The week of the 2019 NFL Draft has arrived, and with it comes PewterReport.com’s FINAL 2019 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.

Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, director of player personnel John Spytek, director of college scouting Mike Biehl and the team’s scouts have been at the East-West Shrine Game practices, the Senior Bowl practices, the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days and private workouts, and have hosted dozens of draft prospects at the AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place as the Bucs prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft and have stacked the talent on the team’s draft board. Tampa Bay has the fifth overall pick due to the team’s 5-11 finish for a second straight season, which led to the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Arians was hired to replace Koetter and brings a veteran staff of coaches with him to Tampa Bay, including defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who primarily runs a 3-4 scheme, but will adapt his defense to fit the talent on the roster. Bowles and Arians want more speed on defense this year across the board.

BUCS’ NEEDS ADDRESSED IN THIS MOCK DRAFT

The Buccaneers have seven picks to start the 2019 NFL Draft and could end up with another one if the team trades defensive tackle Gerald McCoy as they hope to do. McCoy won’t be traded straight up for a draft selection, but could be packaged with another Tampa Bay pick to move up in a round to get a desired targeted player.

As you will see in PewterReport.com’s final mock draft, the Bucs take advantage of the talent and depth on the defensive side of the ball with selections at inside linebacker, outside linebacker/edge rusher, defensive end, cornerback and defensive tackle. Tampa Bay needs a new inside linebacker to replace Kwon Alexander, and perhaps Kendell Beckwith, whose career is in jeopardy following a broken ankle that kept him out of the 2018 season. The Bucs signed Deone Bucannon and re-signed Kevin Minter, but only to one-year deals.

The Bucs have a need at the five-technique defensive end position where Will Gholston is limited as a pass rusher and fill a need there, and also at the three-technique defensive tackle spot if the team indeed moves on from McCoy, who is 31 and is due $13 million this season. Cornerback is also a need with Vernon Hargreaves III and Ryan Smith entering contract years. The Bucs are switching to a press-man coverage scheme and find a big, fast, physical cornerback.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bucs fill a need at right tackle as Demar Dotson will be 34 this year and Caleb Benenoch has not shown much in the way of development. The Bucs also find a dual threat offensive playmaker that can help at wide receiver and running back.

BUCS’ NEEDS NOT ADDRESSED IN THIS MOCK DRAFT

Rarely do teams fill all of their needs in one draft, and that’s the case with Tampa Bay this year as a few needs aren’t addressed. The Bucs could use more talent at right guard, which has been a huge weakness over the last two years, but will have to let Earl Watford and Alex Cappa duke it out with promising youngster Ruben Holcomb for the starting job. Arians believes that better coaching from line coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert will make the difference here.

Tampa Bay could also use another running back as Peyton Barber only signed a one-year deal, former Cardinals rusher Andre Ellington didn’t play last year due to injuries and Ronald Jones II, the team’s second-round pick a year ago, was a huge disappointment. The Bucs appear to be overconfident in this group, which also includes Shaun Wilson and Dare Ogunbowale, and will likely sign an undrafted free agent runner, perhaps North Dakota State’s Bruce Anderson, rather than draft one. Time will tell if the gamble of developing this young, unproven group of players with better coaching pays off.

The Bucs also don’t address the strong safety spot in this final mock draft. Tampa Bay has a plethora of candidates that could play the box safety, starting with last year’s fourth-round pick, Jordan Whitehead, in addition to Isaiah Johnson and M.J. Stewart, who was drafted in the second round last year, but was badly miscast as a nickel cornerback by former defensive coordinator Mike Smith. The recent signings of Kentrell Brice and Orion Stewart give the Bucs plenty of options to chose from at strong safety.

