The time has come, and this is no April Fool’s. In today’s Bucs Briefing, I unveil my absolute top prospect for the Bucs at No. 14, an interior offensive lineman who could make an immediate impact in pass protection, and a Day 2 wide receiver who could fit perfectly into Bruce Arians’ offense as a rookie.

All that PLUS my thoughts on possible Round 1 surprise moves by the other NFC South teams, including the possible beginning of a new era in New Orleans.

Enjoy!

Round 1, Pick 14

Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

Height: 6-5

Weight: 320

Class: Junior

D.O.B.: 5/17/99

Statistical Profile: Wills started 29 games in his three years at Alabama, including every game of his sophomore and junior season. All of his starts were at right tackle, which was left-handed quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s blind side.

Alabama OT Jedrick Wills – Photo: University of Alabama

Alabama OT Jedrick Wills – Photo: University of Alabama

Where he wins: Where doesn’t he win? Wills faced the highest levels of competition in the toughest conference in the country for two straight seasons in an aggressive, NFL-style passing offense, and he consistently played at a high level. Many offensive linemen enter the NFL with unanswered questions due to their pass sets within their college offense or the lack of high-caliber pass rushers that they’ve faced in their careers. Wills’ evaluation is nice and clean because we don’t have to worry about any of that.

Just this past season, Wills faced LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson, Michigan’s Josh Uche and Kwity Paye, Tennessee’s Darrell Taylor and South Carolina’s D.J. Wonnum. He’s battle-tested against speed and power rushers, and as a junior he made a leap from solid to the elites at his position.

What I love most about Wills is how explosive he is out of his stance and how effortless he is to re-direct in pass protection. His movement skills are absolutely elite for an offensive lineman, and his technique is just as good. Wills carries himself with a flat-backed posture and sports a devastating punch to rock power rushers and stymie speed rushers. His ability to vary from vertical to 45-degree sets help him counter different types of pass rushers, and Wills easily possesses the range to protect the edge and stop cornering threats at the top of the arc.

In the run game Wills’ devastating power and elite flexibility allow him to consistently create movement up front. He can operate in any scheme, with rare grip strength and lightning quick feet. I’ve seen him corkscrew multiple defenders into the ground with unbelievable torque over the past two seasons. Due to his athleticism and body control, there is considerable upside to Wills as an in-space mover and/or puller that will be a huge asset to NFL screen games and perimeter run concepts at the next level.

Wills mental processing is outstanding, as he consistently identified late blitzers and twists/stunts in time. His toughness and desire to finish show up on a snap-to-snap basis, yet you never see Wills laboring or struggling to string together quality reps.

Believe it or not, there are some negatives.

Wills can reach any set point, but does have instances of over-setting pass rushers, leaving the B-gap exposed for quick counters. He improved a ton with his strike timing, speed and placement this past season, but there are still occasions where the defender attacks his hands and can get him momentarily off-balance.

The biggest flaw for Wills in pass pro (outside of his oversets) is he sometimes falls so in love with his strikes (which are deadly), that he gets a little over-eager and punches early, exposing his hands for more savvy rushers to attack. The league is full of edge defenders who know how to work over tackles with even one flaw, and although Wills has improved a ton in this area, it’ll need further development at the next level.

Hard to find a complaint with his work in the run game. Wills’ zone steps can be improved to allow him to complete reach blocks with more regularity, as he’ll sometimes struggle to secure his opponent completely. Sometimes in space he can get over-eager and take really aggressive angles to smaller targets, making it easier for them to maneuver around him.

Bucs Fit: There is no doubt in my mind that if Wills is on the board at No. 14, he should be the Bucs’ pick. Obviously there is a good chance that he will be gone earlier than that with plenty of OT-needy teams ahead of Tampa Bay, but Wills is easily my favorite offensive tackle in the class.

Bruce Arians’ offense demands a lot more in pass protection than it does in the run game from offensive linemen, but Wills is the best tackle in the 2020 draft in either area. He’s also started his whole career at Alabama on the right side, which makes him a plug-and-play candidate to bookend Donovan Smith, even if Demar Dotson does return on a one-year deal. And when Smith’s time in Tampa is over, Wills has all the traits to make the transition to the left side if the Bucs so desire.

Wills is a Top 5 player in this class, and getting him at No. 14 at a huge position of need would be an absolute coup, but I’m just not sure he’ll be there.

Grade: First Round

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

I am undecided with Pittman. He fits the physical profile that Arians wants in WRs being able to run block. But Arians also wants speed on the outside so the slot guy can do their work (eg Godwin).

