It’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of holes to fill on their roster after a disappointing 2-14 season in 2014. The team currently has eight selections in the 2015 NFL Draft, in addition to the first overall pick for the first time since 1987 when the Bucs took Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

With the departure of Josh McCown after just one season, it’s no secret that the Bucs plan on drafting a quarterback with the team’s first pick. Nearly every mock draft has Florida State’s Jameis Winston, the author of a 26-1 record, going to Tampa Bay, including PewterReport.com as the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner has led off our 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft since January.

Who will block for Winston, and which skill players will he throw to in 2015? We’ll find out in less than a month, but there are other questions that need answering.

Will the Buccaneers trade quarterback Mike Glennon and/or running back Doug Martin prior to the draft or on draft day to help Tampa Bay acquire more selections? The team does not want necessarily want to dump Glennon, and won’t give him away. However, if the right team offers up a second- or third-round pick he could be dealt. Glennon’s chances of remaining with the team appear to be slightly better than 50-50.

The Bucs want to get faster at the running back position, and Martin has fallen out of favor with the organization after failing to rush for 500 yards in 2014. The team needs help at offensive tackle, defensive end and guard, and could even use a return specialist and more depth at linebacker and nickel cornerback.

Here is PewterReport.com’s latest round-by-round draft projection that focuses mostly on improving Tampa Bay’s offense. (Some highlight videos may contain songs that contain profanity)

ROUND 1 (No. 1) – Florida State QB Jameis Winston – 6-4, 230 – Redshirt Sophomore
Previous Pick: Florida State QB Jameis Winston
Winston has been atop all six of PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Drafts dating back to January. All of the signs and the scoop we’ve received from our sources at One Buccaneer Place point in that direction. The organization had Winston in the building shortly after the NFL Scouting Combine and Tampa Bay’s coaches and scouts were in full force attending his pro day at Florida State on March 31.

Winston has a track record of coming in and making an immediate impact. Just look at his redshirt freshman season at Florida State in which he completed 92 percent of his passes with five total touchdowns in his first collegiate start, won the Heisman Trophy and won a national championship. Following a disappointing 2-14 season, Licht and Smith desperately need a quick turnaround for their own job security, and Winston is further along in his development than Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is due to the fact that he has played in a pro-style offense under head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Winston is regarded as the best pocket passer in the draft and would be an ideal fit for new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, whose system relies on strong QB play from the pocket for his vertical offense. Tabbed by ESPN’s Todd McShay as the second-best quarterback prospect to come out in the last decade behind Andrew Luck, Winston engineered five game-winning drives and he has a perfect 7-0 record in games decided by a touchdown or less, and games like that are typical in the NFL.

The Bessemer, Ala. native has completed over 65 percent of his passes for 7,964 yards with 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in two seasons at Florida State. Winston set an FBS freshman record with 40 touchdown passes in 2013 against just 10 picks. He has the intangibles, arm strength, mobility, ability to read defenses and go through progressions and a track record of having success early in his career that could make his transition to the NFL a quick and smooth one.

Winston’s background has been fully vetted by the team, and Bucs sources tell PewterReport.com that he’s been cleared. In addition to tremendous physical ability to throw the ball and make plays, Winston has an uncanny football I.Q. and that will allow him to hit the ground running as a rookie in Koetter’s offense. The buzz Winston will generate from the Seminoles fan base in the Tampa Bay area will drive ticket sales, which will appeal to the Glazers, and he will make the Buccaneers relevant again on the national landscape.

ROUND 2 (No. 34) – Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings – 6-5, 309 – Senior
Previous Pick: Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings
PewterReport.com has had Clemmings going to Tampa Bay with the 34th overall pick for the second straight mock draft. It was discovered at the NFL Scouting Combine that Clemmings played with a stress fracture in his foot despite it not giving him any pain. That, and the fact that he had a sub-par outing at the Senior Bowl may cause his stock to drop slightly to the point where he slides out of the bottom of the first round.

