Cover 3 is a weekly feature column written by PewterReport.com’s Tampa Bay Bucs beat writer Trevor Sikkema published every Tuesday. The column, as its name suggests, comes in three phases: a statistical observation, an in-depth film breakdown, and a “this or that” segment where the writer asks the reader to chose between two options.

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Well, friends, here we are at the end of the road. As the 2019 regular season has come to a close, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the year with a 7-9 record.

I don’t want to say I told you so, but I did predict the Bucs to go 7-9 this season, so I told you so.

I am kidding. Even though I did predict a 7-9 season, it didn’t look exactly how I thought it would. I said in my season prediction Pewter Report Roundtable that a tough schedule and unfortunate injuries would cause the Bucs to miss the .500 mark again this season, and both of those factors did come to fruition. I also said that the MVP of this team would be Shaq Barrett, but of course no one could have seen a 19.5-sack season coming.

I say all that not to brag, but to maybe bring us back down to reality. This year was never about the playoffs. It was about a building block. It was about setting up a foundation on both offense and defense, and changing a culture from losers into maybe-somethings in the near future.

On offense, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin showed the world they’re the best WR duo in the entire NFL, and that should remain true next season. On defense, when Tampa Bay had Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul healthy and starting, they too were one of the best duos at their positions in the league.

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett
Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Many of the Buccaneers rookies also stepped up this season, and could see continued starting roles in the future. Many of the holes on the roster were attacked this offseason, and many were filled.

But Tampa Bay did ultimately fall short of its goal. Part of that has to do with the schedule. Part of it has to do with unfortunate timing, bad luck and some harsh injuries. And part of it has to do with the most important position on their team: the quarterback.

Jameis Winston led the NFL in passing yards this season with 5,109, and he nearly led the NFL in passing touchdowns (33), too. But he also lead the NFL in giveaways by a wide margin (39). Because of that, his future on this team is up in the air despite a historic year statistically.

The team took a big step in the right direction in many areas this season, but the Bucs are far from perfect. In this Cover 3, I am going to analyze the five positions I believe this team should focus on most in the 2020 offseason, as well as offer you all my first seven-round mock draft to address those needs as best they can.

Let’s get right to it.

Offensive Tackle

Priority: High
Sweet Spot: Rounds 1-2

If you ask me, offensive tackle is the highest priority for the Buccaneers going into 2020. The team signed left tackle Donovan Smith to a three-year deal last offseason to solidify his place on the team for at least the next two years. The $41.5-million deal he signed was front-loaded, and after next season, his final year has no guarantees to it. But you can expect Smith to still be this team’s left tackle next season. He has improved steadily during his time in the league, and though he isn’t a Top 10 offensive tackle in the league, he is serviceable as a starter.

Along the interior, Ali Marpet continues to play at a Pro Bowl level at left guard. Next to him, center Ryan Jensen had a tough first year in Tampa in 2018, committing 11 penalties and just not being the consistent player he needed to be. This year he settled down much more, only committing three penalties all year and was much more reliable all around. At right guard, a position the Bucs have been searching to solidify for years, Alex Cappa has emerged as a consistent starter. Those three likely won’t be going anywhere as the interior starters for this team heading into next year.

Bucs RT Demar Dotson
Bucs RT Demar Dotson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

That leaves one more player, veteran right tackle Demar Dotson. At 34 years old, Dotson has been with the Buccaneers now for over a decade. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and has been a contributing player and long-time starter ever since. Dotson said he still has some gas left in the tank, but Tampa Bay would be wise to draft a player at his position, even if Dotson is back in some capacity for 2020.

This draft is shaping up to be a good one at offensive tackle. At the top there are players like Andrew Thomas from Georgia, Tristan Wirfs from Iowa and Jedrick Willis from Alabama. These guys seem to be starting-caliber offensive tackles with a lot of upside. After them, Mekhi Becton from Louisville, Alex Leatherwood from Alabama and Prince Tega Wanogho from Auburn will likely be Top 50 picks, too.

The Buccaneers have some flexibility in their draft plans, but if they want an offensive tackle to potentially take Dotson’s place next season and maybe even Smith’s in years that follow, they better pull the trigger with one of their two Top 50 selections.

Defensive Tackle

Priority: Medium to High
Sweet Spot: Round 1

Unlike the offensive line, the Buccaneers could be in for a big shake up along the interior defensive line.

The big name here is Nadamuklong Suh, who signed a one-year, $9.25-million deal with the Bucs last offseason. Head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles have both spoken of their desire to keep as much of the front seven intact for next year as they can, but Suh is the tricky one.

With a big decision coming with Jameis Winston’s contract, as well as big pay days for Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett, the Bucs will have to curb spending somewhere. If Suh is back in Tampa, he would likely have to take a deal around the $6 – $7 million range.

Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Beau Allen
Bucs DTs Ndamukong Suh and Beau Allen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As for the depth, Beau Allen and Rakeem Nunez-Roches are both free agents this offseason, plus none of William Gholston’s deal for the next two years of his contract are guaranteed. They could bring both Allen and Nunez-Roches back on smaller deals, but they could also switch them out. Who knows there.

With so much uncertainty, and with a desire to likely get more pass rush from the position (only six sacks from the interior guys in 2019), the Bucs could stand to pick up a defensive lineman on Day 2 of the draft. Unfortunately, the real sweet sport for getting a difference-maker in this class seems to be at the very top with not as much depth as other years. Guys like Derrick Brown from Auburn, Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina and Neville Gallimore from Oklahoma are the top names that will all likely be gone by the end of the first round. If they Bucs do wait a bit to make their move at that position, Jordan Elliott from Missouri, Rashard Lawrence from LSU and Raequan Williams from Michigan State could be on their radar.

