UPDATED: April 25 – 2:30 p.m.

Will The Bucs Trade For Defensive Help?

The San Francisco 49ers reportedly have former defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, the third overall pick in 2017, on the trading block. Thomas, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal, in addition to an option year in 2021, is set to earn $3 million in 2019 and $4.33 million next year. He’s not a good pass rusher and the 49ers still have two other better first-round defensive linemen in Arik Armstead (2015) and DeForest Buckner (2016).

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs likely won’t bite on a trade unless it was a player-for-player swap that included defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who is a better pass rusher, because Tampa Bay does not want to give up any draft capital. The Bucs have tried to move the 31-year old McCoy this offseason, needing to free up salary cap space to sign the rookie class and make some more moves in free agency. McCoy, who is entering his 10th year in the league, is set to earn $13 million this year.

The other former first-rounder whose name is on the trading block is Houston edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans placed the franchise tag on the 2014 first overall pick, who has recorded 29 sacks in his five year career, including 18.5 over the last two seasons. Houston and Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler, are far apart in contract talks. The Bucs are already paying outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul $14.25 million this year, and can’t afford Clowney.

The problem for Tampa Bay in engaging in any potential player trades is the lack of salary cap space until more cap space is freed up.

Also the Bucs don’t have any interest at this time in trading for New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee, a former Todd Bowles first-round pick. The Jets are expected to release him if they can’t trade him and Tampa Bay may have some interest in him at that time.

UPDATED: April 25 – 9:30 a.m.

White Over Allen?

Nothing concrete to report as I certainly haven’t seen the Bucs’ draft board, but there is a distinct chance that Tampa Bay could have a chance at drafting either LSU inside linebacker Devin White or Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen. Would Bucs general manager Jason Licht select White over Allen?

It could happen. Be prepared.

That would cause some Bucs fans to lose their mind, as there are those that would love to see Tampa Bay draft an edge rusher like Allen, and don’t see the value of taking an off-the-ball linebacker like White with the fifth overall pick. And with Jason Pierre-Paul turning 30 this past January 1, Noah Spence still an unproven player, and Carl Nassib and Shaq Barrett in contract years, there is a need for another outside linebacker. So drafting Allen makes all the sense in the world.

LSU ILB Devin White
LSU ILB Devin White – Photo by: Getty Images

But the Bucs are enamored with White’s speed and playmaking ability, and with running backs like New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara and Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey in the division, having a blazing fast linebacker like White that can cover and blitz also makes a ton of sense. White is viewed as an elite prospect, and his leadership ability is off the charts. Tampa Bay views him as a culture-changer, and that type of mentality is desperately needed on defense, especially with the departure of Kwon Alexander, who was the defense’s heart and soul, to San Francisco via free agency.

With Oakland hosting White for two days last week, there is an outside chance the Bucs may not even have a shot at White if the Raiders pull the trigger and take him at No. 4. If that’s the case, Tampa Bay would still be very happy to land Allen at No. 5, as the New York Jets will likely select Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver at No. 3 if the pre-draft smoke is valid.

There is a reason why the only two players we’ve had in our PewterReport.com 2019 7-Round Mock Drafts – presented by Discount Garage Doors – have been White and Allen. White was our pick for the Bucs in the first two and last two mock drafts, and Allen was the pick in the third mock draft.

UPDATED – April 25 9:20 a.m.

Bucs Trading Down With Redskins?

While there have been some inquiries from Washington about trading up to the No. 5 spot in the first round with Tampa Bay, the Bucs won’t be trading down with the Redskins, who have the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft and need a quarterback. There has been talk within the last 24 hours that the Redskins want to move ahead of the New York Giants to select Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but PewterReport.com has also heard that’s a smokescreen and the quarterback they prefer is Duke’s Daniel Jones.

Trading down 15 spots is too far for the Bucs’ liking. The Bucs have a line in the sand in terms of wanting to slide down, and it’s believed that line is No. 10, but it depends on how many of their Tier 1 prospects are still on the board and are available. Any trade general manager Jason Licht would make would only happen on the clock as the Bucs would want to see how many of the players they covet have been selected and how many remaining Tier 1 players are left when the No. 5 pick rolls around between 30 and 60 minutes after the 2019 NFL Draft begins.

After piecing together some intel and making some suppositions, here are the Bucs’ Tier 1 and Tier 2 players for the first round if I had to make an educated guess.

