As the Super Bowl LV championship is still fresh in the minds of Bucs players and their fans, the attention is starting to gravitate towards the 2021 NFL Draft. NFL experts and pundits are publishing mock drafts on a regular basis and making their picks for the Bucs.

Each week until the 2021 NFL Draft in April, will scour the internet to find the list of players that are projected to Tampa Bay and put out the list with the links. The Bucs will have the 32nd overall pick, and here’s who those around the media have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.

New Mock Drafts This Week

Scott Reynolds –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Washington OLB Joe Tryon 
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell 
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: Grambling State OG/C David Moore 
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: East Carolina OT D’Ante Smith 
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Houston ILB Grand Stuard
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Central Arkansas CB Robert Rochell 
“The Buccaneers have a recent fondness for Washington defensive linemen, evidenced by the drafting of nose tackle Vita Vea in the first round in 2017 and signing defensive lineman Benning Potoa’e as an undrafted free agent in 2020. Tampa Bay turns back to the Huskies program, which is led by former Bucs defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, for Onwuzurike (pronounced “own-zerr-EE-kay”) with the 32nd overall pick in the first round.

“The Bucs will need to invest in their defensive line, as free agent defensive tackles Steve McLendon and Ndamukong Suh, are 35 and 34, respectively, and Rakeem Nunez-Roches turns 28 in July. Defensive end Will Gholston, who is under contract for 2021, turns 30 in July. The Bucs drafted Khalil Davis in the sixth-round last year, but he barely saw the field as a rookie and can’t be counted on as a future starter given his draft status and lack of experience and playing time.

“Onwuzurike is an interesting prospect to study because he opted out of his senior year at Washington due to COVID-19. The 23-year old defensive lineman recorded 95 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks in three seasons for the Huskies, often playing out of position at nose tackle where he drew constant double teams. Pro Football Focus had him playing in the A-gap on 184 snaps in 2019 and 274 snaps in the B-gap, with 29 snaps lining up over a tackle and 10 lining up outside the tackle. Onwuzurike’s ability to play all across the defensive line, as he did at Washington, makes him an attractive draft prospect, although he seems best suited to play a 3-tech defensive tackle spot in the NFL due to his quickness and ability to penetrate.” – Scott Reynolds

Mark Cook –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris 
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Washington OLB Joe Tryon 
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Alabama ILB Dylan Moses
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: Ohio State C Josh Myers
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: Florida State OLB Janarius Robinson 
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Florida CB Marco Wilson
“Harris could very well be off the board by the time the Bucs draft, and while I normally wouldn’t take a running back in the first round, at No. 32 and with the Buccaneers not needing an impact starter necessarily, Harris would be a great fit and selection for Tampa Bay. Harris runs with power but can make guys miss despite a 230-pound frame. Add in his ability to catch the ball and his Tuscaloosa pedigree, and Harris will be NFL-ready the day he arrives in Tampa Bay. With 1,466 yards on the ground plus another 425 as a receiver and 30 total touchdowns in 2020, Harris is a no-brainer if he’s still on the board and makes the Bucs offense even more dangerous.” – Mark Cook

Seth Galina –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Wake Forest Edge Carlos Basham Jr.
“This is a world where the Bucs fail to bring back Shaquil Barrett because they don’t have many holes otherwise. They hit on their draft picks last season, and unless they look for the future quarterback, Basham is the best edge available here.” – Seth Galina

Chad Reuter –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu – Koromoah
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Florida State DT Marvin Wilson
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Notre Dame Edge Daelin Hayes
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: UCLA RB Demetric Felton
Lavonte David and Devin White helped the Buccaneers shut down defenses during the second half of the team’s Super Bowl season. If David’s talents lead him elsewhere in free agency, White slides inside and allows JOK to blitz off the edge and work in coverage. For this mock, I am assuming Tampa Bay secures receiver Chris Godwin for next season using the franchise tag and that Shaq Barrett’s desire to return to the team (while getting paid) comes to fruition.” – Chad Reuter

A.J. Schulte –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Miami Edge Quincy Roche
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Cincinnati OT  James Hudson
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: UCLA DT Osa Odighizuwa
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: Arizona State S Aashari Crosswell
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick:Cincinnati Edge Elijah Ponder
“Leonard Fournette had some good moments down the stretch in the playoffs, but with how many free agents the Buccaneers have and the limited cap space they have to work with, it’s a poor decision to allocate that towards Fournette.
The Buccaneers need a pass-catching back, and adding Travis Etienne’s explosiveness to that Tampa Bay offense takes them to another level.” – A.J. Schulte

Jordan Reid –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Miami Edge Jaelan Phillips
“When it comes to roster building, Jason Licht has shown that he isn’t afraid to take chances on players that involve some risk. Phillips’ concussion history and brief retirement due to injuries may bring about some hesitancy with drafting him, but strictly as a pass rusher, the talent is undeniable. A strong argument can be made that he’s the best pass rusher in this class. With Shaq Barrett’s long-term future still in question, Phillips slots in as the new option opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.” – Jordan Reid