Running Back

Priority: Medium
Sweet Spot: Rounds 2-3

It took 17 weeks for the Buccaneers to have a 100-yard rusher in a single game in 2019, and that honor belonged to Ronald Jones II in the final game of the year.

Jones improved nicely this season, but he still didn’t have the year people hoped he would. A handful of his longest runs were called back due to penalties, and running the ball, of course, starts up front with good blocking. But I still believe that come next offseason the Bucs backfield should be Jones and a handful of new faces, and I don’t see Peyton Barber returning.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs RB Ronald Jones – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

This draft class is stacked. Because the Bucs have Jones on the roster, I believe it would be a poor use of resources to use a first-round pick on a running back, especially with needs in both tranches and potentially even at quarterback. However, anywhere between round 2-4 I could be talked into a back, depending on who is there.

If Tampa Bay can get a player like Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin or Travis Etienne from Clemson in Round 2, I would consider it. After them, players like J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State or Chuba Hubbard from Oklahoma State could be had in round three. And beyond that, backs like Clyde Edwards-Helaire from LSU, Ke’Shawn Vaughn from Vanderbilt and Zack Moss from Utah could be solid option to benefit both the run and pass game in the mid rounds.

Safety

Priority: Low to Medium
Sweet Spot: Rounds 1-2

I was surprised by the production from the Bucs safeties this year. After learning that Justin Evans was probably going to be a no-go this season, I wasn’t sure the team had the difference-makers on the back end. I knew they had the athletes in Mike Edwards and Jordan Whitehead, but could those athletes turn into the pro players the team needed? I think they did.

The team will get D’Cota Dixon back next year after losing him for the full season due to a shoulder injury in camp, and hopefully the same can be said for Evans. Those guys coming back as reinforcements is why a safety is a lower priority for this team, and likely why they won’t be drafting, say Grant Delpit from LSU or Xavier McKinney from Alabama, it could still be a position they take a home run swing at later in the draft.

Quarterback

Priority: TBD
Sweet Spot: Top 15

Ah, yes, here it is is. The ultimate wild card.

At this moment, we don’t know what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will do with Jameis Winston. There is still a chance that he could be back in red and pewter next season, maybe even just for one year on the franchise tag. But after a final play in overtime that Bruce Arians said “Will smell about as bad as it can for a very long time” you have to believe they will look at every option at quarterback, including potentially moving on completely.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

What they decide to do with Winston will obviously determine how high of a priority such a position will be for this team. If they bring back Winston on a long-term deal, I still think they’ll be drafting a quarterback, but not until Day 3 just to get a new backup. If they bring him back on the franchise tag, they could be targeting one anywhere from rounds 1 to 2. And if he’s gone completely, then all bets are off for how high they might be selecting one – potentially even higher than where they current sit at No. 14.

So who exactly are some of the big names at quarterback and the rest of the position of need the Bucs could and should be interested in? Scott Reynolds listed some of those veteran QBs in a previous SR’s Fab 5 column, in addition to some of the potential rookie options in the draft in another SR’s Fab 5 column.

I give you a handful of those names on the next page via a full seven-round mock draft.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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scot pederson

I predicted a 6-10 or 7-9 season and was spot on. But it wasnt really because of the schedule although in week 1 it did look bleak playing teams who had good years last season and many of them on the road. But the reason it turned out 7-9 was that the Bucs only had a few surprises such as beating the Rams on the Road but then again that team is nothing like the S.Bowl team last season. And many of the Bucs late season wins were against teams going downhill. They beat a Lions team with a 3rd… Read more »

ussoldier77

Well said, especially your finale.

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BigSombrero

Jameis is missing one thing that Russ Wilson has had his entire career in Seattle: A stable of studs at running back. He had beast mode to start his career. He had Carson this year. It’s a good comparison. The missing link is the devastating running back, not more centers or left tackles.

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magoobee

I laugh when people say give Winston the Franchise Tag. You think any team is going to give him a long term contract north of $20 mil a year? If the QB Whispers can’t tame this bucking bronco, who will be able to. If they really think they can make him a true franchise QB, offer him $20 mil for 3 years. If Wintson does not take it, let Arians pick a from the lot of serviceable FAs that will be out there. Even trade for a guy like Alex Smith (if healthy) who has a salary of $16 mil… Read more »

GrayBalls

Uhhhh….. Right. I may not agree with much of what you wrote here, but it at least makes sense. Until you say he “always folds under pressure”. Some of the best plays in Winston’s career have come with guys chasing him.

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Pete Wood

Herbert will be gone before we draft. O line in first. BPA in area of need after that.

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tpeluso

Agreed, no chance in hell Herbert makes it to 14. There will be at least 4 (Bengals, Dolphins, Chargers and Panthers) and maybe as many as 7 (tack on Lions, Raiders and Colts) teams ahead of us in the QB market and Herbert is worst case the #3 option behind Burrow and Tua (potentially going up to #2 if enough teams are scared about Tua’s hip).

Winston will get a tag or a short-term deal and we NEED to go OL hard and frequent.

