The 2020 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away as head coach Bruce Arians, general manager Jason Licht, director of player personnel John Spytek, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and director of football administration Mike Greenberg returned from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to have to work from home at the start of free agency as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bucs GM Jason Licht (grey suit) and director of college scouting Mike Biehl (blue suit) - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs GM Jason Licht (grey suit) and director of college scouting Mike Biehl (blue suit) – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s April, which means the first wave of free agency is done and it’s time for PewterReport.com’s fourth 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, presented by Edmonson Electric • AC • Security.

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 moved on from former first-round pick Jameis Winston and landed the NFL’s top offseason acquisition in six-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady at the start of free agency. The Bucs also re-signed outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, in addition to using the franchise tag on outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, the league’s leading sacker.

The Bucs lost No. 3 wide receiver Breshad Perriman in free agency, and addressing the position is now among the team’s more pressing needs. Let’s examine exactly what Tampa Bay’s needs are heading into the draft.

BUCS’ 2020 NFL DRAFT NEEDS

1. OFFENSIVE LINE – Tampa Bay signed Joe Haeg, and he might replace the 34-year old Demar Dotson at right tackle, but the Bucs need a better, younger option at the position, in addition to another 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. Look for Tampa Bay to select two or three offensive linemen in this year’s draft.

RB Peyton Barber and QB Jameis Winston
RB Peyton Barber and QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

2. RUNNING BACK – The Bucs let Peyton Barber sign with Washington in free agency, 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. The Bucs will select one or two running backs in this year’s draft.

3. WIDE RECEIVER – 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. They’ll take advantage of this deep wide receiver draft and add one later this month.

4. DEFENSIVE TACKLE – Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Suh returned on one-year deals, but the team needs to replace backup nose tackle Beau Allen, in addition to adding some more young talent. Tampa Bay needs a younger heir-apparent to Suh, and better depth at the defensive tackle spot to pair with Vita Vea, a rising star at nose tackle, if the run defense is to continue its’ dominant play.

5. 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. Tampa Bay re-signed Andrew Adams, but the Bucs need a real play-maker at the free 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.

Patriots QB Tom Brady - Photo by: Getty Images
Patriots QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Getty Images

The Bucs enter the 2020 NFL Draft with seven 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 gained a fourth-round compensatory pick for losing middle linebacker Kwon Alexander to San Francisco in free agency last year.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the league still plans on having the the three-day NFL Draft, beginning with the first round on Thursday, April 23. The Bucs plan on finding some more weapons and protection for Brady, so expect an offensive-oriented draft for Tampa Bay.

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ROUND 1: Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
6-5, 315 – Junior – 5.22

PREVIOUS PICK: Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor

The Bucs have a pressing need at offensive tackle, especially on the right side with the contract of 34-year old Demar Dotson expiring this offseason. Joe Haeg was signed this offseason and is the current projected starter there until Thomas is ready to assume that role. That could very well come in Week 1 of Thomas’ rookie year because he’s that talented.

Tampa Bay was fortunate to see Thomas slide down to No. 14 and doesn’t hesitate pick him. Of the top four tackles in the 2020 NFL Draft class, Thomas ranks behind Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Louisville’s Mekhi Becton and Alabama’s Jedrick Wills in terms of athleticism, but he’s athletic enough to be a quality starter in the NFL for a decade.

Thomas wins with his size, his 36-inch arms, his 10 1/4-inch hands and a powerful punch. He’s a smart player that really understands the blocking schemes, including the timing of combo blocks and being able to hit targets at the second level. He blocks with a plan and a purpose at the line of scrimmage, and on screen passes and second level blocks he really looks for work.

What the Bucs have to like about Thomas, who had a formal interview with the team at the NFL Scouting Combine, is that he has the versatility to play either left or right tackle in Tampa Bay. Thomas could start his NFL career on the right side and then be an option to transition to the left side after the 2021 season if the team doesn’t re-sign Donovan Smith.

Thomas started 15 games at right tackle as a freshman and then played left tackle in each of the last two seasons. He’s been a first-team All-SEC selection for the past two years and was a first-team All-American last year.

