NFL Mock Draft 2014: Mike Evans and Gabe Jackson are boring selections

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No quarterbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in mock draft land.

It seems we've arrived at the part of the offseason where making the picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is terrifyingly easy: just plug in Mike Evans in the first round and a random guard in the second round, and we have a sensible result with quality players at the right points in the draft. That's exactly what Mocking the Draft does in their latest 2014 NFL mock draft.

There should be temptation for the Buccaneers here to take a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater. After all, head coach Lovie Smith didn't draft Mike Glennon. Let's just continue with the assumption that quarterbacks are going to fall. Evans could be the young star receiver to pair with the second-year signal caller. He does do a lot of the same things Vincent Jackson can do, but there's never anything wrong with pairing big playmaking receivers. Just ask Chicago.

It's a sensible pick, and also a boring one. We've talked about this pick a lot. I'm not sure what more we can say about it: Mike Evans is a very good, big, physical wide receiver who's very similar to (a young) Vincent Jackson. That's a good thing (as Jackson's a very good player), but it also would make the team's wide receiving corps a little more one-dimensional than you'd ideally like.

The second round pick of Gabe Jackson is also reasonable, although that's early for a guard. A quarterback there would make some sense, if any good ones where still available (go away, Jimmy Garoppolo). An explosive receiver or tight end might make more sense at this point, to give Josh McCown some more weapons to throw to, but Gabe Jackson isn't a bad pick, overall.

This mock draft highlights another issue, though: the Bucs may want to wait on a quarterback, but most mock drafts don't actually have any capable quarterbacks falling to them (unless you consider players like Tom Savage and Zach Mettenberger capable). If they really want a quarterback, they may have to pick one in the first round.

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