With draft weekend less than 30 days away, the mock drafts are starting to get updated and finalized by some of the major media members.

Though he’ll likely have at least one more released before the Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. released his Mock Draft 4.0 this week within a dueling mock draft with he and Todd McShay where Kiper had the Bucs taking cornerback Denzel Ward at No. 7 overall.

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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  1. If Quentin Nelson is there at 7 and we go with an untested CB, I will have to pull out the pins for my Meathead voodoo doll.

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  2. I hope there is a run on QB’s with trades involved and we get a shot at either Barkley or Chubb. Nelson would be fine by me also. I can’t wait to see!

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  3. Kiper really is all in on Josh Allen. This might actually be worse than the year he staked his career on Jimmy Clausen being successful in the NFL. I’ve never seen someone so adamant about defending such a terrible prospect.

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    • Kiper is a hack. And I don’t mean that in a “I think Kiper is a hack” kind of way. He’s actually a hack – he’s taken money to put players on his big board/mock.

      The only reason he’s still relevant is because of articles like this. People just like reposting the village idiot…

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  4. Lol this one had to get a quick chuckle outta you Trevor, right after your Cover 3 was released. I’ll stand by what I said in the comments on that article, I’m taking James before any other secondary player in this draft.

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  5. Perfect scenario for the Bucs. Four QBs picked before us, leaving one of the three elite players in the draft available at 7…….I sincerely hope we don’t blow this by overthinking.
    I think draft experts tend to over emphasize their team needs chart because it neatly ties their projections together. I don’t think Licht will mess this up based on his BPA pick of Howard last year. All he has to do is picture Nelson ,Barkley or Chubb in a Bucs uniform and then picture Ward.

    I am not anti-Ward just not the right pick if one of those three are available.

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    • In many ways this draft should shake out almost perfectly for the Bucs. If 4 QBs go before us then we get one of the three elite non QB talents. If only three QBs are taken then we get to pick from the best secondary player in the draft which is the teams biggest area of need.
      Trading down would be the best option but I do not see much hope in that.
      If the other team was moving up because Barkley, Nelson or Chubb had fallen then I would not trade.
      I do not see a team trading up for a QB because they know we will not pick a QB and the same for the Bears, 49ers, and Raiders. A QB needy team would most likely only have to move ahead of the Bills by trading with the Dolphins.
      If somebody loves Ward then I would gladly trade down for extra picks.
      As much as I hate the idea of tanking games and enjoyed Godwin’s TD it is really hurting right now.

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      • They didnt need to try to tank. All Jameis had to do was listen to his head coach and check it down. Another win in spite of Dirk killed us draft lovers. I know as soon as the bucs are eliminated from playoff contention I’m rooting for losses. A higher pick would have been great but regardless there will be great players available at 7. I’m rooting for a trade down. With this coaching staff, this team has 4 big holes to fill, at minimum. Hope Licht doesnt forget a pass rush makes the corners. Dont go corner in round 1 please! Trade back, someone will be calling for a qb. Get a 2 and 3 back. Get ya 4 starters. Then work the last 4 rounds.

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        • Get out of here with that loser talk! Playing to lose thinking that’s how you win is literally self-defeating. We needed that win bad and a win is a win is a win.

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        • You obviously don’t sit in the stands with enemy fans chanting for their team.

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  6. If Nelson is there, I think Bucs grab him if Chubb and Barkley are gone.

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  7. Not interested in shrimpy corners… Trade down, get one of the decent sized corners.

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  8. To this day, I dont know how Mel Kiper, who has a .04% accuracy on draft picks is still employed. My wife has more knowledge and accuracy than him. When he makes a prediction and its something completely opposite of what he picked, he back pedals…

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  9. Not a Kiper fan; hope Licht feels the same.

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  10. Actually, McShay has us taking Ward too but at least Nelson is off the board to the Colts. There is a lot of ‘group think’ that the Bucs will go either James or Ward at #7 and almost everyone has Cleveland picking Barkley at #4 overlooking Chubb which I just don’t really understand.

    For us to pass on Nelson for Ward, I’d consider that a big mistake. Nelson is a going to be a Pro bowl fixture for the next 10 seasons, I doubt you can say the same for Ward.

    Anyway, I think if only 3 quarterbacks are off the board by the time we pick, I’m betting we get trade offers to trade down and we better do that before picking Ward.

    JMO.

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  11. Would anyone trade down with the Patriots? #7 & #180 for #23, #31, #43 and #63 ?