Thomas was the top-graded offensive tackle in college football, according to Pro Football Focus, and was a top-three prospect in terms of win rate and pressure rate allowed in pass protection. He is stout and hard to move in pass protection when he anchors. Thomas plays with a good, wide base, but doesn’t always have the smoothest footwork. His pass sets can look choppy and uneven at times, but he’s a gritty finisher that may not always look pretty, yet gets the job done.

There are some areas of Thomas’ game that he needs to work on, and a big one is his tendency to overextend on his pass sets at times due to his lack of elite athleticism. But Thomas is battle-tested from playing in the SEC, having gone up against some of the better edge rushers in the country while blocking for the likes of quarterback Jake Fromm and running backs Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and D’Andre Swift.

Thomas will battle Haeg for the right to start at right tackle as a rookie and then potentially move to the left side a year or two down the road to block the blindside of Brady or his heir apparent.

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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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We’ve got two aging DL and you want to draft a LT in the first round, a position already filled by Donovan Smith and a WR in the second for a position currently filled by two Pro Bowlers and solid depth. Great picks. I’ll stick with Jason Licht who is no Einstein when it comes to the draft either. 1. DL 2. Right OT 3. RB 4. OL After four picks it’s a crap shoot. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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LOL he wants to draft a college LT and RT to play RT in the NFL. Read the article sir, we have a no name FA as our starting RT currently. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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Seriously! Yes he absolutely should take Thomas if he falls to 14. That’s a no brainer. We have aging DL? Lol. JPP is 31, Vea is 25. And the oldest is Suh at 33. 31 is not old for a DE. Not at all. JPP is 31, Vea is 25, and Shaq is 27. Sorry but passing on a potential franchise LT at 14 for a DL is stupid. Donovan Smith may leave next year, And even if he doesn’t, he’s been wildly inconsistent. Dotson even if he stays, is up there in age, and the jury is still out… Read more »

Dave
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I agree to a point. But Haeg isn’t some no name FA. He would have been a starter on 30 other teams. He was the next man up on one of the 3 best OLines in the league. Trust me when I tell you, that was an excellent pickup. I think he’s an immediate upgrade over Cappa, and IMO an immediate upgrade over Smith Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I just can’t see a WR in 2nd round. Other than that this would be a good draft. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Theerealdiehl
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Agreed. I like Aiyuk as a WR, but his “return” abilities are overrated. If you watch the tape, he has TERRIBLE vision. I wouldn’t address the position before the third round. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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I agree. I can honestly say, I was excited after the 1st round pick, once I saw that 2nd round pick, I pretty much lost all my enthusiasm. And then to take a 2nd RB after taking Akers I’m not a fan of either. I would like to see us grab S A.Davis instead of taking a 2nd RB. And if that’s who we’re taking as our future QB, I’d rather use that pick on a WR at that point. Instead of round 2. Don’t like this draft at all Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

stlbucsfan
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This would be a fantastic draft minus the second round pick. This major focus on another WR is a bit overdrawn to me. That pick would be better used on a pass rusher. We have TEs that will be much more involved than last year plus the RB who get more targets. Finding a late round steal at WR is one thing, using a premium pick on one is another. Brady has PLENTY of targets to use so use that pick to bolster our DL who is littered with older players on 1 or 2 year deals. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
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Holy shit SR! You finally put out a good mock draft! B+ Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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If the Bucs are lucky enough to have one of the top 4 OT’s fall to the 14th pick then the Bucs need to draft him. The O’line is still getting older and lacks depth. The Bucs should try to move back into the first round and select another O’lineman. The need for another WR is overblown. The reason that the backups didn’t look good was because Winston had tunnel vision and rarely come off his primary receiver to find secondary receivers. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

surferdudes
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We have some good options in every round. Draft is deep in most of our needs. I’ve been disappointed in previous Licht drafts. Let’s hope we nail this draft. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I would be ecstatic if this was our draft! Like everyone else I’m a little unsure about WR in 2nd round but those who are saying we shouldn’t worry about a third WR must have short term memory loss. Yes we have arguably the leagues best WR tandem, but we played several games without both of them to close the season. Having a legitimate option in the event of injury is crucial. Tho I think I’d prefer to have someone with NFL experience in that role these two years that Brady is here….I won’t hate on drafting one. ESPECIALLY if… Read more »

