2014 NFL Mock Draft Round-up: Mike Evans or Johnny Manziel to the Buccaneers?

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Everyone thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will draft a Texas A&M player. The question is just which one.

The 2014 NFL draft starts tomorrow, which means everyone should have a good idea of what the teams are going to do. Or at least, they should have as good of an idea as they can possibly have -- which may not be all that good, after all. Which is why we took a look at 29 different mock drafts from across the internet to see what the consensus on Tampa Bay's pick were.

The results shouldn't surprise anyone: out of 29 mock drafts, Mike Evans appeared in 16, while Johnny Manziel appeared in 5. Blake Bortles was the choice in 3 mock drafts, and the rest was a collection of odd-ball picks -- with one Sammy Watkins thrown in for good measure, in the only mock draft where he fell to the Bucs' first pick.

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That's a pretty striking visualization: people are utterly convinced the Bucs will add an offensive players, and almost certainly Mike Evans, or a quarterback. Amusingly, no other receiver even appears in any of these mock drafts, despite the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. might be a better fit for the team's offense.

It's also significant evidence of group think (and/or logical deduction). Sometimes, that points to genuine reality, as it did in 2010 and 2013, when the Bucs were heavily linked to Gerald McCoy and Johnthan Banks respectively. Sometimes, though, group think misses the mark, as it did in 2012. The Bucs were commonly linked to Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne, but instead picked Mark Barron -- a player who they were never matched with.

Mock Draft Player Position College Last Updated
Mocking the Draft Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
CBS Sports - Rob Rang Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
CBS Sports - Dane Brugler Blake Bortles QB UCF 5/05
CBS Sports - Pete Prisco Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 4/30
CBS Sports - Pat Kirwan Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/02
CBS Sports - Will Brinson Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 5/05
Draft King Jake Matthews T Texas A&M 5/04
DraftTek Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 5/05
Guy's NFL Draft Lockerroom Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/03
My NFL Draft Blake Bortles QB UCF 5/05
NFL Draft Geek Blake Bortles QB UCF 5/06
Walter Football Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/06
Walter Football (Campbell) Derek Carr QB Fresno State 5/06
Draft Season (Onebar) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 4/28
Draft Season (Lomas) C.J. Mosley LB Alabama 4/25
Draft Season (Ultimate) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 4/07
SI (King) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 5/06
Football's Future Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 4/26
Fantasy Football Auction Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 5/04
The Football Expert Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
NFL Draft Room Jake Matthews T Texas A&M 5/06
Football Draft Analysis Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
Mel Kiper Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 4/29
Todd McShay Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
Daniel Jeremiah Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
Bucky Brooks Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/01
Charley Casserly Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/05
Charles Davis Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 5/06
SI (Greg Bedard) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 5/06

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