Bucs’ Best Bet – Rounds 1-3: Washington WR Dante Pettis

Pettis could help the Bucs in several ways. He has experience in the slot and outside as an accomplished receiver with 2,256 yards and 24 touchdowns on 163 catches for the Huskies. At 6-foot, 186 pounds, Pettis isn’t the biggest receiver, but he’s plenty smooth and does an outstanding job of making adjustments on deep balls. Aside from being a receiver, Pettis used his 4.48 speed to become the best punt returner in NCAA history with a record nine career touchdowns, including four last year. With such a huge salary cap number ($10 million) in 2019, this might be DeSean Jackson’s last season in Tampa Bay, and the Bucs could draft the speedy Pettis as his eventual replacement. The Bucs wouldn’t draft a receiver earlier than the third round, but that’s right around where Pettis’ draft grade is.

Bucs’ Best Bet – Rounds 4-7: Penn WR Justin Watson

Tampa Bay likes Watson enough to bring him in for a Top 30 visit to One Buccaneer Place, which says a lot. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and running a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, Watson has been compared to Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen. Watson is a sure-handed receiver that is faster in a straight line than he is quick, and he used that speed to post three 1,000-yard seasons for the Quakers, leaving the school as Penn’s all-time leader in receiving TDs (33), receptions (286), receiving yards (3,777) and all-purpose yards (4,116). Penn would bring some needed size to Tampa Bay where there is only one receiver over 6-foot-2, and that’s 6-foot-5 Mike Evans. Watson has the blue-collar work ethic needed to play on special teams, and asked the special teams coordinator at the East-West Shrine Game if he could play on every unit. Watson has the tools to make it as a fourth or fifth wide receiver, and potentially develop into a No. 3 wideout in time.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Dman
3 years ago

In this draft I think we stand pat at TE and WR, unless we move D Jax…..

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Call Dallas and trade Djax!

Pete Wood
Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

That would be ideal.

Dman
Reply to  Buc 1976
3 years ago

They have the need, just hate sending him to an NFC team. How about San Diego?

Schwifty9
3 years ago

Unless we trade Jackson, we shouldn’t spend a single pick on Receiver, and we have no reason at all to use a pick on a Tight end.

Brooks Dunn-Winston
3 years ago

Why are we talking about TEs and WRs?

Dman
3 years ago

C.J. Anderson released by Denver today. 27. Good back. Would line up well with Payton.

macabee
Reply to  Dman
3 years ago

Had the same idea when the Broncos released RB C.J. Anderson/Cal 5-8 224 . Anderson had 1,007 yards rushing last year with 3 TDs. He is a 6 year veteran at age 27 and will be a free agent. Bucs TEs coach Ben Steele was on Cal coaching staff in 2011-12 when Anderson played there in college. This is Koetter’s opportunity to get his Maurice Jones Drew RB from his Jacksonville days. They are both former Cal RBs with similar running styles. Rumor is they made a run for RB Carlos Hyde in early free agency. Let’s see what the… Read more »

Schwifty9
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Picking up CJ Anderson and landing Quenton Nelson in the first would be a blessing, IMO that would free us up to go defense with all of our remaining picks.

But I don’t remember ever seeing a rumor about us pursuing Hyde, the RB I saw us linked with the most during FA frenzy was McKinnon.

macabee
Reply to  Schwifty9
3 years ago

I don’t think Koetter said exactly what RB they were pursuing, but it was rumored to be Hyde, McKinnon, or Dion Lewis. Doesn’t matter who but that the Bucs were in the hunt, just didn’t get one. May be they will try again or take one in the draft or both. Good luck on your choices! Go Bucs!

http://www.joebucsfan.com/2018/03/we-were-in-on-at-least-one/

Buc 1976
3 years ago

IMO C.J fits the bill!

Lucas Rowzee
3 years ago

Hey Trevor how mad would your buddy Jon be if he saw Anthony miller as WR 11?

Freeman Strickland
3 years ago

If Pettis was still on the board and someone would give us the current pick for DeSean Jackson, I would say make the trade and get Pettis. That is not a shot at DeSean Jackson. Jackson is just not a good match with Winston. Jackson will be much better with a quarterback who will laser it in to him in stride as he blows past the last defender. Pettis seems better able to break stride to grab a ball thrown up for grabs. I think that it would be a win-win. I wonder if it is a deal that Dallas… Read more »

Buc 1976
Reply to  Freeman Strickland
3 years ago

I would like to see a trade with Dallas. But I don’t think they would give up a 3rd it would be great if they did. I Would be happy for a 4th or anything just to get Djax out of Tampa.