The 2019 NFL draft is two weeks away. Yes, that’s right, 14 more days to be exact.
This is an extremely important draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians need to find a way to find at least 3-4 starters in this draft, similar to the one back in 2015.
With that being said, if the Buccaneers came away with this haul in Luke Easterling’s latest seven-round mock draft, there would be smiles from ear to ear inside the walls of One Buccaneer place.
In the first round, Tampa Bay selected defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the 5th overall pick. Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Josh Allen and Quinnen Williams were all selected before Tampa Bay was on the clock. Oliver would step in from day 1 and likely fill the void that will be left by Gerald McCoy.
In the second round, Jason Licht is thrilled to see offensive guard Chris lindstrom out of Boston College still available. With a need at RG, he would also step in on day one and be a key contributor to that offensive line.
Once projected as a mid first round pick, EDGE rusher Jachai Polite out of Florida, is still available in the third round and the Buccaneers pull the trigger. Yes, Polite hasn’t had a good pre-draft process, in fact it has been awful, but the tape doesn’t lie and you can never have enough EDGE rushers in this league.
It’s no secret, Bruce Arians likes speed and in the fourth round of this mock draft, he adds some much needed speed at the wide receiver position by selecting Mecole Hardman out of the University of Georgia. At the combine, Hardman ran a 4.33 40 yard dash. Hardman also excelled at kickoff returns during his days at Georgia.
You might have noticed that up to this point, Tampa Bay has yet to address the secondary, but that changes in the fifth round when they select Cornerback Jimmy Moreland from James Madison. In 2018, Moreland had 5 interceptions and is considered to have very good ball skills. The downside to Moreland is that he is only 5’9” and 3/4.
The Buccaneers round out this draft by selecting RB Trayveon Williams from Texas A&M in the sixth round and LB T.J. Edwards from Wisconsin.
This draft addresses many of the needs that the Buccaneers have at this moment and it adds talent to nearly all the important position groups on the football team.