While the NFL Draft is still two months away, that still hasn’t prevented Bucs fans from speculating, questions and discussing who they would like to see their favorite team take coming up in late April.

Mock drafts are great for debate, and when looking at the ones released recently both locally and nationally, there are many different trains of thought on who will be standing at the podium with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the night of April 28 in Chicago.

PewterReport.com offers up a list of several different mocks in this one stop for Bucs fans to see who pundits believe will be wearing red and pewter next season.

PewterReport.com – DE Noah Spence – Western KentuckyEastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence and Texas Tech LT LeRaven Clark are in the new PewterReport.com Bucs mock draft - Photo by: Eric Dellaratta/PR
PewterReport.com has released two mock drafts so far in 2016 and both have defensive ends as the Bucs pick in the first round. In early January, Scott Reynolds had Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah going to the Buccaneers, but following a very good Senior Bowl performance, he switched from Ogbah to Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence. Reynolds also went as far as to predict the entire seven rounds of draft picks for the Bucs in his mock drafts. Look for PewterReport.com’s Mock Draft 3.0 following the NFL Combine later this month.

WalterFootball.com – DE Emmanuel Ogbah – Oklahoma State
Charlie Campbell, former editor of PewterReport.com and now with WalterFootball.com, continues the trend of the Bucs getting better on the defensive line, and has Tampa Bay taking Ogbah with the No. 9 overall pick. Ogbah likely would immediately step in and be a starter from the first day of training camp.

ESPN – DE DeForest Buckner – Oregon
ESPN’s Todd McShay put out his Mock 2.0 last week and also has Tampa Bay looking for defensive help with Oregon’s DeForest Buckner becoming a Buccaneers in April. Earlier this year, ESPN’s Mel Kiper had the Buccaneers selecting Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves with the No.9 selection.

USA Today.com – OT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame
Nate Davis broke the trend of defensive players to the Buccaneers with the prediction of  offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley ending up in Tampa Bay. And while defense is a priority for the Buccaneers this offseason, it would be hard to pass up a franchise tackle, if in fact the Bucs front office view Stanley as one. Of course, then the question becomes if he becomes the starter on the left or the right side.

Bleacher Report.com – DE Noah Spence – Western Kentucky
Both Matt Miller and Luke Easterling like Western Kentucky’s Noah Spence to Tampa Bay with the No. 9 pick. Spence certainly has the talent to be worthy of a Top 10 selection, however off the field issues dating back to his time at Ohio State has teams concerned if Spence can be trusted. To his credit, Spence has behaved since arriving at Eastern Kentucky after getting the boot from Urban Myer in Columbus for failed drug tests.

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CBSSports.com – CB Vernon Hargreaves – Florida
With one of the most disappointing secondaries in the NFL last season, many think Hargreaves would look great in a Bucs uniform in 2016. One of those who likes the former Gators standout to Tampa Bay is CBSSports.com’s Dan Brugler who writes, “Hargreaves is a tough-minded, instinctive cover man who is ready to start from day one in the NFL.”

ProFootballFocus.com – DE Noah Spence – Western Kentucky
Spence made such an impression at the Senior Bowl he is so far the most picked player to the Bucs in the mock drafts. Of course there is still over two months before the Bucs have to hand in their card with the name of their first-round pick on it, and a lot can and most likely will change. But ProFootballFocus.com, like a number of other websites, feel Spence will land with the Buccaneers.

NFLNetwork.com – CB – Eli Apple – Ohio State
Daniel Jeremiah had Ohio State’s Eli Apple heading to Tampa Bay back in January. And most Bucs fans agree that a cornerback or two will be a priority for Tampa Bay in the draft, however after Jalen Ramsey and Hargreaves, who are considered the two best cornerbacks coming out in 2016, then there is no consensus who the third best one is. That most likely will be determined following the NFL Combine later this month. It very well could be Apple and if so, he would most likely step in as an immediate starter.