I can just as easily see Arians going to Licht and asking him to draft a small speed guy day three on the outside to compete with Miller.

jshumaker
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

For no other reason than besides that his dad helped the Bucs win a Super Bowl, I really think they have to pull the trigger if he is available in the third round

BigSombrero
1 year ago

Two guards in the first two rounds? That wont help this year. Go back and watch Cappa and Marpet get nasty with people last year. Cappa isn’t given enough credit for his play at guard. He’s a mauler with the ability to pull and finish. He’s tough as a railroad spike. Jedrick Wills is another version of Jonah Williams, who he replaced at ALabama. No doubt Jon Ledyard was a HUGE fan of him last year only to see that supposed great tackle get pushed to guard, and then miss the whole season. If the Bucs can’t get OT Mekhi… Read more »

geno711
Reply to  Jon Ledyard
1 year ago

It was a much worse class last year for offensive lineman. I was very glad the Buc’s did not reach for O lineman last year. You always have to weigh need with BPA every year but I clearly think the players they obtained last year were good value and if they had reached on offensive lineman last year they would be regretting it.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Jon Ledyard
1 year ago

None of the first round drafted tackles last year were impactful. Williams, Dillard, Howard, and McGary all rated poorly or not at all by PFF. Jawaan Taylor in the 2nd round had the highest grade of rookie tackles after the 2019 season – a 63.9 There were plenty of people last year speculating that Williams will kick inside to guard because of his measurables. Speculation aside, at Alabama, Williams won the coveted left tackle position over Wills in a head to head competition. Williams was considered to be a BETTER player than Wills, not worse. Plenty of other scouts think… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

You should understand that Right Tackle is the blind side for Tua, Williams did not beat out Wills for the Left Tackle spit, they moved Williams to Left Tackle and Wills won the Right Tackle spot and held it. It wasn’t a knock on Wills it is a positive.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

You should understand that left tackle is the#1 premium position on the line, not right tackle. The best rushers who played against Alabama rushed from the RDE spot, and didn’t give a damn which hand the QB threw with. C’mon buddy, think about it.

Johnny Cannons
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

That has little to do with Wills’ value at the NFL level, since NFL teams DO move their elite edges based on the QBs blindside. You’re not wrong in your assessment about LT being the premier position, but you’re quite wrong about how Wills’ skills translate to the pro level.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Also, check out the video that Ledyard linked above vs Michigan. The Left Tackle gets destroyed and the RIGHT HANDED QB is forced to throw it away.

STFU if you’re just gonna be a parrot and refuse to pay attention.

Wills is better than Wirfs, but neither are not worth a first round pick. They aren’t special.

Bucko40
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Wills is not a Guard. He’s a pure RT that protected Tua blindside and did so exceptionally. Becton hasn’t played top notch talent and is more a work in progress than Wills. It’s a moot point on Wills anyway. He will be gone by the time the Bucs select at 14. Only way the Bucs have a shot at Wills is by trading up.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Bucko40
1 year ago

All of the tackles in this draft are a work in progress and NONE are considered the consensus plug and play stud.

Its superbowl or bust in 2020. No time for a rookie to learn on the job with Brady taking hits after rookie mistakes.

Saints Jordan/Davenport, Falcons Fowler/McKinley, Chiefs Okufur/Clark, Chargers Bosa/Ingram, Broncos Chubb/Miller, Bears Mack/Quinn, and Packers Smith/Smith highlight the list of guys the tackles will have to block next year.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Completely disagree. I don’t think any of the top 4 are a work in progress. Especially Thomas. He’s as pro ready as they come. Are any of them immediate all pro’s, no. Immediate all pros are very rare though. Every one of the top 4, and in my opinion the top 7(Wills, Wirfs, Becton, Thomas, Jones, Jackson, and Ruiz) are all day 1 starters. And you can argue there’s a couple more. I think you’re severely underrating the OLineman in this draft

Spitfire
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

I really hope they get one of the “Top 4.”

I just can’t understand when people argue don’t draft Olineman because they take more than a year to develop. So with that attitude teams should just never draft Olinemen? Then when do you get Olinemen? We see what 2nd round or later Olinemen get us and it is not what it needs to be.