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Well we also had a QB that wasn’t capable of hitting any secondary option. It was either Godwin or Evans. And when they went down, Perriman. Brady is plenty capable of getting the ball to Brate, Howard, pass catching back, and Miller, if Evans or Godwin go down. That’s what the elite QB’s do. We wouldn’t be screwed if anyone went down with Brady at QB. Not saying we don’t need a WR. But not in round 2. 3 at the absolute earliest. I’d rather it go something like this. RD1: A.Thomas OT. RD2: J.Taylor RB. RD3: A.Davis S. RD4:… Read more »

43 Is Only Old in Human Years
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43 Is Only Old in Human Years

I am football dumb and really wish someone would explain something to me in small words. We have a 43 year old QB being backed up by Blain Gabbert. We have a receiving corps lead two all pros and two top tier tights ends, and some pretty serviceable options for #3 along with a host of seasoned free agents available. But our #3 need is wide receiver and quarterback is not even mentioned as a need. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Perhaps you missed it, but in his mock they drafted the QB out of Iowa. So technically, yeah, it was addressed. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Pete Wood
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I really like this draft. I can find no fault with the picks. My only modest suggestion would be to trade down and get more picks. Or maybe wait for the Pats to call for Brate or Howard and take New England to the cleaners. I can dream, can’t I? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I like Aiyuk, but I’m concerned he’ll be a younger Perriman. The injury worries me with a guy who makes his living on speed. As previously noted, I’m down with fortifying the OL and if Thomas is there – great. Lawrence is a guy I’ve seen slip to Day 3 in multiple mock sims, and I can’t really figure out why. Worst case he’s a Gholston-type who can rotate. This would be a nice pick. You do love you some Memphis RBs, hey, SR? Double-dipping at RB and ignoring bigger needs has me knock this down to a B. Rate… Read more »

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Scott, appreciate you guys at Pewter Report continuing to publish through these bizarre times. On this Mock, love Thomas RD1, hate WR in RD2 – would go best DL, good with Akers and Harris, really like Lawrence, but I’d go S after that and best RB or WR after that. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Hockey Duckie
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Rd 2 draft pick by Pewter Report: WR3 over S1. Here’s what Scott Reynolds wrote about our Safety situation: [quote] 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. Tampa Bay re-signed Andrew Adams, but the Bucs need a real play-maker at the free 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… Read more »

WhatTheBuc
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I like the draft but I think someone the bucs need more will fall to pick 45. Zack Baun would be my 1st choice because he’s the only real pass rusher outside of Chase Young. Epenesa or Weaver would be my 2nd and 3rd options. If Ashtyn Davis or Winfield falls then you take them. I’d take Zuniga in the 4th if he falls too. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Absolutely love this draft outside of the receiver in the second round, which most seem to agree. I totally understand that we need another good body there in case of injuries, but to me it goes Tackle, RB, DL, Safety, WR. Love the Thomas pick and if we get him, that would be fantastic. If you want to go running back in the 2nd, you could probably trade back , get another second, and still get cam, because I just don’t see Cam lasting to the 3rd round. Then with that extra pick, maybe you can go wr in the… Read more »

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Scott, this is your best mock draft this year. I would have preferred Dillon to Acres, but I know BA does not prefer a FB, but Brady does and he is not near as mobile as Jameis is. Dillon can stop Blitzes with his blocking as opposed to Acres who is not near as good a blocker for the NFL. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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The following is the current consensus mock draft. 1 Joe Burrow 2 Chase Young 3 Tua Tagovailoa 4 Jeffrey Okudah 5 Isaiah Simmons 6 Justin Herbert 7 Tristan Wirfs 8 Mekhi Becton 9 Derrick Brown 10 Jedrick Wills 11 CeeDee Lamb 12 Jerry Jeudy 13 Andrew Thomas 14 Javon Kinlaw If it goes this way Kinlaw is a need and quality pick. If Kinlaw goes before 14 that means one of the 13 are there. If it is one of the QBs, trade down, because there will be lots of interest by other teams. If not, take the one that… Read more »

fredster
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Like round 1. Rest doesn’t thrill me. What are Justin Watson, Scotty Miller, etc all doing here if none can be 3rd WR in second year or more? To me it’s stupid wasting a draft pick this high on WR. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

magoobee
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If you draft a WR now, it better be one that in a year will be the #2 to replace Godwin (see above salary for next year). Drafting another late round WR just to compete with Miller or Watson makes no sense to me. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks
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40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks

If top QB falls to 14, the trade down could be good for Bucs future next year & after Brady. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

athans5
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Scott, Love this draft scenario and would be very happy if this is how it played out. Only question I have is going all offense, can we afford to do that? Over the past years our offense has never been the problem, it’s always been our defense that lets us down. So I would consider taking a safety in the 2nd. I love the Andrew Thomas pick, not sexy but is a winning pick. Love Cam Akers in the 3rd, really hope we can get him there. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

cvillebucfan
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Love the draft but very real possibility all your top 3 picks could be gone. Aiyuk who I really like in R2 is also IMO a stretch when you look at the teams positioned in front of us that need WR (Colts x 2, bears, Texans, Dolphins and NYG). Any more than 2 WR’s go before us in R2 we’d be lucky to have him OTB when we pick. Its also a little rich for me at WR with Evans and Godwin locked in. Akers is the same. I love the pick but I see him late R2. We’d need… Read more »

Dave
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Dave

Cam isn’t going that early. I’ve seen mid 3rd early 4th on most mock drafts I’ve read. And the most current ones now have either Taylor or Swift along with Dobbins still there when we pick at 45. Maybe the draft scouts know something we don’t know, and the top 3 RB’s will slide into the mid to late 2nd Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I’d go OL like Scott did in the 1st. But in the 2nd I’d go RB if a good one is there. After that OL again and then its anybody’s guess after that. Brady cannot run and is gonna need lots of protection plus another bonifide runner. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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*** trade Bucs #14(1st) and #117(4th) to Philly, get Philly #21(1st), and #53(2nd) TRD1. #21-Josh Jones-OT Hou RD2. #45-Ashtyn Davis-S Cal TRD2. #53-Clyde Edwards-Helaire-RB Lsu RD3. #76-Marlon Davidson-DT Aub RD4. #139-Van Jefferson-WR FL RD5. #161-Jonathan Greenard-OLB/DE FL RD6. #194-bpa Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

magoobee
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magoobee

Predicting trades is almost impossible. The trade of picks may make sense to Tampa but will it make sense to Philly? What is available at 14 will dictate who if anyone would be interested. Also the Bucs GM is not very creative in trading down. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Dave
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My first mock draft was similar with a 1st round trade down. I had us trading down to 26 with Mia. We get RD1- 26, RD2- 39, and RD3 – 70. Mia gets RD1- 14, and RD3- 76. We draft RD1: J.Jones OT. RD2: A.Epenesa DE. RD2: J.Taylor RB. RD3: A.Davis S. RD4: J.Hurts QB. RD4: L.Bowden Jr WR. RD5: B.Bartch OT. RD6: R.Grant S. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks
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40+yrs fan, 7 double digit win seasons, feels like 30+ double digit losing seasons & 1 SB. Go yucks

Less then 3 weeks away. Can’t wait, it will be nice distraction. Really cool to see young men make their dreams come true. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Hockey Duckie
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There are a dozen NFL teams that haven’t won a Super Bowl. We are not one of those teams. Take some solace in that. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

spartan
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I quite like the substance of this draft being heavy on the lines, except for the WR pick in round 2. I somewhat see the logic but would be happier if you pull out rnd 2, bump everything else 1 roundup (with the probability of better choices available), then address WR in round 4 somewhere. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

Matt
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My favorite mock draft yet. Love the first 3 picks and the RB Taylor pick plus I like the other 3. Grade A! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

fanofdabucs
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Fantastic mock draft Scott. Just don’t see a WR drafted that early and I doubt Akers last until the 3rd. But that would be a great haul. Thomas would be ideal at 14 and a plug and play RT. Akers is a stud and would give the Bucs a great 1-2 punch at RB. Harris would provide depth and take over for Jensen in a year. Stanley is an intriguing QB prospect who could give the Bucs much needed youth at the position. Well done sir! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

