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, and here’s who those around the league have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.

Scott Reynolds – PewterReport.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: UNC RB Javonte Williams
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Miami OLB Quincy Roche
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: Wisconsin-Whitewater C Quinn Meinerz
Bucs’ Fourth-Round Pick: BYU DT Khyiris Tonga
Bucs’ Fifth-Round Pick: East Carolina OT D’Ante Smith
Bucs’ Seventh-Round Pick: Florida WR Trevon Grimes
Bucs’ Seventh-Round Pick: TCU LB Garret Wallow

“Running back could be considered an immediate need, especially if the Bucs can draft one with good hands that can catch the ball out of the backfield to replace [Leonard] Fournette and [LeSean] McCoy and team with [Ronald] Jones in the backfield. Don’t think running backs are worth drafting in the first round? Well, the Bucs are picking No. 32 overall, so it’s essentially a second-rounder with the added benefit of Williams on his rookie contract for five years when you consider the fifth-year option for first-rounders. He had nine 100-yard games in his career, including a 23-carry, 236-yard (10.3 avg.), three-touchdown masterpiece versus Miami in his final game at UNC. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound bruising back is a punishing runner with good breakaway speed, solid vision, above average hands.” – Scott Reynolds

Alabama RB Najee Harris
Alabama RB Najee Harris – Photo by: USA Today

Jon Ledyard – PewterReport.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris 
“I’m not saying this is what the Bucs SHOULD do, I’m just saying that if the first round falls this way, I could easily see them taking Harris in the first round. He checks every box they care about at the position with rare receiving skills, route-running, catch radius and tackle-breaking ability for a running back. Harris may not have elite speed, but everything else about him screams three-down, feature running back.

“Yes, the Bucs need to develop talent on the defensive line, but it’s a very weak defensive tackle class and the value isn’t there at edge defender in this mock, with most of the top talents already off the board. Most likely the Bucs trade back from this pick, but if they stay put, Harris would fill a huge hole for the low cost the team prefers to have in a feature back. With Leonard Fournette likely gone in free agency and Ronald Jones II heading that direction after next season, drafting Harris makes sense on paper, even if isn’t the most high value position to prioritize in Round 1.” – Jon Ledyard

Anthony Treash – PFF.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Miami Edge Jaelan Phillips 
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Florida State DL Marvin Wilson 
“If Tampa Bay manages to bring back all of its key impending free agents, as Bruce Arians and Jason Licht have publicly said they would, then there aren’t many holes on the team’s roster. But if the Buccaneers have to let anyone walk, Shaquil Barrett is the most likely. In that case, Phillips would be a quality replacement. Phillips was the No. 1-rated recruit of the 2017 class and committed to UCLA. During his true sophomore campaign, a car hit him and he decided to retire after the subsequent injuries and another concussion after the fact. But Phillips opted to come out of retirement, transferring to Miami, where he had one of the biggest breakout years in the country this past season.

“Over the course of his final six games, Phillips looked like that top-rated recruit from years ago with a 90.0 PFF grade and a whopping 30 pressures. His injury history is obviously of some concern, but with a clean bill of health, he’s clearly one of the best pass rushers in this class.” – Anthony Treash

Daniel Jeremiah – NFL.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Missouri LB Nick Bolton 
“There are three good options at linebacker between Bolton, Tulsa’s Zaven Collins and LSU’s Jabril Cox. If the Bucs lose Lavonte David in free agency, I think Bolton would be a great replacement.” – Daniel Jeremiah

Ryan Wilson – CBSSports.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Clemson RB Travis Etienne
“The Bucs have much to sort out in free agency, including what to do with Playoff Lenny Fournette. A defensive tackle or an edge rusher makes sense here, but Travis Etienne is coming off back-to-back strong seasons, has elite contact balance and is a pass-catching threat coming out of the backfield.” – Ryan Wilson

Luke Easterling – DraftWire.USAToday.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama DL Christian Barmore 
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: Georgia Edge Azeez Ojulari 
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell 

