Round 4: Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting
6-0, 195 – Junior

Previous Pick: Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
The Buccaneers have spent four draft picks on cornerbacks since 2016, including Vernon Hargreaves III, Ryan Smith, Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart. But with Hargreaves, whose last two seasons have ended prematurely on injured reserve, and Smith entering a contract year, and Stewart moving to safety this season, Tampa Bay will once again try to find a starting-caliber cornerback in the draft with Bunting, whose stock is on the rise after a very good showing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bunting ran an impressive 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and a 41.5-inch vertical jump, which was one of the best measurements this year. He showed good ball skills to match that athleticism in his three years as a starter for the Chippewas defense, recording 24 career pass breakups and nine career interceptions.

Bunting’s Central Michigan Career Defensive Stats
2016: 18 tackles, 7 pass breakups, 2 INTs
2017: 49 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, 5 INTs, 2 FFs, 1 FR
2018: 37 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, 2 INTs

Bunting has good size at 6-foot, 195 pounds and he resembles a more polished Ryan Smith coming out of college. Bunting is not ready to come in and start as a rookie, but could develop this year and replace Smith in 2020 with a chance to ascend up the depth chart on defense over the next year or two.

Bunting needs to work on becoming a better tackler in run support and doing a better job of jamming receivers with his hands at the line of scrimmage in press coverage. Bunting is ideally suited for Cover 3 defensive schemes and is well versed in zone coverage.

In addition to being a very good pass defender, Bunting is a solid special teams player. He recorded a touchdown on a blocked field goal in 2017 and a blocked kick last season.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. Colin Cowherd lists Kwon to SF as the biggest hit of draft
    DeSean to Eagles A+
    HUMP HUGE LOSE
    Bucs losing it best players McCoy yet to come
    AND ALL BEING REPLACED WITH BACKUPS FROM OTHER TEAMS
    This team was 3and 13 with out the magic wins
    How can anyone think this is going to work out
    Pewter boys put a smile on every move
    I think Bruce Arians could have improved last years team 1 or 2 wins which still long way from playoffs this team looking for number one draft pick 2020. I wonder what BC is thinkingabout with this desermation of the team.

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  2. Josh Allen is a chance in Round 1 but taking a tackle in Rd 2 with all that defense on the board is so crazy.We don’t have enough linebackers to run a 3-4 defense as it is.You actually think Shaq Barrett is going to start lol.Im seeing Rd1 and rd 2 as being linebackers..Middle and edge rusher.

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  3. Josh Allen would be a dream. Possible but somewhat unlikely. Where is the CB in the third or fourth round. A RB or QB seem like luxuy picks. They need to plan more for a non-Josh Allen draft. David White or T Jonah Williams or a trade back for Greedy Williams or another T or DE. If they get Allen then Gerald McCoy is a goner.

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  4. Buc Ass Bob The Buccaneers have more talent than you are giving them credit. Not Great but 7-9 or 8-8 is quite possible. Winston is a good QB. Bad NFL rarely have good QBs.

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    • Look at the Bucs schedule and show me 8 wins? 7 would be lucky. I’m calling 6-10 with wins against Carolina(2) Detroit, Giants, Cardinals and 49ers.

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  5. Holy hell Scott, I can actually give you a grade higher than a C.

    I give this mock a B.

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  6. Bucs are a a bad team with NO MONEY. This is laughable …Why isn’t Pewter Report and buc fans SCREAMING ??

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  7. With the type of players the FA signings have been, seems that BA and staff have had more input or are more in tune with the type of player they desire than recent coaching staffs have had. Gives hope that the draft results will reflect that as well. Am curious, with nuggets the PR staff glean from the Bucs FO and staff, if these mocks avoid certain prospects the team actually have an interest in that they prefer not to advertise.

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  8. Great start to the mock, with Allen, and then (as usual)…downhill.

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  9. Love this mock, except the running back Henderson. Love his ability but think they need another defensive pick at that spot or o-line. If McCoy goes, we need more than one pick dedicated to the interior line.

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  10. Bob – Dude NOBODY cares what Colin Blowhard says pretty much about ANYTHING. He’s not even relevant on his own network anymore. He’s a admittedly a West coast guy and has NEVER had anything good to say about the Buccaneers……. So screw him! 🙂

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  11. I like first 3, but if we don’t draft a Safety 4th rd or so I’d be concerned. Maybe in free agency still that will happen. I love taking a good RT early that has versatility to move around if needed.