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Round 1: LSU ILB Devin White
6-1, 240 – Junior

Previous Pick: LSU ILB Devin White
White has been featured as Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in four of the five PewterReport.com mock drafts. In fact, PewterReport.com was the first media outlet to link White to the Buccaneers at No. 5, dating back to January 18. The only time White wasn’t the Bucs’ top pick was when we had a scenario where Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen fell to Tampa Bay at No. 5 in the third Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft. If White and Allen are both available at No. 5 on April 25, it will be interesting to see which way general manager Jason Licht goes with his selection.

If the Bucs trade down, it may only be one spot with the New York Giants, who would want to move up and grab a quarterback – perhaps Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins – as Tampa Bay would not want to lose out on the chance to select White, who is one of the most athletic and physical defenders in this year’s draft. He is viewed as a legitimate Top 5 pick and won’t get outside the Top 10 due to his blazing 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash, his play-making ability and his leadership qualities.

Bucs LB Lavonte David– Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs LB Lavonte David– Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

At first glance, linebacker doesn’t seem like a position of need with Lavonte David leading the way as a team captain, in addition to Kevin Minter, who was re-signed and Deone Bucannon, who was added on a one-year deal to play the Moneybacker role in nickel defense. But David turns 29 this year, and Tampa Bay’s defense could use a tremendous leader to replace Kwon Alexander, one with speed and play-making ability to take over the Bucs defense for the long haul.

To say that White is an alpha male would be an understatement. He’s the type of leader than can change a culture, and that’s what is needed at One Buccaneer Place. White, who is an effective blitzer from inside or from the edge, has the ability to play all of the linebacker spots, whereas a player like Michigan’s Devin Bush is likely better suited at WILL linebacker rather than in the middle where he played for the Wolverines.

Keep in mind that Kendell Beckwith, a player capable of playing MIKE or SAM linebacker in Tampa Bay missed all of the 2018 campaign after recovering from a broken ankle last offseason. Beckwith, the team’s third-round pick in 2017, had setbacks with his ankle upon returning to practice in October after missing training camp and the preseason, and his status for 2019 remains in doubt.

The same could be said for Jack Cichy, last year’s sixth-round pick who tore his ACL in the Cleveland game shortly after Alexander tore his. With the availability of Beckwith and Cichy in question heading into 2019, in addition to Minter and Bucannon only being signed for one year, this underlies the need for another playmaking linebacker that could play and make an impact in Bowles’ defense, which will feature a 3-4 Under scheme.

White, who just turned 21 in January, was the leader of the Tigers defense over the last two seasons in which he was a first-team All-SEC linebacker. After being a second-team All-American in 2017 for recording 133 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one interception, White was the 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker. As a consensus All-American last year, White terrorized the SEC, leading the conference in tackles with 123 stops, 12 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, three sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

White’s LSU Career Defensive Stats
2016: 30 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR
2017: 133 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 PBUs, 1 INT
2018: 123 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 6 PBUs, 3 sacks, 3 FFs, 2 FRs

One of the fastest and most explosive linebackers in college football, White has drawn comparisons to Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis, and has rare sideline-to-sideline speed. His 4.42 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine was the fastest among all linebackers this year. When he hits, White brings the full force of his well-built 240-pound frame, and is also a dangerous blitzer.

“I’ve been a part of Ray Lewis,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron told Rivals.com. “I’ve been a part of Patrick Willis, and he’s right there. He’s one of the best I’ve ever been a part of as far as middle linebackers go. He’s very talented, and I think he’s still getting better.”

LSU LB Devin White – Photo from LSU

White is a perfect fit for Bowles’ attack-style defense and can play on all three downs due to his speed and ability to blitz and drop in coverage. While he has to work on shedding blocks better at the next level, White has honed his instincts over the last two years and has a nose for the football. He also brings confidence and leadership ability to Tampa Bay’s defense.

“First and foremost I tell them, the tape don’t lie,” White said at his pro day. “It’ll speak for itself. The type of player I’ve been for LSU the last three years, even when I wasn’t in the spotlight and I wasn’t playing I was a guy who was always cheering on the other teammate. I was a guy who played special teams and just came to work everyday with a relentless attitude, whether it was in the weight room or the film room or the classroom. I was a guy who never missed a class at LSU. I was here three and a half years and I’m proud of that. I was a guy who had over a 3.0 every semester. I’ve got four classes and then I graduate. My work speaks for itself.”