Zack Patraw – SportsIllustrated.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick (Pick 21 From Colts): Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick: Syracuse DB Trill Williams
“With the Colts landing Carson Wentz, in addition to general manager Chris Ballard being a proponent of trading back, it makes sense for a team like the Bucs to jump up in this spot. As we saw in the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, depth on the offensive line is critical. Jalen Mayfield is young and has a ton of potential to move all around the offensive line.” – Zack Patraw

Ian Cummings – ProFootballNetwork.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris
Bucs’ Second-Round Pick: NC State DT Alim McNeill
Bucs’ Third-Round Pick (Pick 95 From Patriots): Stanford OT Walker Little
“Alright, let’s pack it in. Tampa Bay has next year’s Super Bowl, too. That may or may not be a dramatized representation of your reaction to this pick — unless you’re a Buccaneers fan. Then you’re getting your finger size measured for your next ring. For most teams, a running back isn’t going to take you over the edge. However, the Buccaneers are different. They don’t have many needs to begin with, and they reportedly plan on bringing most of their high-profile free agents back this offseason.

“Watching the Super Bowl, one of the only things that eluded the Buccaneers was a complete running back, who could both grind out tough yards and make waves as a receiver. Najee Harris is the complete running back the Buccaneers need.Harris is a big, physical player, but he also has elite explosiveness, impeccable natural receiving ability, and excellent vision at the line. He can tack on two more years to Tom Brady’s career and provide Tampa with the balance they seek.” – Ian Cummings

Alabama RB Najee Harris
Alabama RB Najee Harris – Photo by: USA Today

Nate Davis – USAToday.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris
“The champs also have a lot to sort through during free agency, so it will be noteworthy to see where things stand going into April. But for a team that may not be able to re-sign Leonard Fournette and only has Ronald Jones II under contract for one more season, an every-down back like Harris – he can get it done at the goal line while giving Brady a capable receiver out of the backfield – could be a perfect commodity.” – Nate Davis

Drae Harris – TheDraftNetwork.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Iowa IDL Daviyon Nixon 
“Tampa Bay has six significant free agents—one of which is Ndamukong Suh. They obviously cannot re-sign all of them and Suh appears most likely to be the odd man out, so they draft his replacement in Nixon. Nixon can play the 3-tech or the 1 for Todd Bowles.” – Drae Harris

Todd McShay – Espn.com
Bucs’ First-Round Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore
“Super Bowl champions don’t typically come with flaws, and this Bucs team is indeed a complete roster. Or at least it was. Free-agency concerns loom for most of the dominant defensive front seven that kept the Chiefs’ high-octane offense scoreless on Sunday. Shaquil Barrett, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Steve McLendon headline the guys without a deal at the moment, and Tampa Bay won’t be able to bring them all back.

“But luckily Barmore is still on the board as Day 1 gets ready to close down shop, and he provides the Buccaneers with versatility along the line, a developing pass-rush skill set and power run-stopping. The champs could also seek a wide receiver to fill the void left by Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown if either or both leave this offseason.” – Todd McShay

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Pete Wood
3 days ago

i can live with most of these picks. I just hope Bucs aren’t foolish enough to trade up in the draft. We need picks.
I could live with trading down actually. Can never have enough picks.

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Naplesfan
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 days ago

More likely the Bucs trade down than up. Trading down from #32 could yield a pretty good return from a team desperate to rebuild – of which there are many in the league.
The Bucs don’t need to roll the dice. We can more or less stand pat this year and be selective, going for value rather than for splash. Kind of like the Patriots used to do.

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SaskBucs
3 days ago

Well at least no one was getting crazy for the Bucs drafting QB/WR/secondary. Easy to see the front 7 and OL need an infusion of youth and depth. Harris is stomachable if the defensive FA’s (Shaq,David,Suh) are retained.

