The Bucs just wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft, but several media outlets have come out with their “way too early” 2020 NFL Mock Drafts and there are some surprising picks for Tampa Bay.

After a defensive-laded draft featuring six picks on that side of the ball, including the first five selections, the Bucs turn to the offensive side of the ball in many of the early 2020 NFL Mock Drafts, including the selection of a quarterback in the first-round in a pair of them. Obviously that doesn’t mean good news for Jameis Winston, who is entering his fifth-year option season.

What’s also notable is that all but one of the mock drafts have the Bucs picking in the Top 10 in 2020, which won’t bode well for general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians if that’s the case.

WalterFootball.com – Round 1 – Pick 6

Georgia QB Jake Fromm – Junior – 6-2, 220

The Buccaneers will give Jameis Winston one more chance this season. If he continues to play very inconsistently under Bruce Arians, or if he continues to grope Uber drivers, he won’t be back for 2020. Given that Tampa landed the No. 6 pick in this 2020 NFL Mock Draft, it’s safe to say that in this scenario, Winston did one of the two. If so, Tampa will move on from him. 

Jake Fromm was tremendous as a rookie for SEC champion Georgia. He has a great skill set and was the very early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He struggled versus LSU, but that doesn’t appear to be a downward trend.

CBSSports.com – Round 1 – Pick 7

Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy – Redshirt Sophomore – 6-1, 192

DeSean Jackson returned to Philly, but Jeudy has that type of playmaking ability. If the plan is to build around Jameis Winston, Bruce Arians should continue to get him weapons, especially after such a defense-heavy 2019 draft.

BleacherReport.com – Round 1 – Pick No. 8

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa – Junior – 6-1, 218

Is Jameis Winston the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? No one can know that right now, as he’ll get one more chance to prove himself in 2019 under Bruce Arians, but the smart money is on Winston’s next season looking a lot like his first four. That could open the door for a quarterback in 2020.

Tua Tagovailoa is the most well-known player in the nation, but there are concerns about arm strength and his pocket presence. If he answers those questions in his junior season, NFL teams could be lining up to draft him early in Round 1.

SBNation.com – Round 1 – Pick No. 8

Alabama DT Raekwon Davis – Senior – 6-7, 309

The Buccaneers were rumored to take a defensive tackle with the No. 5 pick this year. If Gerald McCoy is in his final season in Tampa, the 6’7, 300-pound Davis is a fit next to Vita Vea.

DraftWire.com – Round 1 – Pick 8

Tennessee OT Trey Smith – Junior – 6-6, 337

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SI.com – Round 1 – Pick 10

LSU S Grant Delpit – Junior – 6-3, 203

LSU S Grant Delpit
LSU S Grant Delpit – Photo by: Getty Images

After one year of 2019 first-round pick Devin White, the Bucs will be sprinting to the podium at this point to grab another leader on the Tigers’ loaded defense. After a unanimous All-America season as a sophomore, Delpit will wear the prestigious No. 7 jersey awarded to LSU’s go-to playmaker (think Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette) as he builds off a season with five sacks, five picks and 14 passes defensed.

TheDraftNetwork.com – Round 1 – Pick 11

Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa – Junior – 6-5, 270 

Jason Pierre-Paul ain’t gettin’ any younger. Epenesa is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound freak of an edge defender who had 10.5 sacks last season as a sophomore.

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  1. We really doing this already?

    But fine whatever. Of all the players mentioned already, I would love to land Delpit at this moment.

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  2. Whoever wrote the Draft Network prediction must be a real dumb dumb. I’m glad he doesn’t write for this site!

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  3. Winston will be staying past 2019, so no QB in round 1. Honestly it needs to be a G or T next year.

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  4. I don’t think any of these guys will be available since we’ll be picking #32

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  5. Better yet, two more years of sucking and we can get the Clemson QB. Lawrence all day!

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  6. I think the Bucs will continue to build on Defense for the 2020 draft. Our D will be better this year. But not where Todd Bowles wants it. I’m thinkin DE.

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  7. OMG who cares so early

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  8. I agree with a lot of you, since we are doing this for shits and giggles…I say T, G, DE…..If Winston tanks and I mean tanks this year it could change that. I absolutely love the kid Jeudy from Bama, he’s a stud and a playmaker.

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  9. This is dumb…

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  10. This is Lichts plan folks…Tank for Tua.

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  11. Wow. That tells you that people are not happy with a ‘Defensive draft only’ after last year’s haul in the first, second and 4 round. We need to give these picks some time to shake out. Who knows? Maybe we turn the corner. Maybe it is all about coaching and not personnel. Time will tell.

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  12. Why does a playoff team team have a 6-11 draft pick? Go Bucs!

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  13. We should have a top 5 pick again.
    Tua would be epic

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  14. If Bucs have the 6th pick next year, Licht is history. BA won’t be far behind him either. If they cannot even get to 7-9 or 8-8, something is horribly wrong if they really believe we have a core of good players.

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  15. Rediculous

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  16. Any mock draft that doesn’t have the Bucs going DT, OT, or OL in 2020 has no clue regarding the makeup of the team.

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  17. If we have a top ten pick again I blow this ship up! Top to bottom! Inside out……

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  18. Bucs will have 1st to 3rd pick next year mock draft giving this team to much credit.
    This team is downgraded at 8 to 10 positions from last year.

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  19. UUUUHHHMMMM….again, complete strangers to me but don’t you think it’s, perhaps, just a bit too soon to talk about the 2020 draft….maybe?? I bet over half these names won’t even be mentioned come Feb-Mar of next year.

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  20. Are people this desperate and obsessed with the Draft they feel the need to actually analyze and comment on these baseless predictions? Of course Buc Ass has taken his rightful position in the deep end of the cesspool clamoring for our team to fail.

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  21. Sometimes it’s more fun reading the comments than the actual article. I say Winston tanks this year and we go after a top tier QB again because what we have in the stables can’t carry the team. But I don’t see Togavailoa as the answer. Maybe by this time next year UCF’s Mackenzie Milton will be 100% and ready to play. If not then I’m sure Oklahoma will just spit out another Heisman winner and we can pick him.

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    • To me this one is the most realistic of all the posts on this thread.

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  22. OMG, already writing about a 2020 draft. Give it a rest already. Find someone to break down some film or something. So annoying.

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  23. So Walter Football just did theirs so they could take a jab at Winston. Stay classy WF. Now with that being said I’d love Fromm but I don’t think we’ll be picking that early

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  24. Please, I’m still hung over from the 2019 draft last week. A 2020 mock ALREADY? Seriously?

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