Clemmings, a former defensive tackle at Pitt, has spent the last two seasons at right tackle where he has started 26 games. With long arms and quick feet that were on display at the NFL Scouting Combine where he posted a 4.54 in the 20-yard shuttle, Clemmings explodes into defensive linemen on running plays and drives them backwards with tenacity. His high school basketball background makes him an agile pass protector as he mirrors opposing pass rushers.

The Bucs view Clemmings, who has had a private workout with the team, as a player similar to Dallas’ Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. His size, athleticism and quickness makes Clemmings a candidate to switch from right tackle to left tackle in the pros if Tampa Bay wants him to, or stay at right tackle for a year or two while Demar Dotson mans the left tackle position. Having three players in Dotson, Clemmings and last year’s fifth-round pick, Kevin Pamphile, that can play either tackle spot is a great option for Tampa Bay to have.

ROUND 3 (No. 65) – Utah DE Nate Orchard – 6-3, 250 – Senior
Previous pick: Arizona State FS Demarius Randall
Orchard was Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in the third version of PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft. Since the NFL Scouting Combine, it’s been revealed that he’s not a quick-twitch athlete, running a 4.80 with a pedestrian 1.65 10-yard split. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Orchard has a slight build, but quickness and production is desired more than size in the Tampa 2. It was his productivity at Utah last year that made the Bucs want to bring him in for a visit this spring.

Orchard finished the 2014 season as the second-leading sacker in the FBS with a school-record 18.5 sacks, and has brought down the likes of USC’s Cody Kessler, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan (three times) and UCLA’s Brett Hundley (four times). Orchard has beaten the likes of Colorado State’s Sambrailo, Arizona State’s Jamil Douglas and Stanford’s highly regarded tackle Andrus Peat – posting five sacks over the last two years against the Cardinal.

In addition to his 25 career sacks, Orchard finished his Utah career with 186 tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown against USC. Orchard dominated at the Senior Bowl and played a large part in making Clemmings look bad in practice. Tampa Bay needs a pass rusher capable of reaching double-digit sacks and the athletic Orchard, who was a former wide receiver, fills that need at the top of the third round.

ROUND 4 (No. 99 from St. Louis) – Colorado State OT Ty Sambrailo – 6-6, 313 – Senior
Previous pick: Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford
Sambrailo was a former second-round pick in PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, but he has been passed up in the draft by stronger, more athletic offensive tackles like Clemmings. Just because the Bucs drafted Clemmings in the second round doesn’t mean that they won’t draft another tackle later on, especially with Demar Dotson turning 30 this October.

The Buccaneers are considering keeping Dotson at left tackle for the 2015 season, but haven’t set those plans in stone yet. Sambrailo gives the Bucs a challenger at left tackle and right tackle along with Kevin Pamphile, last year’s fifth-round pick, and also at guard, where he could find a home as a rookie on the right side. Clemmings also has the athletic ability to play either side, which gives offensive line coach George Warhop tremendous versatility.

The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Sambrailo was a three-year starter at Colorado State and has experience playing both tackle and guard. The Bucs like that versatility and his quick feet. Sambrailo’s 7.54 time in the three-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine was one of the better times for offensive linemen. While he has above average athleticism, Sambrailo does need to hit the weight room hard in the NFL and add more size and functional strength that will help him anchor against grown men at the pro level.

ROUND 5 (No. 162) – Duke WR Jamison Crowder – 5-8, 185 – Senior
Previous pick: Duke WR Jamison Crowder
The Bucs were tempted to draft Kansas State receiver and return specialist Tyler Lockett to play in the slot in the second or third round, but recover with drafting Crowder in the fifth. Crowder, a Senior Bowl participant, has had a private workout for the Bucs, who like his instant acceleration, which allows him to separate from defenders, and his big-play ability on offense as well as special teams.

Crowder’s 283 career receptions ties a Duke record and an ACC record, and his 3,641 career receiving yards is second in school history. He became just the third player in ACC history to post three 1,000-yard seasons. Crowder produced 19 catches of 40 yards or more, including a 99-yard touchdown against Miami in 2012, and 17 100-yard receiving games for the Blue Devils.

