Tampa Bay’s 2020 offseason is in full swing 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. Licht, Spytek, Biehl and the team’s scouts were joined by head coach Bruce Arians and his coaching staff along with director of football administration Mike Greenberg in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine last week.

The Combine is over and only pro days remain before the NFL Draft, which means it’s time for PewterReport.com’s third 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, presented by Edmonson Electric • AC • Security.

Bucs GM Jason Licht
Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Pewterreport.com

The Bucs are coming off a 7-9 season and entering the second year with 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:

• The Bucs pursue another veteran QB or re-sign Winston, who won’t get the franchise tag.

• Tampa Bay re-signs starting outside linebackers Barrett and Pierre-Paul, and also squeezes Suh under the salary cap. Barrett may get the Bucs’ franchise tag.

• 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 Mike Edwards
Bucs FS Mike Edwards – 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, but the Bucs like their current group – if Evans can make a comeback.

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/early March 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: Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
5-10, 226 – Junior

PREVIOUS PICK: Houston OT Josh Jones

What?! The Bucs draft a running back in the first round – with the 14th overall pick?

Yes, Taylor, who averaged 2,000 yards per season for three years at Wisconsin, is worth drafting in the middle of the first round because he’s an elite player. Several 1,000-yard rushers, including Saquon Barkley (second overall, 2018), Christian McCaffrey (eighth overall, 2017) and Ezekiel Elliott (fourth overall, 2016), were all elite backs coming out of college and were drafted inside the Top 10.

The fact that the top four offensive tackles – Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas – will likely all get drafted by the time Tampa Bay is on the clock allows the Bucs to take the top running back in the draft.

Feel free to bring up that both of this year’s Super Bowl teams – Kansas City and San Francisco – got to the championship game with undrafted free agent running backs, and I’ll counter with the fact that 19 of 26 modern day running backs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame were drafted in the first round.

Of the Top 10 all-time rushers in NFL history, eight of them were first-round picks. Of the 15 1,000-yard running backs in the league last year, seven of them were former first-rounders, including three of the Top 5.

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor – Photo by: Getty Images

There is nothing wrong with drafting a running back in the first round – if it’s the right one. And drafting the right one means finding an elite rusher with solid hands that can contribute in the passing game. That defines the kind of running back that Taylor is. The 5-foot-10, 226-pounder with the 4.39 breakaway speed was 13 yards away from 2,000 yards as a freshman. That would have made Taylor the first running back in college history to record three consecutive 2,000-yard seasons at the FBS level.

Taylor will remind Bruce Arians of Arizona running back David Johnson, who was three inches taller at 6-foot-1, but nearly an identical 224 pounds. Johnson was timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, .11 seconds slower than Taylor, and was slightly more agile – yet not the natural runner that Taylor is.

Johnson only had one 1,000-yard season for Arians in Arizona during the 2016 campaign, rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns, but also caught 80 passes for 879 yards (11 avg.) that year. Taylor wasn’t used in the passing game nearly as often as Johnson was, but caught 21 passes for 252 yards (9.7 avg.) and five touchdowns last year as a junior when given more opportunities.

Taylor’s Wisconsin Career Rushing Stats
2017 299 rushes for 1,977 yards (6.6 avg.) 13 TDs
2018 307 rushes for 2194 yards (7.1 avg.), 16 TDs
2019 320 rushes for 2,003 yards (6.3 avg.), 21 TDs

Taylor’s Wisconsin Career Receiving Stats
2017 8 rec. for 95 yards (11.9 avg.)
2018 8 rec. for 60 yards (7.5 avg.)
2019 21 rec. for 252 yards (9.7 avg.), 5 TDs

While the Bucs had the league’s top-rated passing game (308.2 ypg.) last year, the team had the NFL’s 24th-ranked rushing attack (95.1 ypg.). In 2018, Tampa Bay’s running game ranked 29th in the league (95.2 ypg.), and the last time the Bucs had a ground game inside the Top 20 was in 2015 when Doug Martin’s 1,400-yard Pro Bowl season helped the team rank fifth in rushing, averaging 135.1 yards per game.

Whether the Buccaneers keep Jameis Winston or go in a different direction at quarterback by signing Tom Brady or Teddy Bridgewater, or trading for Derek Carr, Tampa Bay wants to significantly upgrade its running game in 2020 to provide a more balanced attack on offense. That not only means drafting an elite rusher that can compete with Ronald Jones II for carries, but also make an impact in the receiving game like Johnson did in Arizona.