LSU has a rich tradition for pumping out NFL-caliber linebackers with Tampa Bay having had three of them in Alexander, Beckwith and Minter. Other LSU linebackers in the NFL include Atlanta’s Deion Jones and Duke Riley, both of whom played with White, in addition to Seattle’s Barkevious Mingo, Detroit’s Kelvin Sheppard and Buffalo’s Corey Thompson.

Since PewterReport.com first linked White to the Bucs at No. 5 back in January, other media outlets have joined in, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper, NFL.com’s Charles Davis, Peter Schrager, Lance Zierlein and Bucky Brooks, and CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, Ryan Wilson and R.J. White.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht has shown an affinity for acquiring LSU linebackers over the years, and White may be the most talented of them all and a player whose skill set aligns with Bowles’ attacking schemes. Check out his new highlight video below.

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  1. This would be a disaster.

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  2. Devin White plays and tackles high, which is a concern. I won’t deny his speed and tenacity. I prefer a DE/OLB here.

    Im not sold on Jaylon Ferguson, but I love the fully grown game that Zach Allen brings. I would take Allen in round 2. No way he’s there in round 3.

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    • I like Allen too. Maybe we could trade down to the middle of the second and get him? I think early second round where the Bucs are drafting may actually be a bit of a reach. I think he’s a mid to late 2nd rounder – very doubtful he’s a 3rd.

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  3. No OL til later rounds? Yeah, let’s just completely ignore fixing the OL which was a disaster last year..terrible mock.

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    • Agreed. The most glaring need on this team and easiest fix I think would be drafting a RG in the 1st or 2nd rounds. I’m even for a guy who’s a tweener and plays RG for a year before moving out to RT. But, waiting till the 3rd or later is a bit risky (see last year’s reach for Alex Cappa LOL).

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  4. I too worry about whites bad tackling habits, he may have gotten away with tackling high in college but we know that won’t work in the NFL..the good thing though is that he can fix it, it may be a bad habit of his but it is fixable. White should still be a solid pro, but I’d much rather draft a pass rusher at 5..I still say trade down if Bosa, Allen, Williams are gone..if we do stay, and those 3 I mentioned are gone, I’d be ok with taking Oliver too..can’t wait til the draft!

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    • Judging by a few other commenters, I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees flaws in White’s game (albeit a very good game overall). People draw the comparisons to Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis, but those two were drafted 11th and 26th overall, respectively. Therefore, I think 5 is a little early. If they’re gonna draft him, I think 7-10 is a good range and perhaps pick up another 4th or so. Just don’t blow that pick like the Roberto Aguayo trade.

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  5. Rather see a RT taken 2nd rd than another LB. don’t like this draft at all other than white at 5.

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  6. This would actually be a solid draft.
    I think it will be Oliver or white.
    We would be stout up front after this draft but still have the worst secondary in football

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  7. I’d love to see…
    1st round Williams, Allen, Bosa, or Oliver IF they don’t trade down
    2nd round lindstrom, guard, BC
    3rd round rock yo sin, DB temple
    4th round Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
    5th round best available linebacker
    6th round best available linebacker
    7th Travis homer, RB Miami.
    Of course none of this will happen but it’s still fun to speculate. Lol. Let’s go draft!

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    • I’d hate to have Willis on this team. He seems like a cancer. Nobody wants a player who steals their own team mates stuff (google his freshman year at Florida).

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  8. White and hurd are the only picks I like. Smh you guys need to stop mock drafting. It’s making us angry because you guys suck at it.

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  9. Scott, how do you ignore the Oline. Ridiculous. Know you love Devin White, but if you choose MBL over Dline in round 1, you’ve got to go after Oline in round 2. We need to replace the right side and their are solid picks to be made in round 2 to start that process.

