Round 2

33. Cincinnati Bengals: Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

Neither Billy Price nor Michael Jordan looked like starting guards last year, and Trey Hopkins is adequate at best at center. Ruiz could man the pivot while Hopkins moves to left guard, upgrading two spots on the offensive line with one draft pick.

34. *TRADE* San Francisco 49ers: Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Colts receive No. 31, 49ers receive No. 34 and No. 122 (4th round)

The 49ers may be able to trade down again and land Johnson, a long-armed, physical press corner who will fit Robert Saleh’s defense perfectly.

35. Detroit Lions: A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa

I’m not this high on Epenesa, but he feels like a Matt Patricia type of edge defender – stout, long-armed and physical, with little in the way of pass rush athleticism or explosiveness.

36. New York Giants: Zack Baun, EDGE/LB, Wisconsin

The Bill Belichick coaching tree is likely to be fond of Zack Baun, who can a hybrid pass rush/off-ball linebacker role that players like Jamie Collins, Kyle Van Noy and others have been so good at.

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor – Photo by: Getty Images

The Chargers need a future starting tackle, but with seven going in the first round, the options are already limited even at No. 37! Los Angeles is going to build on the run game this season, so a bell-cow in Taylor to complement Austin Ekeler makes a ton of sense.

38. Carolina Panthers: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn

Igbinoghene is a converted wide receiver who is still mastering the nuances of the position, but his upside is pretty alluring when you watch his peak plays. He’ll need time to develop as Carolina rebuilds.

39. Miami Dolphins: J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

Dobbins was slated to formally visit Miami before the coronavirus shut everything down, but I’m guessing he finds his way there as their feature back by the time day two of the draft is over.

40. Houston Texans: Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Nothing will ever make up for the stupidity of trading DeAndre Hopkins, but adding Shenault’s size, speed and post-catch ability could appease Deshaun Watson for a little while.

41. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, S, LSU

LSU S Grant Delpit
LSU S Grant Delpit – Photo by: Getty Images

The Browns need to start working on their defense, and free safety is a top priority. Delpit has fallen out of a lot of first-round mocks after a rough final season at LSU, but he’s a definite fit as a deep safety who will reunite with old teammate Greedy Williams.

42. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

Lewis is a physical competitor whose Crimson Tide career was waylaid by injuries. This may be too high for him if teams can’t feel comfortable with his medicals, but it’s a weak edge defender class and some of these teams are gonna reach for guys. He’s Yannick Ngakoue insurance and an eventual replacement.

43. Chicago Bears: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State

The Bears could go a bunch of different directions with this pick, but they literally don’t have another starting caliber cornerback on the roster outside of Kyle Fuller. Arnette’s big senior season should make him a top 50 pick if the character stuff isn’t too concerning for teams.

44. Indianapolis Colts: Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

I’m not sure how I feel about Higgins and Indianapolis being paired together, but I know Philip Rivers has always done some of his best work with a big, vertical threat on the outside (Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Mike Williams), and Higgins is certainly that. I’m concerned about the lack of athleticism, but Higgins has made a living off contested catches, even against quality competition in college.

45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia

The addition of Tom Brady makes it imperative that Tampa Bay find him a quality receiving option out of the backfield, something the Bucs offense currently lacks. Swift is an excellent fit in Tampa Bay, as he already has experience running routes from the slot and from the backfield in the Georgia offense. Arians will have a field day moving him around the field for Tampa, giving Brady one more weapon to feel comfortable with in the Bucs’ high-powered offense.

46. Denver Broncos: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

I can’t get away from this pick because I think the fit of Hall’s physicality and ability to work top-down on the ball is a good one for Vic Fangio’s defense. He could start right away across from A.J. Bouye this season.

47. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M

Madubuike fits Atlanta’s style as a smaller, more explosive defensive tackle with pass-rush upside, but his tape is more random flashes than sustained dominance.

48. New York Jets: Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

Okwara doesn’t flash enough on tape to get me excited, but he’s reportedly an excellent athlete with all the physical tools you could want. At some point, the Jets have to try to develop an edge rusher.

49. Pittsburgh Steelers: Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

I honestly don’t have a clue what the Steelers are going to do at No. 49, as the roster doesn’t really have any crying needs, but there are still plenty of question marks. Adding Winfield gives the Steelers insurance if Terrell Edmunds continues to struggle, as well as a versatile, smart, pro-ready safety who can move around a defense and contribute on special teams.

50. Chicago Bears: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Georgia

The Bears have quietly started two solid offensive tackles for many years now, but Bobby Massie will be 31 in August, and his play is starting to slip. Wilson can step in on the right side in the near future, giving the Bears a grading run blocker who may need some help against speed rushers in pass protection.

