Our second week of NFL mock draft round-ups finds the post Scouting Combine world seeing eye to eye a bit more than they did before. We’ve got five more predictions to sift through, and we’ll start off with a name fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are very familiar with.
The Draft Network (Trevor Sikkema)
He’s no longer covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directly, but you better believe Sikkema has an eye on the franchise. In his first post-combine mock draft, the draft expert has a three-round treat for fans of the NFL Draft to digest.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OT, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - RB, D’Andre Swift (Georgia) | 3rd Round - IDL, Jordan Elliott (Missouri)
“With their quarterback position still up in the air, it seems like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are honing in on capitalizing on this talented offensive tackle class with their first pick.” - Trevor Sikkema
Biggest Surprise: Chargers pass on quarterback at No. 6, but still get Jordan Love
CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson)
Ryan Wilson brings us his own take on how the first round will go after the combine’s completion. And it’s not new information, but reinforces the thoughts of our previous mock draft.
For the second time, but not the last, we see a mock draft head to Georgia in order for Tamp Bay to improve their offensive line.
Bucs Pick: OL, Andrew Thomas (Georgia)
“Thomas is the fourth offensive linemen off the board, and he’s the fourth offensive linemen to help himself with a strong combine performance. In Tampa Bay, he solidifies an offensive line that ranked in the bottom third in both pass protection and run blocking, according to Football Outsiders.” - Ryan Wilson
Biggest Surprise: Jeff Okudah slips to No. 7
Fox Sports (Jason McIntyre)
This one dropped before the combine happened, but raises a little bit of a different idea about where Jason Licht and the Bucs might go with the 14th overall pick.
Bucs Pick: DB, C.J. Henderson (Florida)
“We will do a few more mock drafts before the draft, but I can promise you this: Somebody’s going to have to move Heaven and Earth to get me off a secondary player to the Bucs..” - Jason McIntyre
Biggest Surprise: Buccaneers go cornerback in the first round
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)
In his own post-combine mock draft, Miller has the Buccaneers bolstering a different position group, outside of the offensive line.
This time, it’s Shaquil Barrett who presumably gets a new running partner, and Devin White reconnects with an old teammate.
Bucs Pick: EDGE, K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU)
“LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson is a truly special athlete and player at the outside linebacker position. The Tigers asked Chaisson to rush the quarterback but he was also tasked often with dropping into coverage or stacking up against the run. In that way, he’s more like 2019 draft pick Josh Allen from Kentucky than he is a pure pass-rusher.” - Matt Miller
Biggest Surprise: Cardinals choose to improve the line in front of Kyler Murray, over reuniting him with CeeDee Lamb
The Draft Network - JC Cornell
This mock draft comes via Twitter, and is from The Draft Network’s founder and CEO, JC Cornell. He goes the distance to address several areas of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with six new rookies for the 2020 roster.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - 1st Round - OT, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - RB, J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) | 3rd Round - QB, Jacob Eason (Washington) | 4th Round - S, Jeremy Chinn (Southern Illinois) | 5th Round - LB, Shaquille Quarterman (Miami (Fl.) | 6th Round - IDL, Tyler Clark (Georgia)
With the Combine wrapping up I decided to fire up the @DraftNetworkLLC
“MDM for the #Bucs....Andrew Thomas becomes a new anchor on the line for whoever will be taking snaps as the starting QB....Take Jacob Eason in the 3rd as the Bucs have made it known they want to draft a QB.” - JC Cornell
Biggest Surprise: Jacob Eason lasts to round three
That’ll wrap up our second round of ‘Mock Draft Monitoring’! Let us know which one was your favorite in the poll and the comments. Come back next week as we collect another batch of mock drafts to weigh in on.
If you happen upon one you want to share with the rest of Bucs Nation, shoot it to me on Twitter @DH82_Bucs with your take, and you might just see your own analysis included in this series.
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