Now that Tampa Bay’s disappointing 2017 season is over, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel John Spytek, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and head coach Dirk Koetter will embark on the scouting process during the offseason. The Bucs have spent the fall and winter scouting prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft where Tampa Bay has the 7th overall pick due to a 5-11 finish to the regular season. The focus needs to be on bolstering the Bucs’ defense, especially along the defensive line and in the secondary, in addition to improving Koetter’s running game on offense.

It’s time for the team to move on from oft-injured and ineffective running back Doug Martin, in addition to Jacquizz Rodgers, and free agent running back Charles Sims is too one-dimensional and doesn’t make enough plays to be re-signed.

The offensive line is a concern for many Bucs fans, but offensive tackles Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson are in the top half of the league at their respective positions, and Dotson had one of his best seasons before getting injured in late November. The real issue is in the interior where the guard play was sub-par.

The return of J.R. Sweezy from a back injury was supposed to help Tampa Bay’s struggling ground game and prompted the move of Ali Marpet from right guard to center. Marpet was a better guard in 2016 than he was center in 2017, but it is unclear if the plan is to keep him snapping the ball to Jameis Winston or return to right guard, but guard is a top need due to the fact that neither Kevin Pamphile nor Evan Smith played well at left guard despite both being in a contract season. The Bucs’ running game won’t take off until the interior offensive line is settled and is given an upgrade in talent.

Tampa Bay’s defense definitely needs help at defensive end as the team finished dead last in sacks with 22. Noah Spence is coming off his second shoulder surgery in 12 months and can’t be counted on to make the kind of necessary impact the team needs to effectively rush the passer. If he gets five to eight sacks upon his return that should be seen as a bonus. Licht needs address defensive end in both free agency and the draft, as the team is expected to part ways with Robert Ayers, who will be 33 next year, due to ineffectiveness. Licht will also need to get help at defensive tackle where the Bucs may be moving on from Chris Baker, who had half a sack despite getting paid $6 million as a free agent signing last year and failing to beat out Clinton McDonald, who will be a free agent in March.

The Bucs will also need to address cornerback and will try to re-sign Brent Grimes, who turns 35 this year. Tampa Bay had the league’s worst pass defense in 2017 as neither second-year cornerback Ryan Smith nor Vernon Hargreaves III, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2016, played well. Tampa Bay could also use a safety to develop next to Justin Evans, last year’s second-round pick.

PewterReport.com offers up its first edition of the Bucs’ round-by-round draft projection in 2018, focusing mostly on adding players for Tampa Bay’s defense and players to bolster the team’s running game. PewterReport.com’s 2018 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft is sponsored by Holliday Karatinos Law Firm – the official personal injury attorney for PewterReport.com. Call attorney Jim Holliday for a free consultation at (813) 868-1887 or visit them on the web at HelpingInjuredPeople.com

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62 COMMENTS

  1. sad reality of being a Bucs fan: mock drafts the 1st week of January 🙁

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  2. I have a hard time thinking Indy would go pass rusher considering their QB has Swiss cheese for an OLine. That’s just dumb. He’s their highest paid player, why wouldn’t they draft someone who is going to help protect that asset? Especially, when he just came off an injury that kept him off the field for an entire year?

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    • I’ve been saying the same thing since these mocks started. You have your franchise QB coming off of multiple surgeries, and you draft a defensive lineman?

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    • I agree completely with Jake. Underinvesting in our OL got us where we are today. Drafting one OL ain’t gonna get it done. OL can play for 10 years sometimes more. That’s one of the reasons you are *supposed to* draft them early in a turnaround.

      What do we have? Right now we have one OL capable of playing at a very high level, of course that’s Marpet who for whatever reason is playing out of position but maybe year 2 of the experiment will be better. Or maybe not.

      Beyond that we have one old RT who probably has one year at most of tread left on the ole tires (sorry Dot) and one LT who just doesn’t seem to have the fire or talent to play at a high level with any consistency. And we come away with one OL and no T’s in this mock? If so you might as well fire Licht now.

