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, PewterReport.com 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 in the first round, and here’s who those around the media have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh
“Oweh’s speed and versatility land him in Tampa, and the growth potential under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles proves this to be an insanely good fit.” – Cynthia Frelund
First Round Pick: Alabama RB Najee Harris Second Round Pick: Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon
“Another team that has done a great job getting the band back together is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They entered free agency facing decisions on defensive stalwarts such as Lavonte David and Super Bowl hero Shaquil Griffin, as well as offensive weapons Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski. Full credit to general manager Jason Licht and cap expert Mike Greenberg, as the Buccaneers have done a fantastic job bringing those players back.
“That lets the organization draft value in this spot, and like the Super Bowl champions a season ago, that means the organization can watch as the top two running backs both slide to them with the final pick in the first round. The result? The rich get richer as the Buccaneers add Najee Harris from Alabama. He made great strides as a receiver out of the backfield during his time in Tuscaloosa, and while pass protection might not be a strength, he has also grown in this area. It would be hard to pass up this type of value.” – Mark Schofield
First Round Pick: Wisconsin-Whitewater C/G Quinn Meinerz Second Round Pick: Oklahoma LB Ronnie Perkins Third Round Pick: North Carolina WR Dyami Brown
Meinerz has been the biggest riser of the pre-draft process and for a good reason. He had an unbelievable Senior Bowl and followed it up with an awe-inspiring Pro Day. Tampa Bay selected Ali Marpet in the second round out of a Division III school and he has paid dividends. Meinerz looks like he has Pro-Bowl potential at either guard or center and gives the Bucs protection for when Alex Cappa is a free agent in 2022.
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Clemson RB Travis Etienne
“Etienne is violent, fast and able to impact the game on all three downs. He would be an immediate upgrade to the Tampa offense that could continue beyond Tom Brady‘s tenure.” – Lance Zierlein
First Round Pick: Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh Second Round Pick: Pittsburgh DT Jaylen Twyman Third Round Pick: Alabama IOL Deonte Brown Fourth Round Pick: Oklahoma RB Rhamondre Stevenson Fifth Round Pick: TCU LB Garrett Wallow Sixth Round Pick: Oregon CB Deommodore Lenoir Seventh Round Pick: Missouri WR Damon Hazelton Seventh Round Pick: Boise State DB/KR Avery Williams
“I see pass-rush as the most obvious long-term need on this team; you don’t need a guy to play a ton as a rookie, just give Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul more of a breather than they’ve had the last two years. I’ve gone with Ossai before, but we’ll mix it up and pick Jayson Oweh here. The Bucs have had great success with Penn State kids under Licht, from Donovan Smith to Chris Godwin to even their time with Carl Nassib. Oweh is a smaller pass-rusher, but he’s 6-foot-5 and can add weight during his rookie year, setting himself up for a much larger role in 2022.” – Greg Auman
First Round Pick: Miami Edge Gregory Rousseau Second Round Pick: North Carolina RB Michael Carter Third Round Pick: Stanford CB Paulson Adebo Fourth Round Pick: Cincinnati OT James Hudson
“Rousseau should already be off the board, but one of the top edge rushers will likely fall to this spot. Tampa Bay would love to find this long, versatile defender available, as he would fit in well as a 5-technique (he lined up at the 3 and 5 spots for Miami in 2019) or as a backup edge rusher. William Gholston, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh will be free agents in 2022, and Rousseau could fill in for any of them.” – Chad Reuter
Bucs’ First Round Pick: Alabama DT Christian Barmore
“Even with Ndamukong Suh back for the 2021 season, the Buccaneers still need to address defensive tackle. Putting Christian Barmore in the rotation with Suh and Vita Vea would mean the Buccaneers have consistent strength up front, regardless of who is in the game. Additionally, Barmore can step in and replace Suh in 2022.” – Ben Rolfe
First Round Pick: Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike Second Round Pick: Sam Cosmi OT Texas
“Ndamukong Suh returns on a one-year deal but Levi Onwuzurike could be his eventual replacement. Tampa Bay is drafting for a year out because they have essentially zero weaknesses on the current roster.” Josh Edwards
First Round Pick: Stanford OT Walker Little Second Round Pick: Washington Edge Joe Tryon
“Walker Little would be coveted as one of the best players in this class if he didn’t miss nearly all of the 2019 season and opt out of the 2020 season. He’s a former five-star recruit with ridiculous athleticism for his size. Tristan Wirfs was a home run for the Bucs a year ago, and Little could be exactly that as a developmental piece behind Donovan Smith while the veteran plays out the rest of his contract.” – Austin Gayle
First Round Pick: Tulsa OLB Zaven Collins Second Round Pick: Cincinnati OT Jason Hudson
“It’s best available player for a team that is returning all of its starters from a Super Bowl-winning roster. Collins is a 3-4 OLB who could replace Jason Pierre-Paul if the Bucs don’t bring him back in 2022. He sneaks in to close Round 1, marking Tulsa’s only first-round pick in the common draft era (since 1967).” – Todd McShay
First Round Pick: Alabama OL Landon Dickerson Second Round Pick: Florida State DT Marvin Wilson
“The end of the first round sees two offensive linemen go off the board. Dickerson has the versatility to play multiple positions and that will be music to Brady’s ears. Tom needs a clean pocket to make plays to the Buccaneers playmakers. Dickerson is able to come in and start for Tampa on day one.” – Adam Pelletier
First Round Pick: Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield Second Round Pick: Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon
“Mayfield can play tackle or guard but will give Alex Cappa legit competition at the guard spot immediately.” – Chris Trepasso