martinii
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I like the need mix and Thomas in RD1 would be great. Not sure about RD2 WR, but as someone said when Evans and Godwin both are out system breaks down. I’m not high on Nate Stanley but as a late round competition makes since. Finally I was watching my replay of the SB today and I miss the FB position. This Taylor kid, though He Grades low on the big prospect sites might add a few pounds and imitate Allstot. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I have a feeling Bucs will take RB in the second because they will worry that their guy won’t fall to the 3rd. Dobbins, Edwards-Helaire, or maybe trade down and take Akers. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I am not a draft expert but I think Jon Lenyard makes a good argument that Jones is a better pick than Thomas to be our tackle Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I like this mock draft in general. I do have to agree that the Bucs don’t have to burn a 2nd round pick to upgrade WR3. Most likely Bucs can still land a quality WR in round 3 or 4. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Love day 3 of this draft. Akers will take RJs lunch if he comes to town. Day 1 is fine me. Ledyard kind of ruined me with the fairytale scenario of Wills dropping to us but Thomas is fine. Day 2…. Unless you’ve got a 1st round grade on a WR that falls to you, I wouldn’t go this direction in the second. There’s too many dynamic players left on the BPA list still available. Maybe someone falls as I said but I’d rather see safety here than WR. The 2nd round has been the Achilles for Licht, sure would… Read more »

scubog
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scubog

This time of year in the past, before the internet, before the Combine, before the NFL Network and when ESPN was only on the air part time, I would read every Draft publication trying to infuse my brain with every morsel of information available. Of course my focus was always on the Buccaneers. I don’t know which was worse; having the first pick in the Draft and hoping for the savior or having traded the premium choice for the likes of Jack Thompson or Chris Chandler and hoping the 2nd rounder would become a star. I would prepare Scubog Mock… Read more »

surferdudes
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Since Lichts been here I’ve been OK with his first rounders. It’s hard to miss when you’re picking in the top ten most years. Licht’s first draft he couldn’t go wrong with either Mike Evans, or Aron Donald. It’s the rest of Licht’s drafts that l worry me. His second round picks have been horrible. I like Scott’s draft outside that receiver in the second round. Wonder if Brady will have any input. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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I don’t have any issues with Licht’s first round choices either. Although at the time, I thought Aaron Donald was the best player in the Draft, so if I was the GM, the choice would have been the Pitt Panther. Now I’m glad we have the Aggie. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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twspin
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twspin

Look guys, This draft seems to be choc full of RB’s And linemen. Why not trade back and lets pick up 3 draft picks in the 2nd rd? The top 3 O linemen might be gone by our 1st rd pick anyways. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

magoobee
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Realistically QB Nate Stanley will just be a back-up, now and in the future. But the main reason to draft him is he will save over $1m in salary cap space. We know Ryan Griffin will never be a starter. But he is slated to make $1.75m. Meanwhile, a 6th round pick like Gardner Minshew is making just over 500k. So Griffin will be in camp as a throwing arm, but he will be cut even if he is better than Stanley. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BigSombrero
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Unlike most years, SR is all over the mock map. He hasn’t repeated his 1st, 2nd, or 3rd round pick in any of these drafts. My guess is as good as his. At least I’m consistent. Tom/Jameis/Peyton/Palmer/Rothlisberger are all pocket QBs and they NEED a great running back immediately. That is the OBVIOUS number 1 need and the Bucs will be in position to grab BPA while landing 2 of the top 5 in this draft. Tackles will slip in this draft, even after the typical crappy teams waste their picks on them yet again. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

magoobee
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BigSombrero-I’m confused are you saying to take the BPA or the Best Available RB? Are you saying to draft 2 of the top 5 RBs, which would mean taking RB in round 1 & 2? If you are saying draft the BPA in every round I would agree. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

BigSombrero
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Next Gen Stats scored Jon Taylor a 98 out of 100 at RB. That is the same score Christian McCaffery and Ezekial Elliot got. This is literally a no brainer if he is available at 14. #1 Need meets #1 BPA. In the 2nd, the Bucs can grab an OT. In the 3rd, they can go back to the well and get another RB. Bam! Biggest immediate needs solved. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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BigSombrero

Taylor is gonna be special quickly. Definitely faster than the 4th tackle. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

plopes808
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plopes808

I can get on board with this draft IF the top RBs are already off the board by pick 45. Otherwise, I think we have to grab a top RB there and a WR later. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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STERN11354

If you are going to draft Nate Stanley you better get another 10 TEs because that is the only position he throws the ball to. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...