Just because Taylor wasn’t asked to catch the ball a lot at Wisconsin doesn’t mean he can’t do it. Taylor didn’t drop a single pass in the receiving drills at the NFL Scouting Combine last week in Indianapolis, and he has the ability to play on all three downs, which is something that is currently lacking in Jones’ game. The Bucs like Jones, but he’s only had one 100-yard game in two years, and there is some concern that he might just be a good running back, but not a great one capable of rushing for 1,000 yards and becoming a Pro Bowler.

The Bucs could address a top need and opt for drafting the fifth-best offensive tackle at No. 14, or they could select the best running back in the draft and add Taylor to an already potent arsenal of weapons. Tampa Bay only had five runs of 20 yards or more all season in 2019 and just one 100-yard rushing game – all by Jones. Thanks to his blazing speed, Taylor had five runs of over 40 yards last year en route to 10 games with at least 100 yards rushing, including four games of over 200 yards rushing. That’s the kind of production Arians is looking for from the Bucs’ rushing attack.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th 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 son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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chefboho
2 months ago

This is one hell of a good draft scenario. I’d say it’s the best I’ve seen to date. A killer RB, two great oline man, a super sneaky second running back and a CB who I’ve seen and if he returns to form will be a steal at that selection. I’m all about this one gentleman. Nice work.

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cheveliar
2 months ago

Can we find a way, orher than prayer, to get Wirfs?

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MudManVA
2 months ago

one word…yuck. I’d have to see who goes/gets selected before the Bucs pick. Kinlaw or 1 of the big 4 OT is the first option (move up a little from 14 to ensure the player)….then trade back up into the 1st round and get a RB. I think 14 is way too high for Taylor. Depending on the source he is the 3rd best RB in the group behind Swift/Dobbins/LSU RB. Living in Charlottesville VA I can tell you that Bryce Hall is a star (the best player on UVA hands down), but his strength is being a zone CB… Read more »

tbb345
2 months ago

If the Bucs draft Jonathan Taylor at 14, a great RB but one who wasn’t asked to pass protect and/or catch the ball in college, that’s an absolute disaster of a pick. There’s no other way to put it. To be an RB drafted in the top 15, like the 3 that SR mentioned and somehow tried to compare Taylor too, you have to be gifted and proven in every facet of the game. Taylor’s not. I don’t mind the trade up for Jones but that seems like it’s selling pretty low on OJ Howard honestly. Don’t quite get taking… Read more »

BigSombrero
2 months ago

Of course I am a huge fan of this draft. I’ve been a massive fan of Taylor going to the Bucs at 14 for months. His 40 time shocked some people but not me. His tape is phenomenal. The criticism of “too much tread” off the tire is just silly. He’s a workhorse 3 down back that doesn’t take a lot of punishing hits because he has great body control. Turn this card in and don’t look back!

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Wausa
2 months ago
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I’m with you BigSombrero. I knew he would run well at the combine too. He has a strong high school track background and it showed on his countless long runs in college.
He is the best back in this draft.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Overall the draft is not bad but I think I have to make some assumptions. 1. The Bucs re-sign their defensive core AND add more veteran players on defense in the front seven along with the re-signed defensive core. 2. This is an offense heavy draft and it is entirely plausible. Not knocking it because last years draft was defensive heavy so it is possible the team feels they need to draft players on offense to control costs with cheap rookie contracts on that side of the ball. The problem is that Taylor is in a deep RB class. Is… Read more »

sunshineben
2 months ago

I was wondering about drafting a qb but i guess not now

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BigSombrero
2 months ago

I just want to add I’ve also mocked 2 RBs, 2 OL, QB to the Bucs on these boards. I took Taylor and CEH, but I digress. The Bucs need to fix the RB position, regardless of the QB that gets signed.

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Bucsfan1983
2 months ago

Two things that I don’t like about this,

Taking Taylor at 14.

A CB in round 3. No need with Dean, Davis and SMB.

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chefboho
2 months ago

I see what you’re saying but what if one of those three gets hurt? I love Dean but he has an injury history and MJ Stewart definitely isn’t that guy. I’m also not 100% on a RB in the first round but like someone else had mentioned above, I’m taking into coderstion that the Bucs design the dline and add one more piece for depth.

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Bucsfan1983
2 months ago
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Take a CB in round 5 or 6, not 3. Or sign a cheap vet for depth.