    After trading Brandon Cooks to the Rams for #23, the Patriots are strongly rumored to be looking to move up into top 10-15 and draft an heir apparent to Brady.

    #23 CB Josh Jackson
    #31 RB Sony Michel
    #38 SS Justin Reid (Bucs own pick)
    #43 OG Braden Smith
    #63 DE Duke Ejiofor

    Rest of Bucs picks,

    #102 RB Nyheim Hines
    #144 DT Andrew Brown
    #202 WR Jaleel Scott
    #255 OT Jamarco Jones

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    • I really like this scenario.

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    • I would make the trade. But, Tampa’s #7 is only worth NE’s 1st – #23, #31; 3rd – #95; and 6th – #198 and #210.

      1st – OL and tall CB with fifth year options
      2nd – RB
      3rd – Safety

      If we stay at #7, Chubb, Barkley, Neslon, James.

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  12. Thankfully Those two clowns and their network usually are wrong.

    I like Ward as a prospect but not over Nelson or James.

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  13. I don’t want any other itty bitty defensive players. If we really want to go all in on a teeny weeny defense, why don’t we just sign Spud Webb and Mugsy Bogues?

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  14. I’m probably proponents of Denzel Ward on this board, but there’s no way I’d take him over Quenton Nelson.

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  15. *one of the biggest proponents* lol i’m baked.

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  16. I can see the need of a CB, but Nelson is to good to pass. We should try to got for BPA, and thats Nelson.

    But I like the mock of Luke Easterling. I like the trade and the picks – every single one of them. Check It out:
    https://draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/04/04/2018-nfl-mock-draft-latest-3-round-projections-with-trades/

    Great young safety (it’s still a need). Good CB who’s taller than Ward. Plus a promising RB. 3 rounds, 3 roster fits. Yo Licht, do it!

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  17. If Licht were to draft Ward, and he doesn’t pan out, he must know he can’t survive missing on two first round corners. Maybe they do that, which I’m against, if Nelson isn’t there, but if he is you have to take Nelson all day.

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  18. At Spot 7, I would pick a DL or OL. Surely, not another small DB.

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  19. Guys, please understand that there are plenty of really good corners playing in todays league that are 5’11 or 5’10.

    Chris Harris Jr, Casey Hayward, Brent Grimes, Darrelle Revis, Joe Haden, Janoris Jenkins, Malcom Butler, Logan Ryan, Tre’Davious White, and Morris Claiborne are all 5’11 and below. Heck Darrel Green is one of the all time greats and he was 5’9.

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    • They don’t pay attention Schwifty.

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  20. For years I subscribed to Mel’s “Big Blue Book’ (and lots of others) because there were very few other ways to learn, even bogus information, about a prospective player. I kept them until we downsized to our condo. It was interesting to on a rainy day go back and look at what Mel had written and predicted. Saying it was “inaccurate” would be being kind. “Pure BS” would describe his evaluations more accurately.

    Some folks get all in a tizzy over these countless Mock Drafts as if any are an accurate indicator of things to come in three weeks. Out of the 32 first round choices, I’ll be shocked if any of the “experts” get 10 correct match-ups. Usually the first pick is a given, but this year even that is a mystery. They all talk about BPA then immediately make choices based on perceived NEED. Good ol’ Mel assumes we need CB’s so he drops the supposed best one, in spite of his average size, in our lap. Good player, but would he be the BPA with Nelson or James on the board? They all regurgitate basically the same line-up of players. Rare do any of them make an even slightly bold prediction or off the wall evaluation.

    What we do know is that many of the first round “stars” will never live up to their Draft status and there will be relatively obscure players who outshine them.

    In the words of Bill Tobin (as I recall), “Who the hell is Mel Kiper anyway?”

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  21. Does anyone listen to Mel K. anymore?

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  22. I think it will end up being either Nelson or James for us at 7, Nelson will be the best available if there and I’m pretty sure we all know Licht likes James better than Minkah a team this point.

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  23. Kiper is a complete and utter maroon if he thinks Licht would let the Bears have Nelson for free. If the Bucs truly don’t intend on drafting Nelson and he is there, as the lunatic Kiper believes, Licht will fleece the Bears for at least a 3rd rounder, if not their 2nd rounder to swap picks. What a douche.

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  24. I luv Mel Kiper Because..he is usually wrong about our picks. And is wrong about many teams. Why he has this job beats me. The Barber who cuts my hair is far more accurate.

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