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magoobee

I agree that Herbert (and Tua) will be gone by pick 14. But so could the top 4 OL. The pick maybe more valuable to trade down. I know we do not really need a WR, but think about Evans, Godwin and one of these studs. I can’t believe Vegas has the over under of WRs taken in round 1 as 5 1/2. I see 6 easy and maybe even up to 8. All 3 Bama WRs could go in round 1 (probably 2). This is a weak TE draft. Although I love OJ Howard, he is not a good… Read more »

Pete Wood

Before we ditch Winston, we need to figure out how m.j any of his picks are not his fault. If he gets a kickass o line and receivers run routes correctly, how m.j any picks can be eliminated?

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Bucsfan1983

At least half.

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MikeJ813

not to mention bobbled catches that turned into picks. OJ had at least 3 this year

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BucHarbour

Do we get to include how many times the DB’s dropped potential picks from Winston? I counted 3 yesterday. He has 2-4 potential picks dropped nearly every week. Think how bad it could be.

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MikeJ813

very true as well. although i do think a DB dropping a pick is much more likely to happen than balls jumping out of receivers hands. DBs arent neccesarily known for good hands but you are right

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Spitfire

As do every QB, A lot of DBs are DBs and not WRs because they Can’t catch Haha

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Naplesfan

Doesn’t matter .. quarterbacks ARE responsible for their total number of picks, period. No quarterback enjoys receiver perfection, and yet they still don’t throw 30 INTs in a single season. For god’s sake, man – EVERYBODY IN THE LEAGUE SAYS THE BUCS HAD THE BEST PAIR OF RECEIVERS IN THE LEAGUE this year. Yet Winston more than doubled the average percentage of interceptions thrown by quarterbacks in the league this year.

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Pete Wood

I hear you. Winston ultimately gets all the picks on his stats and that is completely fair. As far as preventing picks next year, seems to me that knowing how many could have been avoided with a better O-line is good information. The next QB will have to contend with the same O-line and if Bucs can upgrade the offensive line and reduce the risk of interceptions for any QB, that’s a good thing, right?

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scubog

Got to agree with you this time Naples. As you said, all QB’s have tipped passes, receivers running wrong routes, defenders making great plays and simply making a poor choice of targets and don’t have the highest INT % in the league by far. Plus, they don’t have the plethora of receivers at Jameis’ disposal.

Someone smarter than me and you, perhaps a “Quarterback Screamer” can figure out the root of the problem and fix it. Otherwise, we’re starting over.

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ussoldier77

Trevor, I like the draft a lot mostly due to the fact that you really focused on the right position of need; OT. I too like the LSU RB and that could allow us to move on from Peyton Barber. Now, looking objectively, the defense has the propensity to be very good next year and the WR position is locked in tight. Truly this draft comes down to two things: Offensive Tackle and Quarterback. I have already agreed with you above on the OT need so I wont elaborate on that….so now to the QB. I have wanted JW to… Read more »

MikeJ813

i agree, starting over at QB would suck. Not to mention how it might effect the other players on the team. No one mentions it but winstons teammates love him, his grit, and leadership. Im sure the defense may get annoyed with the INTs as well but the defensive leaders love him too. Losing him i cant imagine the vets looking to a rookie QB for leadership unless its Joe burrow and that aint happening

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DMIbucs98

It may be not all that bad getting a new QB. He would be in a way better position to succeed starting out than Winston was. Cheap contract to build the team up around him so he won’t have a ‘COINING IT NOW: Winston Effect. And last these young QB have been been special lately coming in if they’re set right.

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DMIbucs98

Winston Effect Being SuperMan on every throw 1. Defense can’t make any stops(can’t or tired) 2. No run game to respect 3. Pass protection issues. 4. Inconsistent play calling QB thinks that he has to will his team to when. a) scramble around look for the spectacular made for TV throw b) No one can stop his moment mindset: includes physical gifts Usually happens in a QB dual not trusting the team and over trusting himself. Seen wide eyed, out of breath, and frequent tunnel vision. If Andy Dalton has a line mediocrity Bortles and Gabbert have things named after… Read more »

bucianco

If RoJo rushes for 150 yds/game but fumbles 2x/game are we going to debate keeping him? No. Stop fumbling or you’re gone. If Mike Evans gets 150/game but causes 2 Ints/game due to bad route running, do we keep him? No. You find a better route runner with sure hands. You have to weigh the good with the bad. Is Winston making them look good or vice versa? I say its them making him look good. These receivers will make just about any QB look good. Time to draft his replacement. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

MikeJ813

what about perriman? Adam Humphires? Austin Seferian Jenkins? Brate? Winston has gotten some receivers paid and once they left they were nothing. its just so hard to Gauge him with those INTs smh

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BigSombrero

That is a great point about receivers without Winston.

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Lamb Chop

That’s a stretch to say they were great because of Winston. How about their new teams using them differently? ASJ did pretty good in NY and more consistently than I can ever remember here. To my point, Brate looked horrible this year BECAUSE the plays were not designed for TEs to succeed. Perriman played well ONLY when he was the go-to guy and he has had 2 Pro Bowl WRs to help him develop into his talent. I don’t agree with Winston being God. Alvin Harper sucked outside of Dallas? Was it because he didn’t have Troy Aikman? Sometimes it’s… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0

BAP in all the rounds IMVHO.

This was a surprisingly good year for a team most pegged to have four wins max.

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pinkstob

I’m not as big a fan of Herbert as most, but like I said before I’d take just about anybody over Winston. Especially a rookie when no one has seen them play in the NFL yet so the sky is the limit. That being said I like Fromm better than Herbert. Fromm doesn’t have Herbert’s arm strength or speed but he makes much better decisions with the football and still has a strong enough arm to succeed in the NFL. As for Clyde Edwards-Helaire, you’re nuts if you think he will be there in the 4th round. He can run,… Read more »

Horse

Good points Pinkstob.