TIER 1
Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
Ohio State DE Nick Bosa
LSU ILB Devin White
Kentucky OLB Josh Allen
Houston DT Ed Oliver
Mississippi State OLB Montez Sweat
Florida RT Jamar Taylor

TIER 2
Florida State OLB Brian Burns
Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence
Michigan ILB Devin Bush
Alabama RT Jonah Williams
Michigan DL Rashan Gary
Oklahoma RT Cody Ford
Washington CB Byron Murphy
LSU CB Greedy Williams
Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram
Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown

So if the draft went like this with no quarterback taken in the first four picks …

1. Arizona: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
2. San Francisco: Ohio State DE Nick Bosa
3. NY Jets: Houston DT Ed Oliver
4. Oakland: LSU LB Devin White
5. Tampa Bay: Kentucky OLB Josh Allen

… then the Bucs would still not trade down because they would have the chance to draft an elite player – whether it’s Allen, White or Oliver – at No. 5. The only trade scenario Licht might entertain would be a swap from No. 5 to No. 6 with the New York Giants if the Giants really want a quarterback and are afraid the Bucs might deal down with the Redskins.

New York does not want to see NFC East rival Washington leap-frog them to take the first quarterback. Trading down one spot with the Giants would allow Licht the chance to pick up another draft pick and still be able to take Allen, White or Oliver one spot later.

Bucs’ Best-Case Scenario At No. 5

So what’s the best-case scenario for a trade down situation for Tampa Bay? This one might be the only situation where the Bucs would feel comfortable trading back a few spots because three elite prospects they covet are still on the board, but it’s highly unlikely to occur.

1. Arizona: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
2. San Francisco: Ohio State DE Nick Bosa
3. NY Jets: Houston DT Ed Oliver
4. Washington: (trade w/Oakland) OSU QB Dwayne Haskins/Duke QB Daniel Jones
5. Tampa Bay: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams

In this situation, Licht’s wildest dream comes true as he has the chance to select Williams, who is believed to be the number one player on the Bucs’ draft board, at No. 5. But Tampa Bay also has the chance to select White and Allen. With three of their top players available at No. 5, it would be tempting to move back a few spots, but the problem is that while the Giants need a quarterback at No. 6, the Jaguars, Lions and Bills, which pick seventh – ninth, respectively, don’t need a QB and won’t want to trade up. The would love to stay where they are and gobble up some of those defensive studs (Jacksonville will likely take an offensive tackle at No. 7).

Denver picks at No. 10 and needs help at quarterback and inside linebacker, but if the Broncos traded up with the Bucs it could very well be for White instead of a QB. And if the quarterback the Giants wanted is already gone, they may opt to draft Allen or Williams instead. So Tampa Bay would be shooting itself in the foot by trading down with Denver, as the Lions or Bills would make sure that both Allen and Williams would be gone by No. 10 when the Bucs were on the clock swapping picks with the Broncos.

If the above scenario happened, Licht would demand that a card with Williams’ name be rushed to the podium in Nashville. Trading down one spot with the Giants seems like the only reasonable trade down scenario the Licht might entertain.

Vea To Replace McCoy?

With the growing possibility that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy could be traded during the 2019 draft (or released afterwards to free up $13 million in cap room), the Bucs would need to draft a replacement at the three-technique spot, right? Not necessarily. Tampa Bay used the 12th overall draft pick on Vita Vea last year and he has the versatility to not only play nose tackle in Todd Bowles’ 3-4 scheme, but also the three-technique defensive tackle position. In fact, Vea lined up at both spots during the team’s three-day mini-camp, which McCoy did not attend.

Bucs DT Vita Vea
Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I asked Vea if he had slimmed down this offseason (because it looks like he has) and he admitted he has lost some weight this offseason. Vea arrived at One Buccaneer Place last year at 347 pounds and played around 340 after losing weight while rehabbing his calf injury. If I had to guess, I would say that Vea weighs close to 330 pounds right now, and the added quickness he gained at his lighter weight will help him playing the three-technique defensive tackle spot if he indeed replaces McCoy.

Keep an eye on Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound mountain of a man, who is built similarly to Vea. We already know that Licht likes big defensive tackles, evidenced by the selection of Vea and the signing of 320-plus-pound defensive tackles like Chris Baker and Beau Allen over the last two years.

