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2018 NFL Draft: Buccaneers 4-Round Mock with Trades

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So I saw a trade on Twitter that sent the Buccaneers picks 21 and 22 as well as LeSean McCoy in exchange for the seventh overall pick and a later round pick. As this scenario is extremely unlikely I'm only going to do one mock on this idea. For the sake of the trade Tampa will send their fifth round pick to Buffalo in the deal. Now let's get on to the mock.

Round 1: Pick 21: Arden Key. DE- Tampa needs an infusion of pass rushing talent at the defensive end position. In comes Key whose talent alone would make him a top 10 pick but he comes with off-field concerns. Key will probably be a situational pass rusher early in his career but at the moment that's not exactly a bad thing to be for this team. Tampa's defensive issues last year stemmed from an inability to get off the field on 3rd downs and a lot of that was due to a lack of pressure. Key becomes a key piece in fixing that issue.

Round 1: Pick 22: Harold Landry. DE- It's unlikely that Tampa would spend back to back picks on the lack of pass rush on the edges but it's certainly needed imo. Landry is similar to Key as he would start his career as a situational pass rusher but should develop into a more all-around defensive end. In addition to this Landry also doesn't have the off-the-field concerns that Key comes with. We look like we got a hell of a new defensive line coach now let's give him the guys to work with.

Round 2: Pick 38: Will Hernandez. OG- I've seen Hernandez mocked in a wide range of spots. It may be a little much to expect him to fall all the way to 38 but it's certainly possible. He would come right in and slide into that LG spot and help us straight away. There's a hole that needs filling on that side of the line and Hernandez would be a perfect fit for it.

Round 3: Pick 69: Holton Hill. CB- It's no secret we need help in the secondary. I think VH3 has solidified himself as the starting nickel corner for next season but our two starting outside corner spots are open for grabs. When choosing Hill Tampa is choosing a 6'3 prospect who is better than a third-round pick but has maturity issues. Put Hill on one side and someone like Johnson or Butler on the other with Evans patrolling the backend and you have a pretty decent looking secondary coming along.

Round 4: Pick 104: Jordan Whitehead. S- While Whitehead probably won't come in and start right away but what he will do is give Evans an eventual long-term partner at SS and contribute heavily on special teams. From a 4th rounder, you can't expect much more.

The overall haul from 2018 draft:

RB. LeSean McCoy

DE. Arden Key

DE. Harold Landry

OG. Will Hernandez

CB. Holton Hill

S. Jordan Whitehead

Key need not addressed: DT

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