    And I’ll take Dontavious Russell over Byron Cowart every day of the week.

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  10. This is a solid draft..u really can build a defense with this.Zach Allen and Jaylon Ferguson two powerful guys in the same draft.

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  11. Everybody is assuming AZ is going QB with that 1st pick. And they might just surprise everybody. If they do, the whole draft changes. Luv your picks here though Scott.

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  12. A sincere comment for the pewter report staff. After reading the article that Jason Licht needs to hit his second round pick, isn’t this a bit of a stretch and gamble going for a person who is in the fbs and seems to have had a bad combine? Doesn’t a solid offense of lineman Or someone else seem to be a much safer pic to help the team in need

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  13. So many people think White is going to be the pick. I just dont see that happening. With so many good DE/DT to choose from its got to be D-line. Williams/Allen/Oliver.

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    • There are rumblings that Arizona isn’t going to take Kyler Murray #1 now. If this happens and no team trades up with the 49ers, Jets or Raiders for a QB then it’s possible that Bosa, Q Williams, Allen and Oliver are gone. What do the Bucs do then? Take Devin White or Brian Burns(reach) or trade back if a team comes calling. The Bucs selecting a premium Defense player is contingent on a QB going in the top 4. I really don’t see that happening. This QB class is good but there aren’t any great ones.

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  14. I don’t really know what will be satisfying with this Draft… I don’t mind having all those guys on our team. I feel like we need another Lineman in the 2nd, but then you want another Dlineman. I honestly think the only way to be somewhat satisfied is to trade and pick up an extra 2nd and 3rd.

    I would be fine with trading down and grabbing someone like Burns mid Round 1. Then we can grab 2 Olineman, a Dlineman, and a CB or MLB in rounds 2 and 3. Then we can go BPA on Day 3…

    But I got 10 downvotes last time I suggested that. I don’t think the Draft will ever make everyone happy. I just hope they do whatever they can to get as many solid, dedicated, team players that will improve this team for years to come…

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  15. White has HUGE bust potential. Drafting him at 5 would be an absolute disaster. We draft Bosa, Allen, William’s, Oliver, or trade down. Those are the ONLY options we should consider.

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  16. Kinda surprising mock but I like it. Devin White will be excellent as an every down player and QB of our defense! Ferguson and Allen in the same draft certainly stocks up our trenches. Kinda surprised you have Allen dropping to the 3rd round and while rare, PR isn’t the only one who has projected this. I like it.

    The later round picks is highlighted by the OT Udoh and Dean. Kinda late to be addressing our right side of the line as bad as Benenoch and Cappa were last year but our defensive line is looking barren if we don’t draft two DL this year. Seems McCoy and Gholston might be cap casualties before the start of the season, but I’m kinda hoping a McCoy restructure is still possible.

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  17. You strikeout immediately with the first pick SR, White at 5 is insane. Just as insane as your boy Vea over James.

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  18. Man, I hope this isn’t what we come out with 🙁

    Ty for the final mock! Let’s see what we get!

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  19. I will be satisfied with White, but we can do better.

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  20. Love this draft, this would set the defense for years to come, you hope that the tackle from Elon, Caleb Benenoch or Alex Cappa develops to solidify the right side of the line. But White, Ferguson and I do not believe Allen falls to the the 3rd, but if he does you pounce. This may not be a star studded defense but you know it will be tough and gritty. Both Allen and White have that grit that will transpire to the entire defense. However, would like a possible small trade back, still land white and add Nasir Adderley.

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  21. My first pick would be White all day, this defense needs a leader more then anything and this kids the best in this draft, Second round, RT, I saw enough of Dotson last year. Third, fourth, I’m getting my DE, DT. Fifth on BPA leaning towards both lines of scrimmage.