Although small at 5-foot-8, 185 pounds, Crowder is tough and was a big reason for Duke’s resurgence. Tampa Bay is in desperate need for a return specialist, and in addition to competing with Louis Murphy for the slot receiver duties, Crowder can return both kicks and punts. He had four punt returns for touchdowns over the past two years for the Blue Devils.

ROUND 6 (No. 184 from St. Louis) – Louisville FS Gerod Holliman – 6-0, 218
Previous pick: Towson DE Ryan Delaire
The Bucs had Holliman in for a pre-draft visit and are interested in his ballhawking ability. Holliman was a one-year starter at Louisville and burst onto the scene with a school-record 14 interceptions last season, which tied an NCAA record. Considering the Bucs only recorded two picks last year from the safety position, which came in the season finale against Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the team is on the hunt for some takeaway-minded defenders.

With such a gaudy interception total one would think that Holliman benefited from a lot of tipped passes, but 12 of Holliman’s picks didn’t come from deflections. Holliman has to work on his tackling technique and taking the correct angles, but his ball-hawking skills will prompt a team like Tampa Bay to still be interested in him.

Holliman is not a tremendous athlete and isn’t the fleetest of foot, running a 4.62 at his pro day. That might limit his ability to contribute on special teams. In addition to the fact that he was only a one-year starter will likely cause his stock to fall to Day 3.

ROUND 7 (No. 218) – Florida RB Matt Jones – 6-2, 231 – Senior
Previous pick: Memphis CB Bobby McCain
With second-year running back Charles Sims, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick in 2014, expected to receive more playing time this season, the Bucs are looking for a big running back to help the team in short yardage and goal line situations. At 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, Jones is one of the biggest halfbacks in this year’s draft and fits the bill.

Jones, who went to high school at Armwood in Seffner, Fla., rushed for 817 yards and six touchdowns this past season at Florida, and totaled 1,431 yards and 11 scores during his career. He showed his ability to be starter by rushing for 156 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries against Kentucky, and plowing through Georgia for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Jones considered one of the better pass protectors in this year’s draft, which only increases his value. While he didn’t get the chance to catch the ball much out of the backfield for the Gators, evidenced by 19 catches for 100 yards, Jones does have good hands. He was one of the local workout players the Bucs had in before the draft and would be an excellent pick-up in the seventh round if he’s still on the draft board.

ROUND 7 (No. 231 from Detroit) – Kansas State CB Randall Evans – 6-0, 195 – Senior
Snubbed by the NFL Scouting Combine, Evans impressed scouts at the K-State pro day, running a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash with a 1.57 10-yard split and posting a 38-inch vertical jump. Evans has better athleticism than he’s given credit for and has a great size-speed combination.

He was a three-year starter as the Wildcats’ nickel cornerback where he produced 210 tackles, 35 pass breakups, 10.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, five forced fumbles, two sacks and a fumble recovery. Evans matched up against some of the best wide receivers in the Big 12, including West Virginia’s Kevin White and Mario Alford, Baylor’s Antwan Goodley and K-State’s Tyler Lockett in practice.

If Evans slips to the seventh round he’ll be a steal for Tampa Bay where he can contribute on defense and special teams. With experience at nickel cornerback, Evans can compete there, but he also has the size to play outside for the Bucs, too, which increases his versatility.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

Aside from the 1st pick of course, I think all of these picks would provide great value if they are still available when it’s the Bucs turn to pick. As for the QB, I’ll repeat the post I put in another article. We’re in the final stretch here fellas. This is not the time to submit to exhaustion on this topic. If you’ve got something else to say on which QB we should draft, some other bit of data you can point to via a website link, I say smoke ‘em if you got ‘em! I don’t think Gruden is… Read more »

JohnnyC
JohnnyC
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

I’m with you pink

macabee
macabee
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

You may be right that Jon Gruden knows more about QBs than anybody at OBP, but the folks at OBP will be making the pick,not Gruden.

