Mock Draft No. 3

Pick No. 5 (first round) – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Let me get this straight. There’s a top-rated cornerback from LSU who goes by the name Greedy, and we’re trying to sit here and act like he’s not the automatic pick for the Buccaneers at No. 5?

I kid, I kid – sort of.

Andraez “Greedy” Williams is next in line in a rich line of very talented LSU defensive backs. After redshirting his true freshman season, he was the top freshman defensive back in the country in 2017. In that season, he recorded six interceptions while starting every single game at left cornerback. In 2018, he was a Thorpe Award Semifinalist and once again started almost every contest LSU had.

What makes Williams so alluring is his frame. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Williams is tall and he is also long with his arms. Williams uses that to his advantage in many ways, first with press coverage off the line of scrimmage and then with getting his hands into catching zone, even picking some passes off.

But Williams doesn’t come without concerns. Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network noted both what to love and what brings hesitation with Williams’ scouting report.

“Greedy Williams projects as a high impact player in the NFL, for better and for worse. Williams’ ball skills, length and speed will allow him a lot of challenges on the football. But Williams’ effort and lack of desire to play all phases of the position will impact his team as well, only in a negative light. Williams has Pro Bowl potential with a fire lit underneath his rear. He’s got the ability to be a starter fairly quickly, but team will have to be comfortable with the ups and downs … or eliminate them.”

Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

It seems as though most great defensive backs come with those ups and down of the emotional game when it comes to focus or effort. Perhaps Williams is truly the next in line in that regard, too. Home run potential, but still some risk at No. 5.

He could be worth it for a big need.

Pick No. 39 (second round) – Gerald Willis, DT, Miami

As stated before on the previous page, if the Buccaneers are going to move on from Gerald McCoy, they better have a back up plan that is more than just Vita Vea and Beau Allen.

Gerald Willis could potentially be that guy at the beginning of the second round. Now, if Mississippi State’s Jeffery Simmons makes it to this point due to his off the field concerns (which I highlighted and detailed in the hyperlink there), then I think you take him. But I like Willis’ upside as a pass rusher more than just like Notre Dame’s Jeffery Tillery or Alabama’s Isaiah Buggs in this spot.

Willis, a former 5-star recruit, started his career at the University of Florida. But after issues off the field got him dismissed from the team, he transferred to Miami. That absolutely stunted Willis’ growth as a player, but it also might have been the best thing for him. Willis even said entering this season that he needed to grow up – and those around him believe he has.

In his final and only real season in college football, Willis recorded 18 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Here’s what Joe Marino of The Draft Network had to say about Willis.

“Character concerns marred Willis’ growth as a player for years, until a surprising year off from playing in 2017 altered his path dramatically. Now, coaches and teammates rave about the changed man he’s become, heralding his leadership and work ethic on and off the field. It shows on tape, where Willis was one of the most productive defensive linemen in the country and one of the most relentless.

“That’s huge for Willis’ evaluation, but on-the-field concerns still exist. Watching in flashes this year, I was high on what he brought to the table, and there is no doubt his upside is exciting to watch. But Willis also abandons technique too often and gets sloppy with his pad level, winning on natural tools more than sharp refinement. If he lands with a great defensive line coach on a solid unit, the results could be deadly for the opposition. There’s risk involved with Willis, but his Combine performance should help tell us just how high the ceiling is if he gets the development he needs at the next level.”

Joe Marino, The Draft Network

Coaching will mean a lot for Willis. If the Bucs have the right coaches for him, they might be able to get a monster in the middle in the second round.

Pick No. 70 (third round) – Ben Powers, OG, Oklahoma

I like my offensive guards the same way I like my pit bulls: Big, strong, powerful and drooling everywhere. Okay maybe not that last part.

I was so impressed with Powers when I was at the Senior Bowl. Not only was he impressive on the field, his reputation was being boasted by people he didn’t even know. In an interview at the podium session before the week began, Texas defensive tackle Charles Omenihu said that Oklahoma had the best offensive line “by far,” and Powers was one of the reasons for that.

This is what Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network had to say about Powers.

“Has a strong, wide base as a run blocker. Good build with little bad weight, durable player. As a puller, take optimal paths and has excellent hat placement in the hole. Very solid with a good initial punch. Effective as puller and can react to defenders movements or blitzes. Gives little ground in pass protection, able to anchor and drop his weight to stalemate if necessary.”

Jon Ledyard, The Draft Network

If the Bucs are looking for a late Day 2 right guard update, perhaps it could be Powers if they’re sticking to more of a power run scheme.

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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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