If Lawrence slides down into the latter picks of the first round or somehow falls to Day 2, the Bucs could pounce and trade up. Bowles was at the Clemson pro day and came away impressed with both defensive tackles Lawrence and Christian Wilkins, a three-technique defensive tackle, who will likely be drafted ahead of Lawrence.

Lawrence would be an ideal fit at nose tackle in Bowles’ 3-4 scheme and that would prompt the move of Vea to the three-technique spot to ultimately replace McCoy.

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  1. I want white personally but that just me…. would not be upset with Allen or trade down and get Devin Bush or Dexter Lawrence….

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  2. Well I am excited for the first round I am equally excited for the second round. If Risner is there at the top of the 2nd the Bucs should pounce on drafting him.

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  3. Great remarks, Scott. You’ve given me some new wrinkles to consider after all of the mocks and debates I’ve seen so far.

    I had envisioned a possible great debate maybe two to five years from now about who is the best nose tackle in the NFL between Vita Vea and Dexter Lawrence. I never imagined a scenario where they would both be Buccaneers.
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  4. JPP, Lawrence, Vea, and Allen sound awesome!

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  5. Yeah Lawrence is being overlooked but there are rumors that the Patriots may be interested in him.

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  6. If the bucs take an inside LB and not Allen that would be a huge mistake. I’m not that of on am inside LB like everyone else is, especially int he top 5. Dont care about his speed or leadership, hes on INSIDE LB. He wont even be on the field in nickle. And let’s not forget he cant wait to make 100 million dollars so be ready to pay the man
    Personally I think we get the miracle and get quinnen williams. 2 QBs go top 5 and we still get our guy. At least I hope we do.

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  7. Great work Scott and the rest of the staff at Pewter Report.
    I am hopeful that Devin White becomes a great player for the Bucs, but I do think the fact that Pewter Report has pretty much known whom the Bucs were drafting for quite some time is not a good thing.

    To me it is a sign of a dysfunctional front office that does not know how to keep company secrets.

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  8. Scott Devin Bush is just as fast White, If the Bucs have ILB that high then they would have made the trade already. They have Ed Oliver way higher up than you think.

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  9. I’m all in on White at this point. If he is viewed as the best player available then take him. I don’t care what position he plays, if he is as good as most think then he will be an instant impact player and that’s what this team needs. Really if Bosa, Williams, Allen, or White or even Oliver are our pick tonight then we got better on defense. Licht can’t mess this one up. Unless he trys to get cute and trade down too far. Get an elite defender and change this defense!

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  10. Scott- If you are listening….What are the odds that TB trades up to #3 to get Quinnen Williams? He IS the best player in the draft.

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  11. If Licht takes an off-ball linebacker when one of the premier pass rushers is still on the board he should be fired on the spot

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  12. I don’t care how fast White is.. From everything I’ve heard his instincts aren’t elite at all.. Please don’t pass on Josh Allen for him! I’ve seen SEVERAL mocks today with us doing just that.. Fingers nervously crossed..

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  13. White is being compared to Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis! Not Kwon and Mason Foster. If he is that talented then he won’t come off the field, someone else will. We don’t have a Lewis or Willis type of player so if he can be that type of player you don’t pass on him. I love the idea of having an “ Alpha” male in the middle of our defense, the leader that McCoy is not and the voice that L.David is not. This team probably needs a Player like White more than people think.

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  14. JPP, Allen, Vea and Burns all day. Still have Stevie T and Nunez-Roches that can fill the NT spot behind Allen.

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  15. If Licht takes White over Allen, he should be fired immediately.

    8.5 career sacks

    31.5 career sacks

    One is not a top 5 pick. It’s not that hard to see.

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  16. I am hoping it is Allen @5 to be honest!

    Just have to see how it unfolds.

    And yeah Oliver is probably a darkhorse possibility.

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  17. Giants trade up and stab us in the back by taking Josh Allen. Everyone loves edge.

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  18. I think Bucs are fixated on White. Even if Allen or Williams is available, I think they might ignore them and pick White regardless. White will certainly be a good player, But getting Allen would be like getting Simeon Rice. Getting Williams would be like getting Warren Sapp. They are generational talents.

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  19. How about trading back with the Redskins for a king’s ransom and then trading back up to say 8 or 9 and then taking White? Not sure how much draft capital it would take but I think they may still come out ahead with more picks.

