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The Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all 22 of their starters back in 2021. Bucs general manager Jason Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg re-signed the most important free agents in March. That means that Tampa Bay has very few needs to address in the 2021 NFL Draft, all of which we will try to cover in our latest 7-round Bucs Mock draft.

The Bucs have the 32nd overall draft pick for the first time in franchise history. The pro days have wrapped up. Now Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, director of player personnel John Spytek, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and Tampa Bay’s scouts and coaches are in the process of finishing Zoom calls with draft prospects and setting their draft board.

Now it’s time to see what Tampa Bay’s personnel needs are following the Super Bowl, and who the Bucs select in PewterReport.com’s fourth 2021 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft of the year, powered by Edmonson Electric • AC • Security.

You can read the initial PewterReport.com 2021 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft in case you missed it in February. Here is the PewterReport.com 2021 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0 from early March. And here is the PewterReport.com 2021 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0 from late March.

 

TOP 5 BUCS NEEDS

DEFENSIVE LINE

Bucs DT Khalil Davis

Bucs DT Khalil Davis – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs re-signed 34-year old defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal. The team also signed Rakeem “Nacho” Nunez-Roches to a two-year deal. But more talent and youth is needed along the defensive line. Defensive end Will Gholston is 30 and in a contract year. Khalil Davis, last year’s sixth-round pick, is a developmental tackle that was inactive for all but four games in 2020. Finding Suh’s heir apparent is important, this might not be the year to do it with a weak defensive tackle class.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Left tackle Donovan Smith signed a two-year extension this offseason. That was a big win for the organization, as was re-signing backup tackle Josh Wells. Yet center Ryan Jensen turns 30 this summer and is set to make $10 million in the final year of his contract. Right guard Alex Cappa and Aaron Stinnie are also entering a contract year. The Bucs would be wise to draft an interior offensive lineman that can play center and guard to serve as Jensen’s understudy and eventual replacement – or Cappa’s eventual replacement – and provide depth along the interior.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

The Bucs re-signed Shaquil Barrett to a four-year contract extension, which lessens the team’s need to find an edge rusher. Yet fellow outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is 32 and entering the final year of his contract while coming off knee surgery. Drafting a young, starting-caliber edge rusher to groom behind Barrett and Pierre-Paul makes sense.

Anthony Nelson, the team’s fourth-round pick in 2019, got more playing time in 2020, but only had one sack, and lacks the suddenness to be a quality pass rusher. Cam Gill, who recorded half a sack in the Super Bowl, played mostly on special teams as a rookie, but may be nothing more than a role player on defense as he develops.

RUNNING BACK

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Leonard Fournette returned on a one-year deal, and 32-year old LeSean McCoy will likely retire. Ronald Jones II ran for 978 yards and seven touchdowns in 2020, but lost his starting role to Fournette in the postseason. Jones is entering the final year of his contract and history shows that paying big money contracts to running backs usually backfires. Licht experienced that first hand with Doug Martin in 2016.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn, last year’s third-round pick, only rushed for 109 yards and caught five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown as a rookie. He also struggled with turnovers and drops. It’s unclear whether or not Vaughn is starter material or just a role player. The Bucs could use a starting-caliber back to eventually replace Jones and Fournette in 2022.

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Lavonte David, 31, was re-signed for two more years. But the Bucs will be looking for depth behind David, Devin White and Kevin Minter, who is 30 and only re-signed for one more year. Jack Cichy couldn’t stay healthy. Chapelle Russell, who was drafted last year in the seventh round, was cut. So look for another linebacker to be drafted for special teams and to possibly replace David in the future.

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2021 BUCS 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT 4.0

ROUND 1 – Alabama C Landon Dickerson
6-5.5, 333 • Senior

The Bucs will be looking for players who love football and play the game with a passion. No one may be more passionate about football than Dickerson, who is selected with the No. 32 overall pick.

After tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, Dickerson still dressed for the National Championship Game and begged head coach Nick Saban to snap the ball at the end of the end of the game. After that happened and the Crimson Tide won, Dickerson hoisted Saban into the air – doing so with a surgically-repaired knee.

Injuries are the only thing keeping Dickerson from being a Top 20 pick. He is easily the best interior line prospect in the draft when healthy. The problem for Dickerson is that he tore one ACL as a freshman at Florida State in 2016. Ankle injuries limited him to just six total starts from 2017-18 at FSU before he transferred.

