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 in the first round, and here’s who those around the media have the defending Super Bowl champs selecting in their mock drafts.

New Mock Drafts This Week

Cynthia Frelund –

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

Mark Schofield –

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

Jack Borowsky – Sports 

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.

Lance Zierlein –

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

Greg Auman –

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

Chad Reuter –

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

Ben Rolfe –

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

Josh Edwards –

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

Austin Gayle –

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

Todd McShay –

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

Adam Pelletier –

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

Chris Trepasso –

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

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4 months ago
  1. Christian Barmore-IDL-Bama
  2. Carlos Bashan Jr -Edge-Wake
  3. Shaun Wade-CB-Ohio State
  4. Rhamondre Stevenson-RB-Okla
  5. Trey Hill-iol-Ga
  6. Sage Surratt-WR-Wake
4 months ago

Did Mark Schofield actually call Shaq Barrett as Shaquil Griffin? WOW.
My dream Draft-
1st-#32- Tyson Campbell- CB- Georgia
2nd- #64- Jabriel Cox- LB- LSU
3rd- #95- Creed Humphrey- OL- Oklahoma
4th- #137- Quincy Roche- Edge- Miami
5th- #176- Paris Ford- Safety- Pittsburgh
6th- #217- Davis Mills- QB- Stanford
7th- #251- Austin Watkins- WR- UAB
7th- #259- Marvin Wilson- DL- Florida State
I didn’t add a RB in this Mock as either RJII or Fournette will be signed as Bucs 2022 and beyond RB.

Reply to  Bucko40
4 months ago

See what I mean about the so called experts being clueless.

4 months ago

Geeesh. some of these so called experts no as little about the Bucs and football as some of the draft mutts out here on PR who think they know all about drafting. I will never forget all of the dolts who kept busting on Licht for drafting Vita Vea over the oft injured Derwin James. The provincialism that goes on out here in regards to selecting players from certain state colleges is inane and amateurish. Glad you guys aren’t GM’s or this whole team would consist entirely of NFL bumbling Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes with a few Bulls (excluding JPP)… Read more »

Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

I would rather have Derwin James than Vea who is the best safety in league when healthy, Vea been injured too so your point is moot

Reply to  jongruden
4 months ago

“Best safety in league” Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha. It’s not often I agree with drd, but better check your stats. He ranks seventh behind Mathieu, Smith, Adams, Fitzpatrick, Simmons, and Harris. That’s what happens when you miss 27 of 48 games. Vea came back from his injury as well and made an impact.

Reply to  jongruden
4 months ago

Yeah because Vita missed 28 out of 32 games the last two years.

Reply to  jongruden
4 months ago

Best safety in the league? Yeah no lol. I said it 3 years ago, and I’ll say it again now… I’ll take Vea over James every single time!

4 months ago

Quite frankly; the only Mock Drafts I pay attention too is Pewter Report Staff. They seem to have more inside information which most other sports analyst don’t have.

4 months ago

Nobody not even the Bucs know who they taking at 32 it depends on how the board shakes out when its their turn, but hey we can always have fun playing GM right?

4 months ago

The one constant through hundreds of different mock drafts, is that there is no constant. The predictions are all over the map. 2 things I’ll say. 1) most mock drafts have us severely reaching for a player at 32. And 2) I can count on one hand, how many mock drafts have us trading back with our 1st round pick. Now granted, most mocks don’t even try to predict trades, because by and large, nobody has any clue how to predict them. But i just found it interesting