As mock drafts finalize, we start seeing who pundits feel teams will be selecting come April 26. And with just two days out, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a very entertaining draft night.
The Buccaneers currently hold the seventh overall pick. The team will have very many options, but the spot is causing several draft analysts to debate on which direction they will go.
On the latest episode for the Move the Sticks podcast, NFL Media’s draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks offer their thoughts on the Bucs selection as they go through their podcast mock draft.
I think Quenton Nelson can easily be the pick here. To kind of sum up my thoughts on him, I think he goes No. 6 to the Colts, seven to the Bucs and eight to the Bears in that mix. But if [the Buccaneers] don’t go there, a couple of [defensive backs] to keep an eye on here at No. 7 for the Bucs.
This is a tough one because I am way in-between Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James. I like Derwin’s enforcer presence in the middle. The way he comes down, the way he plays the run, the way he can blitz off the edge, I think that is something that is key in today’s game. But Minkah Fitzpatrick does a great job of being a baller: corner, nickel, safety. He can do so many different things and do them well. This is a toss up for me D.J. It literally depends on who my partner is on the other side because I’m going to make sure there is a compliment to what I am doing in the back end. God that’s tough.
Jeremiah would add that the Bucs can’t go wrong with either player and if he were the Bucs he would be extremely happy with any of them.
Check out the audio below. They bring up good reasons for their suggestions with supporting details.