Once at Alabama, Dickerson started 24 straight games (20 at center) before his latest ACL tear. Surgery went well and he could be available by the start of the season. The good news for the Bucs is that they don’t have to count on Dickerson for the 2021 campaign at all. He could come in and get healthy while learning behind center Ryan Jensen and right guard Alex Cappa as a rookie.

There is a good chance that either Jensen or Cappa or both may not return in 2022 due to salary cap concerns. That means Dickerson, who won the Jacobs Trophy (top SEC blocker) and the Rimington Award (nation’s best center), could take over at center or right guard – where he had 11 collegiate starts – next year.

Dickerson is a massive man at nearly 6-foot-6, 333 pounds. This is what draft expert Dane Brugler had to say about the first-team All-American.

“Old-school, nasty competitor and is always looking for a warm body to bury (NFL scout: ‘He’s a foxhole type, the kind of guy you hate to play against, but love to play with.’)”

Dickerson has an infectious personality and is a great leader. He’s a tone-setter up front and would be a great heir apparent to the center position in Tampa Bay. Bucs general manager Jason Licht believes in building a team through the trenches and will have a hard time passing up on Dickerson if he’s there at No. 32.

ROUND 2 – Houston OLB Payton Turner
6-5, 268 • Senior

There will be a run on edge rushers in the second round. Expect the Bucs to grab one before all the good ones are gone. The 6-foot-5, 268-pound Turner won’t make it into the third round and Tampa Bay would be fortunate to draft him at No. 64.

Turner is a big, physical edge rusher that has the tools to play outside linebacker or beef up to play some interior reps. He has experience playing both positions in a 3-4 scheme.

While Turner didn’t run the 40-yard dash at his pro day, he did post a 35.5-inch vertical. He also benched 23 reps and his measurements were impressive. Turner’s 35-inch arms are among the longest in the draft, as is his 84-inch wingspan. Those long arms are used to bull rush and club offensive tackles. Turner’s pass rush has improved over the last two seasons and he recorded five sacks in five games in 2020.

TURNER’S HOUSTON CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 14 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PBU
2018: 42 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 4 PBUs
2019: 33 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 4 PBUs
2020: 25 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5 sacks, 1 FF

Turner had a two-sack game against Tulane last year and also recorded a sack of BYU’s highly-rated QB Zach Wilson. He was named a team captain last year and battled through a knee injury and COVID-19, which cost him three games.

With his big, muscular frame, Turner’s size is more akin to Jason Pierre-Paul’s, and he could be his heir apparent. The Bucs are getting a high-motor, relentless edge defender, who is equally good against the pass and the run in the second round.

ROUND 3 – North Carolina RB Michael Carter
5-7.5, 201 • Senior

The Bucs address their need at running back in the third round with the selection of Carter. Not only is the North Carolina star an accomplished runner, he’s also a talented receiver out of the backfield. Carter has second-round talent, but will likely slide to the third round because he’s just under 5-foot-8.

Carter’s smallish frame allowed him to hide behind his offensive line before making decisive cuts at the line of scrimmage and bursting through the hole for big gains. He averaged eight yards per carry as a senior and led the team in rushing despite splitting carries with Javonte Williams, who is a higher-rated running back prospect.

Carter, who ran a 4.5 at his pro day, is the faster back, and had nine 100-yard games at North Carolina. He also had five more games with at least 90 yards. Carter rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.6 yards per carry versus Virginia Tech. In his collegiate finale, Carter rushed for a career-high 308 yards and two TDs on 24 carries (12.8 avg.) against Miami.

CARTER’S NORTH CAROLINA CAREER RUSHING STATS
2017: 97 carries for 559 yards (5.8 avg.), 8 TDs
2018: 84 carries for 597 yards (7.1 avg.), 2 TDs
2019: 177 carries for 1,003 yards (5.7 avg.), 3 TDs
2020: 156 carries for 1,245 yards (8.0 avg.), 9 TDs

CARTER’S NORTH CAROLINA CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2017: 11 catches for 100 yards (9.1 avg.), 1 TD
2018: 25 catches for 135 yards (5.4 avg.), 1 TD
2019: 21 catches for 154 yards (7.3 avg.), 2 TDs
2020: 25 catches for 267 yards (10.7 avg.), 2 TDs

CARTER’S NORTH CAROLINA CAREER KICK RETURN STATS
2017: 2 returns for 28 yards (14 avg.)
2019: 19 returns for 466 yards (24.5 avg.)
2020: 8 returns for 156 yards (19.5 avg.)