Dave
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Exactly! Saying that you can’t get an immediate day 1 set it and forget it grand slam on the offensive line on draft day is such a horrible logic. Because outside of RB’s or Kickers, there isn’t a single position where you can draft someone that will come in day 1 and be a set it and forget it stud. The NFL doesn’t work like that. But drafting 1st round OL, is probably the most bankable position in the draft. I looked over every OLineman taken in the first round since 09. And there’s a 30% chance of being an… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

All NFL player take more than a year to develop. Quarterbacks, linemen, receivers, defensive backfield, all of them.

BigSombrero
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Nah. RBs and LBs are immediately productive. Skill position guys like CBs and WRs are also productive early because their practice isnt based on contact, its based on athleticism.

Dave
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Yeah, by default RB’s and LB’s get a lot of stats. RB’s because they can touch the ball 300+ times in a RB starved offense. And LB’s because they have the opportunity to make a ton of tackles. But as far as RB’s is concerned, they have the highest bust rate. Drafting a RB over an OL by the numbers is a bad move. And now to the comment that WR’s and CB’s have immediate success, that’s so incredibly false! They absolutely do not have immediate success. Those are traditionally 2 of the toughest positions to have a day 1… Read more »

AlbJack65
Reply to  Bucko40
1 year ago

There’s that stupid crap about “he hasn’t played top notch talent” again. Did Jerry Rice, Brett Favre or Walter Payton play against “top notch talent” in college? You SEC/ACC/Big Ten robots are all the same. Ignore the film, ignore the intangibles, ignore the talent and just focus on what “elite school” they came from. SMH.

BigSombrero
1 year ago

There is no consensus #1 OT in this draft.

Ledyard likes Wills. Reynolds seems to like Jones. Kiper thinks Wirfs is first off the board at 9 to Arizona! I can keep going with professional guessers, but it’s clear that there is not a clear cut #1 guy at tackle.

This bullshit of drafting any “tackle” that falls is stupid. Wills and Wirfs will be guards. Becton will take a year. Thomas is probably the most ready to step in at tackle but NO ONE has him #1.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

It depends upon who you read because the prospects are viewed differently from varying sources. Willis is considered by many an OT at the pro level. Wirfs is 50/50 where some think he can be a pro bowl guard at the pro level and some say he has the athletic traits to be an OT at the pro level. Andrew Thomas is viewed as strictly a RT by some scouts while others argue he needs to start his career at RG and then eventually side into RT. Then you have Becton who is viewed strictly as a RT. Josh Jones… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

Cappa was a brawler and enforcer last year. Go back and watch him specifically. No need to do anything at RG other than get some depth and let Cappa keep developing. He was as good as Marpet in my opinion, and actually better at pulling.

I guarantee you Arians isn’t only considering the top 6 tackles. I bet you he likes a guy in each round where the Bucs are slated to select.

Dave
1 year ago

Not really in love with this draft at all. Look I know it’s a deep draft with WR’s, but one thing failed to be mentioned in all these WR draft profile articles that keep being posted. Brady is in his final 2 years more than likely. And even in a normal season, he has NEVER had any rookies in NE make any kind of an impact whatsoever. I know it’s easy to take the easy route and say Bill was horrible at drafting receivers. And that may actually be the case. Was never a fan of most of the receivers… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

That is a fair point that veteran WR and RB combo would do well with the young talent on offense and having less of a learning curve to work with Brady. Crowell or Riddick would work fine in a pinch but the Bucs can’t give them physical right now. So I think the Bucs sign a veteran RB post draft when physical may be available for NFL teams. As for veteran WR I think that has to also come after the draft where teams will dump veteran WRs due to a target right draft at the WR position. But I… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
1 year ago

I agree with what you’re saying, just not the guys you like. Not a fan of Crowell, and Riddick, isn’t very durable, and seemed to lose his explosiveness his last healthy year. I’d rather Thompson, Montgomery, or Richard

Bucko40
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

When was the last time the Patriots selected inside the 15th pick. Most years the Patriots are selecting 25th or better. Several years they’ve traded out of the 1st round. Jeudy, Lamb, Shenault, Ruggs and Jefferson are different talents than you normally see late in the 1st round. You also need to add into the equation that the Bucs already have an established receiving corp. They aren’t going to need a rookie WR to be a major contributor right off the bat.

Dave
Reply to  Bucko40
1 year ago

What does their draft spot have to do with continually missing on or passing on pro bowl or very solid WR’s? They have passed on too many Pro Bowl receivers to count over the years. I can run down the list of just pro bowlers. Let alone the very good non pro bowlers. Trust me when I tell you, they have had plenty of chances to nab a very good if not elite WR, and they’ve wiffed or passed on then for another player every time

Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

First you wanted the Bucs to trade for a pay the remainder of Edleman’s contract. Now another idea is spend that money on Clowney? Lol pass!
Spend that money on a vet CB/S. Bucs really need to add a vet to the secondary. The could have signed Rhodes or Darby on the cheap 1 year deal they got, but didn’t. Use that little bit of money after draft class, on CB Logan Ryan or another vet DB.

