NFL Mock Draft 2014: Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack?

Streeter Lecka

Two more mock drafts for you to analyze. One of them has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going defense, the other sees them adding an explosive receiver.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have needs on both offense and defense this year, but the popular pick has overwhelmingly been defense -- specifically, an edge rusher. Mocking the Draft once again has the Bucs selecting Khalil Mack in their latest mock draft.

Khalil Mack is a dynamic linebacker in the mold of what teams should be looking for in the position. He is a terror as a pass rusher off the edge but has plenty of stand-up skills that could come in handy in a 4-3 defense. With outside linebacker and pass rush both being issues in Tampa Bay, Mack would be an ideal fit.

I'm not sure how outside linebacker is an issue for the Bucs, given the fact that one of them is Lavonte David and the other is far from a premium position. I still say that Khalil Mack would be converted to play defensive end for the Bucs, and he'd play it very well. He would have to bulk up a little, but that shouldn't be a big issue, and he'd get to do what he does best on every snap: beat offensive tackles.

Another interesting option is Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Pewter Report's pick for the Buccaneers in their latest mock draft. Receiver is not a big need for the Buccaneers, but there are a few reasons why Watkins would be a very good fit. For one, he's easily the best receiver in this draft class, and he has an all-around game. He's a quality route-runner, wins contested catches and is truly explosive -- more so than Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams.

Moreover, whenever you have a young quarterback it's important to surround him with weapons so that he can easily succeed. Vincent Jackson is a very effective receiver, but he's also aging, while Williams is a quality wideout but not the explosive prototype you'd really want. Adding Watkins would give the Bucs a cheap third receiver, locked up for five years, who can grow alongside Mike Glennon -- or whichever quarterback they choose to throw him the ball.

Finding receivers like Watkins is difficult. It's why he probably won't make it to the Bucs' seventh-overall pick, in fact. It's why the Atlanta Falcons traded up for Julio Jones a couple of years back, and his addition helped propel Matt Ryan to top 10 status in the NFL. And that's why selecting him would make sense for the Buccaneers.

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