Carter opted out of the Tar Heels’ bowl game, but played in the Senior Bowl. He led all rushers with 60 yards, including a 27-yard jaunt and a 12-yard touchdown. Carter also had two catches for 15 yards. He finished with 82 receptions for 656 yards (8.0 avg.) and six touchdowns in his North Carolina career.

That receiving ability could put him in position to be Tampa Bay’s third-down back as early as his rookie year. He has exceptional vision, lateral agility and good contact balance and strength for a small back. Carter could also help the Bucs on special teams as he has experience returning kicks at North Carolina.

ROUND 4 – Purdue ILB Derrick Barnes
6-0, 238 • Senior

Tampa Bay begins Day 3 with the selection of Barnes, which addresses the immediate need for young depth at inside linebacker. The Bucs only have three inside linebackers on their roster – Devin White, Lavonte David and Kevin Minter. With David and Minter both 31, the team will need to get younger, faster and more athletic at the position.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said the team wants fast, physical defenders who love the game of football. That’s a perfect description of Barnes, who was featured in the latest SR’s Fab 5 and the PR Roundtable.

Barnes ran a 4.57 at his pro day and posted a 37-inch vertical and a 9-11 broad jump. More importantly, he’s a relentless linebacker capable of roaming sideline-to-sideline and packing powerful hits.

Barnes was named a team captain as a senior after moving from defensive end as a junior to middle linebacker as a senior. Despite being just 6-foot, Barnes has 33-inch arms and an 81-inch wingspan. Those are typically the measurements of a 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 defender.

BARNES’ PURDUE CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 17 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 FF
2018: 92 tackles, 8 TFLs, 3 sacks
2019: 63 tackles, 11 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, 2 PBUs, 1 FF, 1 FR
2020: 54 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1 INT, 1 PBU

While playing defensive end, Barnes had a pair of multi-sack games against Boston College (two) and Indiana (2.5) in 2019, along with 11 tackles for loss. Barnes recorded his first career interception and had 54 tackles in just six games in 2020. He was invited to the Senior Bowl where he played well and finished the game with three tackles. Barnes had five games with double-digit tackles at Purdue and eight additional games with eight tackles or more.

Drafting Barnes in the fourth round would give the Bucs an eventual replacement for David and a linebacker who could star on special teams as a rookie. He can also be a situational blitzer from the linebacker level, or an occasional edge rusher with his aggressiveness and burst off the edge.

ROUND 5 – UCF WR-TE Jacob Harris
6-5, 219 • Senior

The Bucs continue to stockpile depth on Day 3 and find players that can help on special teams. Harris is an interesting prospect because he’s an undersized tight end, weighing just 219 pounds. Yet he was physical enough to get the job done at the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

According to draft expert Dane Brugler, Harris “has the temperament needed to block at a high level … UCF coaches have praised his work ethic and ‘get better every day’ mindset.” He’ll likely need to add at least 10-15 more pounds to be an occasional in-line tight end in the NFL. But the Bucs could use him also use him as a big receiver instead.

Harris blazed a 4.39 at his UCF pro day and had a 40-inch vertical and an 11-1 broad jump. He’s a tremendously gifted athlete that was the Knights’ deep ball threat the last two years. Based on what Licht prefers when scouting receiver, as researched by Pewter Report’s Jon Ledyard before last year’s draft, Harris fits the physical and athletic profile of a Tampa Bay wideout. Harris averaged 23.6 yards per catch as a junior and 18 yards per reception last year.

HARRIS’ UCF CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2019: 19 catches for 448 yards (23.6 avg.), TD
2020: 30 catches for 539 yards (18 avg.), 8 TDs

Harris lit up USF for five catches for 110 yards (22 avg.) and three touchdowns last year. He’s just scratching the surface on offense and could step in to replace Justin Watson on the depth chart.

Aside from being a developmental receiver, Harris could put his blazing speed to use on special teams. He recorded seven special teams tackles and a fumble recovery in five games in 2018. Harris logged 10 special teams stops in his UCF career.

ROUND 6 – UCLA RB-WR-KR Demetric Felton
5-8.5, 189 • Senior

The Bucs add another weapon on offense, selecting Felton in the sixth round. In Pewter Report’s last mock draft we had Felton as a fourth-round pick. But an underwhelming pro day (4.59 speed) sent Felton’s Day 3 stock tumbling.