Bucko40
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

Agree on a CB/S addition but i doubt it comes before the draft. Logan Ryan isn’t signed already because teams don’t spend his asking price of 10 million per season on a nickel CB. That’s what Ryan was primarily with the Titans last year.

geno711
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

I like getting a 4th corner. Not sure that Darby deal was cheap. Not saying that it was expensive either. 4 million for 1 year and a guy that has only played half the games for 3 years in a row.

I know on the Vikings reddit the fans had constant talk about Xavier Rhodes looking out of position/clutching and grabbing last year.

Bucsfan1983
Reply to  geno711
1 year ago

But Rhodes is also a 3x Pro Bowl and 1x All Pro. He’s had a down year, but still has the talent. He is definitely worth that 1 year prove it contract. He played at FSU, maybe a change of scenery and return to FL would’ve helped motivate him. That was my thought in wanting him before he signed.

geno711
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
1 year ago

Rhodes, 29, struggled for much of the year, yielding a 81.5% completion rate and 123.8 passer rating when targeted, according to Pro Football Reference. That is a not just a down year but a bad year and maybe the Buc’s thought there was not enough left there. Maybe he is just a name at this point.

Jamal Dean was 50% completion and 72.4 passer rating.
Sean Murphy Bunting was 65% completion and 86.6 passer rating.
Carlton Davis was a 49% completion rate and an 80 passer rating.
MJ Stewart was a 73.7% completion rate and a 111.8 passer rating

Ja'crispy
1 year ago

I think we absolutely have to go RB in round 2. Behind Rojo our depth is very weak.

Jason Barker
1 year ago

I’m all for trying to get Clowney. I wouldn’t mind looking into a vet safety as well.

BucRy
Reply to  Jason Barker
1 year ago

Clowney is currently wanting 17-18 mil a year…it’s doubtful we can pull it off unless he lowers it even more.

BucRy
1 year ago

We can reply to posts again, finally.

twspin
1 year ago

I don’t know here guys. It seems this yrs draft is heavy on O linemen and RB’s. Why not trade back to the 2nd rd and get 3 in the 2nd for 1? I don’t think Wills is there when we select. Yes, he is that good. If he is..I would take him though.

BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

I guess I am all alone in belief Bucs need to move up in draft, This team with TB at 42 is win now mode drafting at 16 is to late they need a good OT now!!
Move up get best OT……………….

Dave
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

You’re right, 16 is too late. So i guess it’s a relief that we pick 14th lol

AlbJack65
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

For once I will agree with you Bob. I think we might be able to trade OJ Howard and a 5th round pick to move up to the #9 spot in a swap with Jacksonville.

Dave
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

If the Bucs made that trade it would go down as the worst trade I’ve seen since Ditka traded his whole draft for Ricky Williams. Thank the good lord you’re not our GM. They don’t need to trade up. At all. If any of the big 4 were to fall to 14 it would be Thomas. Which is fine with me because he’s my favorite of the 4. Easily the most pro ready. Instant day 1 starter. Worst case maybe they wound have to trade up 1 or 2 spots to get him. And that wouldn’t cost much

Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

You don’t need to be an asshat! He is entitled to his opinion. You are a sideline GM as well!

Get over yourself!

Dave
Reply to  Buc-in-Philly Fan
1 year ago

Only asshat is you. As you said, we’re all entitled to our opinion. Mine is, that’s a horrible trade. If you don’t like it, hit the thumb down and move on. But don’t pretend like you’re not a sideline GM too. Every single person in here is. That’s what we’re here for. You’re no different

AlbJack65
Reply to  Dave
1 year ago

Well Dave, Howard’s numbers as a 1st round pick are no better than Brate’s as an undrafted free agent. My opinion is that you’re just an SEC robot. And one with a fragile ego at that. But that’s ok, most southerners have fragile egos. Losing civil wars will do that to a person.

