As we get closer to draft day, the tension mounts, and I can't wait to hear who the Bucs pick in the first round. We've heard speculation after speculation after speculation, but haven't heard a single solid thing. Not even the first pick in the draft seems decided, though I sure hope the Panthers have decided to draft Cam Newton now. A project QB on a bad team? I'd like to see the Bucs play that twice a year.
But this post is about the Bucs, so let's get to it. The Bucs have a multitude of options now, but on draft day their options may dwindle quickly as players are picked up. Da'Quan Bowers may have a devastating knee injury, but no one knows if he'll fall. Aldon Smith has immense talent but very little skill right now, which would mean a late first-round selection. But Jason Pierre-Paul went 15th overall in a better quality draft last year. Robert Quinn may be the top pass rusher, but will the year he has missed drop him down the board? Cameron Jordan is a terrific defensive end but not an elite pass rusher, 3-4 teams will likely love him, though. Who knows where he goes? It's all a mystery right now and everyone and everything is being overanalyzed. The Bucs are expected to pick a defensive end, but would it really be a surprise if they went with a tackle like Gabe Carimi, or even a cornerback like Jimmy Smith or Brandon Harris? Probably not.
Who do you want the Bucs to draft?
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado (23 votes)
CB Brandon Harris, Miami(Florida) (9 votes)
LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA (13 votes)
DE Aldon Smith, Missouri (34 votes)
DE Cameron Jordan, California (23 votes)
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (115 votes)
DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (89 votes)
C/OG Mike Pouncey (17 votes)
OT Gabe Carimi (9 votes)
332 total votes