Yet Felton could help as a pass-catching runner out of the backfield in addition to playing wide receiver. Felton began his UCLA career playing receiver and then moving to halfback as a senior in 2020. This athletic, jack-of-all-trades can help the Bucs in more ways than one.

Felton had 99 career catches for 958 yards (9.7 avg.) and eight touchdowns for the Bruins, while carrying the ball 233 times for 1,101 yards (4.7 avg.) and scoring seven times on the ground. Felton had three consecutive 100-yard rushing games in UCLA’s six-game season in 2020, including 167 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries against Oregon and 206 yards and one TD on 32 carries against Arizona.

While he would never be a 20-touch per game guy in the NFL, Felton did show the toughness and durability to occasionally tote the rock on a full-time basis as a feature back at UCLA. Felton has a sturdy build, resembling the frame of former Buccaneer Warrick Dunn, who rushed for nearly 11,000 yards in his NFL career at 5-foot-9, 187 pounds.

FELTON’S UCLA CAREER RUSHING STATS
2017: 10 carries for 75 yards (7.5 avg.), TD
2018: 5 carries for 27 yards (5.4 avg.)
2019: 86 carries for 331 yards (3.8 avg.), TD
2020: 132 carries for 668 yards (5.1 avg.), 5 TDs

FELTON’S UCLA CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2017: 2 catches for minus-2 yards
2018: 20 catches for 207 yards (10.4 avg.), 1 TDs
2019: 55 catches for 594 yards (10.8 avg.), 4 TDs
2020: 22 catches for 159 yards (7.2 avg.), 3 TDs

FELTON’S UCLA CAREER KICK RETURN STATS
2018: 5 returns for 105 yards (21 avg.)
2019: 13 returns for 338 yards (26 avg.), TD
2020: 8 returns for 168 yards (21 avg.)

But it’s the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield in the flat, on screens and on angle routes that excites Tampa Bay. The Bucs have already met with Felton following his eye-opening week at the Senior Bowl where he caught two passes for 26 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown. Felton primarily played wide receiver in Mobile, Ala. and the Bucs could use his quickness and burst on bubble screens and smoke routes.

 

Aside from being a versatile weapon on offense, Felton could also help Tampa Bay’s kickoff return game. Felton had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Washington State in 2019, also catching seven passes for 154 yards and a pair of scores against the Cougars. Compactly built, the muscle-bound Felton has a good stiff arm and the ability to bounce off some tackles, in addition to making defenders miss. Yet another weapon for Brady and the Bucs offense.

ROUND 7 – Arkansas DT Jonathan Marshall
6-3, 310 • Senior

Jason Licht has drafted three defensive tackles on Day 3 in his tenure as the Bucs general manager. Marshall becomes the fourth, as Tampa Bay is looking for some depth at the position.

This year’s defensive tackle class is weak, so it’s not a surprise to see the Bucs wait until the later rounds to address the position. Remember, Tampa Bay is looking for guys with traits on Day 3. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Marshall didn’t become a starter until his senior season, but was named a team captain and started all 10 games.

While his stats are underwhelming, especially as a pass rusher, Marshall posted a 4.81 time in the 40-yard dash. He also showed off his strength with 36 reps on the bench.

MARSHALL’S ARKANSAS CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 6 tackles, 0.5 TFL
2018: 13 tackles
2019: 17 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 0.5 sack, 1 FF
2020: 35 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF

Marshall has experience playing at nose tackle and as a three-tech defensive tackle. He’s an excellent athlete that just needs better coaching and time to develop. Marshall turns 24 in September and has the maturity and work ethic to come in and win a reserve roster spot as a rookie.

ROUND 7 – Virginia TE Tony Poljan
6-6.5, 251 • Senior

In conclusion, Tampa Bay caps off the draft by getting another player that could help on special teams in Poljan. After spending his first two seasons at quarterback at Central Michigan, Poljan switched to tight end where he showed promise, hauling in six touchdowns and averaging 15.9 yards per catch.

Poljan was a grad transfer in 2020 and enrolled at Virginia where he caught 38 passes for 411 yards (10.8 avg.) and scored six TDs. With Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Tanner Hudson all entering a contract year in 2021, the Bucs could use more young talent at tight end in the future, especially after losing Antony Auclair in free agency.

