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Tampa Bay’s 2020 offseason is revved up with general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel John Spytek and director of college scouting Mike Biehl attending both the East-West Shrine Bowl practices in St. Petersburg, Fla. and traveling to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl to scout some of the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Up next is the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, which means it’s time for PewterReport.com’s second 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, presented by Edmonson Electric • AC • Security.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and scouts

Bucs GM Jason Licht and scouts – Photo by: PewterReport.com

The Bucs are coming off a 7-9 season and entering the second year with head coach Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles at the helm.

Tampa Bay has several pressing needs, chief among them is re-signing some of the team’s 19 unrestricted free agents, including outside linebackers Shaquil Barrett – the league’s sack leader with 19.5 in 2019 – and Jason Pierre-Paul, in addition to defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who recovered four fumbles, including two for defensive touchdowns. Arians said re-signing all three defenders are among the Bucs’ top priorities this offseason.

Of course determining what to do with quarterback Jameis Winston, who led the NFL with a franchise-record 5,109 passing yards along with 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, is the biggest offseason question mark in Tampa Bay. PewterReport.com’s initial mock draft assumes the following scenarios:

• Winston is re-signed, given the franchise tag or the Bucs pursue another veteran QB.

• Tampa Bay re-signs starting outside linebackers Barrett and Pierre-Paul, and also squeezes Suh under the salary cap.

• The Bucs either re-sign starting right tackle Demar Dotson to a cheap, one-year deal or decide to move on and find a replacement in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Making those assumptions, PewterReport.com has determined that the Bucs’ most pressing needs are as follows:

BUCS’ 2020 NFL DRAFT NEEDS

1. OFFENSIVE LINE – Whether the 34-year old Dotson returns or not, the Bucs need a better, younger option at right tackle, and a guard to challenge Alex Cappa. Tampa Bay’s offensive line isn’t bad, but it isn’t great, either – especially at run blocking. The Bucs also have little quality depth at offensive tackle or inside at guard.

2. RUNNING BACK – Free agent Peyton Barber may not return, and the Bucs will need another running back to complement and challenge Ronald Jones II. Tampa Bay could use a pass-catching running back that could also challenge Dare Ogunbowale for the role of third-down back. Tampa Bay had the 24th-ranked rushing attack in 2019, averaging just 95.1 yards per game.

Bucs FS Justin Evans

Bucs FS Justin Evans – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

3. SAFETY – Justin Evans may or may not return to form in 2020 following surgery on both of his feet/ankles last year, and Mike Edwards didn’t show enough as a rookie to be penciled in as a starter. The Bucs need a real play-maker at the safety spot and there isn’t one on the current roster unless Evans comes back healthy and ready to go after missing 2019. Tampa Bay had just two interceptions from the safety position last year.

4. DEFENSIVE TACKLE – Beau Allen and Rakeem Nunez-Roches will be free agents and may or may not return, and Suh just turned 33 and also could head towards free agency. Tampa Bay needs a younger heir apparent to eventually replace Suh, and better depth at the defensive tackle spot to pair with Vita Vea, a rising star as nose tackle, if the team wants to continue to dominate in run defense.

5. WIDE RECEIVER – Breshad Perriman may or may not be back in free agency, depending on his price tag, and the Bucs got a glimpse at what life is like with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans injured and out of the lineup in the final two weeks of the season. Scotty Miller and Justin Watson may be better suited as No. 4 receivers, so the Bucs need to add competition here to find a solid No. 3.

if Winston isn’t re-signed, drafting a quarterback becomes the top priority – even if the Bucs find an older veteran quarterback in free agency. And if Tampa Bay can’t bring back both Barrett and JPP, finding an edge rusher also becomes a big priority.

The Bucs enter the 2020 NFL Draft with six draft selections due to trading wide receiver DeSean Jackson and its seventh-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for the Eagles’ sixth-rounder last year. But Tampa Bay expects to a receive a fourth-round compensatory draft pick for losing star linebacker Kwon Alexander to San Francisco in free agency last year.

That means the Bucs should have seven draft picks this April, and the final draft order will be determined in late February when the league announces its compensatory draft picks for the 2020 NFL Draft. The three-day NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 23 in Las Vegas, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders.

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ROUND 1: Houston OT Josh Jones
6-5, 311 – Senior

PREVIOUS PICK: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
In PewterReport.com’s previous mock draft, Jones was our second-round selection for Tampa Bay, filling the Bucs’ biggest need this offseason, which is at right tackle. Even if the team re-signs 34-year old Demar Dotson for one year to compete for the job the Bucs will need an heir apparent.