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chefboho
3 days ago

I’ll take Anthony Treash’s draft all day or Luke Easterling. of course all this is all meaningless until we see who gets signed. I just like the idea of grabbing two DL players in the first two rounds. that’s far and away the oldest position group. It’ll be an interesting off season

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Captain Sly
3 days ago

Jason Licht has never traded up, especially in a weak draft class.The guy from sports illustrated just lost all credibility. This is a draft where you look for depth not superstars. I wouldn’t mind one of those 2nd tier QB’s like a Mac Jones at 32. Definitely don’t want to get caught drafting for need. Let’s BPA

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Naplesfan
Reply to  Captain Sly
3 days ago

Actually, Licht HAS traded up more than once, most recently for Tristan Wirfs. Now he hasn’t traded up a lot of places – just one or a couple. Also Vernon Hargreaves in 2016.

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Captain Sly
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 days ago

Yep! I forgot about Wirfs. With Hargraves he actually traded back a few spots I believe with Chicago but I could be wrong.

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bucballer
3 days ago

BPA is the way to go. We r not usually in the position to do so. I can see why some say RB though. Najee Harris would be a solid pick of need, especially if Fournette goes elsewhere. It would only make this RB core even stronger. Not given up on RoJo. The kid is a player. Still learning how to be a pro. I think, if he can stay away from injuries this season, then this could be his break out year. Having a young, strong, powerful RB that has played against top tier talent and been successful can… Read more »

Captain Sly
Reply to  bucballer
3 days ago

Agreed about Najee but I have sneaky suspicion that Najee will be gone and one of those top CB’s will slip. Surtain, Samuel jr or Caleb Farley. Either one those guys would be an immediate upgrade to this roster. I can care less about how many we’ve drafted over last few years. We need playmakers!

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Naplesfan
3 days ago

It makes absolutely zero sense to let Leonard Fournette (“Playoff Lenny” – the leading all purpose yards gainer in the entire NFL playoffs) go, and then draft a running back in the first round .. both from a strength of roster argument, and from a financial argument. Fournette obviously got up to speed on a brand new team by our bye week and dominated our running as well as backfield pass catching throughout the December through February timeframe, again, leading all players in the league in all purpose yards, clearly outclassing Ronald Jones. His contract pay in 2020 was a… Read more »

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Captain Sly
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 days ago

Its well documented espn article but Arians was about to cut Lenny right before the playoffs and then RoJo got Covid. So it’s a real safe bet that Arians won’t be signing off on a multi year contract for “playoff lenny” as you say.

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Spitfire
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 days ago

I wouldn’t say Fournette dominated. He started to at least look competent so they let him ride after RoJo was injured and out with Covid. On his big runs he initially was about to be stopped dead at the line and somehow woke up to spin out and have a wide open field to run in. Fournette came through when we needed him but RoJo is a much more dynamic RB with yards after contact. Fournette goes down with too many bumps and shoe string tackles and is only a average receiver and terrible pass blocker. We need a RB… Read more »

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 days ago

U do know that Playoff Lenny was picked up on the waiver wire? I’m not saying he isn’t a good football player just not great. My preference would be to keep him, but if he prices himself off the Bucs what can u do. The Bucs have him slotted at a certain price. And if his wants exceed that and another club is offering him more, then it is what it is. Najee would be a quality pickup. The Bucs have choices, as do the players.

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Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 days ago

Wtf are you even talking about? He dominated our running back room from December through February? He was a complete dumpster fire the ENTIRE regular season. Never at any point, looking even remotely competent. He had 2 games, the entire 2020-2021 season where he hit 5 YPC(Week 2 vs CAR, and the SB vs KC). Even in the playoffs, he had only 1 game of 90+ rushing yards. Let’s not pretend like this dude was great all season. You have a really false view of how the final month of the regular season went. First you said that Godwin “disappeared”,… Read more »

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MichBuc
3 days ago

I like the ones with the D-Line/edge rushers in them, personally. The guy who has the Bucs trading up to take Mayfield, I really don’t see that happening, but we’ll see.

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plopes808
3 days ago

I’d be ok with these picks depending on FA. I’d rather wait until we see how FA turns out before speculating on the draft

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jongruden
2 days ago

I would take the best offensive tackle available Donovan Smith played well at the end of the stretch but has been a liability for years he is not worth 14 million a year I say take a tackle now and groom him for the future

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43 Is Only Old in Human Years
1 day ago

We really need to start thinking about a replacement QB

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