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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Always pass rush for the Bucs

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Is there a reason to pick any other player than an edge rusher?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost another game last night, which means they’re a little closer to a really high pick in the 2018 NFL draft. They hold the seventh overall pick right now, which means they can probably pick a top three or four non-quarterback in this draft.

As was the case previously, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar has the Bucs picking a pass-rusher in his updated mock draft. To be precise, North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb. Kadar calls this a no-brainer, and that’s exactly what it is.

This is one of the bigger no-brainer choices in the top 10. The Buccaneers badly need a pass rusher on the edge, and Chubb is considered by many to be one of the draft’s top players.

Yup, still. Get you a pass-rusher at number seven, and the Bucs’ defense at least should get a big boost. I’m having a hard time finding any other position the Bucs should target—maybe you could make a case for cornerback, but you generally don’t draft those in the top seven.

Incidentally, last night showed that the Bucs don’t necessarily need a boost on offense to produce good results. Mostly, they need Jameis Winston to have more of his good days. The Bucs quarterback showed what can happen when he’s at his best, even with very limited weapons and a porous offensive line. A healthier Bucs team next year should have enough offensive firepower to survive.