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  12. Not sure about RB either he doesn’t have great speed. Rather draft another O lineman I think….

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  13. The problem is Kwon was a great pick up for San Francisco and the Eagles did get a great deal with DeSean. and the Bucs are doing nothing!

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  14. Lol. They were a bad team last season with bad coaching. Only one’s screaming are those who underestimate coaching. Even Dirk said the team was very talented. He just didnt know how to lead men, coach x’s and o’s, game plan, adjust, or manage a clock. Bruce is a football coach. That’s why.

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  15. I keep hearing the idea of trading back for more picks, in 2016 we traded back and got VHlll, Spence and Aguayo. 2018 we traded back got Vea and some 2ND Rd projects. Might be time to start thinking about trading up and go get an impact player instead of worrying about draft capital.

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  16. You know, given that the final 4 teams left last season led the league in PPG I actually think doubling down on O-linemen in Rounds 1 and 2 might be the way to go, we don’t currently have a RG and this is probably Dot’s last year in the league. Short of us getting one of our big 3 targets this year (Bosa, Allen, Q.Williams) I think we might be better off going for someone like Jawann Taylor/Jonah Williams/Andre Dillard then going for someone like Risner/Lindstrom.

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  17. Josh Allen or Q Williams at 5 would be amazing! I actually like the top 3 picks a lot. Licht, with all his faults, seems to have an eye for LB talent. I really liked Kwon, but I’m very glad we didn’t pay him what the Niners. We’ll be drafting a ILB to replace him, hopefully not at #5..

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  18. Would be happy with this draft
    Jason will blow it though

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  19. Let’s see…why aren’t we screaming? Because what is past is past, and we have a new proven HC with a plan…AND…because we don’t live in some S hole state or city, where they are freezing, flooding, or getting blown off the face of the earth.

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  20. B-A-B’s.. Why aren’t we doing more now? Look up the words “Salary Cap” and educate yourself, so you can stop making stupid statements and looking foolish.

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  21. Chances BOB stops making stupid comments and making a fool of himself are somewhere in the area of slim and none

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  22. Hey Bob, how has winning the offseason done for us in the past? this is the first time we’ve taken a different approach in quite a while. With a legit coaching staff let’s see what happens.

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  23. Bucs Mock Draft – Pre-Draft

    Draft Strategy – Stand Pat

    I have always been a proponent for the Bucs to trade down at #5. Now I’m not so sure. Arizona HC Kliff Kingsbury is stating publicly that QB Kyler Murray will be the first pick. Gruden/Raiders who pick at #4 are now said to be shopping QB Derek Carr. The Giants have expressed an interest in trading for QB Josh Rosen. The Jaguars have signed QB Nick Foles. The Broncos have already dealt a 4th for Flacco. The Dolphins have signed Fitzpatrick vowing to wait for QB Tagovailoa in 2020. I’ve seen one mock where somebody trades into the top 4 for WR D.K. Metcalf.

    What this means is that turbulence is forming at the top of the draft and at the same time the trade down candidates are becoming fewer or at least the price they would be willing to pay to trade up has gone down. While that may not be good news for trading down, it may be great news that if true, is almost certain to push one of the top 3 defensive players to the Bucs at #5. After some impressive Combine O-Line, D-Line, LB, and CB performances, they may pick at 5 anyway.

    RD1 – DE/OLB Josh Allen/Kentucky
    RD2 – OG Chris Lindstrom/Boston College 6-4 303 5.28
    RD3 – OT Max Scharping/Northern Illinois 6-6 327 5.15
    RD4 – CB Isaiah Johnson/Houston 6-2 208 4.40
    RD5 – DE/OLB Ben Banogu/TCU 6-3 257 4.62
    RD6 – RB Ryquell “Rock” Armstead/Temple 5-11 223 4.45
    RD7 – DE Jonathan Ledbetter/Georgia 6-4 280 5.14

    UDFAs

    CB Jordan Wyatt/Southern Methodist
    DT Michael Dogbe/Temple
    WR Olamide Zaccheaus/UVA

    Notes:

    *The first pick could be one of the top 3 defensive linemen or LB Devin White. Many believe #5 is too early for a LB and would only pick White in a trade down situation. DE Montez Sweat has been diagnosed with a pre-existing heart condition. OLB Josh Allen is starting to show up at 5 – at PR and most notably Walterfootball and Nfl.com.
    *Like OG Quenton Nelson last year, Chris Lindstrom is the best OG in the draft. He could go in the late 1st round. Lindstrom’s dad Chris Sr. was a Buc in 1983.
    *Max Scharping/NIU has played both left and right tackle in college and could be a starter at either position in Tampa Bay, most likely replacing Demar Dotson in 2020 after a transition year in the NFL.
    *Isaiah Johnson is a long press CB with excellent speed. Pair him on the outside with CB Carlton Davis and develop two shutdown corners.
    *Bucs can’t afford to spend an early round pick on another RB. They will continue to develop ROJO, but Barber needs help now. BA is partial to Temple players and could draft Rock Armstead late. Keep an eye on an affordable experienced FA RB like Bilal Powell or Isaiah Crowell.
    *Todd McNair, Bucs RB coach played under Arians at Temple and was the running backs coach at USC, guiding Reggie Bush to a Heisman Trophy in 2005 – hoping he can further develop ROJO.
    *Bucs already have DT Jeremiah Ledbetter. Jonathan can join him. Who knows the Ledbetter boys may wreck some havoc.

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  24. I like this mock draft. It isn’t sexy but it is about building this team for what Arians coaching staff wants for the future.

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  25. Mac – I love the work you put into your mock. I wouldn’t be one bit unhappy if our draft fell that way. I do think that Lindstrom kid will unfortunately be gone by the time the Bucs are on the clock in the 2nd round. If we get the right trade down deal from (5) we might have enough ammo to trade back into the bottom of the 1st to snag him. I wouldn’t mind that Wilkins from Clemson if we don’t trade down too far. He has scheme diversity and a non-stop motor. That said, I agree with MOST of the posters here that want the trenches built. Good lines can make up for a lot of other team deficiencies.

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  26. I will probably say it 1,000 times Take white at 5 and never look back! Who care what the Experts say? They also say not to tack a rb. To high but I
    would take Barkley or Elliott any draft day at #1. If Devin White plays here 10+ year at a pro bowl all pro level who care when you grab him?

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  27. In Kwon’s 4 years he has 78 missed tackles, 2nd most in the league. His 18% missed tackle rate makes him the worst in that time frame. He is definitely passionate, and I would have liked to keep him at the right price, but 14+ mill per year…did I mention he’s coming off an ACL tear!
    But he was a great pick up by San Fran because Collin Cowturd says so…

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  28. Like this MoCK!!! Yes please!!

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  29. 1- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
    2- Jawaan Taylor, OT, UF
    3- Darrell Henderson, RB Memphis
    4- David Sills V, WR WVU
    5- Michael Deiter, OC/OG Wisconsin
    6- Gary Johnson, Texas LB

    Honestly Ed Oliver shouldn’t be available to us but we consistently miss some prospects that are obviously very talented but idk somewhere along the process people start talking stupid. Same thing happened with Aaron Donald.

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  30. My winning entry of the Bucs Battle Plan(bravo, bravo!!), I was first on this strong possiblility of 2 QB’s early and Josh Allen falling into Tampa’s lap. You can’t pass on this guy if he’s available. Honestly feel the same about Bosa or Quinnen, but I thnk its Allen that falls. I think Tampa gets the best Simeon Rice impersonator in years in Josh Allen at number 5. I also think BC’s Lindstrom is there in the 2nd for the Bucs, but with Watford on board, do they take him now? I would! Maybe they will fill in the gaps of the front 7 with a stud DT that falls or maybe even a CB. Lots of possiblities! No RB’s in round 2 though please! There will be a great one available in the 5th round, no doubt!

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  31. I like it, just not sure about taking another RB in the 3rd. I know it’s a need but I just feel like going O-line or CB would be more pressing. Ledbetter in the 7th would be great. Low risk for a guy who plays his butt off and could be good for depth.