      Yes we need DL help also but we need to start giving the OL its due or continue to suffer the consequences. Winston will soon be our highest paid player as Luck is for Indy. Give him more time to throw and maybe he’ll make fewer bad decisions (don’t forget that last drive everyone is deservedly cheering on, the second snap of the drive he hit a Saints player right in the hands who failed to catch it. Doh!) and definitely fewer fumbles, and a more balanced O with a credible running game, more effective play action passing, keep the D off the field longer…

      What’s that, we’re going to fix it through FA? Gong…….

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  3. I still see Lars Tate flipping over the pile and running it in for a touchdown… Barring a trade down scenario, it’s tough to see the Bucs addressing the pass rush that late? I like the idea of both the DL & OL addressed early and often. I’ll say it again; Billy Price / C – Ohio State.

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  4. I really like this draft but don’t think Michel will be there 2nd round. I think he will have a huge game tonight and his draft stock will sore up into the late 1st round. Also would like to see more than 1 offensive lineman drafted. Our Oline was horrible and needs to be addressed with more than 1 draft pick.

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  5. Always loves homegrown talent. The South Florida kid caught my eye. He’s small at 6’1 but he’s got a motor. I liked him a lot. Jumped off the screen watching USF football.

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  6. Bucs 2018 Mock Draft V2

    Draft Strategy

    With the Bucs fantastic win over the Saints in the last game of the season, I’m moved to update my Version 1 mock draft. The focus is still on fixing the neglected D-Line. We are now picking 7th in round 1.

    RD1 DE Bradley Chubb/ NC State 6-4 275 4.80
    *This game wrecker needs no introduction. Chubb can play either side and is an excellent run stopper. He is the #1 DE in the draft. Because of his strength and motor, I see Chubb as a LDE.

    RD2 DE Marcus Davenport/UT San Antonio 6-6 251 4.77
    *Small school Edge rusher that is quickly climbing the draft boards. Long and fast. I see Marcus as a Simeon Rice type RDE. Hope he’s still here, could be a late 1st round pick. If Davenport is gone then DE/DT Taven Bryan/Florida 6-4 295 4.99 would be an alternative. Bryan is being touted as the next JJ Watt. Tall order but huge upside. Can play both inside and outside. Has get off is reminiscent of Gerald McCoy.

    RD3 RB Rashaad Penny/San Diego State 5-11 220 4.52
    * Gone is RB Doug Martin. The Bucs will not have a feature RB in 2018, but RBBC. We need to add a power back to complement RB Peyton Barber. Penny managed to crack 1,000 rushing yards in 2016 and doubled his output this year, making him the only 2,000-yard rusher in the FBS. A powerful back with a solid frame and a physical running style, he can run by, around or through would-be tacklers. His ST play is exceptional.

    RD4 OT Brandon Parker/NC A&T 6-8 310 5.07
    *Brandon Parker is a two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year and could become one of the first players from a historically black college or university (HBCU) selected in the 2018 NFL draft. This blindside tackle is athletic, has the wingspan of an angry raptor, and couples those physical attributes with born leadership skills and a mind that has tackled an electrical engineering degree. This is the big man with the mean streak that opened holes for RB Tarik Cohen now with the Chicago Bears. He could become the heir-apparent to RT Demar Dotson.

    RD5 DT Deadrin Senat/USF 6-1 305 5.12
    *Deadrin anchored the USF defensive line – had 3 sacks in the Birmingham Bowl. Do not be fooled by Deadrin’s height. He is short and squat but has great leverage and is an extremely powerful man. He can squat 675lbs and has a non-stop motor. Of Haitian descent, the young man was raised in a hardscrabble area of Miami’s inner city and has overcome hardships to make it to the NFL. He lost both parents at an early age. Senat was entering his freshman year at Immokalee High when his mom, died suddenly of complications from a spider bite. I’d love to see this guy as a Buc!