When you cross the street, you can watch the light or you can watch the cars. Remember this, the light never killed anybody.

Don’t watch Gruden, watch Lovie and Licht! Here’s what Charles Davis-NFLN said yesterday:

Charles DavisVerified account
‏@CFD22 Charles Davis retweeted Colin Mackenzie
I was told last night by trusted contacts that it’s Winston. But, yes, there are Mariota supporters in Bucs land.

Start watching cars!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

I am confused now mac…I am supposed to watch the Licht or the light? :-)

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

The same Jon Gruden that said Johnny Manziel was “special” and that teams would regret passing on him. Not to mention the long laundry list of QBs that Gruden acquired and whiffed on during his time in Tampa. Gruden is good at getting the most out of QBs and preparing them but his record more than suggests he’s incapable of identifying legit talent. Gruden and Dominick endorsing Mariotta only confirms him as a bust IMO.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Yes Stlbucsfan, I’m saying Gruden still knows more about QB’s than Lovie who also said Manziel was special after his pro day and he also thought Grossman and Cutler were special. Licht helped bring those crappy QB’s to Arizona so yes, Gruden still knows more about QB’s than they do. Gruden also endorsed R. Wilson. I distinctly remember him sitting on the ESPN panel on draft day laying into the other analysts because they didn’t think he would succeed because of his height. He broke down exactly why he would be successful and he has. Gruden has been hit or… Read more »

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Cutler went 27-13 in his last seasons under Lovie, so say what you will but Lovie won with Cutler. Grossman was a game manager, dont think anyone thought he was special. As for Manziel we see how special Lovie deemed him to be when he passed on him in the draft, while needing a QB, and drafted Evans. Lovie wanted to hide who we really wanted in the draft so saying Manziel was special was clearly nothing more than a smokescreen while Gruden was giving his honest opinion. Gruden went as far as calling the Raiders to say they should… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Cutler sucks and always has, I don’t know why it took the national media so long to come around on him. The Bears won in spite of him due to Lovie’s defense and special teams. As for Manziel, so you’re saying that Lovie isn’t against giving a smokescreen when he says he thinks a QB is special and passing on him. Perhaps going so far as to say he’s “comfortable” with him? Duly noted.

gibsonmx
gibsonmx
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

pinkstob, i believe Jason Licht was a college scout for the Patriots when they drafted Tom Brady, so he has gruden beat on that. And it doesnt matter what any of us want at this point. TB Bucs will select J. Winston, so we all need to get on board with it. i personally think Winston is the better QB but I am a Bucs fan no matter what.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  gibsonmx
6 years ago

Gibsonmx, correct me if I’m wrong with some kind of website link but I don’t think Licht was the area scout for Michigan when they drafted Brady. I’m not sure about that but I’ve never heard his name tied to that pick besides just being on the team. I’d think he’d be pretty famous for that if he were the area scout that found him since no one else has duplicated that feat since with a 6th round pick. Licht was much higher up the food chain in Arizona so he had a hand in everyone they brought in, good… Read more »

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

agreed lol

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

gruden always fell in love with athletic QBs the same way the raiders over drafted a player based on speed… he does the same with athletic QBs

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  grafikdetail
6 years ago

Grafikdetail, took the words right out of my mouth. Mariotta is just the latest in the Josh Johnson, Tim Tebow, Manziel type of QBs that Gruden always falls for but never pan out.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  stlbucsfan
6 years ago

Mariota does not have a “type”. There’s never been a QB like Mariota to enter the draft. That’s why you have to watch so many games of his to figure out what you have. He’s not Kaepernick because he’s a better decision maker. He’s not RGIII because he’s a better decision maker and he doesn’t have the horrible sense of entitlement and ego. He’s not Cam Newton because he’s not as strong but faster and more mature. He’s not Alex Smith because he has a stronger and more accurate arm. He’s not B. Gabbert because he has 3 years of… Read more »