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BigSombrero
2 months ago

Projecting Taylor is a “mighty big gamble”? Good sir, there is no projection. There is, however, PRODUCTION.

Projection talk should be reserved for Tristan Wirfs and every one of the first round offensive linemen. All those guys can could be trumped by 3rd round linemen like Wanogho, Biadasz, Niang, and many others. It is 100% PROJECTION on the offensive line. Running a fast combine tells very little about the ability to stop Cam Jordan off the edge.

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Captain Sly
2 months ago

No way on Earth!!
Scott this goes right up there with you wanting us to trade a 6th rd pick to acquire Drew Stanton from the Cardinals….
No way the Bucs draft a RB unless he’s the second coming of Barry Sanders or Zeke Elliott!!
Click Click Click Bait!!!

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BUC-ASS-BOB
2 months ago

No one in this organization has the nerve to move down in the draft to get a good QB, instead, we will watch some other teams make a brilliant move down. There is generational talent below the 5th pick. But no one other than me even thinks about moving down. I still remember the Brillant move to trade Josh Allen to our friends in Buffalo for Fat Veta and then we got to watch Allen take his team to the playoffs. They received MJ Stewart a 3 rd stringer for there trouble. LOL LOL LOL Just think if Bucs had… Read more »

thegeebo
2 months ago

I think more likely scenario is one of the top tackles drops to 14 because QBs get taken above us, and then we draft a top 3 RB at 45 or trade up for one. I doubt they take another CB in this draft, very unlikely. Much more likely they take a S like your original mock draft had with Dugger.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Production isn’t a selling point for RB’s with how they project at the pro level IMVHO.

Penny and RoJo are examples of this.

To me if Taylor is the next coming of Stephen Jackson I am not against him. But on the flip side he was in an offense that fed him the rock. That isn’t what the Bucs offense does with Arians IMO.

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DonkeyHunter
2 months ago

In one word…horrible.

Didn’t even bother reading past the first pick.

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Captain Sly
2 months ago

What he Said!

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Dman
2 months ago

This mock seems to have some of Scott’s annual inside-track-picks from his front office connections. It also comes across as light in the trenches which is where we need the most help. I love Jonathan Taylor and he’s my favorite RB in this draft – agree with BigSom’s comments on him. I’m just not a fan of taking a RB in RD1, especially if one of the Top 3/4 OT’s are available. If we do that though, then I definitely trade RoJo and OJ, add picks and a second RB later like AJ Dillion out of BC. Pairing him with… Read more »

nmkinley
2 months ago

Don’t worry all. This is the time of year that PR needs to put out a series of “what if” mock drafts, so they have enough coverage in their series of mock drafts to refer back to say – “Hey, we predicted this pick back in…”. Although the above mock draft isn’t the most likely scenario, it is a fun exercise to show that there are many options out there. And it certainly stokes conversation. Go Bucs!

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chefboho
2 months ago

BAB are you really sitting here floating about Josh Allen? Lol he’s mediocre at best and the exact reason I laugh when fools like you think the QB is the only way to make the playoffs. Buffalo had an outstanding defense and a great running game. They also had an oline ranked in the top half of the league. But as usual you forget that football is a team sport. And I’d give money to watch you call Vea fat to his face so he could turn you into pavement. Name calling like you always do is a sign of… Read more »

DerLutz
2 months ago

I don’t like the RB Pick at 14. The other picks look good.
The arguments for the pick are weak because we are in a pass-heavy time. Look at Barkley and CMC. Great players with good numbers but no team success.

If the 4 OTs, Brown and Kinlaw are gone, look for a trade or, if you find nobody, get a good player in a position with more value.

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BigSombrero
2 months ago

Draft day is 6 weeks away. We will be able to gauge all the teams different needs as soon as free agency kicks off and players are retained or not. The Bucs could add free agents from other teams at DE, DT, OT, or G/C. For you guys that think Taylor is as good as a 3rd or a 4th round back, all I can say is you must not have watched him play. It’s not just statistics(which he has an abundance of), its the vision, the quick feet, the ability to slip through a crack, the ability to shed… Read more »

Horse
2 months ago

Well we all certainly have our opinions and I respect each one of them. Here’s mine based on what Scott said in the beginning. At pick 14 trade down some 5-10 spots in order to obtain an extra pick and then draft an offensive linemen; after all, that is a high-priority. At spot 45 trade down five to 10 spots and draft another offensive lineman. Trade OJ Howard for a second round pick and draft a running back or Safety. In the third rounds pick Quarterback and then go with BPA philosophy. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating+5-4 Rating: +1.… Read more »

awwdembucs
2 months ago

No way Bucs take a RB in the 1st round. Yes the Bucs need a running back. But not at 14.