That could be Jones, who has great size at 6-foot-5, 311 pounds and athleticism. Jones was a four-year starter at Houston at left tackle and has the ideal footwork and wingspan to move to the right side and be successful there.

PewterReport.com had South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw in the first round of our initial mock draft, and he’s still in consideration for Tampa Bay. But we’re operating from the premise that Kinlaw’s stock is on the rise after a very good showing at the Senior Bowl, and the fact that four offensive tackles – Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs – could all be off the board by the time Tampa Bay selects.

Kinlaw wasn’t the only player at the Senior Bowl that saw his stock rise. Jones got a Senior Bowl bump too, and is now considered a first-round prospect. The intel PewterReport.com gathered in Mobile, Ala. suggested that some NFL teams already had a first-round grade on Jones and that his stock now has risen to the middle of the first round.

Right around No. 14 – when the Bucs are on the clock.

Jones was dominant at the Senior Bowl and was the highest-graded offensive tackle during the week of practice, winning the award for the top North squad offensive lineman for the practice week. High grades are nothing new for Jones, who was given a 93.2 grade by Pro Football Focus, which was the second-best grade for any offensive tackle in 2019, and the best grade ever given to a tackle outside the Power Five conferences.

“Where he’s at right now, I’d expect Josh Jones to be a first-rounder,” said Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy on Twitter.

Jones allowed just 18 pressures in 1,282 pass-blocking reps in his time at Houston where he was a four-year starter. Jones is regarded as a better pass protector than run blocker at this stage of his development, but made great strides in the running game during his senior year.

“I just get the job done,” Jones said at the Senior Bowl. “This year I let up four pressures – and a half a sack. I’m dominant at it. I take pride in it. If I give up a pressure, if I’m even close to (surrendering) a sack, I’m kicking myself in the butt. It’s just pride – I feel like every O-lineman has that pride.”

Jones’ quick feet and athleticism stems from playing basketball while growing up, and that not only benefits him in his kick slide, but also gives him the ability to pull on run blocking assignments. Jones said he was open to moving to right tackle if necessary at the NFL level, but at the same time, he could be an option at left tackle if Tampa Bay deems him to be better than Donovan Smith and wishes to move Smith to the right side of the line.

Watch Smith, who wears No. 74, in this highlight video against Oklahoma.

Here is a montage of some of Jones’ highlight clips throughout his senior season.

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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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BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
1 year ago

Watched every snap in the Oklahoma game above. Dominant isn’t the word I would use to describe #74. He’s a small school guy with slightly below average size(6’5, 311) for an NFL lineman(6’5, 314). This guy is definitely worth a flyer at the same place the Bucs drafted Ali Marpet, round 2.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Actually like Ben Bartch as a 2nd round OT. Small school guy who really held his own in Mobile and showed great strength and feet in the one-on-one’s. Would love to see him grabbed with the 2nd we hopefully acquire in the OJ deal. Coming away with Kinlaw, Edwards-Helaire, Bartch, and Dugger after the first 2 days would be epic imo, though a QB would look good as part of that as well.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Look forward to seeing more of Bartch at the combine. He was under the radar but there was defintely talent there at the senior bowl. I agree that the Bucs might be primed to get a tremendous talent on the defensive line in round 1. I like Kinlaw, but I really like Gross-Matos. If you haven’t seen his highlight youtube you should check it out. A premium pass rusher is always welcome. Get a RB or OT in round 2 and beyond.

DonkeyHunter
DonkeyHunter(@donkeyhunter)
1 year ago

Fantastic.

So, another Round 2 RB, and ANOTHER safety.

Licht gonna’ Licht…

TBAtlas
TBAtlas(@atlas)
Reply to  DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

We REALLY need safety help though, I’m not going to fault that.

HFXBUC
HFXBUC(@hfxbuc)
Reply to  DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

Lance Zuerlien’s comp pick article is predicting no comp pick for the Bucs. Apparently the formula considers the playing time of players and weeks on the roster Kwons injury means may mean he didn’t play enough snaps or maybe wasn’t considered ‘on the roster’.

I hope Scott is right!

Article is here: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001030378/article/2020-nfl-draft-compensatory-pick-projections-for-every-team

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
1 year ago

Pass on this one. As much as the Bucs need a RT, I’m not taking the 5th best Tackle in the draft at 14th overall. If the board falls that way, there should be some Defensive Lineman or maybe even a QB to consider.

