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.

But as I often love to do in the offseason, we’re once again rewriting the Cover 3 script this week.

In this week’s Cover 3, I’m going to give you three, three-round mock drafts (one on each page), and at the end I’m going to have you choose which one you would rather see become reality.

Mock Draft No. 1

Pick No. 5 (first round) – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The old reliable of Buccaneers mock drafts, if you will.

For a while now, Williams, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound, 5-star junior offensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide has been a hot spot for where Buccaneers mock drafts start, even before it was locked in that they were picking No. 5 in the draft.

I know that Bucs fans know the name of Williams, but I want to make sure you know everything there is to know about him other than “he’s good.”

Williams was one of the highest-rated recruits coming out of the 2016 recruiting class. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, and started every single game of his true freshman season at right tackle. He then made the switch over to left tackle the following two seasons, and he once again failed to miss a start.

For as good as Williams’ tape seems to be, locking down some of the best pass rushers in the country over the past three seasons, who he is off the field in preparation is even more encouraging when it comes to his draft outlook. Williams is considered to be a “film junkie” by those who are around him. He said that before he got to Alabama, he didn’t have access to all the film they do. He started learning the assignments and responsibilities of the players around him, and that, in turn, helped Williams become one of the most consistent offensive linemen in the country. Alabama’s offensive line coach Mario Cristobal even said, “He’s a football addict… I mean that in a good way.”

There is a lot to like about Williams both on and off the field, but fit does go into the equation some. Kyle Crabbs from The Draft Network gave his full film assessment of Williams and threw in what he believes is the preferred offensive philosophy for Williams, too.

“Jonah Williams is a technically refined offensive tackle who projects most favorably into a physical offensive front. Williams’ pass protection skills would be best utilized in quicker passing schemes to protect his lack of length from being exposed on deeper pass sets, but that’s no reason to dismiss his skills as an offensive tackle and move inside to guard. Should be a rookie starter at the NFL level and provide quality play on the outside by the end of his first year.”

Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

We know things won’t be quite as vertical with Bruce Arians as they were with Dirk Koetter, but Arians still does love to stretch the field and take his deep shots. Don’t let that factor influence your opinion on Williams too much, as he is still a dominant player, but keep that in mind when you think of the possibility of Williams in red and pewter.

Pick No. 39 (second round) – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

This pick would be a homecoming for Mr. Oruwariye, as Amani was born right in our backyard in St. Petersburg, FL.

After a great high school career at Gaither in Tampa, Oruwariye went on to redshirt his first season at Penn State. In his following three seasons, he racked up plenty of game reps and plenty of stats to go with them, finishing his collegiate career with 106 tackles and eight interceptions.

What makes Oruwariye such an intriguing look for the Buccaneers isn’t just the fact that he’d be a hometown kid coming back to the first place he made his name. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Oruwariye would give the Buccaneers a similar style cornerback opposite Carlton Davis, who is a physical, man coverage defensive back.

This is what Joe Marino of The Draft Network had to say about Oruwariye.

“Oruwariye’s size, length, strength and ball skills make him an ideal fit as an outside zone/press corner. Complementing his impressive stature is a trust for his technique and outstanding processing skills. Oruwariye has the traits needed to matchup with “X” receivers in man coverage, making him a scheme-versatile defender. Oruwariye has the upside to start early in his career on the boundary and emerge as a productive playmaker with his ability to make game-changing plays on the football.”

Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Pick No. 70 (third round) – Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

For the Bucs’ third-round pick, I don’t have them going defensive line, as would be their final need in what would most call the “Top 3” of their needs going into the offseason. Instead, I have them taking a teammate of Oruwariye’s from Penn State, Miles Sanders.

If you ask me, Sanders is not getting nearly enough love. He sat behind Saquon Barkley for two seasons because, well … duh. But in this, his first season as a starter, Sanders rushed for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Sanders possesses an all-around game. He’s not Saquon Barkley, but he’d be a great get in the third round, if you ask me.

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46 COMMENTS

  1. I think given the draft position and the players on the board, the Bucs are ideal situated to trade down. Bosa, Q Williams and Allen, most likely will be off the board. Any of those guys, I would jump at. Given they are gone, there should be plenty of suitors willing to move up. This should give the Bucs 4 picks in the first three rounds. Then they could draft either J. Williams, Devin White, Greedy Williams or Ed Oliver. Such a deep d line draft, possibilities of a second first rounder is very appealing.