51. Dallas Cowboys: Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU

The shocking news of Travis Frederick’s retirement means Dallas will likely be looking for his replacement in the 2020 NFL Draft. The class isn’t loaded with elite centers, but Cushenberry is one of the best, both in pass protection and in the run game.

52. Los Angeles Rams: Joshua Uche, EDGE, Michigan

The Rams lost Clay Matthews and Dante Fowler in free agency, and replaced them by…overpaying for a year of Leonard Floyd? Los Angeles has many needs, but Uche could potentially fill two of them – as a coverage option off the ball and as an edge pass rusher depending on the situation.

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State

The Eagles desperately need upgrades at cornerback, safety and wide receiver. Aiyuk is an explosive run-after-catch option who needs some development in the finer points of the position, but can provide something the Eagles don’t currently have in their receiving corps.

54. Buffalo Bills: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Photo by: Getty Images

Looking at the Bills depth chart, there are no obvious holes to fill. They’ve talked about adding another running back to their roster, and Edwards-Helaire would be a wonderful fit. His elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability after the catch would maximize the Bills’ conservative passing offense.

55. Baltimore Ravens: K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State

Envisioning the Ravens running an offense with speedsters like Marquise Brown and K.J. Hamler at their disposal, along with what Willie Snead and Mark Andrews provide in the middle of the field, is pretty terrifying.

56. Miami Dolphins: Lucas Niang, OT, TCU

Dolphins probably need to draft two offensive tackles to field a competent offensive line in 2020. Thomas on the left with Niang on the right, provided his medical reports are clean, would give them two talented players to build around.

57. Houston Texans: Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn

Houston is weak in a few spots, but they don’t have a ton of crying needs. Their defensive line could use more impact players, and while I have my doubts about Davidson, all indications from big media are that he continues to rise up boards.

58. Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State

I don’t know if Minnesota will consider Jackson or not, but they have to get better in pass protection at the guard spots, and the Rutgers transfer was as steady as they come in that area this past season.

59. Seattle Seahawks: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

TCU DT Ross Blacklock
TCU DT Ross Blacklock – Photo by: Getty Images

I think Seattle probably ends up getting Jadeveon Clowney back on a short-term deal, so focusing on adding pass rush options on the interior is probably a good idea. Blacklock is inconsistent, but he’s explosive through gaps and flashes the athleticism to become an effective pass rusher in time.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Hennessy, IOL, Temple

I have yet to get deep into Hennessy’s tape, but his Senior Bowl performance didn’t impress me much. Smarter people than I are a fan of him however, and his technically savvy style of play would meld well with what Baltimore is trying to create up front.

61. Tennessee Titans: Terrell Burgess, S/CB, Utah

Tennessee looks like they are going to lose Logan Ryan in free agency, leaving a vacancy in their nickel corner spot. Burgess is one of the more underrated players in the class, with lightning quick feet and outstanding mental processing, both in the slot and as a deep defender.

62. Green Bay Packers: Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State

The Packers are hurting at linebacker, and the Christian Kirksey signing is a pipe dream that he’ll become the player he was several years ago. Harrison’s tape is really strong, and although he may not be an elite athlete, he’ll be an easy upgrade over anything the Packers have boasted at linebacker for some time.

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State

A few years ago the Chiefs drafted Dorian O’Daniel to be an undersized coverage linebacker, but it hasn’t really worked out. Davis-Gaither is more of a complete player, and the Chiefs badly need upgraded aggression and athleticism at the linebacker position.

64. Seattle Seahawks: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan

Peoples-Jones was underutilized and therefore unproductive at Michigan, but he has tantalizing physical and athletic traits that will make someone roll the dice on him on day two.

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chefboho

That’s a hell of a three round mock draft. I would file this under, “ fantasy” because as Bucs fans we always fall short of the player we want or need. This is a killer draft and would be the perfect three rounds in my opinion. After that you could go WR and defense. Great job Jon. This is the best I could ever hope for based on needs and getting the top performers at their position.

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rrsrq

If Bucs pull this off, I’m screaming down Dale Mabry, but is Damien Lewis competition for Cappa or are you moving Willis to LT in a year and Cappa to RT, or is he the eventual replacement for Jensen

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Gatordoc1

better screaming down Dale Mabry than streaking…

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Ja'crispy

This would be a fantastic first 3 picks.

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The Wall

Jon, I honestly hope this, or something very close to this happens. I too would move up to get Wills if necessary.

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skyrider

Gosh…this would be nice, but for some reason our expectations aren’t met. Would be nice if the front office read this article, would highly recommend it!

