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

That means it’s time for PewterReport.com to debut its initial 2020 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, presented by Edmonson Electric • AC • Security.

Bucs director of college scouting Mike Biehl, GM Jason Licht and director of player personnel John Spytek - Photo by: PewterReport.com
Bucs director of college scouting Mike Biehl, GM Jason Licht and director of player personnel John Spytek – 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 may or may not return, and Suh just turned 33. 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: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
6-6, 310 – Senior

Picking at No. 14, Licht has the chance to get Kinlaw, the second-best defensive tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft behind Auburn’s Derrick Brown. Licht pulls the trigger on Kinlaw to add more size and play-making ability to Tampa Bay’s dangerous front seven. The Bucs had the league’s top-ranked run defense in 2019, allowing an average of 73.8 yards per game, and will attempt to re-sign outside linebackers Barrett and Pierre-Paul, and defensive tackle Suh before they hit free agency.

But Barrett will turn 28 in 2020, and Pierre-Paul just turned 31, while Suh turned 33. Licht knows that he needs to add some young, up-and-coming players to the mix in Tampa Bay’s front seven, and Kinlaw is versatile and athletic enough to play all three defensive line spots – defensive end, nose tackle and three-technique defensive tackle. He would probably start off at defensive end where he would compete with Will Gholston, who turns 29 this summer.

South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw – Photo courtesy of South Carolina

Kinlaw, who is built like Gholston at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds but much more agile and athletic, could compete for playing time at end and then get some reps spelling Suh at three-tech as a rookie, while learning from the Bucs’ elder statesmen on defense. Kinlaw was double-teamed an awful lot by opponents due to his size and ability, but was still able to record 17 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in his three years with the Gamecocks.

Kinlaw’s South Carolina Career Defensive Stats
2017: 17 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 FRs, 1 FF, 1 PBU
2018: 30 tackles, 9 TFLs, 4 sacks, 2 FFs, 5 PBUs
2019: 35 tackles, 6 TFLs, 6 sacks, 2 FRs, 2 PBUs

Kinlaw is battle-tested having played in the SEC against the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Florida, in addition to South Carolina’s annual rivalry against ACC powerhouse and defending national champion Clemson. Pro Football Focus compared Kinlaw to Kansas City defensive tackle Chris Jones, and gave Kinlaw a 90.7 pass-rushing grade in 2019 due to his six sacks and 40 QB pressures.

Kinlaw, a first-team All-American and All-SEC selection, was named a team captain at South Carolina and was voted the Gamecocks Defensive MVP, while also being honored with the Tenacity Award, the Most Productive Award and the Unselfish Teammate Award, according to TheBigSpur.com. He’ll get a chance to prove that he’s a first-rounder at the Senior Bowl, where he has accepted an invitation to perform.

The Bucs have a big need at right tackle, but with top talent like Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills, Iowa’s Tristian Wirfs – and possibly Louisville’s Mekhi Becton – likely to be gone by the time Tampa Bay picks at No. 14, Licht and Arians can’t resist getting Bowles a big, physical presence inside like Kinlaw to keep the Bucs dominant in the trenches.

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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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jongruden

Just waiting for you guys having us draft a FSU Player to make it 8 yrs in a row

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cgmaster27

Please tell me one other player drafted from fsu in this team? I dont recall any mocked to us the last 2 years. You all need to move on with this fsu stigma.

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jongruden

Drafted or mocked are two separate things

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BigSombrero

SR’s got the inside scoop and knows more than the rest of us.

That said, I would love to see Derrick Brown, Javon Kinlaw, or maybe even AJ Epenesa in Pewter and Red in round 1. If a quality defensive lineman isn’t there, just take a 3 down running back. Ignoring RB will be the achilles for this team again. It will take more than Barber, RoJo, and Dare to win.

There are plenty of hog-mollies to be found in round 3 and beyond.

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DT25

OL ranked 3rd to last at allowing our RBs to get hit behind the line of scrimmage. We need OL if we want any RB to succeed. RoJo also averaged more YPC than guys like Gurley, Mixon, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, and James Connor behind that bottom 3 OL. We need a replacement for Barber for sure, but we really don’t NEED a 3-down back…and definitely don’t need to spend one of our most valuable picks on one.