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  2. If they take a tackle at 5 I hope its Jawaan Taylor. And Oliver didnt show improvement and sat out the bowl game i think. His name may as well be Greedy. No thanks to that. Ill take the film junkie football lovers over those guys 24/7. I hope Licht trades back again this year. LT, OG, RT, DE, CB, S. Lets see who they get in FA.

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  3. Oline, Dline, and Corner. Oh, then maybe some more Oline. How about this. Round 1 OT Williams. Round 2 best man corner available and Round 3 G Powers.

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    • Given that Licht might just trade down, I can see us going Oline, Dline, CB, OL all within 3 rounds.

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  4. Haha so far the 3 commenters didn’t even pick one of your choices, Trevor! I’m going number 2 and I will tell you why. I think we will franchise D. Smith and try to get another year out of Dotson. Gerald is likely byebye. I think not only is Ed Oliver a need and a wrecker, but I think it’s easier to find a starter or impact player on OL in the 2nd and 3rd rounds than it is to find a DL. Yes the draft is loaded at DL, but all the best will go in the first and early 2nd. Then you grabbed Bradbury, an instant improvement at RG. Rock Ya-Sin in the 3rd would be amazing, mostly because of the name, but also because he could immediately challenge for a starting spot. I think it looks good! The rest of the draft will depend on FA. If we don’t sign RB, take one in the 4th. If we do, grab BPA of OL/DL. We need trench guys!

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  5. Really comes down to Mcoy and Smith. Scenario 1) if we sign Smith and release Mcoy then we should draft Ed Oliver.
    Senario 2) if we release Donavan Smith and keep Mcoy then Jonah Williams.
    Senario 3) The only way we draft Greedy Williams is if we trade back to get him. We are not taking a CB who’s not willing to stick his nose in there to make a tackle. Brent Grimes 2.0 our division is to physical for him and they’ll just keep running right at him until BA takes him out.

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  6. Ill take mock#1 minus the PST RB (no thanks), substituting your mock #3 OG from Oklahoma. We get much better on the OL and that helps the running game more than any new third round RB is going to. Plus, we get an upgrade at CB who can start day 1.

    Means we need to keep GMC too – and I’m perfectly happy with that.

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    • So, the plan then is: start Williams at RT, franchise D Smith for one year then cut him loose (unless he finally gets it), start Powers at RG immediately, keep GMC for the year then cut him loose next year (draft a new DT in 2020), start Amani opposite Davis, sign Honey Badger to start with Evans and the rest pretty much stays as is.

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      • I concur

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      • You want to start 2 rookies on the right side of the OL?

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        • Given the alternative – Bennenoch and Dotson – yes. One of those rookies would be the starting left tackle of the perennial college Champs Alabama. But if for some reason this wasn’t working in preseason (that’s what preseason is for), then start Dotson and let Williams rotate in gradually over the season. We have started multiple rookies on the OL before – it’s not totally novel.

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    • I thought it, you said it.

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  7. Out of those 3 I would take No.3.

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  8. Agree on J Williams at #5, start him at RG, then RT if Dot doesn”t make season?! Must franchise D Smith at LT, then our LB position is a mess, Alexander/Beckwith health status poor, and want to run 3-4, need Backers/stand up rush end type, gotta look for both in 2nd and 3rd maybe Mack Wilson, then Oshane Ximines, or Jaylon Ferguson. Find a RB in free agency, not draft.

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  9. Mock #2 is my most favorite because it really helps strengthen this team. Mock #1 is the most logical choice but how likely is that to happen on draft day? Not likely.

    Mock #3 is a darkhorse because people are dismissing Greedy Williams too easily. But with a trade down I can see the Bucs be tempted with Greedy.

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  10. Of the 3 options, I’d take Mock #1. Mock #3 would be good if it included a trade down in the 1st and an additional 2nd/3rd.
    Ideally though, I’d go with Mock #1 and replace the 3rd Rd pick with OG Ben Powers. We fill 3 or our biggest needs and can fill some others in FA…biggest bang for the buck in my opinion.

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  11. Taking Greedy Williams at #5 would be a mistake. There are better Corners available. The smart money would be on trading down and solving several need problems for Bucs. They have to get a Tackle and a Guard. They have to get a DE. And they need both corners and Safties. I am hoping that John Gruden will pick a Defensive player with #4, and then be tempted to trade back up with their two other 1st round picks to get a QB. I think Bucs could end up with both of them and a 2nd or 3rd.

