Early 2015 Mock Drafts Primarily Link Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Quarterbackby Matt Tidcombe 1 hour ago via RSS. Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TXBaylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty (14) throws a pass in the second quarter against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsHere’s six 2015 NFL Mock Drafts, because, hey, why not?In all seriousness though, it’s become increasingly common over recent years to release a new mock draft for the new season as soon as the last draft concludes and this year is no different. I’m not sure why or how that phenomenon began, but it exists nevertheless.Put very minimal stock into the names you read attached to the Bucs — the point is more based upon seeing who some of the top prospects are heading into the new season.Three mocks have the Bucs taking quarterbacks, while two others have the Bucs addressing the cornerback position. The final one has the Bucs taking an edge rusher. Two of the three who predicted a quarterback for the Bucs said Baylor’s Bryce Petty, who let’s face it, would look phenomenal in Jeff Tedford’s offense. The other option at QB: Jameis Winston of FSU.The two cornerbacks were Ifo Ekpre-Olomu of Oregon and P.J. Williams of FSU. The defensive lineman was Randy Gregory of Nebraska.Here is the reasoning behind the picks:Richard Langford (Bleacher Report) – Bryce Petty, QB, BaylorBryce Petty is a prolific college quarterback with good size at 6’3?. He has solid arm talent and will go higher in the draft if he shows more accuracy down the field. The Buccaneers brought in veteran Josh McCown and have MikeGlennon entering his second season, but this franchise will be on the lookout for its quarterback of the future.Dan Kadar (sbnation.com) – Bryce Petty, QB, BaylorNo reasoning givenDane Brugler (CBSSports) – Jameis Winston, QB, FSUWinston has the skills to be the No.1 overall pick, but he has room to grow on the field and needs to keep his nose clean off the field.Jason McIntyre (thebiglead.com) – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, OregonBucs went all-offense in the 2014 draft and if Josh McCown plays well – I think he will – Tampa is a playoff sleeper in the NFC. They’ll need to step things up defensively in the 2015 draft.Walter Football – P.J. Williams, CB, FSUJohnathan Banks, chosen in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, was a major disappointment as a rookie. He struggled mightily, so if that trend continues into his sophomore campaign, Tampa Bay will definitely consider spending its first-round selection on a cornerback.Josh Norris (rotoworld.com) – Randy Gregory, DE, NebraskaGregory started coming on strong last season, and I expect his development to continue. He flashes strength and speed around the edge.http://thepewterplank.com/2014/05/12/extremely-early-2015-nfl-mock-drafts/
Yeah, hope we aren’t looking for a QB. Please God, not Winston. IF Mason Foster doesn't shine this season, the Bucs will be looking for a MLB. Johnathan Banks was a "major disappointment" and "struggled mightily"? That wasn't my impression.
Such a pointless and stupid question. The 2014 season isn’t even close to starting and so much is going to change with the draft prospects between now and then. Not to mention, we have no idea what our biggest need will be until this season is over or when we will be picking.
I see that comment a lot about Banks and I wonder where it comes from. Banks played opposite Revis and got a lot of attention because he was both a rookie and not-Revis and on the whole I thought he handled it well enough for a rookie. As Bank’s himself has mentioned, his last few games of the season he played with a lot of confidence and overall played well. In his final game he gave up 1 pass. Banks play is not one I'm worried about this season, I think he'll be fine.
There is NO doubt in my mind that the bucs use their first two pics on the OL in 15. I promise you that they will have a formidable OL IN PLACE before they go QB shopping, in the 2016 draft.Sorry that it's not the sexy move most want to hear, but it's the move to make, and we will.1. OL2. OL3. DE
Let’s see the hand we’re dealt before trying to predict this.What position we pick top 5 could differ greatly to the one we might take in the late teens/early 20s.If we're top 5 a QB would be the obvious pick because we'd be primed to get one of the top ones and we obviously failed in 2014. In the late teens you'd be more likely to get the top guard or a guy to add the the LBer core/d line.
Let's see the hand we're dealt before trying to predict this.What position we pick top 5 could differ greatly to the one we might take in the late teens/early 20s.If we're top 5 a QB would be the obvious pick because we'd be primed to get one of the top ones and we obviously failed in 2014. In the late teens you'd be more likely to get the top guard or a guy to add the the LBer core/d line.
Agree. If we are in that position, it would be safe to assume that our QB play was awful.
I would hope they are not QB hunting in the 2015 draft. That would mean the 2014 season was less than stellar.
I completely disagree. Regardless of how '14 plays out, we are still wanting in the QB dept. NE was a playoff team last year, didn't stop them from drafting one.
Well, NE is in a different situation though. Brady is going on 55 years old.As far as the Bucs go, it all depends on how 2014 shakes out. Say McCown plays well, but gets hurt early on. Glennon steps in and plays well. Why draft a QB if your going to start Glennon in 2015, with McCown or someone else as backup?