One Buc Place was a busy place on Wednesday. Not only was Florida State safety Derwin James and Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea in the house, but PewterReport.com has also confirmed that Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson was the third big-name prospect who took a private visit with the Bucs.

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Pete Wood
3 years ago

I hope we pick him.
1. nelson.
2. Chubb.
3. Barkley
4. Trade down.

Darin
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

You’d prefer Nelson over Chubb and Barkley? Those are the two guys I’d take before Nelson at 7 in this draft. This team still needs a pass rushing DE badly, and an impact RB just as badly. I love Nelson’s play but no way I’m taking him over those 2. I do think one or 2 of those 3 will be there. I’d still prefer a trade back to get an extra 2 and the 3rd back. 4 picks in the top 70 or so would be ideal. There’s plenty of players in the draft, other than the big 3,… Read more »

Pete Wood
Reply to  Darin
3 years ago

I prefer Nelson, but I’d be very very happy with Chubb or Barkley.

Pete Wood
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

All of our opinions and speculations doesn’t add up to a hill of beans. Nobody knows who will be available at number seven and the Bucs will take the BPA. It’s not like they’ll have their pick of the big three. One will be around and few will question who the Bucs pick if they choose the only remaining of Chubb, Nelson and Barkley.

EricNV
Reply to  Darin
3 years ago

I’d take Chubb, if available in a heartbeat. Barkley can probably make a mediocre OL look much better than it is, but Nelson is the better long-term solution for the offense. An interior of Marpet, Jensen, and Nelson would be able to punch holes big enough to make a mediocre RB look really good – for many years. My only concern about trading back is do we lose out on the opportunity to draft one of the three plus miss out on James?

Don
Don
Reply to  Darin
3 years ago

I’d take Chubb over Nelson, but not Barkley. If you get Nelson, you shouldn’t need a guy like Barkley in your backfield.

Bucsfan1983
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

1) Chubb
2) Barkley
3) James
4) Trade down

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

I think it’s possible that the Colts might snag Nelson over Chubb, the Colts offensive line is terrible and they have to protect Luck. Luck took an absolute beating a couple years ago and that line is not much improved.

Bucsfan1983
Reply to  skipper
3 years ago

This is my thinking. I get that Chubb is a can’t miss prospect on the d-line. But the Colts previous GM severely lacked improving their O line over the last few years. Protecting Luck should be priority #1 for them.

e
e
3 years ago

Mayfield is the wildcard. I think that Cleveland will trade with the Dolphins to help push down Nelson, Chubb & Barkley. I personally like this order, myself.

FLBoy84
3 years ago

Being that either of the three could the Bucs pick in Rnd 1, curious if the reasoning behind having all three in on the same day was to be able to compare them while the visits are still fresh in the staff’s minds and to see who leaves the biggest impression as well.

EricNV
Reply to  FLBoy84
3 years ago

That was exactly what I was thinking. Plus, the visit with Vea might indicate their willingness to trade down a few spots.

FLBoy84
Reply to  Eric Fiegehen
3 years ago

Agree, that’s why I used Rnd 1 instead of #7. It’s possible though that the Bucs have him ranked higher on their board than most and he actually IS in the running at #7 as well if the big 3 are gone.. Guess we’ll find out in a few weeks.

seat26
3 years ago

Nelson would be awesome. But we still need an RB. So if we pick Nelson in 1st, we have to pick an RB in 2nd. As waiting for the 4th round would mean we would be looking at another player who would probably not be able to be an every-down back or even make the team. And if we do pick RB at 2nd, it means that we would have to wait until 4th to get secondary help. Tough decisions to make, unless we get creative. Like say…Trade a Pro-bowl quality TE for another 1st rounder, or trade down.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
3 years ago

What do the prospects do during visits? Anyone know?

macabee
Reply to  Brooks Dunn-Winston
3 years ago

Not much, primarily a meet and greet. There are NFL rules to follow, some testing maybe a physical exam, but workouts are not allowed. The article linked is a bit dated but pretty much sums it up from one team’s perspective. Hope this helps! Go Bucs!

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/04/11/nfl-pre-draft-visits-important-part-evaluating-prospects/Sj3QAwyZT6FFoIci2zgUoK/story.html

geno711
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Not sure why you received a few thumbs down when someone asked a question, you responded and even provided a source for your opinion. Thanks for sharing!!

Buc 1976
3 years ago

At this time no telling what the Bucs do. I think 3 teams have 2 first round picks and want to move up. This draft IMO will be very unpredictable after #4 pick.

FLBoy84
Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

You could even say the unpredictability starts at #2. Do the NYG go QG, RB, DL or QB? Only ones who might know are the NYG, and even they are probably still trying to decide for certain.

Buc 1976
Reply to  FLBoy84
3 years ago

Very true! It will be a very interesting draft.

Andy Ely
3 years ago

Honestly I would take any of Barkley, Chubb, James, or Nelson at 7. If we traded down the most ideal trade partner would be the Bills. We could pick up the 12th, 22nd and probably an additional 3rd. We could then take Derwin James at 12 or Davenport, then Will Hernandez, Josh Jackson, Harold Landry, or Derrius Guice and 22. Then take a best player available in the 2nd, or a running back if we didnt take Guice at 22. Then we are off and running.

EricNV
Reply to  Andy Ely
3 years ago

I would be really surprised if James was still available at no. 12.

Andy Ely
Reply to  Eric Fiegehen
3 years ago

Like 90% of the mock drafts I have seen, if we do not take him at 7 he is available at 12

Pit of misery
3 years ago

Pass on James at #7! Ok with it at #12

Don
Don
3 years ago

Increasingly, it’s looking like Nelson will be there for us. I can’t imagine the Bucs pass him up. If they take Nelson, then I’d like to think the Bucs aren’t looking for a lead back at that point. Donte Jackson may still be there for us in the 2nd, and then I would like to see the Bucs maybe trade up a few spots to grab Nyheim Hines as a change of pace/3rd down/ST guy. I would be thrilled with those first 3 selections.

Bullies
3 years ago

Would love Nelson…doubt Chubb or Barkley would be there. Nelson at LG and Marpet back to RG and on to the Pro Bowl!

seat26
3 years ago

Bucs have never shown patience in Draft. I would love to see them trade down and fill some more holes on the Team. They need so many positions. RB, CB, S, G, DE, and another DT would be ideal.