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  20. White is NOT in the class of Ray Lewis, Kuechly, or Willis. He is a poor tackler, has questionable instincts, and is a relative unknown in coverage. Taking him over any of the top 4 players would be an epic disaster. I question the football knowledge of anyone trying to compare White to the elite ILBs of recent past.

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  21. I sure hope the hype on White is a smoke screen. If Williams or Allen aren’t there then I’m trading down regardless of how low should we go. Reality to me is we need several more good players and the draft is the quickest way to find them. Coaching can only go so far same for the GM. Go Bucs!

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  22. These are great choices to have. My preference would be 1. Q. Williams, 2. J. Allen and then 3. D. White. Trenches, trenches, trenches.

    If both Williams and Allen are off the board, a trade down would make sense. Dropping a couple slots and still getting White would be a steal. Montez Sweat is incredible and I wouldn’t mind getting him later as well.

    I hate having to use a premium pick on replacing Kwon, but I’ve watched White enough crushing opponents in the SEC to discount all these critics that say he can’t tackle, has poor instincts, etc. Total crap. The guy is a stud.

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  23. Nybuccguy- So you question professional talent elevators. I’m not comparing White to hall of fame linebackers, they are. Your just some guy with your opinion just like everyone else. You make yourself look stupid by declaring a player not elite or worthy. Im sure your player evaluations are in high demand and the countless hours of game film you watch and break down are must read information. But “My opinion “ is that if White is the pick then our defense will be better with him.

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  24. Unless you have a choice between Williams and Allen (a hard one), Allen is the choice. Anyone else in this draft would be a mistake for the Bucs if Allen is available 5th overall.

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  25. What if we are giving the impression that White is who we will take no matter what at #5 just so no one tries to Trade up ahead of us to get Allen or Williams? Just a thought…

    The nice thing is that all we really need on Offense is Oline, so unless we take a RB somewhere in Day 2 or 3 as a return man, most of the picks this weekend are going to be Defense so no matter what our Defense will be better after Saturday…

    I like how they specifically pulled Capa aside this week to see if He has what it takes to start this year… If he does we will be drafting a Tackle, if they didn’t like what they saw then they will also be drafting a Guard…

    I’m nervous an excited, but either way our team is going to get better this week… I have Faith…

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  26. If you don’t have a pass rush from your DL I don’t care who your linebackers are you will get burned every time. It’s a joke to think a ILB is as important as a IDL. Go ask Derek Brooks if having Warren Sapp didn’t make a difference.

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  27. Y’all can debate on who the fifth pick should be or if we should trade down and how far all day long. What I wanna know is who this Jamar Taylor kid is. PR has him listed as a “Tier 1” prospect, but I’ve never heard of him

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  28. You build a playoff team from the trenches out, everyone knows this. My dream draft

    Round 1:
    Ed Oliver
    Round 2:
    Dalton Risner

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  29. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. If Bosa, J Allen and Q Williams are all off the board when #5 comes on the clock, I trade down. It’s only one of those 3 for me at #5.

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  30. Trench players are by far more valuable than an ILB..and Arians said that they will draft BPA over needs, hiring for needs will get you fired..Bosa, Allen, and Williams should be the pick at 5 not white..I’d only take white if we trade down and he happens to be there. He could be great but at 5 that is not maximizing the value of that pick.

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  31. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Scott guarantee us last year Licht wouldn’t trade out of our pick? And now he’s saying it again? Hmmmm….

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  32. “So drafting Allen makes all the sense in the world. But the Bucs…”

    Want to know why the team has missed the playoffs the past 11 seasons? Want to know why Jason Licht’s record at 27-53 is actually one game worse than what got Mark Dominik fired? You have your answer in the sentence above.

    The Bucs have locked onto White, he’s effectively their guy barring Quinnen Williams falling and no matter that a pass rushing EDGE with 31.5 career sacks might be available is going to stop them from getting their MLB of the future.

    I’m sure White will be a fine player, probably make a number of Pro Bowls, but if they rate the EDGE in the same class they rate him, you take Josh Allen. Pro Football is all about the pass. It’s about protecting the QB or getting the QB to the ground. Devin White does neither. Josh Allen does one. And if you have any reason to debate whether Jason Licht or his staff know what they’re doing in the draft, look no further than his 2018 NFL Draft.