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MudManVA
2 months ago

We hear you loud and clear on Taylor. Just not at 14! We all watch college football, so we have seen all of them (the big 3 RB’s in action). The separation is not huge, and they all have their gifts, but they are back end round 1 or 2nd round picks.

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EastEndBoy
2 months ago

Ok – it’s your 3rd mock, I get it…you’re trying to have some fun.

1) Taylor is not the next coming of Barkley.
2) How are the G-men doing these days by neglecting their lines and drafting a RB…oh ya picking 4th this year.
3) Who was the RB for the Superbowl Champs…….

Stick to the lines first!!!

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2 months ago

Unless one of the big four are there, I’d like to see a trade down. I would guess that Taylor could be there in the lower part of the first round.

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Alldaway 2.0
2 months ago

Jones, Lewis, Quarterman and Stanley are good value picks.

Gibson is going to be drafted higher purely because of his 40 time.

Bryce Hall is fine for value but I do not see him a scheme fit.

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Johnny Cannons
2 months ago

My only issue – the only issue, really – with Taylor is the mileage. Awful lot of carries on his way to those massive yards.

I’m not a fan of the Hall selection. Even though he’s obviously very good the Bucs have 3 starting caliber CBs who improved drastically. I’d rather see FS or IOL addressed in round 3.

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Brandonges
2 months ago

Man recent first round picks would include a Tight End, a MLB, and a RB. Really drafting great for the salary cap era when these positions are low impact and dime a dozen free agents. Smh at this mock draft. If the top four Tackles are off the board, Licht needs to go DLine.

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fanofdabucs
2 months ago

One of Andrews, Wirfs, Becton or Wills will be there at 14. Minimum 3 QBs go. Young, Okudah, Simmons and Brown all are locks to go top 13. The WRs were very impressive and 1 or 2 could go top 13. Then there is always a surprise or 2. One of those OTs will drop to 14 and are too good and fill too big of a need to pass. Plus the drop off in talent from Taylor to someone like Edwards, Dobbins or Akers isn’t as big as the dropoff from the top tier OTs to the 2nd tier.… Read more »

Captain Sly
2 months ago

The Bruce Arians hire has been a net +2 Wins! The only ones that believe that we’re a RB away are all those who support keeping Winston….🤔

Just an Observation!!!

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BUC-ASS-BOB
2 months ago

Chef so the 30 INTs are fine and it was the Bucs D that lost the games coming back on the field 30 extra times.
You do not know me so please do not assume I would fall to ground so easy.

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Turk
2 months ago

Don’t see a need to miss out on an elite OT for Taylor. I’d prefer getting the elite tackle and taking Edwards-Helaire, who I think is the sleeper RB in this draft and will excel at the next level.

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BucRy
2 months ago

Isn’t it possible that we can trade down and garner an extra pick then still take Taylor? I’d be down with that.

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seat26
2 months ago

Just can’t see Taylor being the pick at 14. I think he ends up somewhere between our pick and our 2nd pick. He is really good I just don’t think he is a top 15 pick.

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jongruden
2 months ago

I am def on board with Taylor at #14 kid is strong has great change of direction and can hit the home run in the open field

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jongruden
2 months ago

In round 2 I can see us grabbing a guy like Ezra Cleveland RT

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JJ
2 months ago

For those saying Taylor is a bad pick at #1 have done ZERO tape study and research on the guy. Taylor and Saquan Barkley might as well be clones of one another. Look up their measurables and their stat lines thru college and at the combine. The only major differences between the 2 were that Barkley did 12 more reps on bench than Taylor did and Barkley was used far more in the receiving game because Penn St had horrible receivers. Wisconsin depended on Taylor’s legs more obviously but he can absolutely catch the ball and if you actually study… Read more »

geno711
2 months ago
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@JJ Ok with some of the post but saying that Barkley’s receivers of Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton were horrible – seems off to me. I would probably put them both above Quintez Cephu from Wisconsin. Also, I am not saying he cannot be a good running back on passing downs but ultimately Wisconsin used Garrett Groshek as their pass protect running back even to the very end of the year in the Rose Bowl. Barkley was used as a three down back in college. Taylor not as much. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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JJ
2 months ago

Taylor was also one of the best in receiving drills at the combine and looked exactly the same in his drills as he did when he was in college.