EricNV
EricNV(@ericnv)
Reply to  Brandonges
1 year ago

“.. but at the same time, he could be an option at left tackle if Tampa Bay deems him to be better than Donovan Smith” The Bucs currently have three former 1st round picks on the defensive line. We have ZERO former first rounders on the OL. You get what you pay for folks! We not only need a first round offensive lineman,we need that guy to be as good or better than Donovan Smith, who is an average quality LT at best. If we want this unit to start road paving lanes for our RBs, we need a good… Read more »

Brandonges
Brandonges(@brandonges)
Reply to  EricNV
1 year ago

We have one first round DL under contract. I’m not disputing the need to add young, cheap talent to the OL, but reaching on picks usually doesn’t end well. And I’m no fan of his, but D. Smith isn’t getting paid a fully guaranteed $14.5M next year to be anything other than the starting LT.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983(@bucsfan1983)
1 year ago

C-

Scott you reached with both your 1st and 2nd round picks. Jones is a 2nd round pick and Edwards-Helaire is a 3rd round pick.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
1 year ago

I would love to see the Bucs retain Winston, Barrett, Suh, and JPP as a priority in free agency. I would love to see Jason Licht perform his trademark flooding of a position in the draft at RB and OT. I think OJ could be traded to New England, Indianapolis, or Dallas for a 2nd round pick. With a trade down from 14 to 18 with Miami, the Bucs could pick up an additional 3rd rounder. So that would bring the pick count in the first 3 rounds to #18, #44(Indy), #45, #70(Miami), #76, plus a possible compensatory pick. I… Read more »

DT25
DT25(@dt25)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

We don’t need THAT many RBs lol. RoJo just needs one other guy with him…the OL I agree with and I’d say we actually need to consider succession plans for both Suh and JPP along with adding to the back end of the secondary since there are zero guarantee Justin Evans will be a starting caliber player after multiple foot surgeries. I’d prefer if we’re flooding resources to several positions, do it with the trenches and add one extra safety and one extra RB in the mix.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  DT25
1 year ago

It wouldn’t be “that many” RB’s. Dare and Barber are not locks to be back. Neither is TJ Logan. The opposing defense knows when Dare comes in, its a pass play. Barber was largely mediocre and is a free agent.

A backfield with a 1-2 punch of Taylor and RoJo or Swift and RoJo wouldn’t tip the defense to run or pass. Clyde Edwards Helaire is a clone of Darren Sproles. He would be perfect as a KR, PR, and occasional offensive snaps.

DT25
DT25(@dt25)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

That’s fair, I just don’t know if we really need to spend so many high picks on them. There will be some solid options in the middle rounds if we want to add a 3rd RB to the mix.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  DT25
1 year ago

I just think the missing piece is a real rushing attack. No offense to last years guys. I really love the playmaking and production of the RB’s I listed and selfishly am trying to find a way to realisticly add them both. I think they both add different skill sets that are desperately needed to win ball games with Jameis at QB. Better starting field position from special teams, better control of the clock, better at ball security, better play action passing, and better explosives from the RB position.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84(@flboy84)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Would have to say overall Dare, though he did miss a couple blocks, did a pretty solid job with blitz pickup as the 3rd down RB. Often overlooked, but a key trait for whoever gets that 3rd down gig.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 year ago

Choosing between RoJo/Barber/Dare or Swift/RoJo/Clyde Edwards-Helaire, I would choose the latter, even when considering blitz pickup.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Alternatively, I would also be 100% down with:
18 – DE Gross-Matos – My favorite player in this draft so far!
44 – OT Wanogho/Jones
45 – RB Dobbins/C.E.H.
70 – OT Niang
76 – QB Love

awwdembucs
awwdembucs(@awwdembucs)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Big so now you like Helair?

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  awwdembucs
1 year ago

Always liked him but I don’t see him as a 3 down back. Bucs need a 3 down back that can do it all. CEH is a great compliment.

A lot of people like the rushing attack of San Fran with Coleman, Breida, Mostert. Bucs could instantly put that package together without trying to find RB diamonds in the rough or overpaying for them in free agency.

matador
matador(@matador)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

That’s it, flood another position Bust Licht got wrong with multiple preceding picks. Hooray?

