This week’s Cover 3 is going to be a lot different than ones that you’ve seen in the past, but you can’t get mad at me for it because it was your suggestion.

In one of the comments in my Cover 3 column from last week, a reader whose username is “spartan” asked if I would do a perfect mock draft for the Bucs. They said that I needed to obviously keep it realistic – not having something like Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson slipping to the second round for them to pick – but other than that they wanted to see what the ideal mock draft would look like for Tampa Bay if they could have it their way. That comment got more than 30 thumbs up, so I said, you know what, why not?

And because I’m such a generous provider of information to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faithful – jeez, Trev, can you tone it down on the self-love? – I’ve come up with not one but two perfect mock drafts for the Bucs; one with a trade and one without. I wanted to do two of them with those stipulations because I always want to try to provide a full scope of plausible scenarios. Plus, I’m hoping the extra depth of positional importance and prioritizing gives you an even more confident feeling of what the team might do come draft weekend.

So, without further ado, click to the next page to get the first mock draft started.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Andy Ely
3 years ago

I like both scenarios. Dont we have 2 sixth round picks though?

Andy Ely
Reply to  Andy Ely
3 years ago

I would prefer Josh Jackson though to give us some size. Look at all the top corners in the league. I do not think it is a coincidence they are all 6′ or taller

Andy Ely
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

My suggestion for the other 6th round pick is Joe Ostman

Daniel Mendes
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

Both scenarios are fire! But ima have to go with the second just cause we get a chance to draft 4 studs early and heck yea joe ostman with the second 6throunder!

EricNV
Reply to  Andy Ely
3 years ago

I prefer Josh Jackson as well, if for no other reason than Mike Smith’s desire to run more zone coverage, which we sucked at last year (apart from Grimes, of course), than man coverage. However, I agree with Trevor concerning Alexander’s athleticism and ball-hawking capabilities. However, I certainly won’t throw anything at my TV if we pick up Alexander instead of Jackson.

Nicholas Micciche
3 years ago

I agree with Andy above. If option 2 had Josh Jackson instead of Jaire, I’d be sold. But I would be completely ecstatic with either of these 2 scenarios!

Cody
3 years ago

Dang Trevor. Both of these really are perfect. I will say that you have me completely sold on Jaire Alexander. You started talking about him on here and on Twitter over the past couple months and at first I wasn’t about him at all. But after watching some more tape on him my heart has changed. Therefore, I think that my head tells me the second option of Alexander, Hernandez, Chubb, and Shepherd would be incredible. But as a UCF alum (National Champs baby!) my heart tells me to take the first option because Hughes is the man and Barkley… Read more »