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BigSombrero

I’m in favor of drafting offensive linemen. Just not in the first round. There’s a bunch of great info below about why you wait on OL and then draft a bunch of them. RB is a premium position and the careers average 4 years. That’s the Arians window to compete for a championship. Gotta grab a really good one in this draft. Why wait when you can get the #1 player at his position?

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IDGABuc

I’ve gotta disagree with ya here BigS! The times you spend a high draft pick at RB there’s gotta be a 5 tool player(s) that is/are head and tails better than the rest a la Barkley when he came out. The reason you don’t this year is there are a bunch of guys with a lot of potential so someone will drop to the late 2nd or 3rd Rd, even the 4th or 5th depending who the Bucs like, so why spend a high pick at a position where the value is similar through the first few Rd’s when there’s… Read more »

DonkeyHunter

This isn’t too bad.

Was expecting something moronic like drafting a RB in the 1st round, like some other mocks I’ve seen.

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I love it, lets turn in all the cards. I like going back to back O line with Round 2 and 3. If someone falls to the Bucs in Round 1 that they cant refuse who would it be?

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Clemson- S/OLB- Isaiah Simmons or Iowa-DE- Epenesa, would be difficult to not pick over Kinlaw? But do like Kinlaw 1st? how could u pass on Simmons if drops? dynamic and plays Safety until replaces lavonte at ILB when retires!

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chefboho

I agree that Simmons is an absolute stud. A safety who can play in the box. If he’s there, you’re right, he would be very hard to pass up. He was a force in the championship game

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I need to look into those guys. But…..if I was a GM I would take trench guys early and often on days 1 and 2.

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SenileSenior

I like your thinking, Scott! (Mainly because position-priority-wise you are in sync with my thinking. ^-^ =D Actually, I am am proud of myself because I am in sync with you. Your football knowledge and insight into the Buccaneers makes me a rank amatuer.) I have only begun to research and educate myself regarding this year’s draft as to who I want us to get. I do want an emphasis on the OL this year. Finally! … I also want us to look down the road at our post Suh DL needs. I hope we can find a solid safety… Read more »

jshumaker

This mock draft is the most realistic I have seen. Many of the national mock’s having the Bucs take a safety in the 1st round does not make sense.

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fredster

Rather go O line 1st and 2nd rd.

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EastEndBoy

I mean no harm with this comment Scott – but yuck! 2 RTs, another DT, another Safety (how many do we need before this ridiculous “flood the position” strategy is over?) – those as our top 4 picks?….yuck! Yes we need someone to replace Dotson (one RT), but what about a replacement for Donovan Smith after this season? After 2020, his awful contract that Licht negotiated will finally be paid and we can cut him with no consequence (getting that $14.25m back!!!!!)…but if we don’t get a LT in the stable now, we’re going to end up having to keep… Read more »

EastEndBoy

I’ll presume those giving thumbs down are not happy with my QB comment (given the plethora of otherwise similarities below). I’ll give you this: if Winston is not our QB in 2020, would you rather the alternative be Herbert or Ryan Griffin? If he’s not going to be our guy in 2021, would you rather the alternative be Tua or Ryan Griffin?

If he is our QB of the future, then clearly we don’t draft another one.

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jongruden

I think Bucs need to took at a RT this yr in draft whoever is best available at time maybe its Wirfs hopefully

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scubog

So let me get this straight JonnyG. You want the Bucs to draft a RT at #14 regardless of his ranking as compared to the other available players/positions. In my view the 14 spot is pretty high for the RT position.

Me, I’ll always be a BPA proponent.

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jongruden

Ranking whose ranking? Everyone has diff rankings and big boards to me if the guy has a first round grade than it doesn’t matter what selection he goes players go all over the place its never accurate acc to “ranking” and no RT is not to high at #14

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scubog

It would surely be too high if the player was the fourth one taken at his position and we’re only at pick 14.