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  33. NYBUCCGUY – Look at White’s production, look at his speed, and look at the leadership quality. Every player comes out of college needing to work on eliminating weaknesses in their game, and White is no exception. Even with the production White’s had, he’s no where near his ceiling since he’s only played the linebacker position for a few years.

    This draft is deep in DE/OLB talent. It’s not deep at all at ILB. This team needs a field general as much as it needs an ILB, DT, CB, and DE. Players like White don’t come around often at all, and it would be a mistake to pass on him if available at no. 5. The only player the Bucs should take ahead of White is Q Williams, if Scott’s dream scenario takes place. Drafting Q Williams would instantly give the Bucs a top 10 DL, maybe top 5. Can you say the same about Josh Allen?

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  34. @EricNV Wierd to say that MLB’s like Devin White don’t come around often…Roquan Smith literally came out last year so are you suggesting White is expected to be vastly superior? Are we saying that Devin White is expected to be a notch above Luke Keuchly, Bobby Wagner (2nd rd pick) Eric Kendricks (2nd rd pick), Deion Jones (2nd rd pick), Kwon Alexander (4th rd pick), Telvin Smith (5th rd pick)?

    Also weird that you would discount any lineman or edge capable of getting 10+ sacks in a year as not giving the d-line a huge boost just because you feel Quinnen Williams is better. I’m pretty sure JPP helped the line significantly with his 12.5 sacks last year. I’m also pretty sure JPP is 30 years old and likely has 2-3 more solid years of production left. Anyone else on the edge that you think scares opposing offenses?

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  35. Devin White, LB
    Dalton Risner, OG
    Miles Sanders, RB
    Jamel Dean, CB
    Byron Cowart, DT
    Olisaemeka Udoh, OT
    Jimmy Moreland, CB

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  36. I just hope they don’t take Bosa if he falls to them. This guy got hurt too much in college, and if he’s injury prone in college, he won’t last too long in the NFL. Just one Dude’s opinion…

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  37. So many experts on this board. Surprised you guys aren’t getting paid for your opinions. I’ll be ecstatic about either White or Allen or Oliver. Actually, aside from Hargreaves Licht has been pretty successful with his first round picks. Is Vita stays healthy he is going to be a star. The most difficult thing to predict is injuries. Several guys who do get paid have said that White is a “generational player” and a rare team leader. The only argument against White has been whether he should be selected at 5. When the buccaneers didn’t pick Kuechly at 7, there was an uproar and he’s better and more important to his team that most of the guys picked in the top 5 that year. The only player picked before Kuechly in 2012 that has been more important to his team was the number 1 selection, Andrew Luck. Go ahead and argue with those selected abopve Kuechly:
    Richardson Out of Football
    Kahlil Good Player but not as important as a team leader
    Blackman Phhhh
    Clayborne Average
    Barron a bust and hanger on
    Tannehill bust

    Before you trash whomever the Buccaneers pick, remember this is not a science and haLF THE GUYS PICKED IN 1-6 WILL BE ONLY AVERAGE PLAYERS.

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  38. I’m tempted to say the reason for White’s poor tape is that teams are running away from him. But, i’ll leave that for the scouts and Licht to figure out.

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  39. Sweat is the De’s of Vita Vea’s – a physical freak. The Bucs look to be able to develop physical freaks; let’s take Sweat!

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  40. Love all the comments, very much excited who we get in 1st round, wherever, but hoping trade down for more 2nd or 3rd round picks! The Bucs can’t get enough 2nd and maybe even 3rd round players this year, which would ALL help BUCS. (Give me Washington’s, 1st-15th, 2nd-46, and 3rd-76, and 96, and can have #5.) Skins can have at it at #5! Give me Brian Burns-DE at 15, plus our pics at 39-Dexter Lawrence-DT, and 70-Juan Thornhill-S, and via trade add 46-Chris Lindstrom-OG, 76-Trayvon Mullen-CB and 96-Andy Isabella-WR. That’s a haul to trade losing White at #5! NO BRAINER, we all the pics we can get?! TRADE #5!

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  41. @buddah I always find it funny when posters on a message board challenge the credentials of other posters on a message board for expressing their opinion. It’s probably one of the dumber things I see people do, as by expressing your concern about the credentials of other opinions, you are literally providing your own unqualified opinion in the process. It’s sort of impressive.

