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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Pass rush for the Buccaneers

It’s the first post-regular season mock draft we’re covering.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for their offseason, which means we get to talk about the draft. Again. Hurray, I guess. Playoffs are for other teams alone.

Anyway, my bitterness about the Bucs being terrible for a decade aside, we have a 2018 NFL mock draft for you: Dan Kadar’s first post-regular season 2018 NFL mock draft, which has the Bucs predictably picking North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at number seven.

Tampa’s pass rush has been non-existent this season, and the team has a league-low 20 sacks. The Jaguars, conversely, have 52. At North Carolina State this season, Chubb had 10 sacks, along with 26 tackles for loss. He’s an excellent end in a four-man front and can beat offensive tackles with power and quickness.

Well, this is boring, predictable, and entirely correct. I imagine we’re going to see either Bradley Chubb or Arden Key mocked to the Bucs in nearly every mock draft between now and the time they actually make the pick. It makes too much sense: it’s the Bucs’ biggest need, and these two players are likely to be the best available at that pick.

So ehm...yeah. Nothing to see here, unless another pass-rush is going to start rising up over the next few months—that wouldn’t be the first time, either.