Let's do another 2017 NFL mock draft. Those are always fun, even if they're little more than guesses at this point, and not even very educated ones. Luke Easterling, who took over USA Today's draft content a few days ago, put up a 2017 NFL mock draft as his first post there.
Easterling, who has a pretty good handle on the Buccaneers and their draft needs, hands them defensive end/linebacker Tim Williams at number 11. Williams put up 9.5 sacks at Alabama last year. He's a little undersized, like Noah Spence, but that's not necessarily a concern for a pass-rush specialist. He could stand to add some weight, though, as he's listed as 6'4", 230 lbs. A strong senior season could easily make him a top ten pick
Of course, Williams might not fit the team if Spence develops the way the Bucs hope. The conventional wisdom is that you can't have too many pass rushers on a team, but let's be real: you can't really put more than four of them on the field at the same time. Then again, teams are moving more and more to heavy rotational pass-rushing units, so the Bucs surely could find a productive place for Williams, even if he won't be on the field all the time.
Of course, the Bucs will hope that they won't even be in position to pick Williams, assuming he has a good season. They want to pick at the end of the first round.