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    • I think moving Smith to right tackle for one year, and drafting a Tackle mid first round or late first round would be ideal. We can still get lots of good Defensive players in the 2nd round.

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    • Agree seat26

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  12. I like any scenario other than trading up.

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  13. Of the three, I would go with option one even if Smith is resigned. If that were the case I’d move Smith to right tackle and put Williams at left tackle and then address the right guard position either in free agency or later in the draft. With the talent we have at the key positions, we need to address the offensive line and we need to address it early in the draft so all of that wide receiver and tight end talent is not wasted. I believe a stronger run game will be a huge help with Jamis and his turnovers and will make defenses start playing a little more conservative.

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  14. Trevor when speaking of RB where do you and the guy’s over at the Draft Network rank Benny Snell? The guy broke all kinds of records Playing in the SEC and looks to me like a can’t miss prospect. What say you?

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  15. #1 would be my LAST option… strength of draft is DL and it gets ignored there… doesn’t seem like a good idea. I am probably going with #3. Ideally, it’s #3 but instead of Greedy the pick is Polite or Ferrell or one of the highly rated edge players. Polite, Vea, Willis, JPP, Nassib… puts a lot of youth and juice on that DL!

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  16. #2
    But no corners
    This current staff had already used too many picks on corners I would prefer DL or OL again here

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    • I agree. Lineman. Lineman. Lineman. Build the trenches.

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  17. I do find it difficult to pick but I would have to choose the 2nd pick. I like the 1st pick as well and it definitely wouldn’t bother me except I believe that both the D line and O line should be top priority.

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  18. From all indications…at least what is being said by the PR staff…..they will switch to a 3-4 defense. That being the case, the current situation at LB is not good. Too many question marks on who will be available….injuried reserve/etc….or who will be resigned. They need to draft a couple of LBs in the early rounds. The other position that needs to be addressed is the OLine.

    I like going LB in the first, OL in the second and LB again in the 3rd.

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  19. Here’s my issue with your draft, you’re not going O-line in two of the first three picks. Actually, unless they decide Greedy is going to be an all-pro, I’d like the first three picks to be two offensive lineman and one D-lineman or LB.

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  20. I like Draft 1… I have been imagining how great it would be if a scenario or Drafting a LT and moving Donovan’s smith to RT which would hopefully upgrade 2 of our 3 holes and as long as we could find a RG our Oline would be set. If the draft played out like number 1 we would fill 3-4 of the most important holes that we have although I too would trade the 2nd or 3rd round pick for a RG because I’ve seen Barber look really great with proper Oline play, if we upgrade our Oline our run game gets instantly better…

    Obviously this all depends on FA, our greatest needs and Strengths now could completely flip depending on what FA brings, good or bad… i have Faith this coaching staff will do an Amazing job of finding our strengths and weaknesses and doing things like moving Stewart to Safety and rearranging our Oline… I think Carlton Davis will be a great CB with a year under his belt and Adams showed enough Ball Hawking skills to show we have more hidden promise than we think…

    Here’s to hoping we have a great offseason and are the team we should be moving forward…

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  21. I want the Bucs to concentrate on the offensive line and defensive line:

    Round 1 Cody Ford OT Oklahoma or Jawaan Taylor OT Florida
    Round 2 Chris Lindstrom OG Boston College or Zach Allen DE Boston College
    Round 3 Chris Slayton DT Syracuse or Darrell Henderson RB Memphis

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  22. Mock Draft 2! Ed Oliver is the real deal. No need to overthink this. Every lineman coming out of college has some flaws. This guy is a natural disruptor. Inside pressure is the new NFL. Like Bill Polian always says “God only made so many pass rushers.” Guards can easily be found in the 2nd….especially at the top of the round. I like it.

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  23. I will take one player from each of the three mocks.

    DT Ed Oliver – Smaller than GMC but the guy actually makes plays, not excuses.
    CB Amani Oruwarlu – Pair him with Davis and put VH3 in the slot on nickle. MJ goes to safety to form a killer safety room.
    OG Ben Powers – Frees up Benenoch and Cappa to focus on competing at RT.