    RD6 CB Greg Stroman/VA-Tech 6-0 181 4.50
    *Stroman is tied for third in the ACC with four interceptions and 15 passes defended. He is also an accomplished special teams player too. His 384 punt return yards ranks second in the FBS with 6 career returns for TDs.

    RD6 CB Deion Harris/North Dakota 6-2 182 4.50
    *Harris is a CB with excellent length and good speed. He led all Big Sky players with 5 INTs and returned 3 for TDs. Harris would be drafted higher but for small school competition.

    RD7 OT Desmond Harrison/West Georgia 6-6 315 5.39
    *The Bucs do not have a 7th round pick. This an anticipated comp pick. We traded our original 7th round pick to move up and select DT Stevie T in the 2017 draft. I chose Harrison here as a developmental talent (possible UDFA) that has all the measurables for a NFL OT or could move inside as a LOG. He missed a lot of time between college transfers, but might be a worthwhile guy to patiently develop as they did RT Demar Dotson.

    Free Agency

    *Bucs projected cap space for 2018 per OverTheCap (OTC) is 64.7mil. Four Buc high-priced veterans may be cap casualties. Savings if Martin is cut 6.75mil, Ayers 6.0mil, Baker 4.9mil, Sweezy 5.25mil = 22.85mil + 64.7mil = approx. 87.6mil cap. After WR Mike Evans is extended, there will be a tidy sum left to upgrade key positions.

    *This just my opinion – may be all wet! I do not believe the Jason Licht strategy of not hiring top dollar free agents has worked – Chris Baker instead of Calais Campbell. With the proper due diligence we should go get the best man for the job, cap space allowing.

    *Whether CB Brent Grimes retires or not, the Bucs should look at CB Malcolm Butler/Patriots or CB Kyle Fuller/Bears in FA – both 2018 UFAs.

    *Finally, JMO, the Bucs should end the Ali Marpet at Center experiment. Move Marpet back to RG where he is a likely pro bowl candidate. Get a big quality Center like Weston Richburg/Giants and sign LG Andrew Norwell/Panthers who made the PFF All-Pro team. Among offensive guards with 170-plus pass-block snaps, Norwell finished second in pass-blocking efficiency at 98.3. Unless the Bucs take LG Quenton Nelson in the draft, this is a must get in FA.

    This is all likely to change with the Combine and on-site team visits. Anyway you know what I’m thinking. Go Bucs!

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    • Overall well done. Love the Penny pick. Must get a defensive end in the first round. Those available in Free Agency aren’t worth the cash. The Notre Dame guard is a great player , but if Chubb isn’t there, I’d trade down and take Landry, Key, or Wilkins.

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    • This draft is a heck of a lot better than the PR 1.0 Mock imo. Wp.

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    • Great mock there Mac, youre research is good as always. I love this mock, if we could add maybe Lawrence from Dallas or Ziggy Ansah that would give us one damn good defensive line. Those two guys will be expensive but we A- have the space and B- Licht and Koetter are basically on one year deals here. I don’t see them being cheap. Good mock again there Mac.

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    • I like it overall though Davenport is a little high he’s athletic enough! But, tends to get swallowed up in the run game is projected to be a 3rd rounder and Penny from SDST can be had in the 4th or early 5th round also….

      1. Chubb DE NCST or Key DE LSU
      2. Tavern Bryan DT/DE Florida
      3. Iman Marshall CB USC
      4. Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia
      5. Bo Scarborough RB, Alabama
      6. Jamarco Jones OT, Ohio State
      6. Myles Gaskin RB, Washington
      7. Demetrious Cox S, Michigan State

      My FA wants:
      DE: Ziggy (would like Lawrence think he gets tagged by the Cowboys)
      DE: Bennett/Gallett/Okafor (one of)
      CB: Malcolm Butler and re-sign Grimes
      LG: Alex Boone
      S: Honey Badger if rumors are true that AZ is going to make him available…..
      RB/KR/PR: Kenjon Barner
      DT: Re-sign McDonald (If they let Baker go we will be looking for another DT besides this inexpensive re-sign)

      Release Ayers, Martin, (Might keep Baker & Sweezy) Sweezy was playing well before he got hurt. And he had been out for an entire season. I just don’t know what Bakers deal was he can be solid he was with Washington. For the record I wanted Campbell as well.