Do you not understand the cumulative effect of all these draft misses by BL? Between draft picks graduating to expensive second contracts and injuries and players aging out there isn’t enough time to keep redrafting so many spots.

DT25
DT25(@dt25)
1 year ago

I don’t mind this one…I like Josh Jones if he’s the last remaining OT of the Thomas/Wills/Wirfs/Becton bunch. I don’t think we can afford to wait and miss out on Jones if those 4 are gone. The 2nd round for Edwards Helaire, although one of my favorite RBs in this draft, is just too early for him. He makes for a great 3rd round target and I think it’s probable he falls there given his lack of size. And if he doesn’t, there should be a ton of really good options in the 3rd/4th range in McFarland/Dillon/Akers/etc who would all… Read more »

e
e(@e)
1 year ago

I think a previous article also said that the Bucs should pick up a 4th round compensatory pick for Kwon? How about Adam Humphries… Do they get any compensation for him? Like the OT selection in the first round. I really feel like one of the big four OTs are going to slide to the Bucs.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  e
1 year ago

The compensation is based on offsetting free agency gains, not just losses. It also factors playing time at the new club. Fitzpatrick, Kwon and Hump were the biggest losses and all missed games with injury. Barrett, Pinion, and Perriman were the biggest gains and played. They likely offset most of the comp to be awarded.

Cut players like GMC do not factor at all.

e
e(@e)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Is it based on contract size?

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  e
1 year ago

Im not too sure. The formula is a secret, but it would make sense that the loss of a high priced free agent is the reason for offsetting compensation at its heart.

Dman
Dman(@dman)
1 year ago

Not excited about this one, Scott. Feels like we’re reaching in the first two rounds and not crazy about another safety. Seems where we’re drafting the premium position picks will be gone. Either trade up to land a truly premium player or trade down to accumulate a couple more picks – but trading down is fraught with peril. We need a starting offensive tackle – RT at a minimum, ideally a new LT. And I’d grab an OG to build O line depth, because we just don’t have it. With the age of the DL starters, we need to build… Read more »

DonkeyHunter
DonkeyHunter(@donkeyhunter)
1 year ago

If Licht drafts a RB in the 1st, he should be given waking papers before the 2nd round starts.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

If better clock control, better balance, better explosive plays from RB position, better play action passing, and better ball security don’t warrant a 1st round selection at the position to immediately impact and improve the team, then little else will. Certainly not the 4th or 5th best offensive lineman to “compete” with veterans like D.Smith or D.Dot who have a full year experience in this offense.

DonkeyHunter
DonkeyHunter(@donkeyhunter)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Yeah, first round RB’s have shown excellent returns in the modern NFL.

Proven time and time again to be the worst value in the draft.

Smh…

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

You are dead wrong about that. In the last 9 years of drafts, the RB position has the highest hit rate at 82%.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, David Wilson, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Ezekial Elliott, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffery, Saquaon Barkley, Rashad Penney, and Josh Jacobs is the complete list of 1st round running backs since 2010.

Richardson was traded to Indy from Cleveland for a 1st round pick after a very successful first season. He was voted a top 100 player by his peers on NFL networks top 100.

That leaves Rashad Penney and David Wilson as the only two busts out of 12 drafted in the first round.

DonkeyHunter
DonkeyHunter(@donkeyhunter)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

And, out of curiosity, what is your definition of “hit rate”?

And, can anyone remind me what rounds the leading 2 rushers in the league were this year?

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Just a common sense definition of success. I would argue for a pro bowl berth, leading the league in a category like yards/tds/3rd down conversion/etc. 1000 yards rushing, traded for a high value, basically RESPECTED at some point. These RB’s are household names. Name me 11 household names at OT in the last 9 years that were taken in the 1st round and I can name you 11 more that were mediocre.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  DonkeyHunter
1 year ago

If you like, I can compile a list of all the offensive linemen taken in the first round and we can compare how many of them were worth the high selection. Sure, there are some very good ones, but there are a lot more that are mediocre or backups. When you look at last year’s crop, it was a total disaster at 0-for-4.

DonkeyHunter
DonkeyHunter(@donkeyhunter)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Lol. Sorry, not trying to be rude.

But, using Richardson as an example of success shoots down any and all credibility.