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Spitfire

Already hate the first pick. Come on guys, never selecting Oline until the 2nd and 3rd Round keeps you with guys like Smith. A DT with the 1st selection? Not the year for that unless they lose Suh or Suh and Allen which I doubt. We will see how the offseason shakes out but I don’t think a 1st Round DT is necessary this year. It’s the year to fix the Oline and Running game in the first 2 days… I wouldn’t mind a DT but it already hurts having to think about going there first this year. Rate this… Read more »

gibsonmx

I would also love to draft O-line in the 1st, however we also need to find another strong D-lineman to pair with Vea for years to come. And you can find good O-Lineman in the 2nd and 3rd rounds(Ali Marpet is one of the best guards in the NFL) I just hope they don’t do anything crazy like drafting a WR or CB in the 1st round. We need to continue to build both Lines.

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TBChucky

Wouldn’t hate that draft, personally. Building up BOTH lines with premium picks sounds great to me!

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surferdudes

We don’t need two projects in the 2nd, and 3rd round for the offensive line! Can’t we find one RT from a top program who’s done it at a high level for his whole career? Stop picking small school projects for the O line. Please don’t give me Marpet came from a small school, and he’s great. The first two years of his career he played RG, C, and two years as a LG still hasn’t sniffed a pro bowl. We need a plug, and play RT in the second round, and send Dot out to pasture. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

Hockey Duckie

Projects are reserved for late 3rd rounders and beyond. Cappa took a year to become mediocre. Pamphile and Benenoch were fifth rounders. Getting talent in the 2nd round isn’t bad at all. That’s how we landed both LT Smith and RG Marpet. There’s a slew of OL talent this year where the 2nd tier level spans to the top of the 3rd round. It’s possible that Licht might use his 4th round comp pick and 3rd rounder to move up for another OL. I think the thought of drafting two RT’s could be one of them is an understudy at… Read more »

AlbJack65

surferdudes: You think top talent can’t come from small schools? Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Ken Anderson, Tony Romo, Jimmy Garoppolo, Khalil Mack, Ben Roethlisberger, Malcom Butler, Terry Bradshaw, Randy Moss, Antonio Brown, …..I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

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Spitfire

I agree but for the record, Maroet was moved around so much because they desperately needed someone at those positions and Marpet was the best inside Lineman if not the best Lineman on the team. His being moved was an attestment to his talent, not the typical down side and they tried to move him to hide him. Otherwise I agree, I feel like we need to Draft someone at 14 that can instantly play LT or RT. If RT, someone who can possibly move to LT next year, or LT and move Smith to RT. Or if he just… Read more »

bucballer

I would prefer an O-lineman as well at pick #14! That would give us an immediate upgrade that is much needed. Not sure why we r still drafting defensive backfield again in this mock when we have other needs that would be more impactful. I guess it depends if we have a Warren Sapp type slide by a quality player. It will be exciting for sure. Go Bucs!

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FLBoy84

Still anticipate a Howard trade this off-season as well, which should give us more draft ammo to possibly maneuver a bit if needed. Do feel OL, DL & RB needs to be the primary focus regardless.

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FLBoy84

Irregardless of the draft, hoping Licht and Co. are able to hit on a couple more 1-year prove it deals with a few solid vets. That success had a great impact this past season, hoping they can do it again. Barrett and Perriman in particular are great examples the team can use to show FA’s that Tampa is a great spot to rebuild your value.

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BigSombrero

My wife, the English minor, gets credit for this one:

I used to say irregardless all the time and it drove her crazy. Irregardless is not a word. You just say regardless. It means without regard. Even if it was a word, adding an “Ir” in front makes it a double negative.

Not being that guy. Just trying to bring the knowledge.

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scubog

You’re that guy now. LOL!

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BigSombrero

Lol!

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awwdembucs

If the RB from L.S.U Helair I think is his name go and GET HIM. I liked the 1st round pick but honestly don’t know anything about the others.

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BucRy

I really hope we do pick up at least 2 offensive linemen this year.

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SenileSenior

If we do snag a quality DT in the first round who would any of you recommend for DL in the second round? Names and specifics, please. The way BA talks I see just about everyone selected for the OL and/or the DL as considered as projects. OL and DL are my priorities, then safety and running back. That’s why I thought this was a well thought out first mock. As someone has said I don’t look to the national pundits to have great insights for our draft. I look to our local reporters and analysts. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

Borkdog

need to consider LSU-DT Rashard Lawrence 6’2 308, MIZZU-DT Jordan Elliott 6’4 315, TXAM-DT Justin Madubuike 6’3 300

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SenileSenior

Jeez did i mess that up! I meant to say. …

If we do snag a quality OT in the first round who would any of you recommend for DL in the second round? Names and specifics, please.