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    • You spelt his name wrong. It’s Amani Yummyummyoreo….. Forgive me, I’m drunk and don’t drink very often

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      • That was some funny shit.

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  24. None of the above.

    Not that I don’t like a lot of the players in these 3 mocks, however I would go in a different direction in round 1 and a combo of Mock #1 in round 2 and Mock# 2 in round 3.

    The Bucs as of today, do not have a middle LBer they can count on on the roster. Kwon is a FA coming off an ACL. Another is a rookie coming off his 2nd torn knee and may never play. Beckwith, who may be a could fit in the middle in Bowles defense is also coming off a season in which he never saw the field due to serious injuries. Minter is a FA as well.

    Devin White, the best LBer in the draft by leaps and bounds and at a position of need (as of today), should be the pick.

    Then the CB from Penn St in round 2 and the OG from Wisconsin the the 3rd.

    This all assuming Q Williams is long gone by 5. And also assuming we atcually pick at 5.

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  25. I totally agree with BucWild. Id switch it up and take 1 player from each mock.

    RD1 Ed Oliver
    RD2 Amani Oruwariye
    RD3 Ben Powers

    This would be a great first 3 rounds.

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  26. For those fans concerned about our LB situation, I give you this review of our LBs:

    – Kwon Alexander, 4th round selection (124th)
    – Kendall Beckwith, 3rd round selection (107th)
    – Jack Cichy, 6th round selection (202nd)
    – Devante Bond, 6th round selection (183rd)
    – Kevin Minter, signed as a FA after being cut by the Jets
    – Adarius Taylor, signed off Panthers practice squad
    – Riley Bullough, signed off street
    – Lavonte David, second round selection

    Finding a capable LB, particularly a MLB, in the mid to late rounds evidently is not rocket science.

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    • EEB,
      Looking at your list makes me even more concerned. With the exception of David there is not a name on here that screams “difference maker”….and he was a second round selection. My thoughts are the switch to 3-4 will put additional emphasis on the LB corp and the team needs a Ray Lewis/Luke Kuechly/Khalil Mack/Roquan Smith type player. I felt that the LB corp was weak last year and was exploited on a regular basis so this switch is going to make it even more of a problem.

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      • Nope, Smith’s scheme was set up to have the linebackers play aggressive, yet the coaching had them playing tentatively. Bowles will bring heat, David, Alexander and Beckwith are all better when playing balls out. The concern is when they are asked to switch gears and play with a cushion trying to slow down slants and screens. But, I’m sure this coaching staff is a little more creative than the last and will understand adjustments

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        • GB,
          Understand the thoughts on Smith’s scheme. But, 2 of the 3 players you listed are on IR with significant injuries. And in the case of KA, his is a ACL and it usually takes a couple of years to fully recover.

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      • I guess if you believe LB was a weak link on our D, then any listing of our LBs is going to look poor. Personally, I think these guys did fine – I think David was quite good, I think Kwon was fairly good before he got hurt, I think Cichy looked excellent on ST. I wouldn’t call LB a strength, but I didn’t think our LBs were the reason we were getting lit up game after game. IMO, the weak links were all in the secondary where we had much higher drafted players that all performed really poorly. It seems to me – evidently – that finding a good CB is harder to do, than finding a good MLB, in the draft.

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    • Of which we have NO LB in the class of White, D Brooks, Ray Lewis, Roquan Smith- LVD was early 2nd and is our true one LB to be All Pro. You need Devin White, Derwin James , etc defenders that get to the ball quickly with speed n instinct – also bring versatility to any base defense or blitzing schemes.We need OL in rds 1-2 though – can’t ignore it. White, Cody Ford be my ideal 1-2

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  27. Of these 3 scenarios, I like the 1st and 3rd ones.

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  28. Give me Devin White at #5 kid is next great LB then we have Beckwith Kwon White an LVD I think Spence with Thrive in this Defense I also think BA is going to fix the O an D line in FA an our Draft is 🍒 on top

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  29. #2 except go big man again in 3rd. Oliver has 1st ballot HOF talent have to take chance maybe trade back & still land him. need to be very lucky. Extra picks could shorten our climb to legit contender. We also need impact plays from LB corp. that has plenty of injuries. Try to find a jem at cb in later rounds same with safety & RB. If we improve our o-line hopefully we will be able to commit to a running game.

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  30. After further consideration Lindstrom in rd 2 is my guy

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