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Alldaway 2.0

This indeed would be a best case scenario for the Bucs. After the third the Bucs can use both 4th rounders on defense or use one on best available defensive player and best available offensive player. Ideally in the 4th the Bucs find a quality NT and the Bucs then pick up the best WR/return specialist. Or the Bucs can target an edge rusher with the 4a and then target a project QB to groom with 4b. Addressing the trenches early actually opens up the Bucs draft strategy for skill positions later in the draft. I hope the Bucs seriously… Read more »

DerLutz

In a perfect world, the draft will be like this, but I have some doubts. The best OT on 14 would be awesome, but I don’t believe Cardinals and Jets pass on OT.

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Alldaway 2.0

The wild cards are going to be Arizona, and the Raiders. Arizona may even opt to go WR in round 1 and the Raiders may be the ones to go more defense in round 1. This is because the Raiders may choose a strategy of obtaining WR talent after round 1 in a deep class. My gut feeling says if the run on WR’s/QBs happens early in the top then then one of the four OTs will be there for the Bucs to scoop up IMVHO. Of course the 49ers are in prime position to take an OT or even… Read more »

PewterPose

Every pick in this draft is going to be assessed in the context of Brady. Whatever keeps him standing and gives him options.

This draft is close to a dream scenario. If Jason and Bruce have their eye on a particular lineman in the first round, they should get their guy.

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MudManVA

A dream come true if the dominoes fall this way. I like swift the most out of the big 4 RB’s for his run & pass catching abilities, but if we plug any of the 4 top RB’s in in round 2 it’s a win!

I would trade trade up a few spots to insure 1 of the top tackles.

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MudManVA

PS- hurry up and resign SUH!!!

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Ktown

Agree with all here. This would be huge if the draft went this way. Of course it won’t…but nice to dream.

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ScottC543

Whatever it takes to get a day-one starter at OT.

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dm4bucs

Absolutely love this draft!!!

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cvillebucfan

This takes place, and IMO its possible, maybe not likely but its very possible to end up with this or something similar, I will be the happiest dude in the WORLD!

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fredster

Been saying for years build the trenches so I’m good with this scenario. Not real familiar with RB Swift but hope he wouldn’t take year to develop as we don’t have time now with Brady and Arians….

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MarkWatson

Surprising no QB in top three rounds, which I fully expect. I actually expect QB with Bucs first pick in the third, then a trade back into the third for that additional O-lineman. I do like the LSU guard pick. Kudos Ledyard. Enjoy your analysis. Seems like you a fully competent addition to the PR staff.

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hamilton

boy, I love this draft.

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Charlie

It would be awesome to land this draft. I agree that you may need to trade up to get your guy at OT.

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Dave

Yet I got multiple thumbs down the other day for essentially hoping for the exact same scenario as this. My hope was to land one of the big 4 OL players at 14. If one of them was still there at 12, and the price to jump up 2 spots wasn’t significant, go up and grab him. If none of the big 4 are there at 14, then try and trade down, while swapping their 2nd rounder for an earlier 2nd rounder with their trade partner if possible. Then with the trade down I’d be happy to take Josh Jones… Read more »

jrwilson85

I like your thinking on this draft. Two stud O-line (OT & OG) and one Swift RB. What about Antonio Gibson with one of the 4ths. He is just what Senor Brady is looking for imo.

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jrwilson85

I’ve been running simulated drafts, as well as following the Gurus and your scenario seems feasible to me. Like you said optimistic, yet feasible. OT is pretty deep this year. One expert said he had 9 tackles going for the top 5 and it took a long time for him to decide which 5.

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Dave

Cam just got released. Please god let the Bucs pick him up. Maybe a 2 year deal worth like 10 MIL. Insurance for Brady. Let Cam get 100% completely healthy, sit and learn behind Brady for 2 years. And if Brady rides off into the sunset in 2 years, then the Bucs can negotiate a contract to the extend Cam for a 1 or 2 year prove your healthy deal. Because sorry but outside spending a 1st round pick at QB, you’re not going to get anyone who has close to Cams talent. The key is letting Cam get 100%… Read more »

Dman

Love the others and G in first three picks. I’m ok with Swift, would rather have Taylor.

I know people are clamoring for WR, but we’ve got plenty of weapons, especially with a receiving RB and there are only enough balls to go around. If we can pull this off need to go DL in RD4. In the meantime, let’s get Suh signed!

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Dman

Love the OT and G in first three picks. [Hate spell check.]

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geno711

Still have Jonah Jackson of Ohio State way too high.
Brought down from the 1st pick of the 2nd round to near the end of the 2nd round.