    To your point about “trashing” the prospect the Bucs select. In regards to Devin White, it’s not about the player personally, it’s about the position he plays. If you have two players of a similar grade, and one player makes a far greater impact on the passing game than the other, it stands to reason you take that guy in a passing league. Now maybe you value a player’s impact in the locker room over his actual impact on the outcome of the game. Personally I choose the player that can change the outcome more frequently, but we can agree to disagree.

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  42. Look at the linebackers Light has taken. He obviously has a nack for picking them so if he thinks D. white is a generational middle linebacker “in Light I trust”

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  43. @devasher agree with your comment! Same thing goes for when a poster tries to discredit another poster just because of what some “expert” on TV says!

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  44. budddah, you right it’s not an exact science. Clowney was suppose to be the greatest DE prospect to come out and he has been in the league for 5 years now and not one year with 10 plus sacks. Suh and McCoy were labeled as game wreckers at the top of the draft. So many “can’t miss” players have been drafted in the top 5 that are just average players. If you think a player is really special you draft him and not worry about what position he plays. Bruce Arians already said he won’t draft best position. Jason is going to lean on Bruce for every pick we make as he should. Who ever we pick will be a player that Arians knows can help win games.

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  45. @mizzbucsfan24 Ndamakoung Suh (5) and Gerald McCoy (6) have combined for 11 Pro Bowls, 6 First Team All-Pro’s and 3 Second Team All-Pro’s. I would say they did pretty well for themselves in addition to both garnering league leading or close to contracts for defensive players when they came up for free agency after their rookie deals expired. Jadeveon Clowney has gone to 3 straight Pro Bowls (2016-2018) in a five year career, and has one First Team All-Pro (2016).

    For context, Jason Licht’s first 5 drafts have combined to have 4 total Pro Bowl years. Mike Evans (2), Jameis Winston (1), Kwon Alexander (1). That includes a top overall selection (Winston) and starting with a top 10 pick for 4 of his first 5 years. The 3 players you mentioned have combined for 14 Pro Bowl’s which is 350% more than Licht’s draft picks have accomplished.

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  46. With all due respect Clowney,Suh, and Mcoy are studs. I’m not sure that strengthens your argument about just picking anyone.

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  47. Devasher, I appreciate your comments and feedback. What frustrates me is those posters who cross over the line indicating that if we draft White then they can’t any longer support the team or it just shows the stupidity of the Buccaneers. We don’t know how good of an NFL player Josh Allen will be. Nor Devin White. Both were terrific College players. Actually, one could argue that White is the player more likely to make an immediate impact since defensive ends normally take a while to adjust to the NFL and White is an every down linebacker who will start immediately. But I would be very happy with Allen. Very happy. As for the Pro Bowl, Evans certainly had a pro Bowl year last year and McCoy had been a marginal Pro Bowl player. If he stays healthy and continues to improve his game, Mike Evans is going to shatter quite a few records and Howard is looking like a budding star.

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  48. Pro Bowls Really? The pro bowl is a joke, it is nothing more than a popularity contest. Mike Evans could easily have 5, Ali Marpet should have at least 2. I’m sure there are readers on here that would say McCoy hasn’t played at a pro bowl level for all 6 of his trips. Damn now you have me defending Licht, I’m not his biggest fan but I can recognize the talent he has drafted.

    Look all I’m saying is that if we do draft White at 5 or if we trade down and still get him I’m fine with that. He is going to be a stud for a long time. I’m going to be excited to get a player that will make an immediate impact. I’m not going to come on here and cry about it and trash the kid and trash Licht before he even steps on the field.

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  49. I’m not trying to discredit anyone’s comments. I’m questioning the attitude and certainty with which they speak. I think we should all, including myself, speak with more humility. I’m glad I’m not having to make this pick and I’m hoping that whomever we select the team and the fans will get behind.

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  50. As suggested by HuskerBuc, if the Skins are offering anything close to what they paid to move up from 6 to 2 and draft RG3 the Bucs have to listen. I believe the Skins gave up 3 number 1’s and a number 2. I think our GM has to pull the trigger on a trade like that.

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  51. 3 technique is a part time player in this defense, a 3-4. 0-1 and 4-5 are full time players. No need to replace a 3 tech in a scheme that doesnt use one except on sure passing downs.

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  52. Trade down two or three spots and take Oliver if he still there. Trade back up and take Devin Bush.

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  53. NFL.com is reporting that Montez Sweat was misdiagnosed. He doesn’t have a heart condition. Wow.

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