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Tis the season of mock drafts.

To hardcore NFL fans, it is a four-month long celebration culminating with their favorite team making seven picks – give or take a few – over a three-day weekend in April.

And for NFL websites and publications, it a four-month long bonanza of mock draft debate and chatter, filled with smokescreens, hidden messages, players rising and falling, and a lot of luck to even get a few of the picks right. For NFL front offices, the pressure is on, and those “sources” we have built over the years become suddenly tight lipped.

Below is a list of links to the latest mock drafts, and the players they have targeted for Tampa Bay.

PewterReport.com: G Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
“Nelson gets his quick feet, hip flexion, leverage and mental discipline from years studying Taekwondo. For a guard, he has a devastating highlight reel. Imagine the opponents Nelson can devastate at the next level as a Buccaneer.”– Scott Reynolds

Walter Football: DE/OLB Arden Key – LSU
“Arden Key is the best player available, so the Buccaneers would be thrilled to land him at No. 7 overall.” – WalterFootball.com

Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell: G Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
“Nelson was exceptional throughout 2017, dominating opponents on a weekly basis. He has superb strength to blast open holes and is a true road-grader as a run blocker.” – Charlie Campbell

ESPN’s Mel Kiper: G Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame
“Nelson is a plug-and-play starter who would be an upgrade for almost every team.” – Mel Kiper Jr.

Click the next page below to see the Bucs mock draft picks from NFL Network, CBS Sports and more

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Ken Grant
3 years ago

Yes, no, yes, yes!

Pete Wood
3 years ago

These mock drafts are fun and I check them more often than I care to admit, but they are rather pointless. Top players will be on the board when the Bucs pick thanks to the QB needs of the teams ahead of them. We have no idea who those players will be. The number seven pick is largely dependent on the teams ahead of the Bucs. What I do know is that the Bucs will have to go out of their way to screw this up with the level of talent available. They have done very well with first round… Read more »

Destino102
3 years ago

My biggest fear is that 4 QBs go and Nelson and Chubb in the top 6. I like Barkley, but RB is a need that can be addressed in the lower rounds, and the only 2 players I think would be worth at 7th would be James and Fitzpatrick. We may even be able to trade down 2-3 spots. get an extra pick, and take James, Fitzpatrick and maybe Key at 9 or 10.

Wausa
3 years ago

I think Nelson is going to be fantastic in the NFL, but the Bucs have put themselves in an awful position of having enormous needs at defensive line, running back and defensive back. As of now Round 1 for the Bucs should be Bradley Chubb DE NC State if he is gone then I would want Derwin James DB Florida State or Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama In round two I would want the Bucs to target Rasheem Green DE USC, Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest or Mike Hughes CB UCF. Regardless, I think it is imperative the Bucs draft two… Read more »

vtrantb
3 years ago

I suggested Mike Hughes in the 2nd rnd in a recent post. He is a play making CB and a deadly returner. I believe he runs in the 4.3-4.4 range. I have seen him as high as a low 1st rnd pick in one mock.

Horse
3 years ago

Just remember what GM Licht said, “our need is DE & RB”. I would work the first 3 rounds on that thought of need. Could be if neither top DE or RB they have rated is there at spot 7, GM might trade down.

surferdudes
3 years ago

I get scared when players like Davenport are brought up from schools like San Antonio. Who the hell did he play against that makes you think he can do it at the next level? Maybe in the 7th round you can take that chance, but not with the 7th pick. I’d be willing to bet he’s not as good as any D end from Georgia, or Alabama. I also don’t like the linebacker, D end combo by their name. Are they going to be great at LB, DE, both, or more then likely neither? Our problems are across our D… Read more »

bmayhew
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

You do realize our best o lineman Ali marpet played college in division 3? Talent is talent. Jerry Rice why to a small school too. All that matters is can you play and do you have the tools to do it at the next level. People think Davenport can

rrsrq
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Michael Strahan small school, Jerry Rice, small school, Ali Marpet, small school, Aneas Williams, small school… If you can ball, you can ball

Devasher
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Khalil Mack (10.5 sacks this year) was a top 5 pick….and went to Buffalo. Ezekiel Ansah (12 sacks this year) was a top 5 pick…and went to BYU Mario Addison who has 20.5 sacks over the past two years for Carolina went to….Troy. Demarcus Lawrence who is tied for 2nd in the league in sacks this year with 14.5 went to…Boise State. 6th All-time sack leader Michael Strahan went to Texas Southern (chosen 40th overall), 7th all-time Jason Taylor went to Akron 8th all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware was chosen went to Troy (chosen 11th overall) and finally 11th all-time… Read more »

GrafikDetail
3 years ago

the notre dame OL didn’t look so impressive against the Miami Hurricanes… not confident that Nelson will be an immediate impact type of player

Ja'crispy
3 years ago

Marcus Davenport with the #7 pick. That’s a funny joke.

GrafikDetail
Reply to  Ja'crispy
3 years ago

people thought the ziggy ansah pick at #5 was a joke too at the time…

jongruden
3 years ago

Never and I mean NEVER draft a guard in the top 10 they are not game changers on a football team, draft QB, RB, DE, WR LB, LT. Guards are the least important position to address in top 10 and they can be found later in rounds where most pro bowl guards were drafted in anyway. I would take highest rated DE or corner at #7

wnb0395
Reply to  jongruden
3 years ago

That is funny because half of this years pro bowl guards were drafted in the 1st round. One going as high as 5th over all.

cobraboy
3 years ago

Nelson is a one-in-a-generation OG talent like Joe Thomas or Paul Gruber at OT. If Chubb is gone, this would be a no-brainer. He would instantly and significantly upgrade the running game.