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  22. Let me start by saying while i do think White will be a great player in the league i really hope we get Williams or Allen with our fist pick if they’re available. I don’t think lbs have the impact on a defense like they used to. The only inside backer in the league i think his team dies without him is kuechly. Other than that they all seem interchangeable to a degree. I also worry about our transition to a 3-4 for our des paul and nassib. I might not understand how they’ll be used but i dont see either of them being useful off the line of scrimmage because they’re both bigger and not as quick.
    With all that said a dream scenario for me in this draft would be:
    1. Josh Allen
    2. Chris Lindstrom
    3. Zach Allen
    4. Inside linebacker
    5. Right tackle (maybe Udoh)
    6. Defensive tackle
    7. Kick returner

    Picks 4-7 can be in any order.
    I think most of our top talent can compete with anyone. What we lack is depth. People get hurt every year and there’s a sharp drop off to our backups at de dt lb rt and rg.
    I think nassib could flex to a 5 technique and then we could rush the passer with vea paul allen allen and nassib. Sounds terrifying to me. Anyway i liked the mock. Hope everyone enjoyed my take prior to the draft.

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  23. If Licht waits until round 5 to go OL he should be fired immediately. SR clearly doesn’t get it at all or, like the talking carrot’s puppets, is just trying to smooth the ground for the mistake his idol is about to make.

    If this was Licht’s first Bucs draft instead of his last, I’d understand it. But as much as anything this shows the compounding damage of bad drafts over time, you are forced to fill holes each year instead of building on strengths.

    Think about what one key injury would mean. Unless Kappa turns into Marpet 2.0, Smith starts consistently finishing plays, Dot turns back the clock 3 years and Jensen suddenly is able to keep his cool, we may be able to get by early but in the back half you’d better have the spleen cart idling.

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  24. So who is going to start 3T in place of McCoy? Licht’s really not going to address RG, the weakest position on the team? The one bright side to this draft would be that it would seal Licht’s fate, and the Bucs may get a competent GM next season.

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  25. Love this draft except the LB at 5. I guess IF Williams & Allen are both gone AND no one will trade down, THEN Ok, otherwise no thank you. If we trade down & get LB D. White then sweet! The rest I really think would be a coup but get them & extra picks to add maybe a RB to Pewter’s mock all the better. Wouldn’t mind either ove of those Memphis RBs or both if with extra late picks that would be sweet. 1 is a really good back the other would be a good KR & 3rd down back. To be honest, I could care less who they draft as long as they ALL WORKOUT & become All-Pro’s & starters. Good luck Jason, good luck Bucs!

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  26. Honestly, this draft kinda blows. White will more than likely be one hell of a player, but I’m not sold on him…. At 5, that is. The only part of this I would even get a little excited over is Allen and Hurd in rounds 3 and 7, respectively. Other than that….. PASS

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  27. Based on the above post we are all over the board in terms of draft consensus. I am not a big White fan and have believed much of his popularity is smoke. Not sure how you can quick fix a defense from 4-3 to 3-4 and plan to win now. The real mystery will be solved in camp when we find out if BA and Bowls can coach up hidden gems already on the roster. At this point I am resolved to Best Available with emphasis on Pass rush and Running game. Would rather see proven OL in second, RB 3rd, and Edge rusher at 5. Finally since we don’t know what’s in BA’s head, I’m prepared for anything.

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  28. The only player I would take over White is Williams, but I still believe White will be able to do more over all for our defense. There are a lot of good DT’s, and DE’s in this draft, and we pick high in each round. You’re not going to get a White type LB after pick ten, or maybe not until another 5 to 10 years. White has lead the best conference in football the SEC in tackles, that’s a beast. Our defense has no heart, or soul, they fold like a deck of cards. We need Whites leadership to turn this D’s attitude around, someone to charge us up that hill. Allen, and Williams, as great as they are, can they be that X factor? All these players at the top of the draft are great. Where us fans are lacking is the sit down interviews. That’s what it’s going to come down to for us I believe. Truth is we need all three, MLB, DT, DE, but the first pick will come down to the person more then the player. I think Whites leadership abilities wins out.

