2013 NFL Mock Draft: Seven rounds of Buccaneers

Joe Robbins

Hey, it's a seven-round mock draft from ESPN's Scouts Inc. Good fun. Let's go through all the picks for the Bucs!

Round 2 - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

The Buccaneers need some depth along the defensive line and could upgrade their nose tackle positions, though that isn't a necessiy. Short would be a good fit, although he has some question marks. He's a stocky, quick-twitch athlete who can be disruptive and penetrate and is solid enough to hold up against double teams. In some ways, he reminds me of Brian Price, and he would probably step right in at nose tackle.

Unfortunately, Short is also a very inconsistent player who doesn't have the biggest motor. That's a serious concern for a second-round pick. Now, perhaps there are correctable reasons for that lacking motor. But it would make me uncomfortable to select him as high as the second round.

Round 3 - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

This pick doesn't make as much sense. Okafor's a decent defensive end, but I don't see any great skills or potential. I don't know if he'd even be an upgrade over backup Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. He's also undersized, which would limit him in the Bucs' defense and there are some questions about his motor. He'd provide depth for the Buccaneers, but they could use this pick in better ways. A nickel corner or a tight end would make much more sense here. Scouts Inc. had cornerback Logan Ryan still available here, and he would have been a much more sensible pick.

Round 4 - Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

The Buccaneers do need a tight end, and Reed could fit the bill. He's a talented if undersized receiving tight end who has some explosive traits but is lacking as a blocker. He could be moved across the field to find and exploit matchups. Far from a finished product, but he has a lot of potential as a receiver.

Round 4 - Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)

A quarterback? Intriguing. Like basically every quaterback in this draft class, Dysert is an intriguing prospect with some big question marks. He has a decent arm and a very quick release, but his mechanics can break down at times. That sort of thing always affects accuracy. He'll stand in the pocket and deliver the ball and does a very good job of looking downfield under pressure. Could be good with time.

Round 5 - Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State

A receiver makes some sense, but the Bucs are going to walk out of this draft with no cornerbacks -- and that's a real issue. Harper was reasonably productive at Kansas State and has a very big build, almost like a tight end. Not a good route runner and lacks some explosive burst, and is probably best catching balls in coverage and using his big body to create separation.

Round 6 (1) - Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan

Now this pick I love. Robinson was one of the most exciting athletes in college football over the past few years, but he won't make it in the NFL as a quarterback. He's listed as a receiver here, but he's the kind of talent you have to create plays for. He may be better suited as a running back and return man than as a receiver, where his learning curve will be steep.

Round 6 (2) - Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State

Special teams player with maybe some upside down the road. Is actually better in coverage than against the run, which is interesting. May be a good fit as a strongside linebacker.

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