Like the kid as a depth guy but I do not think he is anyone’s starter in the NFL. Guys like him going in the 2nd round is part of the reason that we can get Damien Lewis in the 3rd round.

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Bucko40

When and who do you see the Bucs drafting as the heir apparent to Tom Brady Jon?

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drdneast

Not a big fan of this draft. Both Suh, if resigned, and JPP have one maybe two years left in the tank if that. Suh is already deteriorating. JPP will be next. Rather grab a DL in the first round and a offensive right tackle in the second. Brady needs better protection than Winston ever got but good right tackles can be found in the second round. Drafting another RB in the second round is crazy. We already have one of those and he is still developing. You can also pick them up in FA. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

awwdembucs

This would be a very good draft. If Swift is gone how about Helair I really like his running style and can catch the ball. He also blocks good.

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Dave

@drdneast. Sorry but I completely disagree with pretty much the entire post. Neither Suh or JPP are deteriorating. Suh is just a more rounded player than he was in his earlier years. He’s more of a run stuffer, and a player that demands 2 blockers which frees up other players( aka Barrett 19.5 sacks, and JPP 8.5 sacks in only 10 GP) plus we also have Vea, who started to come into his own last year. Suh did exactly what was asked of him in this defense. And as far as JPP there’s absolutely ZERO indication whether it’s from the… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

This may be unpopular however I will say it anyway, Suh and veta numbers combined are 1/2 of a top 10 lineman
And I do not buy the crap they cause problems without tackles
Suh 22 solo tackles 2.5 Sacks
Vea 19 solo tackles 2.5 sacks
41 solo tackles 5 sacks

The Bucs need to move up in draft to 2-or 3 and draft CHASE YOUNG !!!!

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inspecto

Jon you are putting the old guys to shame. Thank you for all the Good work all the time.

Go Bucs !!!

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Dave

Well even for you BOB, that post was pretty effing bad. Suh and Vea combined for 1/2 of a top 10 lineman. Seeing as Barrett had 19.5 sacks, and JPP had 8.5 in 10 GP, those mammoths taking on multiple blockers to free up others obviously worked very well didn’t it? And also, remind me which team led the league in run defense in 2019. Because at last check it was the Bucs. Anyone that says Suh and Vea were anything but above average DT’s, loses all credibility as a knowledgeable football fan. Then again, you never had any to… Read more »

liquidmuse3

“Isaiah Simmons, Avenger”. I see you, Ledyard 😉

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Daniel Van Steenwyk

From a Viking stand point, they wouldn’t take 2nd and 3rd round talent with 1st round picks. The other rounds are unfavorable as well.

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Spitfire

This is exactly what we need, 2 Olinemen and a RB. Would be cool if we could figure out a way to grab someone like Hurts in the 3rd somehow and then our Offense would truly be set and ready for life with Brady and life after Brady.

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Johnny Cannons

Love it. I’ve run dozens of mock draft sims without trades in the top 15, and one of the 4 OTs consistently falls to that spot. More often than not, it’s Wills. I’d be ecstatic. I think R2 is a great spot to go RB, also. Swift would be just fine with me there. Most of the mocks I run have Lewis gone before getting to Tampa’s R3 pick, but I certainly couldn’t argue with the pick if he was there. This sets up the rest of the draft to fill a developmental QB (Morgan?) and some special teams pieces… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB

Dave
The numbers do not lie go to stats look up Vea look up Suh add them up
I don’t care how disruptive they are
Yes JPP and Barrett we’re making the Sacks Was not about JPP or Barrett Post was about was about the pathetic numbers put up by Suh and Veta
Look at numbers for any top 10 lineman compare !
Other teams passed not ran on Bucs
The linebackers are making the tackles

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AlbJack65

Hey Einstein! Of course the linebackers are making most of the tackles, that’s how a 3-4 defense is designed. The interior linemen eat up blockers, the LB’s read the play and step up to the hole to meet the ball carrier. Good God, man. If your entire football knowledge is based simply on stats and highlights…well, it shows. Are you aware that you can find video tutorials online that run through how different offenses and defenses are designed to work? This isn’t a 1930’s college football program running a 7-2-2! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+3-1 Rating: +2. From 4… Read more »

twspin

I think Jon is spot on here with his selections. Unlike what they did for Jameis during his 5 yrs starting here, They are going to go all out to protect our..Statue of Liberty Brady.. And I do mean….All..Out.