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SammyRebel

We really have to see how free agency shakes up, if we do sign our own priorities first and have some $$ left over, I can really see us going after Melvin Gordon or Kareem Hunt because how many times have we heard Bruce Arians say “I wanna win now!!!!” Heck even David Johnson might be cut and we could sign him for a low vet minimum, either way in the draft I definitely see us with Kinlaw or one of the T’s I think someone will fall, rounds 2-3 I can see us taking a WR who falls and… Read more »

Bucsfan1983

This is a terrible draft for the Bucs. I give you a D grade. Only thing that prevented me giving you and F, is the Kinlaw pick, but even then I don’t believe he is the right pick at 14.

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bucballer

Hey FlBoy… I mostly agree! Just curious as to why u might trade TE Howard? I mean, the kids a beast, young, inexpensive right now. Shouldn’t we give him 1 more year to see if his play/blocking improves? We can still trade after the 2020 season. Seems Brate would be the better of the two to trade? He’s older, makes more money, has had major hip surgery and would still interest a lot of teams. This seems the more prudent move to this Buc fan. I’m just saying…

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FLBoy84

Am actually a Howard fan as well and agree that he has untapped potential, just not confident he reaches it here in Tampa. There seems to be a disconnect between him and BA/Leftwich, though maybe that gets cleared up this off-season. While Brate should/would be of interest to many teams, chances are the return is substantially less than for Howard simply based on the factors you mentioned. With the helter-skelter usage of the TE position so far in this offense, a tandem of Brate, Hudson and Auclair (+ a rookie) would probably be just as productive as it was this… Read more »

awwdembucs

FLBoy I agree O.J. has untapped potential. The problem seems our Head Coache and O. Cor. Just seem to not understand this I would hate to see him traded.
6’6″ 4:5 40 he can and will be special hopefully with the Bucs.

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twspin

Great Picks here Scott. I like them all. But I don’t that that Washington St QB is there past the 3rd or 4th rd

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Hockey Duckie

If the team is adamant on re-signing DT Suh, the I wouldn’t waste a pick on a DT this draft. Save that for the following draft. Our biggest holes are not having a competent run blocking unit and a porous secondary. We have a lot of OL talent in this draft that can be had in the 2nd round, but top end DB help isn’t the same. PFF did a round table a year ago about which is more valuable, the pass rush or the pass coverage. They discovered that the pass coverage carried more value and that the good… Read more »

Wausa

A running back that may be cut is Devante Freeman. He would be a solid pick up for the Bucs in free agency. I like the DT from South Carolina, but to me I want the Bucs first round pick to be one of these three young men: Andrew Thomas OT Georgia Mekhi Becton OT Louisville Jedrick Wills OT Alabama The Bucs are in desperate need for an offensive tackle and luckily for them the draft has several high end tackles. Any of the players listed above would be a huge upgrade on the offensive line. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

SappAttack

Becton is a reach in the first

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BigSombrero

Tackles in the first round are a reach. Historically, it’s one of the hardest positions to hit on. Last year’s class was 0-for-4 on year 1 impact and that included consensus #1 OT Jonah Williams from Alabama.
HARD PASS.

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Horse

Scott, this looks reasonable to me.
Focusing on defensive tackles and offensive lineman is good. Go Bucs!

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TBAtlas

Grant Delpit to the Bucs is being slept on. Safety is a position of need for us, we can cover his tackling weakness and it would complete our secondary rebuild.

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AlbJack65

Um, no. Tackling weakness is not tolerable. Same knock on Greedy Williams last year and it was deserved. Who in the hell wants a tackling weakness on defense?

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FLBoy84

He def made some impact plays this year, but also showed less than ideal hustle on a few plays just on Monday night as well. Solid player, but hustle and willingness to tackle can’t be issues for the guy you’re grabbing at #14.