Ryan Wilson –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Missouri LB Nick Bolton
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Pittsburgh Edge Patrick Jones
“It looks like Lavonte David may be elsewhere next season and while Devin White had a breakout year, Bolton’s sideline-to-sideline skills could help soften the loss should David not return.” – Ryan Wilson

Scott Smith – 

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Washington DL Levi Onwuzurike
“So I pretty much stuck to my guns here in my second mock draft, though it’s not the exact same player. The domino effect that bumped Barmore down to Green Bay has now dropped Onwuzurike to the Buccaneers. It’s really impossible to know right now if IDL, ILB, EDGE or WR is going to be a more pressing need for Tampa Bay come draft time, or if any of them will be. So for now I’ll stay with the notion that the Bucs have three defensive linemen headed towards free agency so they’ll probably need some reinforcements there. And Tampa Bay has had some pretty good recent success with Washington defensive linemen.” – Scott Smith

Pete Prisco –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Clemson RB Travis Etienne
“If they were to add an explosive “air” back to their offense, it would be scary. Etienne is a game-changer every time he touches the ball.” – Pete Prisco

Roy Countryman –

Bucs’ First Round Pick: Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown
Bucs’ Second Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
Bucs’ Third Round Pick: Vanderbilt DT Dayo Odeyingbo
Bucs’ Fourth Round Pick: UCLA RB/WR Demetric Felton
Bucs’ Fifth Round Pick: Florida DT Tedarrell Slaton
Bucs’ Sixth Round Pick (From Chargers): USF CB K.J. Sails
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: TCU TE Pro Wells
Bucs’ Seventh Round Pick: Ohio State P Drue Chrisman

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4 months ago

We absolutely have got to add a real pass catching RB this off-season. I don’t care if it’s James White in FA or one in the first few rounds of the Draft, but that Eval of if we add that we will be “Scary” is so true. I don’t care what people say about when to Draft what, you aren’t an expert or anyone that should even have a valid opinion. I think we proved with White that if the player is right and dynamic then who cares what his position is if he will help your team. If Harris… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

Yeah pass catching RB’s can be found throughout the draft. I would prefer a veteran NFL pass catching RB though.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

This draft is fairly weak as far as starting RB depth, but yea, getting into these guys, the middle/early middle rounds are shaping up to be rich with roleplayers who project to kill it as receiving RBs in the NFL – Michael Carter, Kenneth Gainwell, and Demetric Felton that I’ve looked at at all in depth thus far, plus at least one other I haven’t gotten into who is reported to be great pass catcher in Jaret Patterson. Plus, of course, Harris, Etienne, and Javonte, although the latter needs a bit of work as a receiver. Between these guys and… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by toofamiliar17
Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

With David and Godwin back the Bucs draft strategy is much simpler.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Barrett always looked like the most likely to be on the outside looking in. If we resign him, then it really does open our options up, but if he gets away, I don’t see how we don’t take the best edge rusher available (and there should be at least a couple of attractive options there for us) with our first pick.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  toofamiliar17
4 months ago

Shaq leaving may force the Bucs hand or they sign a veteran FA edge rusher for less money while having extra money to upgrade elsewhere.

4 months ago

I would love to see Mack Jones available at the first round pick, but if not RB Etienne would be a good choice and then maybe move up in the second round and take QB Trask.

4 months ago

So I took a long look at Kenneth Gainwell after SR’s most recent mock, and I LOVE this kid. Great find and great idea by Reynolds. If we pass on a RB in the first (as I reeeeaaaally hope we do), Gainwell in the third could be the RB steal of this draft IMO. Kid has insane hands for a RB. As a redshirt freshman, I saw him roast two defender in double coverage on a poorly thrown corner route on which he made a great over the shoulder catch, and then an absolutely ridiculous catch that would’ve been impressive… Read more »

Reply to  toofamiliar17
4 months ago

He’s a complete stud. I’d much rather him in the 3rd, than either Harris in the 1st, or Williams in the 2nd. He was widely considered the best all around back in Memphis( better than Gipson, and better than Henderson). His upside is off the charts

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Dave
4 months ago

Great value too as it allows the Bucs focus on trench players with their first two picks too.

Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

100% agree. I’ve always HATED drafting 1st round RB’s. Especially in the last couple picks of the first round. If we’re going to take a RB, the only way it’s a smart move is if we trade back, or take one in either the 2nd or 3rd. To me, the only RB’s worth taking in the first, are game changing, perennial talent RB’s(AP, CMC, Barkley, Kamara, etc… Even with players like that, I still hate taking them early. I’d never draft a RB in the top 10. Never. If I had a top 10 pick, and wanted an elite RB,… Read more »