POLJAN’S CENTRAL MICHIGAN CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2017: 5 catches for 97 yards (19.4 avg.)
2018: 7 catches for 125 yards (17.9 avg.), 2 TDs
2019: 33 catches for 496 (15 avg.), 4 TDs

POLJAN’S VIRGINA CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2020: 38 catches for 411 yards (10.8 avg.), 6 TDs

At nearly 6-foot-7, 251 pounds, Poljan has ideal size to be both an in-line blocker and a receiving threat in the passing game. After just two years at the position Poljan is a work in progress, but his background at quarterback has aided his development. Poljan scrambled for 248 yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries (2.7 avg.) and passed for 89-of-168 passing (53 percent) with two TDs and five INTs at Central Michigan.

While he battles it out on offense in training camp, Poljan’s size and speed (4.83) could be used on special teams to help block and cover kicks and punts.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0(@alldaway)
7 months ago

I like this draft a lot. It is realistic and within the realm of what the coaching staff looks for along with Licht. But I have to say that my gut instincts tell me the Bucs will be drafting a DB whether it is day one, day two or even day three. This is because of the UFA departures to other NFL teams, and also because of the lack of experience in the DB room. Throw in that DBs and LBs are highly coveted for special teams improvement and that is why I feel this way. Overall this draft would… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Alldaway 2.0
toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
7 months ago

Especially given the strength of this CB class through 3 solid rounds and the questionable nature of at least SMB as our starting slot corner, I’m hopeful that we’ll end up in a good position to take a CB fairly early.

Madman
Madman(@madman)
7 months ago

Where do I sign?

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
7 months ago

Maybe the Bucs can rent a hotel conference room for all of the TE’s you want to draft and jam onto the roster when they are already stocked full.

Rob
Rob(@shutthebucup)
7 months ago

LOVE this draft! Big big fan. Crazy part is everything is just mainly for the next year and/or depth (which is the luxury we’re in right now). However…I can’t help but wish we could get the home run threat of one of the top RBs AND some of these other picks. I love Dickerson and wish there was a way for us to maneuver around the board with trading back then trading back up to grab Harris/Etienne AND Dickerson. Our window is NOW and I’d love to walk away with our first draft pick (either 1st round or early 2nd… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
7 months ago

Sorry, I’m not a big fan of drafting players with a history of injuries in college, (see Jack Cinchy) especially if you are doing it in the first round. Pass.

Gatorbait36
Gatorbait36(@gatorbait36)
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Agree there and I also can’t get on board with a first round pick that won’t play much. OL needs chemistry, so Dickerson would likely only play due to injury. If they draft a DT, OLB, or RB they could play meaningful snaps this year.

Michael76
Michael76(@michael76)
Reply to  Gatorbait36
7 months ago

At first glance I really liked this draft, but like Gatorbate points out, it sends a very stark message that there will be changes on the Oline next year. Granted, the Oline is possibly too expensive in the foreseeable future, but prioritizing Interior Oline in the first round would only make sense if Dickerson was BPA, which almost feels like a stretch. I must say however, that PR deserve accolades for their draft coverage, and again have found quality picks, which definitely meet the needs of our Bucs I too wouldn’t mind seeing a DB…. this looks like a great… Read more »

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

Under normal circumstances, I’d agree with you. Most years, the Bucs have clear and obvious needs in the draft. And it’s usually painfully obvious who the Bucs will be targeting for the most part. But this year, knowing that we don’t have a painfully obvious hole or weakness, I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at a HR pick. But I do agree with you in the sense, that I don’t want that to be in the 1st round. If we traded back into the 2nd and got an extra pick out of it, I’d be all for taking a chance… Read more »

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surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
7 months ago

This draft blows. I won’t waste my time picking it apart.

Dman
Dman(@dman)
Reply to  surferdudes
7 months ago

Agreed.

LIBucsFan93
LIBucsFan93(@libucsfan93)
7 months ago

I’m a little leery about Dickerson’s injury history. If he can stay healthy in the Pro’s then he’s a steal at 32. My only knock on this Mock would be where is the depth in the Secondary?

Horse
Horse(@horse)
7 months ago

I love this draft selection.

SaskBucs
SaskBucs(@saskbucs)
7 months ago

I am all in for building depth in the trenches with the first couple picks and then drafting for speed and special teams in the later rounds.

Having said that, Dickerson scares me with that history. 2 knees and ankle injuries is a lot for a big guy. I don’t trust him staying healthy.

Hard to see a RB drafted now with Gio signing. I like the Felton pick but I doubt he is there at round 6.

Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly(@ontariomike)
7 months ago

Have to question choosing Michael Carter in Rd 3 over his NC teammate Lavonte Williams. Carter 5′ 7.5″ 201 lbs , Williams 5′ 10″ 220 lbs. Some would say size matters in the NFL. Carter 156 carries for 1245 yds- Williams 157 carries for 1140 yds. Carter 25 catches for 267 yds- Williams 25 catches for 305 yds. Watching the tape of Williams, the announcer kept mentioning, no one in college football breaks as many tackles as Lavonte Williams. His balance is amazing. I’d pick Williams over Carter any day. He is probably an early second or very late first… Read more »

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
Reply to  Mike Pengelly
7 months ago

(1) His name is Javonte, not Lavonte. (2) As you said yourself, Williams definitely won’t be available at the end of the third round. So saying you’d prefer him over Carter is irrelevant in that context, since the cost to acquire one of them is so much higher than the other. It wouldn’t be drafting Carter “over” Williams at all. To land Williams, we’d have to use the first pick of our draft. That’s an enormous investment. Getting a pass catching stud at the end of the 3rd (for the record, I’m not confident Carter will be there for us… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by toofamiliar17
Mike Pengelly
Mike Pengelly(@ontariomike)
7 months ago

Giovanni signs a one yr deal…any idea the cost- is any money guaranteed? Given it’s a one yr deal, we now have 3 running backs who will be free agents in 2022. Shouldn’t a good RB be drafted who if he made the team will be around for a while. Is Giovanni likely to make the team or is this just to create some competition in training camp. Still like Javonte Williams of NC.

AlbJack65
AlbJack65(@albjack65)
7 months ago

As I have stated before, I don’t claim to be an expert on the draft because I haven’t watched college football in several years. It’s just too damned boring. That being said, I do feel like I have a solid feel for the NFL as I’ve followed it intently since the early 70’s. Based upon the Buc’s returning all 22 starters and no major holes to fill, this would seem like a good year to simply look for depth value at each pick and if it isn’t there, then trade for future picks. If they parlay the first 2 or… Read more »

Dman
Dman(@dman)
7 months ago

Not crazy about Dickerson RD1 with injury history. Also why all the 2nd Tier offensive skill positions? Would be surprised if Barnes is still there in RD4, but his lack of speed and cover skills will be an issue. I’d take a closer looks at his teammate [DT] Lorenzo Neal Jr. [yes, his dad is that Lorenzo Neal] Was having a great 2019 season until season ending injury and 2020 was just bizarre in the Big 10.

BDOG
BDOG(@borkdog)
7 months ago

greatest ability is….availability… pass

Erik Jager
Erik Jager(@queensburykid)
7 months ago

Who is gone Brate, Gholston, or Jensen? This draft will determine other future moves. This mock draft most likely would end Jensen’s Buccaneers career most likely. There are so many ways this Buccaneers draft could go that even Jean Dixon could not make an accurate pick. If either Harris or Entienne are available then it could be a home run draft.

toofamiliar17
toofamiliar17(@toofamiliar17)
7 months ago

Positives: If we don’t get the depth edge rusher I think we need, Turner in the 2nd is my dream scenario. I’d be very happy with him here. I checked him out in depth after I read Ledyard’s write up on him and really fell in love with him as a 2nd round pick for us. This was obviously written before the Gio signing, so considering that, I like both Carter and Gainwell at the end of the 3rd, no complaints there. Negatives: I really don’t love Dickerson that early, although I do really like him as a player. I… Read more »

Action Jackson 72
Action Jackson 72(@pwilly13)
7 months ago

Love the first pick! I’m looking forward to the next mock and your adjustments to the priority list after the signing of Geo Bernard.

Dave
Dave(@bucball02)
7 months ago

As far as the player is concerned, I’m as sure on Dickerson as I am about any player in this draft, outside of Kyle Pitts. He’s a can’t miss. He will be a pro bowl caliber player his entire career, so long as his health holds up. So the medical staff needs to be working overtime on this one. They need to be sure. If they give Licht the green light, I’m all for it. In a perfect world, would I love to be able to trade back, get an extra pick, and still get Dickerson….of course. But IMO, if… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Dave
Erik Jager
Erik Jager(@queensburykid)
7 months ago

This draft would make Jensen expendable which would allow the Buccaneers to sign AB. Jensen can be extremely emotional getting stupid penalties. Dickerson could be obtained in the second round allowing a possible trade back. The Buccaneers are not in the position to get a good pass rusher. They can replace Gholston with another run stuffer.

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