Three picks into the Bucs’ 2020 class, and you can’t help but feel great about where the team is right now. They addressed their two biggest holes with two of the best 25 players in the class in OT Tristan Wirfs and S Antoine Winfield. RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn may have been a reach, but running back is the least important position to be loaded at in the NFL. They’ll be fine.

The Bucs head into day three with four selections, but none until the 5th round at pick No. 161. Here’s my dream scenario for how day 3 of the draft could lay out for the Bucs tonight:

5th Round (161): Minnesota WR Tyler Johnson (6-1, 206)

Johnson met with the Bucs before the COVID-19 crisis hit, so there’s some level of interest here. He may buck the trend of speed that the Bucs like to prioritize at the wide receiver position, but really there are just rumors that he’s slow. His tape looks fine in that regard, and he never tested pre-draft, so we don’t know.

What we do know is that Johnson consistently made high degree of difficulty catches look easy during his time at Minnesota, and there were few better in the country at gaining separation in their routes. Johnson isn’t a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he can play inside and outside and he consistently won vertically in the Big Ten without being a true burner. He’s the type of receiver Tom Brady has had a lot of success with over the years, and it will be no different in Tampa if he can last to pick 161.

5th Round WR Backup Plan: Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State or Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Liberty. I wrote about all these guys in depth right here.

6th Round (194): Michigan OG Michael Onwenu (6-3, 344)

A hulking right guard with powerful mitts and ideal length for the position, Onwenu is one of the few prospects in my top 100 that I believe will still be available in the sixth round. Why there is no buzz about his game, I have no clue.

No, he’s not the best athlete in the world, but he dominates in a phone booth with a strong punch and good strike timing that keeps defenders from crossing his face in pass protection. Try to go through him with a bull rush, and you’ll find yourself quickly stuck in mud. He has an anchor on the level of any pass protector in this class.

Onwenu won’t be great in space and may always struggle against elite athletes on the interior defensive line, but he can move people by playing with technique, leverage and power in the run game. He’ll be a better fit in Tampa, away from some of Michigan’s zone tendencies in the run game.

6th Round IOL Backup Plan: Kevin Dotson, OG, Louisiana-Lafayette

7th Round (241): Nebraska DT Khalil Davis (6-1, 308, 4.75 40)

You read that 40-yard dash time correctly, as Davis managed to rip off an insane 4.75 at 308 pounds at the Combine. He still has a long ways to go technically to be an impact player on the field, but at this range of the draft you are just looking for guys with developmental upside. Davis is high character, works hard and will fit in with the locker room right away.
7th Round DT Backup Plan: Darrion Daniels, DT, Nebraska

7th Round (245): Arizona RB J.J. Taylor (5-5, 185, 4.61 40)

Taylor’s the type of playmaker with the ball in his hands that I wouldn’t even be worried about his size on day three of the draft. The Bucs don’t need a bell-cow, they just need someone who can catch passes, run routes and make plays in space. That’s Taylor to a ‘T’, and he’s shockingly physical and stout for a 5-5, 185-pound player. I think he’s going to be one of the steals of this draft.

7th Round RB Backup Plan: Patrick Taylor, RB, Memphis
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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bucfanskiz

Love the list however would rather see Patrick Taylor instead of JJ Taylor.

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matador

EARTH TO LICHT:

WE NEED LINEMEN

(sent six years ago. apparently never received)

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Makski13

😂🤣😂🤣. I love it!!!!

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Wadeless

Hate to be a downer but I’ve been saying this forever. This team will never been any good without good line of scrimmage play. After three drafts of drafting DB’s every other pick this was the pick to go OL. We pick one. Then we pick a DB with our 2nd pick and then another WR. How many people does Tom need to throw to? Gronk, Howard, Evans, Godwin, Brate…there ain’t enough balls to go around so let get a WR out of Minnesota. This draft sucked outside of the first pick which is a Licht staple. Once again we’ll… Read more »

WhatTheBuc

I like it.

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Bucco Five

Jon’s been providing good real-time coverage of the draft on the webcast. Great addition to the PR team.

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Pete Wood

I like it. This is a deep draft at WR and, after a drop in talent, at QB and RB. I think the Bucs grab some good undrafted QBs and WRs and RBs and linemen when the draft is over. None might make the team, but you never know.

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Itch

I like the Tyler Johnson and JJ Taylor tapes. They would both be nice late round adds.

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Makski13

Jon, if you are listening, what do you think of RB A. Killings? Very fast RB who can also return kicks? Would he still be there, or be gone by the 5th round? I also like C. Clark, a OT that will probably be moved to G in the NFL. I hear he is very strong and kind of nasty! Wouldn’t mind giving him a shot either.

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Makski13

Meant to add that Killins could replace Logan, haven’t been too impressed with his return ability yet

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Handiman1031

I’m afraid Onwenu won’t make it to the 6th. I think he’s the steal of the draft at RG. Him a Wirfs would totally change the run game on that right side when they develop. Take him in the 5th and Joe Reed in the 6th. Love Taylor and Davis in the 7th. Might get flamed for this, but I kind of want Licht to pick P Braden Mann with that last 7th. Kid is a field flipper and not afraid to tackle after he boots it. Clears Pinnon’s unnecessary cap hit off the books. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Makski13

I like Mann too, was hoping we could convince him to come here as an UDFA. I think the Brady/Gronk situation will really help us with the UDFA process too. Could have a very good list of UDFA WR’s that would want to come here too, no need to draft one in my opinion. We already have 2 Pro Bowl WR’s and a Pro Bowl TE to catch passes, don’t waste a pick on a WR. Use the draft to secure depth on the O-Line and D-Line. If there is a QB or another RB/KR that you really like, grab… Read more »

Makski13

Handiman, I really like Onwenu, like Clark too, hear he is really nasty in the run game! Hope we can get one of the two. Would really help the run game for the future. Cappa is also solid vs the run, but needs some competition.

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drdneast

An undersized DL and a slow midget like RB in the seventh round. Now you are thinking like Licht. Awesome.

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destinjohnny

We need a team president

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Piratic

Great call, Jon!

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fanofdabucs

Pretty impressive to nail that round picks

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fanofdabucs

late round picks

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LVBUC2

Impressive, way to nail those pics

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acilpeR

Damn, well done on the picks new guy

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