Dave
Reply to  AlbJack65
1 year ago

SEC robot? I don’t live in the south genius. Try again. Nope, just a fan that can spot a horrendous trade from a mile away. And OJ Howard plus a 5th for the right to move up 5 spots is a horrendous trade. The other 31 teams would jump all over that if it was offered

Spitfire
Reply to  Buc-in-Philly Fan
1 year ago

If you have been here at all you know that Bob is the Asshat and actually shouldn’t be allowed to voice his opinion with the way he’s trashed the Bucs constantly for years. Valuable opinions on the Bucs are actual Bucs Fans, but, it is America.

BUC-ASS-BOB
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Spitfire forgets to tell you that I was one of few Bucs fan that put Bucs before my FSU hashtag Winston beliefs, I wanted the BUST off the team for 2 years and felt nothing the team did matter until they fixed QB, Spitfire is the one who wanted pay Jameis 32 mil with tag, turns out the 32 teams have his value at league min. Now that we have changed QB I have a positive outlook for Bucs, I also believe this year Arians has replaced Glazers for doing the thinking and making moves, that alone gives me hope.

gcolerick
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
1 year ago

Nothing wrong with that line of thought but only happens if the right team in the right spot is willing to trade down. What makes you think you are the only one that wants the Bucs to move up? I’ve seen plenty of posts and comments wanting that to happen.

Dave
Reply to  gcolerick
1 year ago

trading up isn’t a bad train of thought as long as the price isn’t steep and it doesn’t involve trading young talent just for the right to move up to get an unknown

geno711
1 year ago

I like Wills Jr as my favorite O-lineman this year as well. I thought I was more of a fan of Jonah Jackson than most in November, December and January. But then Jon started talking about him and I found that I was not anywhere as close to a fan of his compared to Jon. In one of Jon’s mock draft’s he had him going the 1st pick of the 2nd round and I disagreed with that. Jonah Jackson, I predict will be available in the 2nd round for the Buc’s and the Buc’s will not draft him. He just… Read more »

SaskBucs
1 year ago

I wouldn’t mind going OL back to back first 2 picks if there isn’t a better DL player available in the 2nd. OL/DL first 2 rounds some combination is what would be ideal in my mind. If top 4 OT are gone then I hope it’s DL or trade back. Tough to pass on a top tier RB in round 2 if Helaire or Dobbins is sitting there but if the lines are addressed I don’t mind RB waiting until round 3 or a trade up into 2nd again. Akers or Gibson round 3-4 and Dillon, McFarland, Dallas someone like… Read more »

geno711
1 year ago

I go to Overthecap and it seems to show me that the Buc’s have $14,490,300 of cap space. Am I reading it wrong?

geno711
1 year ago

Johan Jackson pick 132 in 4th round per Walter Football in their mock yesterday.

magoobee
1 year ago

I’m a firm believe that you take the best player available in every round. In this draft it is pretty clear who the top 14 are. The only ones I would not draft, if I were Tampa, are the QBs and then those would go for drafts picks that would far exceed the draft pick worth chart.

1 Joe Burrow
2 Chase Young
3 Tua Tagovailoa
4 Jeffrey Okudah
5 Isaiah Simmons
6 Justin Herbert
7 Tristan Wirfs
8 Mekhi Becton
9 Derrick Brown
10 Jedrick Wills
11 CeeDee Lamb
12 Jerry Jeudy
13 Andrew Thomas
14 Javon Kinlaw

scubog
Reply to  magoobee
1 year ago

Finally someone understands the BPA concept. Your moniker and avatar might be one of my favorite cartoons (Mr.Magoo), but you can see that all of these Draft scenarios that only talk about “need” are flawed. Not saying need shouldn’t be part of the equation. Of course it is. I’m saying needs can change and that’s why no smart GM would even consider taking the 4th or 5th graded player at his position and perhaps the 25th graded player overall at #14 simply because it’s a “need”. If that’s the case, trade down to a point where the grade is warranted… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

scu – in the real world it’s never all or nothing on need vs. BPA … smart drafting always takes account of need while drafting best player available. Part of defining a player’s quality is need, it cannot be denied. Where teams go off the rails, however, is drafting a player purely on need, which tends to make the team reach and trade away too much. An obvious need now is offensive tackle, so it would be dumb to ignore that need entirely and not draft any quality players at that position. But that does not mean trade way up… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 year ago

Nice to see you agree with what I said. We seem to at least share the same drafting philosophy. You’re certainly right about some teams always drafting near the top and somehow screwing it up while those that you mentioned, along with my hometown Steelers, always seem to make the most of it.

Totally agree that the most glaring “need” right now is OT, followed by complimentary RB and probably offensive line depth. As you said, maybe even a developmental QB at some point.