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      • Not sure Bryan will be available in R2 from everything I’m reading.

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    • Looks good Mac. I really think between the QB Needy teams and the hope that Saquan Barkley or a top OL will attract the Colts that we have a shot at Chubb. Wish we could get the other Chubb RB out of Georgia but I have a feeling all said and done he may wind up a first rounder. Thought PR mock was rough, we have to focus on Pass rush First. as far as FA I am lost, it has become nothing but a crap shoot in recent years.

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    • Look at Mac holdin’ it down! I love it!

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    • Well done sire #slowclap

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  7. Scott:
    Love your analysis, but I am not a huge fan of your first mock for the Bucs.

    Here is my mock for the Bucs with some alternate selections if the pick is not available:

    Round 1: Bradley Chubb DE NC State or Derwin James DB Florida State or Christian Wilkens DT Clemson
    Round 2: Bryce Love RB Stanford or Duke Ejiofor DE Wake Forest or Sam Hubbard DE Ohio State
    Round 3: Chad Thomas DE Miami(FL) or Mark Walton RB Miami(FL) or Jerry Tillery DT Notre Dame
    Round 4: Kyzir White SS West Virginia or Zachary Crabtree OT Oklahoma State or Darius Phillips CB Western Michigan
    Round 5: Austin Corbett OG Nevada or John Atkins DT Georgia or Heath Harding CB Miami(OH)
    Round 6: Mike Basile FS Monmouth(NJ) or Myles Gaskin RB Washington or Isaiah Wynn OG Georgia
    Round 6: Grant Haley CB Penn State or Nifae Lealo DT Vanderbilt or Cole Reyes SS North Dakota

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    • Mark Walton would be a good, under the radar pick at RB.

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      • Agreed. Mark Walton was money before he got hurt this year. Plus he is really good at catching the ball out of the backfield. Depending on if he’s recovered fully to do the combine, I see a third round spot for him just because there are so many talented ones coming out this year.

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  8. Scott, thanks for the effort. I totally disagree with your Mock. The real serious need is THE PASS RUSH RUSH! How does this draft help the elephant in the room? I can understand taking the best rated player at No. 7 spot, but not this year. At this point I would trade down if Chubb is not there which I believe he won’t be. Also your small CB selection is a big issue for me; same for a RB over a DE. Haven’t we learned our lesson yet about the Defensive side of Free Agency? They usally don’t work out and there’s a reason why they weren’t resigned by their existing team. The reason the Saints, Titans, Vikings, Falcons, Steelers, Janguars made it this far in the Playoffs is improvement on the defensive side.

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  9. Sorry Scott but I totally disagree with your mock draft. DE definitely has to be # 1. Second if Marpet is moved back to guard I would go with Price C Ohio State.

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  10. Drafting a DE or CB that needs developed in the first 2 rounds does not help a defense with a 35 year old CB or an aging GMC. Solidifying the run game HAS to be our priority heading the draft. Getting an All-Pro guard would change our offense immensely, especially if coupled with a starting C via FA or the draft to move ALi back to the other guard spot. I’m all for us selecting a RB in round 2 because it’s important we get OUR guy and not just the guy left on the board with a draftable grade. The defense needs some strategic hits in FA along the DL and the right CB to pair with Grimes. I’ll continue to say Michael Bennett and Talib should be targeted for a return. Up in age but still productive, familiar with the area and some of the personnel and would not return simply to take a check. If Licht has learned anything it should be find FAs that want to be here and will play hard, both players check those boxes. Use rounds 3-7 to find a developmental DE and CB to learn under the veterans we bring in this offseason.