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FLBoy84

Funny though that Walter over @ WalterFootball is definitely not a Licht fan and simply CANNOT let Licht’s decision to draft Vea over James go. Still bitchin’ about it in his latest mock… lol

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AlbJack65

I agree regarding Walter. Dude is kind of a whiny douchebag.

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Bucsfan1983

If Wirfs/Wills(both OT) aren’t available at 14, I’m next looking at Epenesa and Delpit at 14.

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SappAttack

Hate the 2nd and 3rd round picks. Especially 2. We cannot take a project OL in the 2nd. If Licht strikes out round 2 again I think we will all have a meltdown. My mock assumes JPP is back but Suh walks for more money. It also assumes we address right tackle in FA with someone like RT Jack Conklin (who we pay instead of SUH). Reaching for OL early in the draft even though the talent level is stacked otherwise would be foolish. BA reiterated in press conferences at the end that the Bucs will be taking BPA. My… Read more »

BigSombrero

I remember a lot of the same posters on here(eastendboy, surferdudes, yada, yada, yada) saying how important it was to draft Jonah Williams last year. “He’s the best offensive tackle in a generation.” “He’s the next Joe Thomas.” “If Jonah’s gone, draft UF RT Jawaan Taylor! He’s gonna be incredible!” “All the draft experts are mocking OT to the Bucs! Duh, Jason Licht!” Hindsight is 20/20 and both those guys did nothing last year. Meanwhile, White and Murphy-Bunting just won another award. Offensive linemen in the 1st round is an awful idea. It rarely works out and even if it… Read more »

EastEndBoy

First off – at best, I might have said something about thinking Jonah Williams would be a good selection later in round 1 (following somebody’s post about wanting to trade down). NEVER did I say Williams was a top-5 pick, and NEVER have I called any OT coming out of college “the next Joe Thomas”. Second – what I clearly and repeatedly said was that we should take Allen with our #5 pick because the opportunity to select a top DE does not come around that often (or shouldn’t if your GM is competent). Third – NEVER did I say… Read more »

BigSombrero

The same guys are always beating the drum for an offensive lineman in round 1. Pardon me if I mixed up your hatred of Jason Licht, Donovan Smith, etc with selecting OL in round 1. As far as an awful idea, I’m just looking at past offensive linemen vs. other positions as it relates to playing time and performance. Last year’s crop was not good during the season. Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard, Tytus Howard, and Kaleb McGary. Could they get better next year or in many years? Sure, but a 1st round selection should provide immediate impact(playing time and strong… Read more »

chefboho

That’s kind of hard to say though because coaching makes a huge difference. The bengals and their coaches have sucked for decades as well as the lions. The cowboys have drafted heavy on the oline and have one of the best in the league. The same with the Ravens and the colts. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll make it to the playoffs but it sure doesn’t hurt.

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BigSombrero

But the Bucs have been awesome the last 5 years with coaches? You don’t draft OL in the first unless it’s a stud like Joe Thomas, Quentin Nelson, etc. There is no one like that in this draft.

Since 1981, the cowboys have spent 3 picks on offensive linemen in the 1st round. Zach Martin, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick.
Admittedly all great.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dallas_Cowboys_first-round_draft_picks

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BigSombrero

Colts used 4 picks on offensive linemen since 1990. Tarik Glenn was loathed in Indy every other year. Castonzo was the same until Nelson was drafted. Ryan Kelly is looked as just ok. Injury history.

They thought the same of both tackles as Tampa fans think of Donovan Smith before those players got a contract extension.

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BigSombrero

Since 1996 Ravens have used 3 picks on OL. All great players in Ogden, Oher, and Ronnie Stanley

They do not pick OL regularly. They just don’t do it.

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EastEndBoy

If you’re suggesting that no GM can have success by drafting 3 Offensive Linemen in the first rounds of 3 out of 5 drafts, I give you the Dallas Cowboys who drafted: – Tyron Smith (7 pro bowls, 2 All pro), 9th overall – Then 2 years later selected Travis Frederick (5 pro bowls, 1 All pro), 31st overall – And the very next year (so 4 drafts only) selected Zack Martin (6 pro bowls, 4 All pros) 16th overall And have perennially the best O line, making Zeke and Prescott look like regular pro bowlers. Of course (!) drafting… Read more »

BigSombrero

Im suggesting Dallas has 0 NFC championships since Emmitt Smith left. Emmitt Smith had how many 1st round offensive linemen in front of him? In case you didn’t know, the answer is 0. So who was more important? The offensive lineman or the running back?