Lolz…

matador
matador(@matador)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Duh. That’s why GM’s who know what they’re doing draft the lines early and often. Duh.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
1 year ago

Just a question… why do the Bucs continue to draft a player that has played very well at his position… after all we drafted him for his play at a particular position… and then decide to move him to another position rather than the one he has played the most in his college career? I think ur Round 1 pick should start and play the position he was drafted for! It seems that the Bucs have a habit of moving players from the positions that they were the most successful playing… if he is a left tackle then put him… Read more »

awwdembucs
awwdembucs(@awwdembucs)
1 year ago

This draft is good and not so good. IMO 4 QB’S will go top 12 it happens every year teams trade up and to get a QB. If this happens an OT will be available. Make no mistake if Bucs want to be able to run the ball effectively the OL must get better. I like Helair alot he is NFL ready.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
Reply to  awwdembucs
1 year ago

Helair compares to Darren Sproles or Boston Scott. Great hands. Great ball security. A big punch in a tiny package.

awwdembucs
awwdembucs(@awwdembucs)
Reply to  BigSombrero
1 year ago

Big Helair is short but stout. He can hide behind linemen and explode. To me he is like a pin ball. Also blocks good and good hands. 2nd round or Buc trade down 2 or 3 spots.

diablo5597
diablo5597(@kenlola)
1 year ago

Don’t waste a draft pick on a running back improve the O-line and Payton Barber and Ronald Jones will look like super stars.

BucRy
BucRy(@bucry)
Reply to  diablo5597
1 year ago

Barber ran for 3.1 ypc. I like barber, but he is easily replaceable and we can for sure find a better player in the draft to go with Ronald Jones.

awwdembucs
awwdembucs(@awwdembucs)
Reply to  diablo5597
1 year ago

dia I agree in 2018 Barber had about 900 yards over 700 were after contact. I like the guy. If he were to go to say Dallas and Elliott got hurt Barber would look very good IMO.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 year ago

I Typically don’t comment that much on these type threads because I am no college or draft expert. Speaking of needs though I don’t get this draft. I know you like to pick BPA if possible but O line is biggest need! Also they likely retain Suh (They will I think) we also have Beau Allen, and Nacho, and of course Vea. Unless he is best player and huge drop off with other guys I think it would be stupid to use the first round pick on DT. Just my humble opinion.

Bucco22
Bucco22(@ajpurpyahoo-com)
Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

Suh gonna be 34! Sooner or later that age gonna catch up with him. N I dont feel the Bucs should spend 6.5-9million for 1 year for him. Bucs Draft Kinlaw DT in round 1!!

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
1 year ago

I knew Suh is a short term player and we need another good DT, but if we fix O line and get another year Or two from Suh could make playoffs IMO and draft DT in year or two. Bruce and fans want win now just don’t see taking DT first round doing that we already were stout in middle.

BucRy
BucRy(@bucry)
1 year ago

I like going offensive linemen and running back in the first couple rounds, just wouldn’t reach for the 5th best linemen in the draft at 14. At 14, we should be able to draft a player who will likely contribute to the team their rookie year. I know surprises happens all the time and he may end up being the best of the bunch, but in a crucial year for us needing to win..I wouldn’t risk it. For the most part, This draft is alright for filling out our needs but not sure about some of these players.

Horse
Horse(@horse)
1 year ago

Not feeling the selection choices Scott, especially a small size running back in round 2. I would consider selecting either a defensive tackle or another offensive lineman in round 2. Then go for a QB or a defensive tackle and around 3.

BucRy
BucRy(@bucry)
1 year ago

I also feel that for the type of offense we run, we should get a running back with great receiving skills out of the backfield..just an electric running back that Jameis could always find easily for a quick check down when needed.

spartan
spartan(@spartan)
1 year ago

Feels like a bits and pieces draft to me. Sticking bandaids all over the place but not actually fixing any one particular problem.

The Wall
The Wall(@the-wall)
1 year ago

I agree that we shouldn’t draft the fifth best offensive tackle at 14. Why can’t we trade up to get a starting right tackle? I think it’s that important. We should be able to sign a decent safety in free agency. I like drafting another offensive lineman to compete with Cappa and another running back.
I would trade Howard for a second or third round pick if that could happen.

Greattimes
Greattimes(@badtimes)
1 year ago

The needs of the Bucs could change after free agency starts. The Bucs do need to take the best remaining OL with the 14th pick unless the Bucs can sign some O Linemen during free agency.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
1 year ago

That safety drafted in this mock draft is going to ride the pine. Edwards, Dixon, Evans and Whitehead is more than enough.