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  11. If you can get a sure fire pro ball caliber guard, you take it. Of course assuming B.Chubb is gone. In case none of you noticed, left guard was a big problem last year. Smith, and Pamp were barely serviceable, so if I can fill that need for the next four years on a rookie deal, I’m taking the sure thing over reaching for a D end. Now that all depends on F.A.’s we may target for all our needs. This mock also assumes things we take for obvious like not resigning Sims.

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    • How soon we forget the Defense was the problem.

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      • Yep!!

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  12. Love the thought of drafting Nelson, but the problem with the Bucs is they have put themselves in such a horrendous position at DE and RB. The Bucs can get by with pedestrian guard play but not with having a pathetic defensive line

    The Bucs have the worst rated defense in the NFL and the worst group of running backs in the NFL.

    Unless the Bucs sign Leveon Bell and Ezekial Ansah in free agency then those two positions must be addressed very early in the draft.

    Looks like this will be a good crop of free agent DB’s this year but awful group of free agent DE”s, but if the BUCS can get help on the back end they can focus on DE and DT in this draft.

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  13. There is nothing bad to say about LG Quenton Nelson as the Bucs pick at #7. I’ve said this before and I will say again that would be happy with that pick. Of course I’m biased toward a #1 DE as our defense literally had no pass rush last year. I try to look at all the mocks and there are several with the same opinion as Scott. The Bucs have lots of needs and all will not be filled in one draft.

    https://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2018/1/8/16858456/2018-nfl-mock-draft-sam-darnold-cleveland-browns-saquon-barkley-josh-rosen

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    • I am with you Macabee, I also want a true #1 DE because we have missed on so many over the last several years(Gaines Adams in 2007, Clayborn and Bowers in 2011, Gholston and Means in 2013, Noah Spence in 2016 which the jury is still out). But if Chubb is not there, I am not sure we can try and reach for one. So I would not mind at all to get the best OL in the draft to help protect our QB and help us establish a running game. I love that video of him taking that defender to the ground and finishing the block. We need some nasty on our o-line

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  14. Scott,
    What about Paul Hughes UCF CB and returner in the 4th rnd instead of DJ Reed? He is a special returner who had that 95 yard kickoff return to beat USF.

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    • Actually it is Mike not Paul. First team all conference.

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      • Mike Hughes is really underrated right now. I think he’ll jump up boards by the time we get to the draft.

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  15. I have no problem with going guard if Chubb is not there. Bad Franchises tend to always draft “need: instead of best player available”. Again if Chubb is there at 7 you take him, but if not, why reach for the next guy that might not even be rated a top 20 pick. It is easy to say, “trade back”, but you have to have someone willing to want to trade up and give you fair value for doing that. So that may not even be an option. Our o-line is horrible and needs some upgrades, so why not get the best lineman in the draft. The bucs have many holes and not all of them can be addressed in 1 offseason. I wouldn’t mind getting the Georgia RB in the 2nd, however I don’t think he will still be there. Now I disagree on the 3rd and 4th round picks. Why draft another LB/DE player like Noah Spence? Unless we are going to a 3-4 defense that is a wasted pick. We cant go out there with 2 DE that are 250 pounds and cant play the run. Now to the 5-9 CB, are you serious Scott? The kid looks like he can play, but you do realize the WR that are in our division correct? (Julio 6-3, Sanu 6-2, Funchess 6-4, Thomas 6-3, Colman 6-6) and all the other WR are at least 5-11. Now look at our CB (Grimes 5-10, Hargraves 5-10, McClain 5-9, Elliot 5-11 and Smith 6-0) and Smith was abused by Julio Jones. We don’t need another 5-9 CB. We need at least one CB over 6 feet tall to help out on these taller WR.

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    • There will be at least 3 defensive ends taken in the top 20 picks. Many teams have needs.

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      • These are the other 3 that are rated right now to be top 20 picks.

        Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

        Marcus Davenport, DE

        Arden Key, DE/OLB, LSU

        Ferrell has the size to play both the run and pass but I am scared to Death of any DE coming out of Clemson( we have missed on the last 2 from there)

        Davenport looks the part but he is coming from a small school and has not gone up against good talent on a week to week basis, so that is a concern(And I am not saying that small school prospects cant do it, but it usually takes them more time to adjust)

        Key is the only other player that might be worthy of a top 10 pick, but he is more of and OLB in a 3-4 defense than a hand in the dirt 4-3 DE.

        So unless we are going to a 3-4 defense, I am not sure he is the best fit here. Noah Spence is the same type of player. Again I just don’t know if any of them are worth a top 10 pick. Chubb is the only one. That is all I was trying to say

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  16. I always choose BPA over need in the first (see VH3), Quinton Nelson represents the confluence of that. The Bucs could very well loose every player that played at Guard this season other than Benenoch Nelson would make Donovan Smith and whoever plays center play better. DE do not typically produce first year. Unless Chubb is there or Arden Key has a Myles Garrett type combine I would love picking the next Logan Mankins type player at 7.

    As far as Davenport goes its all on the Senior Bowl. The competition he played against did not require a ton of skill development. He’s a trade back into the late first if he has a promising Senior Bowl.

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  17. SR – Based on what I’ve seen of Davenport not sure he is a top 10 caliber 43 end. From a pure athletic prowess he was dominant over the opposition. Decent get-off at the snap, overwhelms with strong initial punch with violent hands and shows quality closing speed when running north and south. However he lacks lateral agility when going east & west – flexion issues between ankle, knee and hips when he is cornering to get low and gain leverage to rip and swivel his hips through contact. Lacks secondary pass rush plan if initial contact is stalled and conditioning issues late in games as he looks like he loses closing speed. Against better competition he will need to develop a more thorough technical understanding.

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  18. All of these young men were good in college.
    IMO a good guard can be available in the 2nd or 3rd round. So I am assuming Nelson must be very special! As far as another short CB no WAY.

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  19. I think this Mock Draft suffers from a very early faulty assumption that Indy won’t address OLine #1 with Luck having been out the whole year due to injury. If G Nelson really is the best this class has to offer at OLine, I don’t see why they pass.

    Also, all the usual complaints about how this draft seems to fail to address the biggest need of our team until round 3. It’s not often that saviors are found at round 3. Not saying it can’t happen, but just that the chances are slim.

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  20. Go out and get Michael Bennett
    1.OG Quenton Nelson
    2.DE Sam Hubbard
    3.FS DeShon Elliott
    4.OT Desmond Harrison
    5.RB Martez Carter
    6.CB Holton Hill
    6.DT Kahlil McKenzie
    7.CB Levi Wallace

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  21. Based off of if we get Michael Bennett
    1.OG Quenton Nelson/ pro bowler
    2.DT Taven Bryan
    3.FS DeShon Elliott
    4.OT Desmond Harrison
    5.RB Martez carter
    6.DE Hércules mata’afa
    6.DHolton Hill
    7.CB Levi Wallace

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  22. Hard to imagine passing on DE for the first 2 rounds. The guys you’ve picked are obviously guys that could help us, but can Jason Licht afford to pass on drafting pass rushers at the top of the draft when the only DE he’s picked in 4 previous drafts is the injury-limited, out-of-position LB Noah Spence. I mean, it’s a conundrum. We could use another powerful presence on the OL and we have a crying need at RB. Should be interesting. We probably need 4 new bodies on the D-line and a major pass rush upgrade.

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  23. Most teams may say on the record they will pick BPA, but off thr record they still pick a position of need. Bucs picked O J Howard last draft even though the need was DE and Safety.. Most teams get better quickly if they go mostly to need as the priority. Our GM had the impression we were going to the Playoffs so we could pick BPA; how that work out?

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    • Even with this season, still don’t regret the Howard pick. Good pick then, good pick now. We’re now looking at a draft that makes a guy like Chubb in our alley who fits both need and BPA. Awesome.

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  24. This is not a good mock at all, Scott. Outside of Nelson and Michel.