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

I completely disagree with your groundbreaking view of Mariotta. I’ve said all I need to about his shortcomings and at this point we will see how it pans out. Im just glad we will be observing Mariotta’s growth from afar.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon reports Cleveland is offering two first-round picks to the Titans for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft. The Browns would obviously select Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at No. 2. While I prefer Winston, I wish Mariota the best and if by chance the Bucs select him, he will get my full support.But the Browns would be the absolute worst place for him to go. So I hope that he doesn’t go to the factory of sadness, where good QBs go to die. McCown and Manziel would not be the best mentors for… Read more »

Dman
Dman
Reply to  pinkstob
6 years ago

Couldn’t disagree more. Two words sum up Gruden’s QB prowess: Rob Johnson. Johnny did everything in his power to kick Brad Johnson to the curb for this guy and was consistently wrong. Rob J. was a bust from Day 1. Boring, but efficient, without Brad, there’s no Lombardi trophy over at One Buc. JG was constantly looking to replace him. Thankfully he didn’t.

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

First, let me say that if we stand pat in the 2nd round, I really like the PR mock. However, because the draft so deep at OT and OG, If I could find a trade partner, I would trade down and pick up another pick.

makski
makski
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

macabee, I too, love this particular PR mock draft. The only thing I would change is to get an actual OG with that 2nd pick instead of a OT. I don’t really like Clemmings, I think there is a reason that he performed poorly at the senior bowl, he is just not that good. I have seen him drop on many different websites. Would much rather have Humphries or Ogbuehi if we stick with a OT. Or, if we go OG with that pick, I hope that either AJ Cann or L Tomlinson drop to us. Hopefully one of them… Read more »

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Macabee’s Final Mock Draft Preamble: In this mock, the Bucs will trade down with Dallas for another 3rd round pick (won’t give a 3rd and a 4th as the trade chart suggests). The Bucs will trade Doug Martin to the Dolphins for a 4th round Pick. They will not trade Mike Glennon. If they get an offer they can’t refuse, then expect Jason Campbell to delay retirement to come in as a veteran back-up QB. They will add another UDFA QB after the draft and take 4 QBs to training camp. I continue to think they will add 1 veteran… Read more »

Dman
Dman
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Good assessment. Interesting mock draft. Would like to see OL earlier and before a WR. Same with DE. To my thinking, first four rounds go QB, OL, DL, OL. We’ll see.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
6 years ago

Well Scott, I think you finally have a mock that I can get on board with…if those guys fall into those slots I would consider this a very successful draft (needs of QB, OT, DE, Free Safety, Slot/KR/PR all improved over what we had last year)…and that would start to give me back some of the hope that I had dragged away from me by the putrid vile debacle that was the 2014 season….I also still like the two O’s (Ogbeuhi and Odigizawa) as substitutes for Sambrailo and Orchard (I believe they were both projected around the same time in… Read more »

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  EastEndBoy
6 years ago

Of course, the chances that we are still starting one of Gilkey or Cousins remains (unless Sambrailo was converted to OG)…and that must give even the most hardened of Bucs fans a moment of pause on the hope front…

macabee
macabee
Reply to  EastEndBoy
6 years ago

Just a reminder EEB, Cousins is gone!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

Thank god – with all the Winston-Mariota talk, I guess I missed that one…a huge a sigh of relief from EEB….until I then think that that means Gilkey has no competition and what will that do to his work ethic….oh well…

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Not quite sure why we would take spot 34 and use it for a offensive right tackle? I would prefer for Dotson to stay put at right tackle and get a starting offensive left tackle.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

I don’t like any of our O-linemen Horse. I’m fine with drafting potential upgrades at both LT and RT. I do like Pamphile, but I don’t love him yet and if the BPA happens to be a OT and he’s better than what we have, I say take him.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

I agree Horse! If I were to stand pat in round 2, I would take OT Jake Fisher as he is quickly moving up draft boards ahead of Clemmings.

