Round 4 – Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
6-7, 249 – Junior

Previous Pick: James Madison CB Jimmy Moreland
New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has already declared that Jameis Winston will be his starting quarterback in 2019, but the team does need to find a backup. Don’t expect Tampa Bay to re-sign 35-year old veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick because Arians won’t want Winston looking over his shoulder during a contract year, and Ryan Griffin hasn’t taken a snap in an NFL game despite being a backup for the past six years.

Arians and the Bucs will likely want a fresh start at the quarterback position behind Winston. Arians has coached Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck in Indianapolis, Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich in Pittsburgh, and Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton in Arizona, and likes big signal callers. He only drafted one quarterback in Arizona – Logan Thomas, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder out of Virginia Tech, who has since moved to tight end and now plays for Buffalo. At 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, Jackson has above average NFL size and the ability to throw the deep ball, despite being a raw talent.

Jackson was a three-year starter at Buffalo where he led the Bulls to a 10-4 record and a bowl game this past season after a knee injury limited him to just eight games during his sophomore year in 2017. Jackson didn’t receive great coaching at Buffalo and considered entering the transfer portal this offseason, but opted to turn pro instead. He was able to participate in the Senior Bowl because he had already graduated and had a solid week of practice for the South squad before shining in the game on Saturday.

Jackson, who was named the MVP of the South, completed 13-of-21 passes for 165 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, in addition to rushing for 11 yards and a first down. His 54-yard pass to West Virginia’s Gary Jennings was the longest pass at the Senior Bowl and showed off his big arm and ability to push the ball down the field.

Jackson’s Buffalo Career Passing Stats
2016: 165-of-311 passing (53.1 percent) for 1,772 yards with 9 TDs, 9 INTs
2017: 143-of-237 passing (60.3 percent) for 2,096 yards with 12 TDs, 3 INTs
2018: 225-of-407 passing (55.3 percent) for 3,131 yards with 28 TDs, 12 INTs

Jackson’s Buffalo Career Rushing Stats
2016: 99 carries for 399 yards (4.0 avg.), 5 TDs, long of 38 yards
2017: 47 carries for 197 yards (4.2 avg.), 4 TDs, long of 75 yards
2018: 55 carries for 161 yards (2.9 avg.), 7 TDs, long of 55 yards

Jackson, who interviewed with the Bucs at the Senior Bowl, finished his collegiate career with 6,999 passing yards and 49 touchdowns with 24 interceptions. He also gained 757 yards rushing with 16 touchdowns for the Bulls and displayed good speed with touchdown runs covering 55 and 75 yards during his college career.

Jackson had eight 300-yard games at Buffalo, including a career-high 406-yard day in a 38-28 win against Bowling Green in 2017 in which he tossed a career-high four touchdowns, while completing 62.2 percent of his passes. In the 2018 season opener against Delaware State, Jackson was masterful in the red zone while throwing a career-high six touchdowns despite only passing for 189 yards and connecting on 63 percent (17-of-27) of his throws.

Still, NFL scouts have some concerns about Jackson’s game and whether he’s ready for the NFL.

“One scout told Yahoo that he had three throws in a blowout of Rutgers that were the buzz of the scouting community. At 6-foot-7, 245 pounds there will be inevitable comparisons to Byron Leftwich. ‘He needs to stay in school,’ said a scout who’d slotted him around the sixth round. ‘We’re looking at him as a developmental quarterback for now. He’s flashed some NFL throws, but he really should stay.'”

Far from being a finished product, Jackson’s pocket presence and big arm are reminiscent of that of Leftwich, the Bucs’ new offensive coordinator. He would be an ideal candidate to develop behind Winston in Tampa Bay and learn from Leftwich and Arians, whose nickname is The Quarterback Whisperer.