    Free Agency: Sign DE Zeke Ansah, CB Kyle Fuller, LT Nate Solder, re-sign WR Mike Evans

    Draft:

    Rd 1) DE Bradley Chubb
    Rd 2) CB Josh Jackson
    Rd 3) RB Sony Michel
    Rd 4) OG Braden Smith
    Rd 5) S Jeremy Reaves
    Rd 6) K Eddy Pineiro
    Rd 6) OT Jamarco Jones

    I think the Bucs need to double up at DE and CB, through FA and draft. Ansah and Chubb start at DE, Fuller and Jackson at CB. VGIII to Nickel/Slot CB.

    The Bucs need to move Donovan Smith from LT, signing Solder moves Smith to RT. Plug Braden Smith at LG.

    There are plenty of good RBs to grab in round 3, as I think the first two rounds should be focused on DE and CB.

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    • Jackson ain’t making it to the second round.

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      • Might not. If not, I still go CB round 2. T McFadden, Carlton Davis, J Alexander

        Bucs need to get taller and longer at CB. VGIII hasn’t lived up to an 11th pick. Point is to move him to Nickel/Slot

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      • Making some updates to mine.

        Rd 1) DE Bradley Chubb
        Rd 2) RB Sony Michel
        Rd 3) CB Tarvarus McFadden
        Rd 4) OG Braden Smith
        Rd 5) S Jeremy Reaves
        Rd 6) K Eddy Pineiro
        Rd 6) OT Jamarco Jones

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  25. I like Nelson, but there is zero chance I would pick him at No.7 because he is a liability pulling and out in space on 2nd level blocks. If you do draft Nelson then Marpet is staying at center because you are going to want an athletic center next to him so Nelson can crack down on the DL. The biggest problem with Nelson is he is one dimensional and will make our blocking schemes really predictable

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  26. Bucs have to get a DE early. And they need a Corner early. And they need a Running back early.
    I have an idea:
    Trade away one of our Star TEs for a 1st round pick.

    Draft DE and a Running back in the 1st round.
    Draft a Corner in 2nd. And draft DL and OL the rest of the draft.

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  27. The defense sucked, and they didn’t can Mike Smith which means they think it’s the players—they’re going Defense in the first round.

    Mark it down,

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  28. Q. Nelson is going to be a great OG, but not great enough to warrant the #7 overall pick in this draft class. We’d be reaching for a position of need. Michel won’t be there in the 2nd round. I’m not familiar with the rest of the guys except DT D. Senat, who I do think would be a good pick in the 5th round and may actually last that long.

    It’s still a little early for me to say who I think the Bucs would take at #7 since all the players haven’t said whether they are declaring for the draft yet. I’ve made the mistake in the past of assuming players would come out and I put them in my mock draft and they wind of staying in college another year.

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  29. I would be very very happy if we were to be able to get Bradley Chubb, DE, Saquon Barkley, RB, or Quenton Nelson,OG, with the 7th pick. (Who knows what is possible? Look how we were able to come up with O.J. Howard last year. Think about it. Howard and Brate could be our tight ends for years to come. It should not matter who the head coach might be in 2019.)

    If we don’t get one of the three named above I would hope that we could find someone to trade down with. We could possibly trader back up into the first round again and maybe get two out of the following list. Vita Vea, DT, Clelin Ferrel, DE; Ogbonnia Okoronkrow, DE; Harold Landry, DE; Mike McGlinchey OL; Derrius Guice, RB; Nick Chubb, RB; and Kolton Miller, OL.

    I would prefer that we got a combination like Vita Vea, DT and Clelin Ferrel, DT. (This would help for 2018 and give us someone to groom for the time after the inevitable departure of Gerald McCoy down the road.) Then would could target OL and RB with whatever picks we might have in rounds 2, 3 or 4. (Don’t forget that the Saints struck gold in the third round last year when they got Alvin Kamara in the 3rd round last year.)

    Of course we need to have some real success on our free agent acquisitions this year. I too am hoping we can get a decent quality center and let Marpet return to right guard.