FWIW, I’m on board with whomever the Bucs pick, anxious to get this draft behind us!

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

Bucs might be able to trade down and pick up an extra 3rd. I hope that’s the case. We could use 3 picks from 2nd and 3rd round. That would help them shore up the line and get a quality wr/kr/pr.

cremdonado
cremdonado
6 years ago

What if the Bucs blow up the draft by~
trading the #1 to Chicago for their #1/#2 this year + Cutler and Forte and their #2nd next year.Chicago drafts winston.
Then Tampa trades Cutler and #1st (pick 7) this year and a pick next year to move back up and draft Mariota with the 2nd pick.
We then go into next season with Glennon as the starter and Mariota riding pine until ready…

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  cremdonado
6 years ago

I think it’s more likely that the Bucs just swap picks with Tenn and receive an additional (3rd round?) pick for the effort…sounds like Wisenhut is enamored with JW so maybe it could work…probably not though.

Bucfish7
Bucfish7
6 years ago

I LOVE this Mock! I would even try to do a cartwheel if we come close to these pick-ups. I’m a fairly argumentative guy when it comes to the draft, but I really can’t disagree with any of these picks. Great job Scott – I hope you’re right on the money…

townsend3
townsend3
6 years ago

To me this mock makes perfect sense. The only problem is that every year it is almost a certainty that teams make picks that catch everyone by surprise. For the last couple days I’ve been thinking a lot about what the Bucs could do that doesn’t necessarily follow conventional wisdom. Here’s a couple questions, could Phillip Dorsett be too good to pass up if he makes it to our second pick? Also, all the teams that are projected to be interested in Mariota seem to have veteran depth at QB (e.g. McCown, Fitzpatrick, Whitehurst etc.) along with a recently drafted… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
6 years ago

I would lay money that the Bucs pass on drafting a DE, DT, CB, or FS before round 6, unless they are PR/KR primarily. They have 3 OT’s on the roster, 3 OG’s on the roster, 2 QB’s on the roster. They will definitely draft a QB, OT, OG, WR/PR/KR, OL with their first 5 picks.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  BucWild02
6 years ago

I would feel more confident in that if I didn’t just live through the 2014 season where from the time before the draft right through pre-season all of the PR-ites here were saying something similar about our OL….and L&L waited to do anything until they made the Mankins deal at the 11th hour…

e
e
6 years ago

The first pick has the potential to be a franchise-changing pick for this franchise. I like the mock a lot, Scott… but, it must have pained you not to put Lockett in there? I’d still like to see Denzel Perryman in our haul, but give me two quality OTs and I’m am ready for the season… C’mon L&L show… nail it!

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
6 years ago

late red flags may drop some 1st round gems into the bucs arms… a pregnant girlfriend of la’el collins was murdered & he’s wanted for questioning… that may scare a few teams off AND Shane Ray has a toe injury issue & got a marijuana citation this week…

SCLOBERNOCKER
SCLOBERNOCKER
6 years ago

Id do backflips if we end up with this draft class.

Dire need in QB, 2 good looking OT prospects, a DE with a history of getting it done, a bruise, a ballhawk, and some depth.

PewterPose
PewterPose
6 years ago

Good looking mock, Scott. Grantland has a pretty good breakdown of the Winston/Mariota debate (http://grantland.com/features/2015-nfl-draft-quarterback-evaluation-formula-jameis-winston-marcus-mariota-brett-hundley-bryce-petty/) and I’ll admit, it’s closer between the two than I thought. The bottom line might be that Winston is ready to go sooner and Lovie/Licht can’t afford to take up any more of our time. I wish Winston had better footwork. I wish he was more humble. I wish he threw fewer INTs last year. I wish he was more mature. Most of all, I wish I could count on him to bust his @--$$ everyday in the filmroom and on the practice field like… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
6 years ago

If we landed a draft haul anything like this, I would scream. That is almost too good to be true as I just don’t see some of those guys falling that far.

termig8r
termig8r
6 years ago

Nate Orchard is 6’3″ 250 and runs a 4.8 40. Not exactly a rush end and that is a huge hole for the Bucs.