“It’d be awesome, you know the fact that he he coached Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer and all those great quarterbacks,” Jackson said of Arians. “It’d be awesome to learn from a guy like that and continue to grow my game.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th 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 coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Nobody
Nobody
3 years ago

If we draft Devin White with all of the other defensive talent that is going to be on the board (good chance of Polite, who may have the highest ceiling in the draft, Greedy Williams, Oliver) all on the board… Man oh man. And where is the evidence that he can cover? That position plays bracket coverage on RBs when the play Man and that’s only when the aren’t playing Matchup Quarters and when this position isn’t blitzing (which it is a LOT). They don’t play a lot of C2 or C3 Zone. So how do we know we aren’t… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

Jachai Polite reminds me of Gaines Adams. Nuff said.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMwNZksPvNQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quaBywgZEBs&t=23s

I do like Oliver. He sheds blocks like no one else. Reminds me of Aaron Donald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8wtF9zN4-M

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

Jachai Polite reminds me of Gaines Adams. Nuff said.

I love Ed Oliver. He is my favorite player in the top of the draft. He sheds blocks better than anyone coming out this year. Guy is like Aaron Donald Part 2 IMO.

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Polite reminds you of Gaines Adams?

That might be the most unfitting comparison I could possibly imagine.

Do you mean outside of the elite acceleration/get-off, the unique ability to bend the edge (only 3 players in this draft can Dip and Benc the edge at full-go; Allen, Polite, and Burns), the crazy lateral mobility/agility/body control, the violence and tenaciousness…

And the fact that Adams was 6’6” with crazy length…

Outside of those differences, they’re basically the same prospect?

That is an apples to neutron stars comparison.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

I respect your strong opinion of the player. Its clear you really admire his ability. I tried attaching highlight video comparing the styles. It is “awaiting moderation” and will likely never make it to the boards. That said, if the Bucs end up taking the player, I hope you are right and I am wrong.

GrayBalls
GrayBalls
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Oliver is my favorite player in this draft, too

seat26
seat26
3 years ago

Love this draft.

skyrider
skyrider
3 years ago

This draft, in my opinion is loaded in a lot of positions of need for the Bucs…they just gotta pick the right fit for this team.

Casey Morgan
Casey Morgan
3 years ago

There is 0% chance the Bucs take a LB first round. At least 2 of the 3 injured you mentioned will be back. We have other bigger needs like O Line & Corner…

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  Casey Morgan
3 years ago

I hope you’re correct, that both Alexander and Beckwith will both be back and in full form this September. However, in the event that Alexander’s rehab is NOT going as well as predicted, the White pick makes all the sense in the world. The other reasons to draft White, in my opinion, is for best player available at that pick and White may be an upgrade from Alexander. I like both Williams and Oliver in the first round, and I wouldn’t be disappointed in the least if the Bucs drafted either of those guys, but guys like White don’t come… Read more »

n341
n341
Reply to  EricNV
3 years ago

Beckwith will not be back. His injury was most likely career ending,

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  n341
3 years ago

Based on Licht’s comments yesterday, I agree. I really wish it weren’t the case because I really liked Beckwith’s rookie season, but it is what it is.

DT25
DT25
3 years ago

I like this one better than 1.0 That said, not sure I take a QB in the 4th round…even though we do need a backup, that seems a bit early for one. I’d prefer we add another CB earlier than the 7th round, too. And I still think taking a LB in the 1st isn’t necessary with our other needs, but with a trade back it’s a little more palateable. 2nd round is pretty good though, I like Allen and Lindstrom as potential targets at that point (probably would prefer Oruwariye and Lindstrom…with a DL in the 1st like Oliver,… Read more »

DT25
DT25
Reply to  DT25
3 years ago

All of that said, this draft shows that if Quinnen, Bosa, or Allen are all taken before pick 5, trading down is probably the best route we can take. If we can address the OL, DL, and either CB or LB all in the top 2 rounds, that would be huge for this team.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

8.5 career sacks in college for your top 10 pick? No thanks!! Much better talent at T, CB, DT for the Bucs to pick.

