The 2017 NFL draft is scheduled to happen in just a few months, which means we’re seeing more and more and more and more mock drafts. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who pick at number 19, that means a whole host of different picks and no clear picture of where they’re going, at least so far.
We can see this pretty easily in this mock draft roundup, which Adam Stites of SB Nation was kind enough to put together for every team, saving me a bunch of work.
That is one impressively confused mess, let’s be honest. The top choice is “others” at 21.9%, followed by Washington receiver John Ross with just over 15%. Defensive end Taco Charlton is surprisingly popular, as is defensive tackle Malik McDowell. And Florida State running back Dalvin Cook also shows up a 9.4%
Not only are the specific players confused, so are the positions. The most popular pick is a receiver, but various defensive linemen show up repeatedly, as well as tight ends and running backs. Basically, every position that is not quarterback is acceptable in the eyes of draftniks.
Here’s what all of this tells us: no one has a clue where the Bucs are going to go, no one knows what their top need is, and no one knows who they’re looking at. That’s good for the Bucs, assuming they do have some ideas on their preferred players and are managing to keep that under wraps, but it’s going to make our prognostications a lot more uncertain.