Watching the highlights above – no where did I see him beat an OLman to the pocket – unless it was broken play. He had another sack or 2 where he was unblocked. Speed, moves, brute strength – gotta bring something to the NFL and Orchard doesn’t seem to.

I’m hoping the Bucs grab MS ST Preston Smith with their 2nd, or he somehow falls to them in the 3rd.

deeznuts
deeznuts
Reply to  termig8r
6 years ago

I have been thinking the exact same thing for months, well put

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

My advice to the Bucs on draft day. 1. Do not trade up. Let players fall to you. We have never had success trading up and all we do is lose a draft pick. I know we think we are smarter than everyone else. But were not. 2. Do not trade with New England. If they are willing to make a deal, it is because it is a win-lose situation. New England is smarter than you, deal with it. 3. Pick skill players early, foundation players late. Foundation players can be coached up, skill players have it or they don’t.… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  magoobee
6 years ago

Hilarious point #2. New England IS smarter than everyone, even if they occasionally get caught gathering or applying their intelligence.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  magoobee
6 years ago

magoobee: We traded up to draft #55.

Mr. Incredible
Mr. Incredible
Reply to  magoobee
6 years ago

#magoobee – that is hilarious and spot on. Apply for a job at One Buc and Chief Reality Officer.

PewterPose
PewterPose
6 years ago

Agree with Termig…I didn’t come away that impressed by Orchard. I like Preston Smith, and Trey Flowers is small, but feisty – that guy has a motor and no quit.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

Only one more day of hearing Pinkstob beat the drum for Mariota, one more day
hallelujah, now as far as TJ Clemmings he was beat like a drum vs Nate Orchard at the senior bowl and had a terrible week going against top guys, he is a project at tackle and thats not something i’m willing to risk. Take kid from Texas A&M Cedric O???who I can never pronounce right so why bother he has played right and left tackle and even right guard.I would take Donovan Smith over the kid with short arms in Ty Sambrailo

magoobee
magoobee
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

Cedric Ogbuehi!!!! Yes he would be my 2nd round pick for an OT. If he did not get hurt at the end of last year, we would be a top 15 pick.

ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
6 years ago

Good mock, Scott. Actually covers our needs (except, possibly, middle linebacker). If only it were to go down this good…

bucterp
bucterp
6 years ago

There’s a striking similarity between this mock and Charlie Campbell’s on walterfootball. The first 3 rounds are exactly the same. Hmmm. Collaboration or similar sources?

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
6 years ago

mariota & winston are pretty much doomed

ehinote
ehinote
6 years ago

I like pinkstob. I just hope to hear from him in 5 years when mariota is going to his 3rd team as a backup qb. He’s similar to Alex smith coming out of college with more athletism and not quite as good a release. Pink got caught up with the media run on the 2nd best qb of the draft. And Gruden loves every qb he sees. And he loved athletic QBs. Mariota may run a few TDs but he won’t be a consistent passer in the league.

Roland
Roland
Reply to  ehinote
6 years ago

“not quite as good a release.” LMAO. Mariota has a great release. It takes about as long as all the best currently in the NFL. He occasionally misses wide open guys. Jdubb throws like a baseball pitcher and his medium to long throws have a pronounced wind up. They take from 1 tenth to 1.5tenths of a second longer then the NFL elite (and MM’s release). Winston will be consistent in the NFL. Consistently the favorite QB for safeties to play against. And he will consistently be among the league leaders in INTs. .. If he gets to play in… Read more »

Roland
Roland
6 years ago

Jdubb has an 70-80% chance of failure imo and a low ceiling as a success. Jdubb suffers from :Long release on medium and long range throws. Inconsistent front foot placement. Reliance on a primary receiver (locking in and throwing to covered player). Not seeing middle of the field defenders even in easy read situations. Poor game plan implementation (See the plethora of first half INTs). Poor fitness (Lovie Smith “When he gets to the next level he’ll take fitness seriously” Ummmm yeah, 15 mil and now he’ll work hard). And then there is a chance his moral compass doesn’t point… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Roland
6 years ago