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BigSombrero

I never said you called anyone trash and I think Trevor Sikkema was the first to mock Taylor to the Bucs at 5, but I could be wrong about that. There were plenty of folks who agreed on these very boards. The general consesus was if he passed Tampa, he wouldn’t pass Jacksonville at 7. Both wrong.

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EastEndBoy

I take back my Third point.

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owlykat

The Titans win with an accurate deep passing QB, a great blocking OL, a bruising big RB to wear down the opponent’s defense, and a decent defense. That should be our focus for building our team. Jameis has been developed by BA as an accurate deep throwing QB with good production inside the red zone. Keep our current defense in tact, draft a bruising large RB, grab a LT who can both pass block and run block well. Cappa is an OT who can take over RT and can both pass block and run block. Make D. Smith play RT.… Read more »

AlbJack65

Agreed. i have been saying for years that we need a “hammer back” in the mold of Alstott.

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SappAttack

What are people’s thoughts on if Isaiah Simmons falls to us? Do we make him a hybrid safety and take him? Would you rather have him or Delpit considering Simmons is a better player but played mostly linebacker at Clemson

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SappAttack

I love 5 thumbs down when I post a question about what people’s thoughts are. No thoughts, just thumbs down. No insight, no conversation just (insert five fart noises here). Love our fan base!

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AlbJack65

I would prefer Simmons in this scenario because he would seem to fit Bowles defensive style of situational interchangeability. Also, Delpit seems to not be the best tackler.

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SammyRebel

Sapp attack I love me some grant Delpit but dudes been looking bad this year and Isaiah Simmons is a straight beast he can play anywhere but I just read that gross Matos is busy being gross at penn state hazing kids and likely going to slide down draft boards for this, I think we should consider him in a trade back into round 2 or 3 depending on how far he slides

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Spitfire

With having so many people FAs this year, I’d really like to see Ariana keep the best of the best, design Barrett JPP and Suh, get Trade Value for anyone that isn’t needed, see if there’s any back up RBs that are FAs just waiting for their shot like Turner back in the day (and like Barrett was at OLB). Then Draft OT, Oline, RB, DT, S in the first 4 rounds, or OT, RB, Oline, DT, S. I know Safety isn’t sexy after so many DBs last year but our Secondary is on the rise and a couple more… Read more »

AlbJack65

I agree with bringing Dot back for depth, also his veteran presence and knowledge could help a rookie tackle out a lot.

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Buc-Up

What….no kicker? This sure as hell isn’t Licht’s mock draft…LOL

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awwdembucs

Nope this draft Jason Licht draft’s a punter. I’m kidding

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Alldaway 2.0

I don’t see safety as a need honestly.

This draft is a C+ overall.

Good effort on looking a trench players but too many projects. Arians as HC want rookies that can ball day 1.

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Pete Wood

I am all for drafting Gordon as QB. Worth a sixth round pick. Why not? But, please don’t draft any defensive players off of his team. He threw 9 TD passes against UCLA and Washington State lost the game 67 to 63.

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hamilton

nice first round pick,ok mock draft,like the rb from mia in 4 round.

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fredster

Ok 5 negatives for saying pick O line in first rd? It’s the biggest issue with this team on offense. Last years draft was almost all defame correct? Let me expand my thought process then. This defense is on way to becoming good. We have lots of talent. There are no glaring holes even if we lose a Nassib type guy. We were 3rd ranked offense in points but we had issues running ball and passed too much. We are trying to help our QB cut int’s and be more balanced team with more effective play action. So you all… Read more »

fredster

I also do not see safety as need this year. We have plenty. I know Evans has had issues staying healthy but still….it’s not a need this year sorry.