If it’s not Bosa or Allen, I’m not taking a DE, 3-4 OLB in the top 10.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

Allen was one of his 2nd round picks. Devin White was the top 10 pick (after a trade back).

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  DT25
3 years ago

I’m talking about Josh Allen from Kentucky

surferdudes
3 years ago

I guess PR thinks the Bucs will pay Smith a kings ransom, and believe Dotson has another year left in him? Both players were a weak link on an offensive line that under performed last year, thinking they’ll be better this year could get Jameis killed. If they’re going to pay a LT franchise money, go after the Pats FA LT instead of Smith. The Pats have their other LT coming back, and rarely pay players, so I’d target him. Otherwise draft a LT with the first pick, and pick up a proven LB like CJ Mosely from the Ravens.… Read more »

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

You want 2 or more rookies to start on the OL in September again? How’d that work out for us last time? The Bucs may not be in a position to do anything else but pay Smith franchise tag money. IMO, starting one new rookie on the OL is fine, but not two especially considering Arians is in a “reload” frame of mind, not a “rebuild”.

Dman
Dman
3 years ago

Like the trade down to add a pick. O Line, D Line are our weak links, with an honorable mention to the D backfield.

I love Devin White, but we need to start with the O line, focus on the trenches. Drafting a RB is just dumb. And leaving CB to our last 7th round pick is even worse.

C’mon Scott.

scox17
scox17
3 years ago

Yes, this draft is MUCH better than 1.0. But it’s still concerning that we don’t address the secondary until late. Are you assuming we add some veterans in FA? I think regardless we have to draft secondary at some point in this upcoming draft.

Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

No RT and just a 7th rd at CB and yet we are taking a backup QB at rd 4? I would freaking riot. I also dont know about taking a DT in round 3. I would rather try to restructure McCoy or bring in depth in FA.

Otherwise this is a decent draft. Take best RT or CB in rd 3 and maybe DT in rd 4 if necessary

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

You think McCoy is willing to take $4-$5 million just to stay in Tampa and pray that Arians is as good as advertised? I just don’t see it but it’d be great for us if he did.

thegeebo
thegeebo
3 years ago

This draft works for me (depending on what we do in FA). However, if we bring back Kwon (which I don’t think we should do) or are able to sign Jordan Hicks or CJ Mosley (which I think we SHOULD do), then go for BPA at 5 which will likely be a game wrecking DL. If they do decide to trade down to 7, they may still be able to get Gary or Oliver, which would be huge. If they trade down further, perhaps Sweat. I think DL has to be the priority in the first round.

10Baraa
10Baraa
3 years ago

Love this mock! Khalen Saunders and Chris Lindstrom would be absolutely incredible selections!

macabee
macabee
3 years ago

Bucs Mock Draft – V2 Draft Strategy – Trade Down I will look to trade down in this scrum of teams trying to get the best QB. There is no team before the Bucs that need a QB and to trade up before the Bucs will cost a premium. In this mock, we will trade down with the Jags at #7 to get Dwayne Haskins. To trade into the top 5 for only a 3rd round pick is not enough with the demand from 4 other QB needy teams between 6 and 15. Throw the trade values chart out of… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

This looks much better than Scott’s mock. Still not a fan of White with our FRP. However I do like the Oruwayrie and Powers picks. I could live with the Willis and Omenihu picks. Renfroe is basically Adam Humphries, and I think Hump will be re-signed. We needy a speedy WR, a true deep threat to replace MeJax, so I would be looking for faster than Renfrow/Humphries/Justin Watson type.

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

What do you think out solution for RT and LT will be Mac?

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

You don’t want to here my answer. Trust me! Lol. This is going to be a whole PR article all to itself. Gonna be a lot of disappointed Buc fans. I will use BA’s own words from a recent Sirius XM interview!

