Mock Draft No. 2

Pick No. 5 (first round) – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

From a very young age, Ed Oliver knew he had something special in his future as long as he did things the way he knew he needed to. Coming out of high school, Oliver was a consensus 5-star recruit, and had offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M and many more. But The Houston native decide to stay at home and play for the University of Houston.

Why? Momma, of course.

Oliver is very close with his family, and playing ball for the Cougars meant he was only about 20-25 minutes from seeing them whenever he wanted. With playing so close to home came a sense of comfort, and that comfort turned into confidence on the field. If I were to list all of preseason and postseason accolades Oliver has won or been a part of over the last three seasons, the list would spill over into the next page. But we’ll just name some of the big ones.

Oliver started all 13 games in his true freshman season, recording 23 tackles for loss, second most in all of the NCAA. In his second season, he was the Outland Trophy winner, led the nation with a career average of 1.56 tackles for loss per game and totaled 39.5 tackles for loss in only 25 games played. After his final season in 2018, Oliver became the only three-time All-American in school history.

As the rumors have been flying this offseason about what the Buccaneers might do with Gerald McCoy, their need for an interior defensive lineman might be dire come draft night. If it is, you can believe Oliver will be in their sights. But don’t think that Oliver is a perfect prospect. Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network says that with the eye-popping traits also come some concerns for the 6-foot-1, 280-pound, somewhat undersized interior lineman.

“For years Ed Oliver has been heralded as no. 1 overall pick material, but the lack of improvement during his junior year is pretty troubling despite his unreal athletic gifts. Powerful, explosive and capable of winning the leverage battle on every rep, Oliver isn’t where he needs to be in terms of production because of his lack of mental processing in the run game and rush plan on passing downs.

“Two things could help him right away in the NFL: fixing his stance and putting him at 3-technique, rather than at the nose where Houston often played him. At the end of the day, Oliver is far too explosive with freakish strength and movement skills to not take a chance on, but we need to acknowledge that he is definitely a risk; a risk that might not be worth taking in the top ten of the 2019 NFL Draft.”

– Jon Ledyard, The Draft Network

If the Bucs do move on from McCoy, that 3-technique spot could be Oliver’s for the taking – a perfect fit, scheme-wise.

Pick No. 39 (second round) – Garrett Bradbury, OG, N.C. State

You know how commentators love to point out when tight ends have basketball backgrounds? I have that same kind of energy for former tight ends who now play offensive line – give me athletes on the line.

In comes Garrett Bradbury, one of the most promising interior offensive linemen in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior interior linemen has had an interesting career with the Wolfpack. When he arrived on campus for his freshman season, he was 6-foot-3, 240 pounds. Over the course of four years (one as a redshirt season), Bradbury has gained 60 pounds and has been taught the ways of a guard.

As you would expect, Bradbury’s calling card is how well he moves for a man his size. He has fantastic lateral mobility, and can push, pull and get to the second level as smooth as an interior offensive lineman can in this class. He has adequate power, but he is still getting the hang of things when it comes to pure anchor and power blocks.

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

“Bradbury came to NC State as a tight end recruit and leaves as an outstanding NFL interior offensive line prospect. His technical refinement and consistency is even more impressive considering the relative newness to his position. Given his lateral mobility and proven success in the Wolfpack’s zone blocking run scheme, he projects most favorably to the same role in the NFL. Bradbury’s range as a blocker will be major asset to him and his NFL offense. By year three, Bradburry has the upside to become a solid starter that is primed to sign a lucrative second contract.”

– Joe Marino, The Draft Network

If the Bucs want to incorporate more movement and pulling with their guards this season, or even if they just want to zone block with more efficiency – last year they were awful at it – Bradbury is their guy.

Pick No. 70 (third round) – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Ya-Sin is a very interesting prospect, and if the Bucs haven’t address outside cornerback by the time they get to the third round, he would be a good fit for what they might be trying to do when getting more aggressive on defense under Todd Bowles.

Ya-Sin started his collegiate career at Presbyterian. When the school announced it was dropping from FCS to non-scholarship Division II, the All-Big South player decided to change schools for his final season to help get him noticed.

It helped.

Here’s what Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network had to say after watching Ya-Sin’s tape.

“Rock Ya-Sin is a developmental target for teams who like to rely on man coverage and are looking to develop a potential outside starter by Year 2 or 3. Ya-Sin is clearly comfortable playing in tight quarters, and has great body control and flexibility — both traits that project him favorably as man-coverage starter. That said, Ya-Sin must grow more comfortable playing the ball in the air and matching multi-break routes with measured footwork, or he will always remain a low-impact player on the ball despite his length. Ya-Sin’s wrestling background, esteem for hard work, and limited football experience all project favorably to a successful developmental track in the NFL.”

Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

A player with risk, yes. But that will always be the case with man coverage cornerbacks outside of the Top 50. Despite being just 5-foot-11 (which was a disappointing height when measured at the Senior Bowl because Ya-Sin is listed at 6-foot-1 on Temple’s website), Ya-Sin could match a similar style to Carlton Davis with long arms and a desire to press. 

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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]

47 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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  31. So at this point obviously I’d go with #2 but this wqa written before Bradbury did the combine right? That kid is awesome. Good breakdown by Voch Lombardi on him. He’ll be gone in the first imo. Fun to watch. To have him as a RG until we move on from Jensen would be sweet! Or just replace him outright. If he and Simmons make it to the 2nd Idk who I’d take.. Simmons would be the better overall prospect at a position of need but Bradbury is no slouch either. Could get Jachai Polite in the 3rd depending. Remember Arden Key last year dropping to the 5th?? Although Polite showed more in college so not a perfect comparison. It should be fun regardless! Just no MJ Sgewart type pick where you go “We could’ve got him much later Licht! ” It’s a huge weakness of his that he “falls in love” with a player and reaches to get them. Aguayo, Cappa Stewart to name a few. He does seem to learn eventually. Also he needs to pick players who fit the system. Never understand why he picked 3 press corners for a coach who plays em @0-15yds off the LOS! I hope for a trade down if Q. Williams is unavailable. Maybe stay for Allen or Bosa. Can get players with real potential through the 3rd round this year though! GET MORE PICKS!!

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