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pinkstob

Thanks!

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Alldaway 2.0

This team isn’t far from turning that corner if they hit the draft right.

OT, QB, RB, DL, pass rusher.

I also like the teaching this coaching staff have done with the young players. By 2020 you are looking at one of the youngest teams in the NFL.

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Bucsfan1983

Outside of your RB pick. I don’t like it much at all. I’m not buying into BA’s political talk. Winston will be back in 2020, whether some of you like it or not. I do agree with the positions that you said are priorities. Here’s what I would do. (With DT Marvin Wilson returning to FSU, I’m now putting re-signing Suh as a priority. Before Wilson announce his return, I would have let Suh walk and take Wilson as his replacement) Round 1) S Grant Delpit – with A Thomas and J Wills off the board, the Bucs go in… Read more »

Runole

“I’m not buying into BA’s political talk. Winston will be back in 2020, whether some of you like it or not.”

Obviously those in favor of sending him to the curb don’t learn from history… Doug Williams and Steve Young ring a bell?

How many of those interceptions were Winston’s fault? A better running game would do wonders in curbing those errors.

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stlbucsfan

Go figure another Bucs draft without an edge rusher lol. BUILD THE TRENCHES. You draft 1 tackle in the first 2 rounds and then make DE and DT the focus. The only draft capital invested in the DL is on a 2 down player(Vita). We need a major influx of talent there so we can get the cap under control and add players that can develop under Suh and JPP I’d retained. Licht has drafted enough secondary players so I want another safety like I want a hole in my head via the draft. Go pay a damn vet and… Read more »

martinii

There is noway Dobbins or Taylor get out of 1st round. Or Etienne for that matter. Oline is deep and one should be available in RD2. We should be able to get one of the 3 top RB’s at 14.

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DMIbucs98

It a little early to be critical of your first mock Mr. Sikkema. But I do like the are of needs you pointed out. Suh should be cheaper. Production. Even tho he does more than the stat sheet shows. Numbers are more valid when it comes to negotiating a contract. Plus I see some very intriguing talent in FA that could be had on 1yr prove it deals. We’ll shall see what happens. I only see a handful of holes like you but I think it can be taking care through FA and/or the draft. Main thing I’ve been trying… Read more »

DMIbucs98

Edit: Rivers 3rd overall
: Including Russell Wilson on QB list

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GrayBalls

Don’t apologize for writing the way you just did. That took longer to read than most “columns” on JBF, was easier to read and more entertaining than their babble, too.
One criticism, though. Numbers are far from the only thing either side of the table looks at when it comes to negotiations. Other than that, nice work

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captain ahab

Can’t imagine Arians rolling with a rookie QB, if he does there will be no chance at making the playoffs next season and at Arians age he wants to win now. Very unlikely the Bucs draft a QB in round one.

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IDGABuc

I disagree. Maybe not strongly… But still. Arians stated in his last post game/day after(?) interview that he is not sure if Winston will be their QB next year (And he did NOT sound enthused at the prospect at the time! With his “smells as bad as it can possibly smell” (I’m paraphrasing) comment referring to ending the season on yet ANOTHER pick 6. I have stated on here before that I saw real growth from Winston this year, especially him throwing the ball away more when his guys are covered than ever before (the numbers bear this out). BUT… Read more »

IDGABuc

And this is why I think Arains believes be can win with a rookie QB and make the playoffs next year. And I say all this as a Gators fan and a guy who thought the QB class was weak the year we got Winston and DID NOT WANT HIM! Still, let him get a 2nd year w/ a real coach and improvements to the OL and D and RB (No way the LSU RB is available in the 4th Rd Trevor! Kids a stud. Great vision, moves, stop/start, pass catching/blocking.. No way he gets out of the 2nd and… Read more »

MikeJ813

I think best bet is keeping that Dline together Licht has to earn his money, im cool losing Nassib good leader but misses alot of tackles/sacks. With that being said i do believe Winston will be back, hopefully on transition tag with a turnover based incentivized contract. Priority OT, RB hopefully a stud slips to 2nd round hopefully Taylor(love CEH but doubt he slides to the 4th round), DT, OT, Edge, QB (mckenzie Milton before he was injured i was hoping he’d be here as a steal but alas). honestly wouldnt mind picking up a guy like Chase Daniel as… Read more »

MikeJ813

Jalen hurts may be there as well, not too big on him but who knows not a bad 6th round gamble

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MikeJ813

sorry meant Bryce Perkins*

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Alldaway 2.0

I would prefer trenches be addressed as a top priority. However, if there is a BAP in the first round you pull the trigger.

Can you imagine this team without Howard because the Bucs went for needs instead of BAP?

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BigSombrero

Yes, I can imagine them with Kamara, Mixon, Chubb, Hunt, or Cook instead of OJ Howard.

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matador

Agreed the OJ pick was a negligent allocation of draft capital decision. And here we are, mocking a high round pick on RB two years after spending a high 2nd on RJII.

