.” – Mark Cook
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris
“Tampa Bay can afford to simply take the best player available. With Giovani Bernard, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones due to become free agents in 2022, the Bucs find a long-term answer at RB in Harris.” – Daniel Jeremiah
First Round Pick: Ohio State QB Justin Fields
“The Bucs got everything. There’s no need on their football team. Again, I didn’t go into this with a preconceived notion of like, ‘I’m going to leave Justin Fields for the Bucs at No. 32.’ I didn’t do that. You know how I do this. I want to be right, I try to use logic. … I could see this happening. And if he’s there, they’re going to take him. They’re going to go, ‘Great! This is perfect for you. Learn from Tom Brady. You know? Get some of the polish.’ Brady will be able to teach him some of the mechanical stuff. Then Brady wants to retire? Great. We’re got our guy and he can take off.” – Chris Simms
First Round Pick: Miami Edge Gregory Rousseau
“The Bucs could prepare for JPP‘s potential departure next March by taking his clone at the end of Round 1.The Miami standout is an intriguing pass rusher with the length and athleticism to give blockers problems off the edge and inside.” – Bucky Brooks
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Wake Forest Edge Carlos Basham Jr.
“Basham is an elite athlete with inside-outside versatility who can see the field immediately for a fairly complete roster. The worry is he took a bit of a step back as a senior, earning a PFF grade of only 71.2.” – Mike Renner
Round One Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond Fourth Round Pick: Virginia Tech RB Khalil Herbert “Christian Barmore was a part-time player at Alabama, but he made a huge impact late in his final season to secure his spot as the top defensive tackle in the class. He struggles against the run, but his issues are correctable, and his hands hit like Thor’s hammer. Playing beside resident metahuman Vita Vea should mask some of his deficiencies against the run early in his career as he develops.” – Dalton Miller
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington DL Levi Onwuzurike
“That leaves the Bucs who have ‘wants’ rather than ‘needs’ this year and best value here I think is defense with how many offensive players have gone in this first round. It brings me back to one of Scott and I’s original picks in Onwuzurike, who was also a former teammate of Vita Vea’s at Washington. Onwuzurike could help fortify a solid rotation up front that would allow for the line to stay fresh and continue their dominance against the run while also taking another step forward in garnering interior pressure.” – Carmen Vitali
First Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon
“Tryon opted out in 2020 but, man, he has some special traits. We think there’s a chance he sneaks into Round 1 though it’s hard to identify one need the Bucs currently have.” – Ryan Wilson
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon
“Bringing back all 22 starters, the Buccaneers have one of the more loaded returning rosters that we’ve seen for a reigning Super Bowl champion in quite some time. Wreaking havoc on opposing passers was a key to their championship success and thus could lead to Jason Licht continuing to add more waves of young rushers. After opting out of the 2020 season, Tryon has been one of the more quiet prospects during the pre-draft process. Possessing an explosive first step combined with heavy hands as a run defender, he has a game that’s ready to step into the next level and become an instant impact type of player. Not needed to play a high number of snaps, he could thrive in a limited role early on prior to a more expanded one in later years.” – Jordan Reid
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington OLB Joe Tryon
“With all 22 starters on offense and defense returning from their Super Bowl LV win, the Bucs don’t have pressing needs for starters. They could go any number of directions here. But there is a drop-off at outside linebacker behind Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. Coach Bruce Arians said they wanted to get faster and physical on defense, too — Tryon fits the bill and can bolster their rotation. Texas’ Joseph Ossai was also in play here. So was Tryon’s UW teammate, defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike, who could be groomed behind Ndamukong Suh.” – Jenna Laine
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Wake Forest Edge Carlos Basham
“This is a tempting spot to put Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau as he’s got a lot of the traits you’d want. But his Pro Day didn’t go as planned after he puffed up and became a bit too stiff. Boogie Basham is a good mix of size and athleticism on the outside. He’s an older prospect at 23.5, but he also put up 23 straight games with a TFL. He won’t need to come in right away and start, but he’ll be a nice developmental piece here for the Bucs. Another name to keep an eye on here: USC DT Jay Tufele or Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike.” – Steven Cheah
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris
“Yes, the Bucs already have Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette, yes, they just signed Giovani Bernard. Yes, they spent a third-round pick on Ke’Shawn Vaughn just last year. But only Vaughn is under contract past the 2021 season, and none of those four is talented enough to warrant passing up a prospect like Harris. The Bucs are still in win-now mode as they look to repeat as Super Bowl champs, and there’s nobody else on the board who helps them achieve that goal like Harris would. His rare combination of size, athleticism and versatility would give the Bucs a weapon they simply don’t have on the roster right now, and that’s a scary thought for anyone who wants to stop Tom Brady from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for a second straight year.” – Luke Easterling
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“The defending Super Bowl champs bring back basically everyone, but Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t getting any younger and is in the final year of his deal. Oweh can be a sub package rusher as a rookie before stepping into the starting role in 2022.” – Dane Brugler
First Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris
“It’s possible they take Harris as a luxury pick or go with his Bama teammate, DT Christian Barmore, as a high-upside flier. The champs get richer either way.” – Eric Edholm
Round One Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“A luxury pick here for the Bucs, as they attempt to go for two and repeat as Super Bowl champs. Tampa inked Shaq Barrett to an extension and brought JPP back, too, but the supremely athletic Oweh gets a chance to learn from two of the best at the position, while contributing in a rotational role off the edge. Seeing how vital pass rush was in Tampa’s playoff run, supporting that aspect of last season’s success seems like a solid move.” – Rhett Lewis
Round One Pick: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins
“I personally think he’ll be gone by this spot. If Bucs get him, they could try to make him an edge rusher and/or let him become the heir to Lavonte David. His size and skills and versatility would potentially make the Bucs defense dominant.” – Mike Florio
First Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon
“What do you do when literally every single starter returns from a Super Bowl run? You stockpile talent, and that’s exactly what the Buccaneers do here. Joe Tryon has garnered a ton of first-round hype in the week leading up to the draft, as his ability to command the edge mixed with his versatility scheme-wise could potentially bode well for a Tampa Bay defense expecting an eventual departure of one of their top pass-rushers down the road.” – Donnie Druin
First Round Pick: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis
“The Buccaneers could go in any direction they choose, but they remember that their defense led the way in the Super Bowl. Davis’ speed, smarts and ball-hawking are exactly what the organization seeks.” – Charles Davis
First Round Pick: Washington DE Joe Tryon
“With their entire team coming back virtually intact – even WR Antonio Brown is back on board – the Super Bowl champions have the luxury of doing just about anything here. Maybe they fish for QB Tom Brady’s heir apparent or trade out to acquire picks for their inevitable rebuild in the near-ish future. But if the focus is on the short run and a repeat bid in 2021 – which is exactly where the energies of Brady, 43, and coach Bruce Arians, 68, lie – then what about a boost for an already formidable pass rush that buried Rodgers and Mahomes in the playoffs?