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    Go Bucs!!!!

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  30. Typo … Clelin Ferrel should be a defensive end.

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  31. Please no D Lineman from Clemson. See Bowers, G Adams

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  32. The DE draft class and quality FA DE’s is not loaded to say the least. After Bradley Chubb you have Arden Key, then Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant (both Clemson) and Sam Hubbard. Those are the creme of the crop. All should go in round one. In the second/third round Marcus Davenport, Duke Ejiofor, Marcell Frazier, Dorance Armstrong Jr and Rasheem Green are some DE’s with promise. My sleeper is DE Breeland Speaks (6-3 285) Ole Miss in round four. In FA you have two big names in Ezekiel Ansah and DeMarcus Lawrence, who will cost between 15M and 17M a year. After those two you have William Hayes, Julius Peppers or re-sign former Buc Adrian Clayborn? Makes Chubb look even more valuable. Of course if he makes it to seven, we should dance in the streets. The only scenario we do not draft Arden Key is if either CB/S Minkah Fitzpatrick or RB Saquon Barkley, falls to seven. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to draft an All-Pro G Quenton Nelson, however we need defense. Second round CB, third round RB, fourth round DE. In FA sign the best DT and CB you can get to move to Tampa.

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  33. Another off-season and another 4 months of endless Mock Drafts and the inevitable criticism and the woulda, coulda shoulda offerings that follow. Here’s what I know.

    1.) Guards and Centers aren’t typically taken in the top ten so the ND guard and the OSU center better be exceptional if we are to consider one of them.

    2.) Don’t take the second best DE at the 7th pick if Chubb is gone. That’s what a “reach” is Horse.

    3.) Don’t take a RB with the 7th pick. Too short-lived for the investment.

    4.) Unlike past seasons and my typical philosophy, I think this may be a good time to consider trading down if no player at # 7 is worthy of being taken that high.

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    • Scubog, yes I agree. That would be my first option to do is to trade down and get your need at a lower spot.

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  34. Very good points above. Arden Key is an interesting story. Nothing will be for sure on him until the combine when we see him and how he moves at whatever weight. Injury concerns, and huge weight variation. He has played between 225 and 270, looking better at 250. We’ve had great results from LSU defensive players, but at #7, he’s a HUGE risk. Yes, he’s 6’6″ and appears to have a good frame for a 4-3 DE but stop if the rest of his story sounds familiar..

    Plays better at 250 which is undersized for a 4-3 DE. Coming off of a shoulder surgery, at least a partially torn labrum, last off-season which hindered his production this season.

    Does this sound like anyone we have on the roster.

    Add to this 5 games missed for a knee and a pinky injury (cost him his final college game, not playing wide receiver here) and a personal leave of abscence from the team to start the season (but all reports are that he loves the game…. but his actions don’t = words). Just seems like a huge risk at 7.

    BTW.. I’m a fan of his, but would have a hard time at 7. I won’t be shocked either if he gets motivated and puts up a Myles Garrett type combine that will really make you scratch your head.

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  35. A Guard in the top 10 is… interesting. And not in a good way. Guards can be manufactured, Tackles can’t, which is why you never see them taken in the top half of the 1st rd.

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  36. Hey, Pewter, how about giving Macabee a job? I like his mock much more than yours.

    No RB in the first four rounds, please. Two words. Trent Richardson.

    That is all.

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  37. Man I’d be happy with those first three picks. Big time needs and all really good players. I hope Licht can pull something like that off. We need a draft like the Saints had with all those young guns injecting some life into our team. I’d take a flyer on some OL in the later rounds rather than RB especially if we can get Michel in R2. How about the FA market? Who are the key guys we need to resign?

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  38. Rd 1) DE Bradley Chubb
    Rd 2) RB Sony Michel
    Rd 3) FS DeShon Elliot
    Rd 4) OG Braden Smith
    Rd 5) RB Phillip Lindsey
    Rd 6) DT Deadrin Senat
    Rd 6) OT Jamarco Jones

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