Licht is ruining or at the least elongating our chances of turning things around with so many picks spent on the wrong position and/or player. We need a GM who will be more efficient

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BigSombrero

I would say Shaq Barrett is the most improved player of the year on the team. I would put RoJo at 2, Cappa at 3, and Perriman at 4. I don’t think Barber was bad, but I do think he can be upgraded. I am all for offensive linemen being drafted this year. There are a lot of talented players on the line that will be available in later rounds. I just want the Bucs to get a difference maker at RB and bolster the position. It’s a long season and running backs have a short shelf life. Draft Taylor… Read more »

GrayBalls

Taylor may be available at 14, if he is, definitely jump on him

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awwdembucs

Trade for Andy Dalton with our receivers he can do well. If all the OT gone get the center from Wisconsin. Cappa should be able to play RT. Just my opinion

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CrackerBall

Tyler Biadasz

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awwdembucs

Crackerball thank you I forgot his name but not how good he was in the games he played.

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BigSombrero

A fucking center????????????????????????????????????????????

Don’t we have a $11m center in his prime under contract for years? Isn’t his backup a $13m guard named Marpet who is under contract for years? You guys need to stop drinking your own bathwater.
ROFLMAO!

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awwdembucs

BigF if you read the entire post. I said if all the top tackles are gone. Also a football team is much like a baseball team build up the middle! Maybe you should learn something about Football.

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awwdembucs

BigS

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CrackerBall

No… we don’t. We have Ryan Jensen, under contract, for one more guaranteed year for $10 million. Ali Marpet is under contract thru 2023.
Maybe that’s what you meant when you were trying to think. I also have to imagine that Biadasz can play OG effectively as well – until he could take over for Jensen in 2021.

That’s just thinking ahead a little bit…

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BigSombrero

@crackerball I was wrong about the value of Ryan Jensens contract and you are correct. It is $10m per year.

You were mistaken on the time though. He has 2 years remaining on his agreement(signed through 2021) and his guarantees end this season. No dead cap if he is cut in 2020.

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers/ryan-jensen-12485/

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BigSombrero

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers/ryan-jensen-12485/

crackerball I was wrong about the value of Ryan Jensens contract and you are correct. It is $10m per year.

You were mistaken on the time though. He has 2 years remaining on his agreement(signed through 2021) and his guarantees end this season. No dead cap if he is cut in 2020.

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Pete Wood

Biadasz is no ordinary center. He’s a once every few years type talent and he could play guard as well. And, he’ll be cheap. Based on the mocks I’ve been seeing, he might be available in the second round. Well worth a pick. There’s a reason that Wisconsin has the best RB in college football. It’s because they have the best center in college football.

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CrackerBall

This guy gets it…

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BigSombrero

Jerry Jeudy is no ordinary wide receiver. Lets draft him and cut Mike Evans. That makes as much sense as drafting a center in the 1st round when you already have a top 10 guy at the positon.

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CrackerBall

He can play OG as well as C – maybe your hat is too tight.

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BigSombrero

Great idea with Andy Dalton! Maybe the Bucs can trade Mike Evans to Dallas for Amari Cooper too! That would be just as smart!

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awwdembucs

BugS have you EVER played football. I don’t think so.

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BigSombrero

I played Split End! Thanks for asking! And by the way, the Bucs have ALREADY built the lines.

You may not like Donovan Smith or Ryan Jensen, but the Bucs do. That’s why they signed them to big deals. I haven’t heard that any member of the line is in the doghouse. Bruce Arians isn’t shy about calling lazy loafers out. That’s why GMC and VH3 are gone.

Pay attention son!

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awwdembucs

Big I’m not your Son. Just crawl back in your cave idiot .

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MikeJ813

Dont overlook the free agency market for RBs- 1 guy in particular that could still be a cheap steal Kareem Hunt

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Larry

If a top 3 QB isn’t available at #14 in the draft, (which they probably won’t be) wouldn’t it be better to get a good, well coached, dependable QB (on and off the field) like Teddy Bridgewater? I don’t believe Winston’s turnover problem can be fixed. We seem to forget that he had the same problem in college. A leopard can’t change their spots. After 5 years he is worse than ever. 33 & 30 is laughable!! Even if you tag him, it would still eat up a lot of money that will be needed to sign the Bucs own… Read more »

IDGABuc

I mostly agreed until the any other QB could’ve won 10-11. Or have you forgotten how utterly SOFT our secondary was with Hargreaves, the Brent Grimes clone (but a much worse football player!), lining up before Arians got smart and dumped him? Say what you want about Winston, and you’d probably be right, but he scored enough to win almost every game if the CB’s hadn’t had to “learn from the vet” in Hargreaves. Almost immediate improvements after he was sent packing! We SHOULD have won 10-11 WITH him! In spite of him in his turnover crazy games even! Also… Read more »

seat26

Trevor, I am with you. OT is the #1 priority. Unless they can get something for one of their star TEs that they don’t use, I can’t see them getting a QB high. Maybe 2nd or 3rd round, but I wonder who would be available in those rounds.

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DMIbucs98

Winston Effect Being SuperMan on every throw 1. Defense can’t make any stops(can’t or tired) 2. No run game to respect 3. Pass protection issues. 4. Inconsistent play calling QB thinks that he has to will his team to when. a) scramble around look for the spectacular made for TV throw b) No one can stop his moment mindset: includes physical gifts Usually happens in a QB dual not trusting the team and over trusting himself. Seen wide eyed, out of breath, and frequent tunnel vision. If Andy Dalton has a line mediocrity Bortles and Gabbert have things named after… Read more »

Hockey Duckie

I like the identification of the RT and DT positions, but our OLine is still in dire need of improvement if we’re expected to run again. We need an improvement at the RG position because we need a more mobile mauler. To prove my point, I’ll use Football Outsider’s OLine rankings for the past four years. FBO Offensive line rankings Year…. Overall…..Power…. Stuff…. 2nd Level…. Open Field 2015….. 9………… 8……… 13……… 13………….. 1 2016….. 21………. 32…….. 32……… 25………….. 28 2017….. 16………. 12…….. 17……… 31………….. 30 2018….. 31………. 22…….. 30……… 27………….. 6 2019….. 23………. 29…….. 30……… 28………….. 27 Key: * Power… Read more »

e

Good points… I would think that OT would be priority #1.