Tryon is rocked up and relentless, posting eight sacks for the Huskies in 2019 before opting out last year. Scheme-versatile, Tryon could focus on sub packages in 2021 and maybe take over for Jason Pierre-Paul, who’s a free agent after this season, in 2022.” – Nate Davis
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Northwestern CB Greg Newsome
“The Bucs are going to have some of their young corners coming up for contracts, and with all 22 starters coming back, the champs have flexibility to get ahead of that problem. Newsome strikes me as similar to the guys they drafted last year (Tristan Wirfs, Antoine Winfield Jr.)—very grown up and ready to contribute on a big stage.” – Albert Breer
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore
“What gift do you get for the team that has everything? How about the best defensive tackle in the draft? (A low bar, granted; this tackle crop stinks.) But Vita Vea missed 13 games, including playoffs, last year and his absence was felt. Barmore would give the Bucs a good relief presence at the tackle spot, and could be a good heir to Ndamukong Suh whenever the trusty vet walks away.
“The great thing for Tampa Bay here is GM Jason Licht can truly go best player available and be fine. Maybe he likes one of the backs (Javonte Williams?) or a high-value linebacker like Zaven Collins, or the best safety in the draft, Trevon Moehrig. It’s nice to win a Super Bowl, get every key player back, and look at the draft to simply make your team better, not be desperate to import a need player.” – Peter King
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Miami Edge Gregory Rousseau Round Two Pick: Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon Round Three Pick: North Carolina LB Chazz Surratt Fourth Round Pick: Notre Dame OG Aaron Banks Fifth Round Pick: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Bucs’ Sixth Round Pick: Mississippi OT Royce Newman Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Pittsburgh CB Jason Pinnock Seventh Round Pick: Hawaii WR Rico Bussey
“Rousseau’s an excellent fit for Tampa Bay because he can play the five-technique to give veterans William Gholston and Ndamukong Suh a breather. He can also stand up at times, which would address a need for Tampa in 2022 if Jason Pierre-Paul were to move on in free agency. Suh and Gholston are also scheduled to be free agents after this season. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs select front-seven defenders with their first two picks.” – Chad Reuter
Round One Pick: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis
“Tampa Bay could take anyone here. Every team I’ve spoken with seems to see Davis as a first-rounder. Let’s drop him in a room that already has Lavonte David and Devin White.” – Peter Schrager
First Round Pick: Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Duke Edge Chris Rumph II Third Round Pick: Michigan LB Cameron McGrone
“Ndamukong Suh is back for another season but he’s 34. The Bucs should think about stashing this quick, strong prospect to pair with Vita Vea. Don’t be surprised, either, if they make an aggressive trade up for Barmore.” – Vinnie Iyer
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Penn State OLB Jayson Oweh Second Round Pick: Stanford CB Paulson Adebo Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Stanford C Drew Dalman Fourth Round Pick: Indiana S Jamar Johnson Fifth Round Pick: Central Florida TE Jacob Harris Sixth Round Pick: Boise State CB Avery Williams Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger Seventh Round Pick: Central Missouri TE Zach Davidson
“Looking further ahead, outside linebacker is an important position where the Bucs have little depth behind starters Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. There’s a cluster of five or six edge prospects who all could go between 20 and 40 in this draft; it’s very unlikely that Michigan’s Kwity Paye, Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari or Miami’s Jaelan Phillips will fall past 20 or so, which leaves the Bucs choosing among Oweh, Washington’s Joe Tryon, Miami’s Greg Rousseau or Wake Forest’s Carlos “Boogie” Basham if they stay at 32.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs trade up, say, to 29, giving up a fourth-rounder, to have a better chance at who they want from this group. Critics will point out that Oweh didn’t have a single sack in the seven games he played in 2020, but he has freakish athleticism and can spend much of his first year learning from two great veterans ahead of him.” – Greg Auman