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Spitfire

There’s a reason why we were one of the best run defenses in the league and that had a lot to do with Suh and Vea. Obviously there is a lot more that goes into it but those two were a huge part of it. Not everyone knows enough about football to understand that though and would rather call em old and fat to cover their own insecurities. Suh would be great to have back but if they try to sign a Vet RB and Safety they may just look to replace him in the Draft. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

Spitfire

You can’t base value solely on stats, everyone knows that.

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Dave

Don’t even waste your time replying to the clown. I usually don’t, and went against my better judgement. But good lord how is it possible that someone with this little knowledge of how football works can consistently comment like he knows anything. I’ll end my reply to you BOB by saying it one last time. STATS do NOT matter w he it comes to NT’s. They simply don’t matter. At all. They do not get paid to get sacks, nor do they get paid to be near the top of the team leaderboard in tackles. In a perfect world, a… Read more »

Dave

Also, it’s amazing me that pretty much every single person that read my Cam comment gave it a thumbs down. Really? So you guys wouldn’t take Cam for a couple years to try and take over for Brady in 2022. I’d love to know why? Outside of POTENTIALLY Tua, Herbert, and Love, not a single QB in this draft( especially a QB in round 3 or later) has anywhere close to the upside a fully healthy and motivated Cam does. This dude is a former MVP, and he did it on some of the worst NFL offenses I’ve ever seen… Read more »

owlykat

We now have Brady as our QB for two years but also need to pick a current QB in the draft to learn from Brady. Brady was a sixth round pick and we don’t need to waste a high draft pick on a QB. I would FIU’s star QB, James Morgan, from the East West Shrine Game who can be gotten from the 4th to the 5th round. He is tall and cool in the pocket and a rocket for an arm and is also mobile. I would get him even if BA brings in a veteran QB to start.… Read more »

Dave

Sorry but I totally disagree that we’ll be fine drafting a mid round QB. There’s only 1 Brady. So saying he was a 6th round pick doesn’t mean much. That’s absolutely the exception not the rule. We need to pick up a FA QB. Because for the next 3 years we probably won’t have a top half 1st round pick. And unless QB is really loaded one of the next 3 years, how likely is it that we’ll find the future of the franchise in the mid to late 1st round or later. I would call it highly unlikely. I’ll… Read more »

magoobee

Problems with your draft. Very doubtful that Swift makes it to 47. Also no way Cam Akers is around after the Bucs 3rd Rd pick. Actually, I hope Kinlaw falls to the Bucs at 14 instead of one of the 4 OL. Reason?Where the Bucs pick in round 2, there are 4 excellent options that could/should be there. 2 have tremendous upside (Ezra Cleveland Boise St. & Prince Tega Wanogho Auburn) but probably not a day 1 starters. The other 2 (Austin Jackson USC & Isaiah Wilson Georgia) can be immediate starters. In the 3rd round, I pray that Akers… Read more »

Hockey Duckie

7 OT’s going in the first round? If OT’s were in need, then how did two of the top-4 drop? Arizona ranked 26th in pass blocking (FBO). Why wouldn’t they want help on the OLine first to protect their most precious asset? That’s like us passing up on one of the top-4 if one fell to us to draft DT Kinlaw. The lack of consistency for this mock doesn’t make sense. I’d be ecstatic to land Wills, but this is like us hoping LG Quenton Nelson to fall to us in the 2018 draft. There’s a very high probability we… Read more »

athans5

Joe, great work on this mock. Would love it as a Bucs fan. I have a quick question for you that I really don’t understand, and you touched on it in this mock. I love Grant Delphits game and think he would be a perfect fit in our defense. He followed up great sophomore season by winning the Thorpe Award this year. I saw in your write up about Delphit that he had a bad 2019 season. I’m am just curious how someone can have a bad season (he had a bad ankle injury) but still win the Thorpe Award.… Read more »

Dave

4Sorry but I’m with you Athans5. If one of the big 4 is there at 14, it would be borderline moronic to pass on whichever one Is left to take Kinlaw. And if one is there at 12 or 13, maybe try and trade up to get him if the price isn’t steep. If you can’t, and none of the 4 are there, trade back and take either A.Jackson or J.Jones(prefer Jones) and then with the 2nd round pick hopefully we can nab either Swift, Taylor, or Dobbins. If one of them is still there at 40-42, try and trade… Read more »

SappAttack

Top 3 picks all on offense… doubtful but would love these picks! Wouldn’t be surprised to take an edge rusher (OLB). There’s no depth there. If JPP or Shaq go down we are in trouble, as we were last year when teams doubled Shaq with JPP out. Wish we would sign another OL FA heading into the draft to allow for some flexibility. Seems like we are dead set on a RT in the first round as it stands and then BPA after. I don’t love that for the value but depends on who we pass up on. Would love… Read more »