You come up with thise metrics all by yourself. Mariota has a huge percentage of failure based on the fact that just about every spread qb to ever come out has failed. As for the higher ceiling, I’m not buying that either. How does he have a higher ceiling? He has way more to learn than jameis to start. The guy stumbles through play calls for heavens sakes. His int have nothing to do with poor game planning and is him just forcing the ball. Let’s not just make up stuff here to fit your narrative. Jamie’s is coming to… Read more »

Roland
Roland
6 years ago

“Usually teams, and scouts, and GMs, and coaches, if they make mistakes it’s not from talent, it’s from above the shoulders. You want to make sure you’re getting the right person.”
Jason Licht
Well Licht you are about to take the lesser talented player who has the most questions about what goes on above the shoulders.
Don’t be a fool Licht. Listen to Jason Licht.

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

I must say I’m absolutely shocked at all of the positive comments about PR’s Mock Draft. Usually there is nothing but disdain. My guess is that the multiple O-line choices made folks happy. Watched Mike Mayock’s Mock Draft that has been hyped so much and given so much undue credibility I thought it might get presented on a stone tablet or at the very least be read from a scroll. The first pick is probably a given to be correct, but out of the 31 selections afterwards, he’ll be lucky to get 8 right. Out of the 32 choices he… Read more »

Roland
Roland
Reply to  scubog
6 years ago

Nicely put.
And as long as the Bucs take Rush end or O-line all Bucs fans will rejoice. This GMs inability to fill those holes through free agency makes it imparitive we address those spots.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Two words for Grudens eye for quarterback talent. Rob Johnson!! Gruden, the guy who Passed on Rogers, because he had Brian Griese!! Gruden, and Dominick both would pick Mariota. I guess that’s why their out of pro football.

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

My question for Pewter Report – what are the percentages of Bucs selecting players that they bring in for workouts?

matador
matador
6 years ago

What’s striking is the arrogance and certainty in the outcome being presumed by many of the posters, and of course PR as it relates to Winston. We know from experience we’ll be lucky to have four starters out of this draft 3-4 yrs from now. The heated debate around Winston and Mariota tells you it’s a coin toss, that both are potential stars and potential busts. Why would you risk the next 5 yrs on a digital decision like that with an unknowable outcome? I get it – it’s not easy being a Bucs fan and we’re all living in… Read more »

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
Reply to  matador
6 years ago

Amen.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
Reply to  matador
6 years ago

matador – I respect your views..I’m sure there are a lot of people who find all of this pre-draft stuff just painful to read. But, if it’s not fun, then just don’t do it – it’s not arrogance and certainty that PR-ites are exhibiting, it’s “having fun” with the discussion, debate and guessing game…everyone could just insert all sorts of qualifiers in their comments (the IMO versions) but really this is just a bunch of fun….I feel very confident that Scott, Mark and the gang aren’t taking anyone’s comments too seriously or taking offense to them….it’s just fans having some… Read more »

ehinote
ehinote
6 years ago

Roland – I have an idea of what I’m talking about, but your not going to see it. I’m not talking about the timing of his release. Marriott’s release tends to lead to inaccuracy. Yes, Winston’s longer release makes me nervous as well, but his anticipation helps overcome that somewhat. Mariota has a long way to go. And it’s not the fact that Mariota is a better decision maker. His system was set up to where his decisions were made easier. Way too much is made about ints in college. So many of these busts had 5,6,7 ints their final… Read more »

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
6 years ago

Don’t know about the 2nd Rd pick, but the rest looks good! Representing here in Chicago- Don’t care if it’s JW, MM, or trade down tonight. just PLEASE, no more Cutler talk!!

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Wear the colors proudly Wilt.