Dman
1 year ago

Jon, interesting that you’ve mocked OL in RD1, RD2 and then WR in RD3. I’d go OT RD1, DL RD2 and RB in RD3, but what do I know. That said, my expectation is the tackles are gone by #14. Of the supposed Big 4, I’m an Andrew Thomas fan.

Dave
Reply to  Dman
1 year ago

Me too Dman. Thomas is my favorite T in this draft. And luckily for us, he’s the one most likely to fall to us at 14

Dman
1 year ago

Also, to the whole Pewter Report team, impressive upgrade to the comments functionality on the site. My guess is that wasn’t cheap. Thanks!!!

surferdudes
1 year ago

I’d be happy with Wills as the first pick. After that Jon you lost me. Taking a back in the second round of this draft is where the value is. There will be a back available with first round talent when we pick in the 2nd round. A possession receiver in the third? Rather take a QB, DL, S, OL. Do not like your picks.

DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

Would be pretty happy with the early portion of this haul.

AlbJack65
1 year ago

I can only base my opinions on draft prospects from watching film, along with the numerous reports and rankings from the experts as an added bit of info. It would be nice to watch the games to get more insight, but NCAA football is so damned BORING. Their playoff system is a joke, set up for TV ratings. When half of the Division 1 teams start the season knowing that regardless of how well they do that they still have no chance at the playoffs it takes the interest out of it. The NCAA needs to take control of their… Read more »

red816
1 year ago

I don’t hate this draft scenario. However, I’d go RB instead of a WR with our third pick. It would be cool to see a legacy like Pittman Jr. in Tampa though…

jrwilson85
Reply to  red816
1 year ago

I like your thinking except taking RB Patrick Taylor Jr Memphis over team mate RB Antonio Gibson in the 4th. I have to assume Gibson was gone ehen the 117 pick came up. I would take Zack Moss Utah over Taylor. To me Taylor is a 5th or 6th round pick.

destinjohnny
1 year ago

I watched every snap of bama football every year. I think he is solid but not spectacular as you are claiming.
I would think he is 2nd round talent

scubog
1 year ago

Absolutely comical when folks totally ignore the BPA concept; even to the point of actually identifying the targeted position, not necessarily the player, in a particular round. Apparently the consensus is Round 1-OT, Round 2-RB, Round 3-S or OG, Round 4 QB, Round 5-WR Rounds 6 & 7-who cares? If somehow Jason Licht follows the fans’ Draft Board he will be widely praised………..at least on the Sunday following the Draft.

BucRy
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Scu, a lot of these newer fans on this board are just casual fans who are only rooting for the bucs now because of Tom Brady..they don’t understand that concept.

Dman
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

The supposed BPA a few years ago was OJ Howard…. whether you target a position or the perceived BPA, the selection is only as good as the evaluations. And at some point you have to build a team around all 22 positions. We haven’t really done that very well.

scubog
Reply to  Dman
1 year ago

It’s not a game of Concentration in which finding the missing piece to the puzzle is the goal. True, you have to line up all 22 positions, but drafting purely with positional weaknesses in mind rather than the quality of the player, over time will result in the whole roster being weak. I’ve yet to see a team field less than the prescribed number. As for OJ. I think the youngster might have been a little full of himself and didn’t put in the effort. Maybe the losing got to him. The physical attributes are all there. He just needs… Read more »

Bradenton BucFan
1 year ago

We should get the BPA in rd 1 & possibly rd 2. Good teams fill needs in later rounds. I’m kinda hope they remain stubborn with past plan of drafting small school OL even if they get tackle in rd 1. I would not trade up for OL. The Bucs lean more toward talent that can play multiple pos. across the o line. Even if 1 of the top 4 OT fall to 14th pick I would still consider taking BPA. I may trade up for Brown (Auburn DT) for cheap or stay put and draft Kinlaw if OT is… Read more »

Johnny Cannons
1 year ago

It’s really funny: I’ve run probably three dozen mock drafts on TDN and Wills is there at 14 more often than any other top pick. This has led me to hope upon all things that he’s there – and I’ll admit to being more disappointed if the Bucs pass on him than I would any other prospect in this draft.

Johnny Cannons
Reply to  Johnny Cannons
1 year ago

That said, I’m a little ‘meh’ on the rest of this draft. 45 seems high for an IOL that ostensibly will need to compete with Cappa and given needs at (in no order) S, RB, IDL, and rotational edge. Pittman is a good player, but I don’t know if he’s more than a diet Mike Evans type, which doesn’t threaten the top of the defense as much as I would like.