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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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georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

Well thaT is a good seniaro what Tampa might do. Tampa holds a great slot at no#9. Who would be available If Tampa trades down with LA Rams at no#15.who would be still there that slot. Espically id LA Rams would throw in one of theirs no#2 and a future mid rd. Tampa could really fill holes in a hurry.What does horse think and some of the regulars!

martinii
martinii
5 years ago

Just a comment about Noah Spence. It always bothers me when the Combine results or one game like the Senior Bowl brings a player into the first round. Yes he is really good, but has always graded as a second or third round prospect. His off field problems aside, I would be cautious about anointing him too quickly. EKU doesn’t play the toughest schedule, and at OSU he was surrounded with top talent.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Well most of us will never know how they have the players rated now, after the combine, and after their personal visits to OBP. I’m comfortable as to whoever we draft as Licht has proven to me he is doing his homework. On another subject, I’m wondering if Robinson replacement is coming from Denver?

rrsrq
rrsrq
5 years ago

I have confidence in Licht too, unless he reaches for Oakman from Baylor

e
e
5 years ago

After seeing the havoc that Vonn Miller wreaked in the Superbowl win, I’m betting that a guy like Noah Spence is flying up draft boards. I wonder if he’d even be available at 9? If he was not available when the Bucs picked, I’d be leaning towards Hargreaves III, myself.

ErnieBuc
ErnieBuc
5 years ago

If there are no pass rushers available, I’m inclined to allow Verner and Banks the opportunity to flourish in the new scheme, and with the secondary coach that helped make Verner a Pro Bowler.

That’s not to say that I wouldn’t take a corner in the draft, but I wouldn’t use the premium pick on one, unless it was a safety, and his name is Ramsey.

Instead, I take Ronnie Stanley, and protect this franchise’s biggest investment. Grab pass rush in round 2 with the Clemson DE, and look for CB/WR/S/BPA the rest of the way

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
Reply to  ErnieBuc
5 years ago

I’m w/ you on Verner and Banks,
and pass rush will help those guys out-you aren’t worried about rolling the dice on another Clemson DE, ErnieBuc?
We have enough needs that I’m not super picky this year- BPA sounds good to me- or trade down…
Martinii, I know it wasn’t 1st round, but that’s how they got a small school talent in Marpet

ErnieBuc
ErnieBuc
Reply to  WiltheBrewer
5 years ago

Nah. I prefer to look at players on a case-by-case basis. Clemson has been developing solid talent in the last few years at a few positions, and they have definitely begun accumulating and developing higher quality talent over the last couple cycles. Shaq Lawson was playing injured against Alabama, and didn’t play as well as he’s capable of, but he’s a strong, quick burst guy that has some production to back up his hype. I also hope Oakman from Baylor slides to the 3rd round. Hayes is the kinda coach who can turn him into the football player that his… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
5 years ago

I’d be happy with any of, Ogbah,Spence,Hargraves

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

We have so many needs, this draft is going to be a “can’t miss” draft for the Bucs. Anybody we pick in the 1st round will be an automatic improvement to our team.
Just going to sit back and see what we got! lol.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Me too macabee. I sure miss Kiper’s big blue book and the great work of Joel Buschbaum. At this point I have limited knowledge about any of the aforementioned 9th spot options with the exception of Hargraves, who from my observations isn’t worthy of a top ten choice. I tend to watch college games and see who jumps out at me with their stellar, dominant play. Guys like Sapp, Brooks, Alstott and more recently, Evans and Winston all were players I hoped would end up as Buccaneers. I also really liked Ronnie Lott and Daren Sproles but that was not… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

so many needs indeed…sounds like a blues song mac:
I got me a weak line;
on both sides of the ball;
I got a need for speed;
but I need a defensive back most of all;
I got me the Buccaneer Blues;
I got’em all night long;
and with the 9th overall pick;
I’m gonna make one of those problems gone….
ya, ya ,ya, ya, ya…..

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

I’m pretty comfortable with Licht’s drafting so far. With the exception of the wasted picks in round 6 and 7 last year he’s been very solid.

I’m definitely thinking BPA will work best for us. Best DB or Pass Rusher in the 1st followed by BPA or trading down the rest of the way. I’m confident in our scouting team. Go Bucs!