Bucs only draft a safety in 2020 if it is a blue chip player. It is more likely the Bucs sign a veteran safety than burn another draft choice on a safety.

That RB in the 2nd round is a reach.

Overall C

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy(@eastendboy)
1 year ago

Licht seems to miss this little nugget every year: Free Agency offers a number of possibilities for teams in need…legitimate hole-fillers (pro bowl level players) can be found nearly every year at every position (e.g., we got Barrett as a DE, we lost Kwon as a MLB, there was Gilmore as a top CB just a couple years ago, Lev Bell as a RB, we got Suh as DT, and so on)….except for Offensive Linemen. A top notch OLineman practically never hits free agency. They are among the cheapest players to sign, the most important to an offense, and the… Read more »

Austin Williams
Austin Williams(@austinbucsfan)
1 year ago

I would LOVE to get all of those first 4 picks. Seriously, we would be set. I really really like that Safety Dugger.

Bucco22
Bucco22(@ajpurpyahoo-com)
Reply to  Austin Williams
1 year ago

Look up the safety Winfield from Minnesota. Way better n can get in 3rd round

hamilton
hamilton(@hamilton)
1 year ago

I can live with this draft.

seat26
seat26(@seat26)
1 year ago

I like this draft. But let’s go ahead and trade the best TE in football that we don’t use and get a 2nd or 3rd round pick and get another interior lineman for the OL.

owlykat
owlykat(@owlykat)
1 year ago

I am all in for trading Howard for a second pick. We need a RB similar to the Titan’s star RB that enabled them to whip both the New England and Baltimore; not a shrimp. I love the rest of Scott’s picks however. We need a LT and D. Smith will be an outstanding RG and Cappa will be great at RT.

Rummy
Rummy(@rummy)
1 year ago

i get that Dugger looked good at the senior bowl, but im not a fan of drafting another safety, especially from a smaller school. better to sign a veteran presence since all our other DBs are so young. hopefully Edwards can make a jump in his second year and help out more

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
1 year ago

Some of you miss the fact that there’s no way you can draft a LT just to move Donovan Smith. Smith is ok, nothing special. But he makes $14 million this year and there’s no way you pay that much for a guy you plan to move to RT. They need to draft at least two oline man in the first three rounds with a RB in the mix as well.

Bucco22
Bucco22(@ajpurpyahoo-com)
1 year ago

Sign all Buc FA except Suh and Perriman for cap space . Go get a FA safety then draft
R1–Kinlaw-DT, S.Carolina
R2-wilson-Ot , Georgia
R3-Winfield-S,Minnesota
R4- Elaire-RB, LSU
R4-Jackson-G-Ohio st
R5-Simpson-G- Clemson
R-6-Hill-Edge- miami

SammyRebel
SammyRebel(@sammyrebel)
1 year ago

Really not a fan of this mock….especially round 2 feels like a reach…under the impression we will make some trades for some more picks as well

twspin
twspin(@twspin)
1 year ago

Not a Defensive End in any of your picks here Scott. You never can have enough of them. When DE’s play well for us? We usually win. I’d go almost strictly Defense in this upcoming draft. People forget..That’s how we won our 1st and only superbowl. It was not 40 pass completions.

martinii
martinii(@martinii)
1 year ago

Scott, What sources, prospect list, Ranking sheets, etc. do you use to prepare your mocks? Or is this from inside info you get from Buc’s? I don’t agree or disagree with your picks but they very greatly from ESPN 198 Top grades and Rankings. I have always used NFL.com, ESPN, Kiper Top 10 at each position, Draftek to determine prospective players rankings. While I believe it is way to early to mock now, after Combine and FA I like to play around with it. Thanks

skyrider
skyrider(@skyrider)
1 year ago

I think the Bucs will take best player at 14, preferably an OT …we shall see.

cvillebucfan
cvillebucfan(@cvillebucfan)
1 year ago

Jones will continue to rise big time… his only issue and I mean ONLY issue is I believe he’s 25. Is that correct?

IDGABuc
IDGABuc(@idgabuc)
1 year ago

The reason first round RB’s hit at such a high rate in the 1st round is because there are a BUNCH of really good backs coming out year after year! And if they hit at 91% in the first what do you think happens to the RB hit rate when the teams hit pick #33? The hit rate drops off a cliff?? No, of course not! It drops some.. It probably even drops about the same as most picks after the 1st Rd! But that does NOT mean there are no great RB’s after pick #33!! If the hit rate… Read more »

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