Horse
Reply to  cobraboy
3 years ago

I would pick a DE, RB, or trade down as GM Licht stated those 2 positions are our needs over everything else. I don’t see the importance of picking an OG at spots 1-15, unless you have all other positions satisfied; just my opinion..

cobraboy
3 years ago

Reaching for a player out of need rarely works out well, especially in the early rounds. That first rounder should be a solid starter for years.

macabee
3 years ago

Nobody should be sure about anybody this early in the draft season. Surferdudes is right to question the first round potential of DE Marcus Davenport and he’s not alone. Davenport is in the Senior Bowl for one reason – to improve his draft position and erase any doubt. Chubb is skipping – both have to past muster at the Combine. JonGruden is right in the NFL’s view of OGs in the top ten – not even first year All-Pro OG Zach Martin/Dallas who was taken at #16. There are other highly rated OGs in this draft like Billy Price, Will… Read more »

Destino102
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

To get a 2nd and a 4th, you are looking at trading down to the 15th or 16th pick, which would be Green Bay or Arizona. Arizona needs a QB, so may be willing to give a little extra to move up to 7 if the right QB falls to us. I’m all for it.

wnb0395
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

You do realize that half of the guards in the pro bowl this year was taken in the first round. The highest going 5th over all. There isn’t a pro bowl guard this year taken after round 3.

macabee
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

wnb0395, You make my point. Brandon Scherff was taken at #5 in the 2015 draft. None of the others before #15. I didn’t say that no guard has ever been taken before #10 in the history of the NFL, but alluded to the fact that it rarely happens. That not a negative but it is a fact! OTs and DEs a different matter.

wnb0395
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

You are right about it being rare. That is because there is rarely a guard this talented worth taking in the top 10. When that talent does come along, you grab it though like with Scherff.

owlykat
3 years ago

If you are worried about our LG position, move Smith there (he is a road grading OL player as good as Nelson, but suffers at pass blocking) and either move Dotson to LT and Pamphile to RT or move down and get a LT who can both pass block and run block, and a DE with the other pick you get in the deal. Use the second pick on a RB or another DE, and then the third pick for a starting Center. Don’t give up on our slow; short past first pick at CB, Holloway, because in his third… Read more »

martinii
3 years ago

I’m on board with Chubb and believe that the Colts might go in a different direction with a new head coach. I Think Arden Key may drop do to off field problems and may be available at 38. I know this is all pie in the sky this early but my early wild card is a potential 4-5 pick in JT Barrett, QB Ohio State. Huge flexibility, Wildcat, back-up QB, WR, and RB. He was an OSU standout and record setting Leader. I have yet to see him in any early round conversation, but I think whoever gets him will… Read more »

bEubanks11
3 years ago

I agree that the Colts take Barkley and that Chubb is available. Nelson next to Marpet would be an amazing asset to build around for the next dozen years but agree that #7 is too step for an interior offensive lineman. Offensive line play is truly a team sport, a 3rd round graded guard can get the job done if he fits what you’re trying to do as a unit. Chubb is the pick unless he’s gone. In that case I’m all for trading back and getting more talented youth. DE, RB, DB, G/C, DT. Get one of each of… Read more »

wnb0395
Reply to  bEubanks11
3 years ago

I think Barkley goes 1st over all to the browns. They know the colts aren’t taking a QB and they will get a top 2 QB at pick 4 but Barkley probably wont fall to them at 4. With Barkley off the board I think the Colts go Chubb or Nelson.

Devasher
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

The reason why that would be a dumb move (and yet very Brownsian) is because the Colts could easily trade down and another QB needy team could leapfrog into pick number two to get their top guy at QB. The Bears traded up one spot with the 49ers to take a QB at 2 in 2017. Both the Rams and the Eagles traded into 1 and 2 to take QB’s in 2016. The Bucs and Titans both took QB’s at 1 and 2 in 2015, making a QB selection at number 2 the last three years. Also who could forget… Read more »

wnb0395
Reply to  Devasher
3 years ago

I think the Browns wont even draft a QB in the first. Their new head coach is the former Vikings OC and will probably sign one of the Vikings 3 QBs they don’t resign. (Bridgewater, Bradford, or Keeenan).

wnb0395
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

I meant Giants not browns.

Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

Free Agency: Nate Solder, Ezekiel Ansah, Micheal Bennett, Ryan Jensen, Kyle Fuller, re-sign Mike Evans

Draft: (If Chubb and or Fitzpatrick are off the board at 7)

Rd 1) S Derwin James
Rd 2) RB Sony Michel/Kerryon Johnson
Rd 3) DE Chad Thomas
Rd 4) CB Tarvarus McFadden
Rd 5) RB Phillip Lindsay
Rd 6) K Eddy Pineiro
Rd 6) G/C Sean Welsh

matador
3 years ago

I don’t have the answers and as Mac said we’re all just making stuff up at this point…

That said, waiting until later rounds to draft OL would be disastrous for JW’s health, and our running game, and our play action passing, and our time of possession, and therefor our defense.

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln…

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