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BamaBucc's 1st 7 round Mock for Tampa


I was waiting till FA died down to do my first mock using www.first-pick.com's draft mock game (includes trades and grades of each pick.

I started with Tampa's original 5 picks

Round 1 Pick 7
Round 2 Pick 6
Round 3 Pick 5
Round 5 Pick 3
Round 7 Pick 6

and ended with 12 total picks through trades (5 total trades)

Here are my picks with the grades from the site (think though that it wont update with Tampa's CB need until Tues - updated every Tues) and then I'll explain how I moved around and explanation of why on each pick

Round 1 Pick 9 (BUF): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (B+)
Round 2 Pick 6: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A-)
Round 2 Pick 21 (G.B.): Marcus Martin, C, Southern California (A)
Round 3 Pick 5: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (A)
Round 3 Pick 21 (G.B.): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (A)
Round 4 Pick 21 (G.B.): Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama (B-)
Round 5 Pick 7 (ATL): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (A)
Round 5 Pick 21 (G.B.): TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame (A-)
Round 6 Pick 6 (ATL): Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA (B-)
Round 7 Pick 10 (CAR): Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (A)
Round 7 Pick 11 (STL): Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State (D+)
Round 7 Pick 26 (STL): Deandre Coleman, DT, California (A)

Round 1 - Every QB except Manziel and Sammy Watkins were both gone off the board so I traded down with Buffalo who gave their 9th pick in the 1st and 2nd to move up. The pick at 9 was the most complete player at Tampa's biggest area of need now with the FA market winding down. Gilbert is fast, athletic and great as a zone or man corner and fit Lovie and Leslie's CB mold on D. You also get an added bonus in the return game.

Round 2 - I stood pat at 6 and the guy I wanted fell to 6 (I came close to trading back into the 1st when Anthony Barr fell to the end of the 1st) but Shazier fits a Tampa 2 defensive scheme a lot better as an OLB and he's a tackling machine with great football IQ. Lovie's type of player at LB.

Then with pick 9, I got another trade offer to slide down the board and Yancy (who I was gonna pick at 9) went off the board as did Gabe Jackson so I traded back getting a hefty offer to move back to 21 I got GB's 3rd, 4th, & 5th rd picks and took an inside lineman I like who probably would've been higher if he didn't hurt his knee and it was only a minor injury but Marcus Martin projects best as a RG and is a great all around blocker who started his whole career and always ended up on awards lists and a mauler inside.

Round 3 - Armed with 2 picks in rd 3 I am ready to get some BPA's. At 5 I just couldn't pass up on Jace Amaro who I really like especially with Tampa's situation now that he can be groomed. He is a really good pass catcher and presents a huge mismatch for new QB McCown to take advantage of (I originally was gonna target a WR but all the ones I had slipping down to the 3rd went in the bottom of the 2nd)

Pick 21 I had to target a WR to at least get 1 that can be insurance and I got a really good one who was sort of in another WR's shadow but if he were at another school as a more prominent target no doubt he would've been a higher pick so I think Bryant will be one of the later round steals of this draft. He's got size, speed, athleticism, hands, absolute complete package and a great compliment with his speed in Tedford's offense.

Round 4 - I only had the acquired GB pick in the 4th so I took a chance on a guy with a of upside as a pass rusher who has a chance to develop into a DE or an OLB in the Tampa 2 system but he'd be a better fit strictly as a pass rusher. I am more informed than others on Hubbard seeing every snap of his college career and trust me when I say he is a lot more of a disrupting force as a pass rusher. He's 6'7 270 and ran a 4.69 at the Combine and a 4.65 at Pro Day. I think he could be converted to a DE in Tampa's system and become a beast and have a great situation for him to grow into it and learn.

Round 5 - I had 2 picks going into this round but I had an ulterior motive, I had a couple more prospects I wanted so trade down while still finding good value at the picks. The offer from Atl was exactly what I was looking for to move up and offered 1 pick lower and a 6th. So with the 7th pick in the 5th rd I had AJ McCarron graded too high to pass on him. We know we have McCown for a couple years at least which gives AJ time to learn the system and mold possibly into the QB of the future for Tedford. Also a good player to offer competition for the 2 QBs on Tampa's roster.

Pick 21 - TJ Jones is a WR from Notre Dame I had graded as a mid 3rd - early 4th guy. I watched him up close and personal against Alabama (7 catches for 90 yds leading receiver) in the BCS CG. He can play inside or outside at 6' and 4.4 speed with great hands. Very underrated WR who could be a later round steal.

Round 6 - Only had ATL's pick at #6 in this round and I almost traded it but another defensive player I really like slid lower than he should have. Cassius Marsh from UCLA reminds me a lot of a Jared Allen type DE who is just mean and aggressive and explosive. One of the big reasons Barr excelled so well was Marsh being an OT's worst nightmare and making them look silly. A raw guy coming into the NFL technique wise but he makes up for it with tenacity and physicality. Another Lovie type of player.

Round 7 - Going into this round I had 1 pick and through 2 more trades (traded pick 6 down then 1 of those back up).

Pick 10 - Another steal this late and AJ's security blanket WR Kevin Norwood put in some WORK at Bama coming in as a 3 star fairly unheralded WR out of Mississippi that turned into Bama's leading WR this year that seemed to catch EVERY pass thrown at him and every big play this past year. There were questions about his size (measured 6'2 198) then his speed (ran a 4.48) and silenced every critic. He's a very strong sure handed big play WR that knows how to use his athleticism and strong hands to make one on one catches and gain position over most CB's and get the ball. He will be a good addition at WR for some team who drafts him and I'm hoping its Tampa Bay.

Pick 11 - At 11 I took another CB I really liked that I had in the 4th - 5th, another underrated guy Bene Benwikere who didn't get much attention at SJSU but he's big and athletic and has ridiculous technique from the film I watched in coverage plays zone a little better and fast and instinctive enough to also play slot CB.

Pick 26 - I had Deandre Coleman slotted higher in the 5th just because he's a very good technical all around defensive tackle. A run stopping specialist that mauls most interior lineman and has a nice set of skills in the inside of the DL.

So what do you guys think? Let me know

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