All the combine did for me and obviously all the experts there reporting, was help confirm what I already knew about Taylor…he’s worthy of a 1st round pick.

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geno711
2 months ago

I like Taylor but I think that CEH fits Arians ability to pass protect more. I think both Taylor and CEH are less good than Barkley and would not compare them. Taylor was not the primary pass protecting back at Wisconsin. CEH was that guy at LSU. CEH 40 time at 4.6 was much much worse than Taylor’s 4.39. However, that was what both were expected to do at the combine. That 4.6 was the same as Kareem Hunt and CEH is better at pass protect and receiving than Hunt was coming out of college. CEH wins with burst, great… Read more »

chefboho
2 months ago

BAB the defense was giving up almost 30 a game. No, that’s not all on Jameis. There were four games where he gave the defense. And or kicking game the lead only for them to blow it. Again, stop putting all the blame on one player. The kicking game wasn’t great and until the final six games the defense was borderline historically bad. Do you even watch football?

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BUC-ASS-BOB
2 months ago

The D was not good, Bucs allowed 499 points added to the fact of 42 points scored by Jameis pick 6 and 112 points after turnovers make Bucs defence still below average. However, the last 4 wins by Bucs came against teams already out of playoffs show Bucs not even close to being a playoff team. The QB has to go and he will go and be a back up somewhere else. That said even with a good QB as his replacement Bruce Arians will need 4-5 more really good players to make this team a contender. Yes, QB bad… Read more »

SenileSenior
2 months ago

Is the difference between the fifth best and the sixth or seventh best offensive tackles considered close?  I take it from this draft that the answer would be no.

This is an intriguing draft.  It should stir some thought and enliven the discussion.  I think it would match well with the re-signing of Barrett, JPP and Suh plus the signing of Teddy Bridgewater as a replacement for Winston.

I will now go back and read the comments so far engendered.
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Go Bucs!!!

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LIBucsFan93
2 months ago

This Mock will change after Free Agency. I love the 1st two selections. The Bucs could do a lot worse than Taylor and Jones. If the Bucs sign Jack Conklin, Daryl Williams or Germain Ifedi in Free Agency then drafting Josh Jones is a luxury pick. I can see the Bucs adding a veteran CB/S in free agency also. Drafting another CB seems like overkill IMO. Nate Stanley is a 6th or 7th round QB at best. I’d swap out the Virginia CB for Fromn, Hurts or Anthony Gordon. Do that SR and I’d be completely down with this mock… Read more »

MikeJ813
2 months ago

Kinda close to my mock draft done after the combine

‪1st Rd: T Tristan Wirfs OL‬
‪2nd Rd: (JK Dobbins or Jonathan Taylor) RB, Josh Jones OL (OJ howard trade)‬
‪3rd Rd: Lenoir-Rhyne SS‬
‪4th Rd: Antonio Gibson WR, Nick Harris OL (Comp pick)‬
‪5th pick: Nate Stanley QB‬
‪6th pick: Shaq Quarterman‬

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fanofdabucs
2 months ago

Anyone who needed “tape study” on Taylor probably doesn’t watch much college football. The guy has put up massive numbers while at Wisconsin and then ran a blazing 40 at the combine. “Tape Study”?? Really? No one is saying Taylor isn’t a good ball player, most are suggesting that a more valuable player at a position of greater need may be the better choice at 14. Lots of very good RBs to be had later in the draft. A RB, especially one that has a ton of carriers in college, may only last 3-5 years. A plug and play OT… Read more »

LIBucsFan93
2 months ago

Drop Virginia CB Hall (overkill) and Stanley. Add Fromm, Hurts or Anthony Gordon in the 3rd. Then add the BPA DL in Stanley’s place.

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CrackerBall
2 months ago

Nope… no RB in the 1st Round. Need OT and IOL more than we need a RB (even though I like Jonathan Taylor). There will be a very good OT prospect there at #14 – or Javon Kinlaw. Either would certainly help more than a RB at that point.

The Kinlaw pick depends on if we can work something out with Suh to remain a Buc. If not, it becomes a much greater need.

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MiltonMack21
2 months ago

Wasting a pick on a running back that high is what will get Licht canned.

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