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geno711

I like these alternative sites that suggest ways to evaluate positions comparatively to other players across the league. I think they are developing and have some good uses in how to evaluate players. If you tend to like FBO, here is another interesting stat to focus on: DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average QUARTERBACK in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player’s performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense. Brees 40.1 Tannehill 28.1 Carr 18.9 Bridgewater 15.7 Rivers 6.8 Fitzpatrick 1.5 Winston – 9.6 –… Read more »

magoobee

You can never have enough OL. It is tough to keep them healthy for an entire season.

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IDGABuc

I can’t see Cappa as a C.. At all! Guys is 6′ 6″ or something and has had to work hard to react quickly enough at RG. That said I liked his growth and finish at times and wouldn’t mind seeing him get another shot at it, especially with competition brought in in FA and/or the draft. I could definitely see trying him at RT which seems a much better fit for him based on his play so far and where he was in college, LT. Admittedly LT is a different animal where he went to school in Div. III… Read more »

Its hard to predict the draft without knowing the QB strategy. If they move on from Winston do any of these names look good in Red and Pewter? Or do any of these names look better if we draft a QB in round 2-5? Philip Rivers (could be serviceable for a couple years but has 14 kids living in San Diego) Andy Dalton (I like a lot and I feel he could win games and manage the O well) Eli Manning (Very intriguing) Nick Foles (looked really bad in Jax) Cam Newton (lil bo beep and no thanks) Derek Carr… Read more »

its wild reading some of the qbs ive heard us fans targeting phillip rivers would literally get carried out on a stretcher behind this OL and running game. Eli interception machine himself(31 TD 25 INTs 1 season, 18 TD 27 INT another- an older less mobile version of JW), Dalton playing so bad was benched for Ryan Finley would also cost a draft pick, Marriota benched for Tannehill, Cam coming off injury is intriguing but would cost a draft pick and they wouldn’t trade him in the NFC south, Foles benched for Minshew & would cost a pick & too… Read more »

owlykat

Good article PR! I think we need to trade our present 30 year old backup and use his 10 million salary to keep Suh. Use a fourth round pick for a strong armed QB for BA to develop and Franchise Tag Jameis. Take a LT in the draft and move D. Smith to learn RT and if he does well enough move Cappa to RT. Use a second pick for a Guard, and get a fast RB in the third round just in case Rojo gets hurt. Offer Dotson backup money to be available at RT if needed. I think… Read more »

Dman

I think you’re right on the $$$….

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BigSombrero

Sounds like a lot of position switching and the assuption that those moves will make the players mentioned better. I wonder, do you think Bruce Arians and his staff knows how to evaluate players? If so, do you think he can coach players effectively? If so, why hasn’t he made those moves already???? Are you Donovan haters gonna talk him into it? LOL. Donovan Smith will NEVER be moved to right tackle. They just paid him left tackle money and made it clear that he’s the left tackle for the next 2 years. Nelson hasn’t done a single thing in… Read more »

DMIbucs98

That’s why he was still there in the 4th round. 3rd day piccs are all projects whether its physical or mental. Unfortunate that injuries happen but let’s give the benefit of doubt that they were shut down for the year thinking about their young careers and looking towards the next after starting 2-6.
Who knows. I’m just being hopeful that they and all our young talent will be on the team by this time next year.

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BigSombrero

Sorry man. That’s true about Nelson developing and potentially being an asset. I got my blood up.

I do hope Nelson develops into a great player. I just know that this offseason the Bucs could be losing JPP, Nassib, and maybe even Barrett at DE. They are all free agents. The Bucs will need someone to replace that lost production and Im not as optimistic about unproven players who haven’t shown anything on the pro level yet.

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CrackerBall

Barrett has said publicly that he loves Tampa and wants to stay. I hope we try to keep the main pieces of our DEF here – and start trimming the fat on the offensive side with some new blood.

Maybe we could pry Alex Smith away from WAS for OJ Howard and a late pick. Smart guy and would pick up Bruce Arians’ system quicker than most. Invest on the OL to keep the QB upright and we should be good to go for 2020

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IDGABuc

i saw Nelson amke a few.impressive plays in the limited time he was out there and while I think Nassib is better at this point still, I think he is the guy you let leave if it means keeping the rest of the DL together. I mean when JPP was out Shaq didn’t do much with Nassib once the NFL woke up to how great Barrett is! Shaq Barrett was facing double teams with a RB chipping and still got closer than Nassib almost every play and Nassib was singled every play! If they didn’t double team Shaq, (Not smart)… Read more »

IDGABuc

Sorry, forgot to edit!