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fredster

Let me also ask this and maybe I’m wrong…. Is there a team out there that has top 5 O line built with 2nd and 3rd rd picks? Dallas O line is almost all 1st rd picks. Niners D line almost all 1st rd picks. We have no pro bowlers on this O line and it’s been an issue so damn long! So let’s address it in 2nd and 3rd rds? Good luck we will be around 24th in run offense again I bet if we do it that way. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

Dman

Scott, this is a good Mock 1. I like the positions taken and how you’ve prioritized them. The specific players in all seven picks are not all familiar to me, but that will come over the next few weeks. Nice.

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The Wall

I don’t care if Kinlaw is the next Reggie White, we need a plug in offensive tackle even if we have to trade up.
Let’s try someone from a SEC or Big Ten School.
We do need to trade Howard. If you watch him after the catch he plays soft. I don’t know what happened to the Alabama Howard but it’s he’s not the same guy. He just doesn’t play hungry.

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BigSombrero

Great idea. Let’s try someone? Who? Whoever. As long as they’re from the SEC. Or Big Ten.

Championship! Who knew it was soooooo simple!

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The Wall

I might be missing a couple but; Thomas- Georgia:
Wills- Alabama: Wirfs- Iowa: Wanogho- Auburn.
Seriously, I’m not as versed as you are but one thing is certain, we desperately need at least one plug-in offensive tackle, whatever it takes.
I would be happy with drafting the best available offensive lineman in rounds two or three as well. That’s our number one need and we need to make it happen.
Maybe it is that simple.

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BigSombrero

I feel you bub. I happen to think this line has a bad reputation earned by Benenoch in 2018. I feel like they gelled last year and really need depth and a RT. I just don’t think you draft a RT in round 1. Or a Punter. Or a long snapper. All important jobs, but not worth a 1st when you can get a premium pass rusher, run stuffer, or clock killing RB.

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scubog

You don’t draft for need!

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SenileSenior

I am all for finding a plug-n-play OT in the first round. If I take BA at his word those kind of line players are nearly extinct these days. He has said more than once that the style of play in college today means that offensive linemen are not coming out of college NFL ready for the most part. He sees whoever is drafted for those positions as being a developmental projects automatically. Can we really find that guy if he exists at the 14th spot. Please educate me y’all. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please… Read more »

chefboho

I don’t know much about these players to comment too much. The trenches on both sides need to be addressed with the first three picks in my opinion. Then a running back/wr. I will say that deejay Dallas was incredibly talented and underutilized by stupid Enos and his grade school offensive scheme. He would be a great pick up in the fifth or sixth round. As far as the other players, your guess is as good as mine

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owlykat

Use D. Smith at RG not RT!

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LIBucsFan93

While this is decent Mock early on in the off season. Mocks will change depending on what happens with the Teams own UFA. Do the Bucs sign, Tag or move on from Winston. Do the Bucs look to Free Agency for a new RT or Safety/Cornerback help? Top 3 RT under age 30- Jack Conklin(Titans), Daryl Williams(Carolina) and LaAdrian Waddle(Bills). Whomever the Bucs pick-up or draft is going to have to be scheme specific for the 3-4 defense. The wildcard in all this is Free Agent RB’s or if the Bucs trade for a RB. I don’t expect Ryan Griffin… Read more »

scubog

I’m a little late to the conversation, but I could read the comments about any year’s Draft and they will be the same. Folks constantly focusing on the team’s perceived needs than who might be the top player when said team is on the clock. Here we had commenters wanting a RT at #14, even if he is the 3rd or 4th graded one, while passing on a highly graded player at a position of perceived strength. Here’s what I know. Our team isn’t filling the Pro Bowl roster, so we have needs everywhere. I can just hear the mocking… Read more »

jongruden

We drafted VH3 in top ten and Howard around #14 spot how did that work out? It doesn’t matter where you draft these guys if they have a first round grade where in first round is irrelevant guys get over drafted or under drafted all the time Tebow went first round hello?

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scubog

I would agree with you that if the player has a relatively equal grade and is a a position of greater need you take the greater need. But you don’t take a player at a particular position who is clearly not worthy to be taken that soon. I believe the term is “reach”. Goodness knows we’ve drafted players who turned out to be unworthy of their Draft position in spite of their grade. That was certainly the case with the players you cited in VH3 at #11 and perhaps OJH at #19. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes… Read more »

DonkeyHunter

Lol @ anyone pining for a RB in the 1st round.

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