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  29. Don’t mind White. If the Bucs don’t grab White, how far does he fall maybe the Cincinnati or father. Why not drop down a little pick up picks and still get your man.

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  30. The criticism of what Pewter Report thinks might play out and NOT what they hope happens is absolutely hysterical and so predictable. Ok, I get that folks have been programmed to think you don’t draft an inside linebacker, guard, safety, or in our case, kicker at the 5 spot. For me, if White is the best player, I’m fine with it. I’d rather have the top linebacker if he’s better than the 4th best defensive lineman.

    I’ll always be a BPA proponent because drafting purely for need, like you’re filling out some Concentration game board with the missing pieces, will leave you with a weak roster. Everyone claims they want to take the best player and then promptly focus on perceived needs. Look, I want to fill those needs too, but not at the expense of missing out on the better overall player. Goodness knows we can throw a dart all all of the positions and hit a need.

    What we don’t know when assessing need is who might get injured, who might decline more rapidly than thought and who might develop beyond our expectations. That’s why I hope Jason and staff simply take who they think is the best player at the time and see how it shakes out.

    This team can’t afford to get cute with any of the choices in the first three rounds. Let Jerry “Facelift” Jones do that. We can’t take a player who has sucked up until now who they think has “potential”. I’m not marrying a fat girl with a pretty face just because she’s on a diet.

    I’ve seen our favorite team make what turned out to be a lot of Draft mistakes over the years. At least Licht hasn’t traded away our premium pick for the likes of Jack Thompson, Chris Chandler, Booker Reece or Wally Chambers. Ahhhh the memories.

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  31. Licht needs to find a eventual replacement for either McCoy or JPP in round 1.

    Williams, Allen, Oliver or Sweat.

    Williams or Allen at five or Oliver or Sweat after trading down.

    If both Williams and Allen are gone at 5 and the Bucs can’t trade down, then I think you have to consider Oliver or Sweat at 5 unless you truly believe White is in the same class as Lewis and Willis.

    If White ends up being a great leader and has a career anything like Lewis, then all these experts saying drafting White at 5 is “insane” will be completely wrong.

    The Bucs will get a good player in the first round, but where they need to nail their picks are in round 2-5.

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    • Replacements for McCoy, JPP, David & Jensen all need to be addressed as salary age doesn’t weigh well based on salary and age. Based on rumors and pundits, McCoy will be traded or released (agree a trade scenario would most likely be a package deal with a pick to move up a round, but think if it happens it will more likely from 7th to 6th or a team will just wait for the release – assuming the need is out there and McCoy sees an opportunity to make the playoffs in the next year or two at 1/3 to 1/4 of current salary). JPP had his best year in the past 3 and while we can hope for a year like that again, age & numerous rookies will make that almost impossible to repeat. If we do take White at 5 – why wouldn’t we at least entertain a trade of David – again age vs. salary makes it highly likely he won’t be here for a 3 year (re-load). Jensen should be on the list to, but don’t see any trade value or a draft pick that can step without at least two years NFL experience. Understand Smith signing, but now we’re stuck for a 2-3 years unless we take a big dead cap hit next year if he doesn’t turn it around. Enough has been said about Jameis as to the 25 million per he will command if he plays up to top 10 standard. While this year may have been cap hell, if the Bucs don’t hit well in the draft, finish around .500, would expect major movements next year with a reload becoming a rebuild. Now is the time for hope, but plugging 5 defensive draft picks in the first 6 picks? It would certainly make the QB’s in our division salivate!

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  32. I like Sweat at 5 if not White and I don’t think Hurd will last that long?

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  33. Best Defender available in 1st. I also see Nasib becoming your 5 tech DE.2nd rd I like the kid from BC at 5 tech DE or the RG from BC or Center from NC state. 3rd rd best RB or CB available. 4th rd whichever position we didn’t address in the 3rd rd.5th rd LB or DL. 6th and 7th rd Best player available depth.