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GrayBalls

Uhhhh…. Yeah….. Gholston was resigned to his current deal after grading out as a top run defender in the NFL. Also, he started all of 2019 so they didn’t stop asking him to start. The problem with Gholston was never his ability, it was him being asked to play more of a pass rush style as a 4-3 DE when he’s always been better suited for the role of run-stuffing 3-4 DE. Just my thoughts on your comment

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PewterPose

I like the positions targeted for this mock draft, but I don’t think we’ll be selecting a QB in the first round. I think the best move is to save the franchise tag for Shaq (you guys mentioned on the podcast that he’d be a steal at LB prices) and sign Winston to some kind of front-loaded deal that allows us to cut him after a year with minimal cash left on the table. This team has to move on from Jameis soon. Yes, he can throw for a ton of yards and touchdowns, but there is just no precedent… Read more »

IDGABuc

Sounds great! Who did you have in mind for a short QB teams STILL have questions about after 2 shorter QB’s went #1 overall the last two years and each had success their rookie years?? Most teams have woke to the fact that while height is good, the added mobility a shorter QB can bring can definitely make up for it. I thought Doug Flutie answered that question a long time ago then Drew Brees and Russell Wilson more recently but we didn’t see it, truly until the last two years in the draft. How many great QB’s weren’t even… Read more »

fredster

Will be interesting off season to say they least. I still think Winston gets one year tag at least. I have no issue with drafting a QB at some pick this year to compete but for gods sake use first rd on OT! Whoever the QB is needs a better runs game and O line. Rest of draft scenarios and priorities look about right. Oh not that matters I’ll have go back but I think I predicted 8-8 give or take two. Meaning I could see 10 or even 11 if injuries and luck go their way. Hell he did… Read more »

fredster

Perriman was great last 6 or 7 games though.

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Dman

Absolutely – can you imagine Periman and M. Evans on the outside, Godwin in the slot and Brate consistently at TE? D coordinators nightmare – who do you cover!!!!!!

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Dman

Really don’t like this mock. Round 1 should be to find a new corner stone left tackle. Rounds 2 & 3 should be guard and DT, best available in those rounds. After that I’m fine filling in at RB, Edge, OT, ILB. Any insight into status of Justin Evans – if he’s done, I’d grab another S. Same with Beckwith. Also, I would focus on players from the SEC and the elite programs. Tired of Licht trying to outsmart everyone with the diamonds in the rough. Also – no way I’d take Herbert, period. Not sure what all the excitement… Read more »

tnew

Waiting for some time to pass.. Will jump in and really start looking at film, maybe. I usually do. If the Bucs move on from Winston, the only way I’m really for it is if they get a modern NFL QB. The drop back, pocket passer is a dying breed. How the LB’s are playing the Bucs make it really difficult, but they can because the QB runs a 5.0 40..(ok, a 4.98) That is beyond slow. Last play was a great example. Shotgun, LBs have no responsibility for a QB run, just drop back and play pass with no… Read more »

geno711

Deep draft for offensive line and with Dotson up in age and quality of the draft at that position, I would focus on that position. I love your mock overall: Don’t think the RB from LSU will fall that far. My mock assumes we re-sign the defensive guys from last year. If we don’t re-sign Barrett, JPP and Suh, I would have a different mock. How about 1st: Jedrick Wills Jr RT Alabama 2nd: Jalen Hurts QB Oklahoma 3rd: Clyde Edwards Helaire RB LSU – Cam Akers FSU if not available 4th: Jeffrey Gladney DB TCU Compensatory Pick: Julian Okwara… Read more »

GrayBalls

This isn’t too bad, other than Hurts in the 2nd. If he is there in rd 3 I’d take a flyer on him, maybe not even then

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Naplesfan

I totally reject the notion that quality quarterbacks are only available in the top 15 picks .. or the top 10 picks. Lamar Jackson – this year’s MVP – no. 32 pick. Russell Wilson, the consensus runnerup to Jackson for MVP, former two time Super Bowl quarterback with a ring .. third round. Patrick Mahomes was merely a no. 10 pick – and KC caught massive ridicule over taking such an obvious failure in the first round at all, because everybody knew that a quarterback like Mahomes could never succeed in the NFL. And just look at all the recent… Read more »

inspecto

The GOAT himself T. Brady was a 6th rd pick.

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scubog

Please let us know the identity of the no-name QB in this Draft who is going to be a super star. You’re on the clock.

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AlbJack65

Use OJ Howard in a trade to move up as many spots as possible in the 1st round to land the best OL available. I think the Jags pick at #9 is realistic. He doesn’t fit this system, has missed 20% of games due to injury and for a mid-1st round pick has been somewhat of a disappointment when we didn’t really need a tight end at the time. I didn’t like the pick when Licht drafted him, especially when our defense needed help and Jabrill Peppers and TJ Watt were still on the board. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

surferdudes

Tyson Hill of the Saints is a RFA, I’d make him a priority signing. Think about it. He’s big, strong arm, great running ability. He’s sat behind an NFL QB GOAT the last few years, Brees, and one of the best ever offensive coaches of all time. Love his moxie, think he’s ready to get a serious look as a starter. Be nice to steal him from a division rival. If you make the commitment to give him a shot, let Winston walk, you’d be paying him half of what Jameis’s price is. I could get excited about next year… Read more »

IDGABuc

Yeah if it were realistic to run an RPO every play with a heavy lean towards the R..? Then sure, Taysom Hill it is! Why not ask Tebow to come back and do it while we’re at it?? I mean, I like the added ability to throw defenses, sure, and for that reason I hope Nick Fitzgerald gets healthy and works out in that role but NO ONE has seen enough of Hill throwing consistently to say he’s anything more than a change up type QB. And, if I’m the Saints, I personally think any play where you take your… Read more »

GrayBalls

IDGA, I couldn’t have said it any better

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Buc stops here

I like this story but the situation at quarterback was clearly laid out by Arians at one of his press conferences. It all makes sense what he plans to do. 1) Carefully evaluate all of Winston’s interceptions in all 16 games on tape and determine how many are his fault and how many are blown routes, blown line protection, etc. 2) He will NOT release the results of that analysis, but that will give him a good idea if he should be resigned or not – and for how much and for how long. 3) He also wants to see… Read more »

hamilton

bad mock draft.