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  32. Scott, your last mock was better than this one. It is doubtful Adams will be available at 5 and we need to drop to seven in a deal and take White who will be an All Pro in the middle & can pass protect and run sideline to sideline. We need Bucannon to start at Safety. With the extra pick we need to take Lindstrom and if he is not still there take Risner to play permanently at RG. Risner is not athletic enough to stop top speed rushers on the outside and Lindy’s for that reason feel he is much better suited inside as a Center or Guard. The Second Round Pick should be Ole Misses’ OT Greg Little who can push D. Smith and be available to play RT when Dotson retires or is injured. Little played against tough SEC competition in the Western Div. SEC and is a smooth pass defender and can stop speed rushers and is rated by Lindy’s as the second best OT in the draft. Now Henderson is likely to be gone by the third round and is not a good blocker nor is he a power back that can replace Barber if he is hurt. Henderson needs a zone blocking line too and our line is terrible at that. The Perfect RB to be a starting third down back is Benny Snell, Jr., who is a power back who can block and has soft hands for passes like Brate and he can recognize blitzes before they strike and if Barber goes down he would be the perfect replacement for him. He also was recognized by the A.P. as the Top Back in the SEC and he will be there in the third round while change of pace back Henderson will be already gone. 4th Round Best DE available, 5th Round Trevon Wesco, Top W.Va. TE and FB who is an Alstott Clone at 6’3” 274 lbs. who can run for tough yardage for first down or TDS or block for Barber and caught 24 of 26 passes as a Senior for 366 yards. (We need a replacement for Cross.) 6th Round Buffalo College’s accurate long passing QB for development. 7th Round Ga. WR Terry Godwin 4.49 40 Kick Returner for the Dogs and can play gunner or Slot WR with crafty route running to get open and tracks the ball well. (Lost 2 WRs and only replaced 1 and need another KR)

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  33. PR’s best Mock so far this year (though it is counting on some good luck with Allen dropping).

    Really good draft and hits on all our needs while adding good defensive depth. Bucs need to make up for years of neglecting defense and this adds a lot of later round talent to develop.

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  34. Don’t the Bucs have 2 #6’s?

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  35. You could take this write-up on Henderson and apply it to RoJo last year almost word for word. 2nd round prospect because of size. PFF’s top rated RB in all of college football in 2017. Protects the football. Explosive tape. All of it…and did it in a far superior football conference. We addressed issue #1 already: Dirk Koetter. Now let’s address issue #2: the OL…specifically the RG position. If that still doesn’t improve the play of RoJo and Barber, then we can sink another high value draft pick into the RB position. Until then, drafting a RB anywhere before the 4th round is beyond stupid with all the other needs this team has.

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  36. Bucs quite frankly need a defensive heavy draft. Josh Allen would be awesome early. In the second I’d go DL again with the likes of Jerry Tillery, Dre’Monet Jones or Zach Allen. Then in the 3rd flip to CB and pick from Jamel Dean, Davis Long or Isaiah Johnson- Possible reach in 3rd! In 4th and 5th I’d look for best available depth at RB, OL, LB/Edge or Safety. Fans must learn that Edge and LB are somewhat interchangeable in a 3-4 defense.

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  37. Allen would be great at #5 but I’m wondering if a lot of these players in this mock will be there where you’re mocking on this one. Bunting and Risner will likely be gone, as well as Allen, but I really like those three.

    Not sure on the RB. Don’t feel good about drafting any RB this year. I think Koetter and his regime have been bad for RBs here. So I’m hoping RoJo develops well and I’m believing the love BA gave Barber at a recent public appearance. It’s a gamble but I just think we need youth on defense. LVD, JPP and McCoy aren’t getting any younger.

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  38. I noticed that a lot of the Cardinals drafts feature drafting WR’s while Arians was there. Maybe we as Bucs fans are not valuing WR as much as Arians does for his offense? Time will tell.

    I do like the Bucs current group:

    Evans/Godwin/Perriman/Watson/Wilson

    But it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs draft a sixth WR either.

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  39. These mock drafts ignore possible McCoy and Brate trades. They could get decent proscepts and cap room. McCoy could get a late third or fourth round pick. Brate to the right(PATRIOTS) team could get a late second round or third round. They have to trade back or may some trades. They have too holes many fill. If they get are lucky to get Allen, then McCoy is gone for sure. Taking White at the fifth pick limits their options too much. White is a great player, but they maximize their talent. A compensatory third round for McCoy could be packaged with their fifth round to a third round RB or a backup G or T.

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