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

I think most people know how I feel about smith..I’m sure he’s going to come back which ofcourse I don’t feel too good about, but if Arians sees him as good then I guess I’ll support it too..

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

BucRY, Listen at this podcast starting at minute 3:25. It will shed some light. I will try to find the Arians interview for you.

https://www.pewterreport.com/bucs-pewter-nation-podcast-episode-106-the-reclamation-project/

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Thank you Mac, you’re always a life saver.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

DT25 must have heard the same interview! Lol.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

I’ll give you my opinion. Re-sign Donovan(not at LT $), move to RT.

Trade down, get more picks. Take Andre Dillard in round 1, there is your franchise blind side protector for Winston for 10 years.

Grab a Guard like Powers end of rd2/rd 3.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

I like this one better as well. And to answer BucRy’s question, we’d likely franchise Donovan to push the need back a year, and Dotson would remain the starter at RT (which is all but certain to happen this year anyways).

BucD
BucD
3 years ago

We’re going to use a top 5/10 pick on a big inside linebacker who moves quick FOR HIS SIZE? Who hasn’t shown much ability to cover and thus is a bit of a question mark? In the ridiculously pass-happy stage that the NFL currently is in? I just do not get the hype surrounding Devin White. I mean, even the highlight reel posted with the pick was lackluster. I get that there will be some uncertainty in how Beckwith will look after being out all of last year, and that Kwon may or may not be back, but taking a… Read more »

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  BucD
3 years ago

The only thing lackluster in White’s video is all of the celebration scenes from the first 60-90 seconds.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  EricNV
3 years ago

8.5 career sacks in 3 seasons for a pass rushing 3-4 OLB, is pretty low.

For comparison sake, Von Miller had 33.5 sacks in 3 seasons in college.

So yeah I’m not taking White at 5 or in top 10, like you would with Miller, who was picked 2nd overall.

Countrybrew
Countrybrew
3 years ago

Love the picks! I think I like RB Devin Singltary better but still all great pics.

Kimba
Kimba
3 years ago

I really like every one of these picks except the qb–get him later if possible–really good article, love the idea to trade down and still get Devin White–wow also a fan of Khalen Saunders

jmarti2
jmarti2
3 years ago

love this mock draft!!! even tho white is a beast its not a position need. If we gonna turn this around we need to start with the o line. protect your Qb!! so ill say draft jonah williams TACKLE first round . with that second round pick for sure take chris lindstrom GUARD . With these 2 we get consistent play and smart play no penalties . focus the defense with the remaining draft and free agency . look at the colts they solidify the o line with the draft last year and they went to the playoffs :)

drdneast
drdneast
3 years ago

McCoy just isn’t worth $13 million, more like the $8 million Curry was paid this year and he under performed for his money.
Whatever the case, other teams see the same film as the Bucs do and no one is likely to over pay a 31 yo DT.
McCoy might take less money to go on a team projected to go to the playoffs, but getting there is never a guarantee unless it’s the Patriots and the team also has to need a DT at the same time.

Gruden4President
Gruden4President
3 years ago

Didnt even bother reading the mock after seeing the 1st pick.

76Buc
76Buc
3 years ago

“including defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who primarily runs a 3-4 scheme, but will adapt his defense to fit the talent on the roster.”
That is exactly what Mike Smith said upon being hired. Let’s hold him to it this time PR.

owlykat
owlykat
3 years ago

I know BA doesn’t like Rookie LTs but once he sees Liedtke’s film on his first try as a LT and outplaying Turnstyle Smith in two Preseason Games with no holding penalties and no sacks, he is smart enough, if his excellent OT Coach can’t develop a 1st round OT quick enough, to realize he can trust Liedtke there til the rookie develops. Paying D. Smith Franchise Pay takes too much valuable cap space and putting D. Smith back at LT will cost BA the turnaround he wants and may injure Jameis again without a proven backup! That is just… Read more »

hamilton
hamilton
3 years ago

like moving down for more picks,thats about it.