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  34. .My belief is the Trenches will fix most everything, and Scott picks don’t support my belief.
    Where is the REAL 3-4 Edge Rushers on this team; surely not Pierre, Gholston, Nassib as they thrived in a 4-3 and haven’t been tested in the past as legit 3-4 players?

    I’m hoping we trade down several spots and resolve much of the trenches as possible in the first two rounds.
    Go Bucs!

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  35. I really like Allen, Udoh and the CB Dean a lot!! Not sure about the rest. I also don’t care what his production was, I am NOT taking a smaller school guy who is SLOW and could not do the 3 come drill without falling in the 2nd round!! That pick HAS to be a hit, not a reach. Also, I like the big Evans clone at WR, but our group is already really strong and there has to be a better option available with that pick. Maybe get him if he goes undesired.

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  36. Monumental stupidity to reach for Diva White at 5. This is insane.

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  37. Ah, scubog remembers the admiral.

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  38. I hate the first two rounds that PR picked this time. White is D. Jackson (read diva) in a linebackers body. We all love money, but this kid is off the charts discussing before he is drafted.
    Either Bosa, Allen, or Williams should be there at 5. If not – trade down.
    I would like to see Meathead package some picks and trade up into the second round and select …Braden Mann, the Ray Guy award winning punter out of Texas A&M.

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  39. The big reason I like White is..he is sideline to sideline and plays tough, hard, physical and fast. We need this!
    Our LB’s have been fair to good. But White is physical..kinda like Derrick Brooks was. At some point, this Buc Defense is going to have to Ruck up and play nasty. White is a great start.

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  40. No replacement for McCoy?? Are you kidding me?

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  41. What lunatic would get into a brawl with someone Ferguson’s size. Count me out.

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  42. I’m a big fan of the emphasis on the front 7, but there’s no way we can wait till round 5 to address the Oline. Address the Oline in the 2nd-3rd round and this draft would be pretty solid. Not a big fan of White at 5 either, trade down a few spots to pick up some extra picks and I’d be fine with him there. Hopefully one of the big 3 falls but if not, we need the extra picks.

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  43. Trade Down With Miami For 2nd and 3rd Round picks:
    1 – Christian Wilkins DT
    2a – Zach Allen DE
    2b – Justin Layne CB
    3a – Bobby Evans OT
    3b – Mecole Hardman WR
    4 – Tre Watson LB
    5 – PJ Johnson DT
    6 – Tony Pollard RB
    7 – Derick Roberson DE

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  44. @theerealdiehl
    So let me get this straight, you’re basing a kids entire life on something he did when he was 18? If that was the case you probably would’ve hated drafting Sapp, or Jameis, or hell, 1/3 of the NFL players they’ve been in trouble in their lives. Willis’ last two years at Miami we’re squeaky clean and he dominated. This is the fourth we’re talking about here, not the first or second round.

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    • Don’t get me wrong, I believe in second chances. Speaking from experience, I’ve done many things in the past that I had to pay for and learn from. But to me, stealing from your own team mate is like stealing from your own family. It takes a special kind of cancerous person to do that. Perhaps, there’s more to the story and if there is then set the record straight. I wish him the best, but YES it’s the 4th round. This organization can’t afford to miss in any of the rounds this year and all it takes is one player to distract an entire team (see Antonio Brown 6th round draft pick). Sapp or Jameis never stole from their team mates (for the record I wouldn’t have drafted Jameis either).

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  45. 1 Ed Oliver, DT Houston
    2 Justin Layne, CB Michigan State
    3 Vosean Joseph LB Florida
    4 Trayveon Williams RB Texas A&M
    5 Austin Bryant DE Clemson
    6 Brett Rypian QB Boise State

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  46. As pro ready as Devin White is, we need to trade down if Allen, William’s, or Bosa are gone and pick up an extra 2nd rd pick. Drop back a few spots and still take White or Ed Oliver. Than we can address OL ,Dl in the 2nd if White is still the pick or OL, CB if Oliver is the pick. Still like Allen in the 3rd.

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