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BigSombrero

There is no way the Bucs draft a QB in round 1 at #14. There is no way that Taylor, Swift, Ettienne or Dobbins makes it back to Tampa in round 2. There is no way that a right tackle or center IN THIS DRAFT has more value than a top 3 running back for THIS team. There is no guarantee that JPP, Nassib or Barrett return at OLB. Since there isn’t a great supply in the draft or FA, it will drive their value up. Same with DT and Suh, Nacho, and Allen. There is no free agent or… Read more »

awwdembucs

Hey Big Stupid hat is this all you do troll on New Year’s day SAD!!!

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BigSombrero

Funny Trump-Tweet impersonation!

But seriously fellow Bucs fan, if you disagree with my comment, feel free to make an argument with stats, your game experience, historical references or clever observations.

I promise you friend, I will read it and listen to what you’re trying to say. I love the Bucs and just want them to win.

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Horse

I’m not even going to comment about guessing what player is going to go and what round; way too early and Trevor is going to have a more accurate one next week. There is no question our number one priority is to have a Quarterback we feel comfortable with. I believe overwhelming majority believes it’s not Winston. There will be available QBs whose contracts expired I would be comfortable with over Winston. Regardless, we have to either draft a quarterback in the first or second round. Change is good and in this case change is wonderful! Go Bucs! Rate this… Read more »

DMIbucs98

Donovan Smith remain the LT Smith will be a LT. I’ve noticed that some people’s thinking haven’t gottenup to date about the two positions. The LT tho still important for protecting a right hand Qb blindspot. From what I’ve observed, the on field position is pretty much equal these days. If Smith goes to the right side he’s gonna get bodied. The talent and competition will overwhelm him. The 4-3DE are stronger, longer and are faster than the outdated perception of them. The 3-4 rush linebaccers are faster, more agile, and pacc a punch to be pound 4 pound. Just… Read more »

geno711

My thoughts. The tackle positions are more important than the guard position but with the way teams rush the quarterback now from both sides of the line, the right tackle position has to be every bit as adept at controlling the pass rush. Look at Barrett and JPP as examples of guys who have gotten sacks from the left DE/OLB position. I’ve seen Von Miller and JJ Watt on both sides of the line. I could not speak to other defensive pass rushers quoted above though although my guess is they have played on both sides of the defensive line.… Read more »

DMIbucs98

With that same perception on the RT position, the team can get a true, bonafide RT with experience and reps at his natural position in the bacc 20 of the of the 1st or in the top 10 of the second. Just on position value. Reason C might be a target is because after the 20-21 season, Jenson can cut to save that 11mil. Also he’s very upgradeable. He isn’t good enough to not think or look for one. There’s young talent out there that could fit along the teams D-line that be brought in for cheap. Get some more… Read more »

Borkdog

*1st rd-DT/DE-KINLAW or EPENESA, but if gone then OT-USC-JACKSON-6’6 305, ALA-WILLS-6’5 320, IOWA-WIRFS-6’5 322 [Best of GRP]
*2nd rd-OG GA-SOLOMON KINDLEY-6’4 335, KY-LOGAN STERNBERG-6’6 322, OT HOUSTON-JOSH JONES-6’7 310, ALA-LEATHERWOOD-6’6 322, [Best of GRP]
*3rd rd-RB: OKST-CHUBA HUBBARD, UTAH-ZACK MOSS, LSU-CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE [Best of these RBs]
*4th rd-QB Sam Ehlinger TX
THEN BPA remainder of draft
[#1-JAVON KINLAW-DT, #2-JOSH JONES-OT, #3-CHUBA HUBBARD-RB, #4-SAM EHLINGER-QB]

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geno711

Epenesa just made that USC tackle, Jackson, look bad in the bowl game.

I personally love Wills Jr and would be very happy with him in the 1st round.

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jrwilson85

Magoobee said that if Jameis gets pressure, he folds. In an offense where you are expected to win with the pass, that is often the case. Bucs opponents don’t respect the Bucs running game and so they pin their ears back and rush Jameis unmercifully. That is a recipe for the el foldo imo. This draft should be centered around O-linemen heavily imo. Drafttek agrees with me and showed it by their latest 7 round mock draft. 1. Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa 2. Shane Limieux OG Oregon 3. Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M 4. Chuba Hubbard RBF Oklahoma State 5.… Read more »

BigSombrero

If the Bucs had listened to the fans and media last year, they would have drafted OT Jonah Williams instead of Devin White. You guys and girls would be calling it another Licht failure had they picked that bust. Truth be told, I was a big Josh Allen advocate. I was the first on these boards to reason he would fall right into Tampa’s lap. I thought the top linemen in the first round last year were underwhelming. So I was right but who cares. It’s not the first touchdown I’ve scored and it won’t be the last. Rate this… Read more »

FireLichtMovement

So Jonah Williams is a bust after an injury riddled season? That must mean Jamel Dean is the best CB to ever play the game.

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BigSombrero

They say, “Your best ability is availability” and it’s true especially on the line. Other disappointing non factor tackles drafted in round 1 include tytus Howard and Andre Dillard.

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