First-Round NFL Draft picks are great. They give hope to fans of franchises like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they select the players the team will center it’s future around. Each year, the right pick sends fans and media alike soaring on what could happen. The wrong one, leaves everyone scratching their heads, and usually produces a good clip or two of unhappy people reacting to the carnage.
Of course, this year is going to be a little bit different, but the impact the 2020 rookies will make won’t be any less important.
A draft class isn’t just about the first pick though, it’s about the class as a whole, and each mock draft in this week’s “Mock Draft Monitor” dives in beyond the first day.
This first one is a doozy as Josh Edwards of CBS Sports goes the distance, predicting seven-rounds of prospect selections.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OL, Mekhi Becton (Louisville) | 2nd Round - RB, Cam Akers (Florida State) | 3rd Round - EDGE, Jonathan Greenard (Florida) | 4th Round - QB, Jake Fromm (Georgia) | 4th Round - WR, James Proche (SMU) | 5th Round - OL, Darryl Williams (Mississippi State) | 6th Round - RB, AJ Dillon (Boston College)
“Tampa Bay runs the risk of missing out on one of the top offensive tackles by standing pat at No. 14 overall. However, it works out for Bruce Arians and Tom Brady here.” - Josh Edwards on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Mekhi Becton
Biggest Surprise: Mekhi Becton as the fourth of the Top-4 selected.
It’s not seven rounds, but Chad Reuter goes four deep in his latest on NFL.com. This particular mock draft also landed on the Locked On Bucs Podcast, as James Yarcho and I reacted to all four selections made for the Buccaneers.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - DT, Derrick Brown (Auburn) | 2nd Round - RB, D’Andre Swift (Georgia) | 3rd Round - OT, Matt Peart (Connecticut) | 4th Round - S, Geno Stone (Iowa) | 4th Round - QB, Nate Stanley (Iowa)
“The Bucs can find a right tackle later in the draft — in fact, they might draft two outside linemen this year. Getting a stud like Brown with the 14th pick is too rich to pass up, even with Ndamukong Suh returning to the Bucs on a one-year deal.” - Chad Reuter on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Derrick Brown
Biggest Surprise: Six trades in the first round.
A mock draft out of Cleveland makes the list this week, as Tim Bielik caught my attention with his prediction the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will move up to pick nine in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - DT, Derrick Brown (Auburn)
“Adding Tom Brady could do the same for the Buccaneers that adding LeBron James does to any NBA team. That means the Bucs should go all-in and not be afraid to pay a big price for a player they really want. They trade their second-round pick to flip spots with a Jacksonville team that looks to be in rebuilding mode and grab the best defensive tackle in the draft to pair with Ndamukong Suh.” - Tim Bielik on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Derrick Brown
Biggest Surprise: Jaguars get Javon Kinlaw and (we assume) more draft picks, in their trade with the Bucs.
Three more rounds of mock draft madness, as Joe Marino weighs in with his latest predictions.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OT, Jedrick Wills (Alabama) | 2nd Round - RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU) | 3rd Round - RB, Antonio Gibson (Memphis)
“In my world, Jedrick Wills is the best offensive tackle in the class but it appears the NFL’s valuation of the group differs. Wills is an immediate upgrade over Demar Dotson at right tackle, where he is experienced playing from his time at Alabama.” - Joe Marino on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Jedrick Wills
Biggest Surprise: Bucs get two running backs.
Finishing it up with four-rounds, from Luke Easterling.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OT, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - RB, J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) | 3rd Round - WR, Michael Pittman Jr. (USC) | 4th Round - QB, Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma) | 4th Round - S, J.R. Reed (Georgia)
“Tampa Bay desperately needs a starting-caliber tackle at this pick, which means they may get nervous and have to move up to make sure they land one of the top four. Thankfully in this scenario, that doesn’t prove necessary. Thomas is talented enough to not only start at right tackle immediately, but could even push longtime starter Donovan Smith at left tackle.” - Luke Easterling on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Andrew Thomas
Biggest Surprise: Jordan Love replaces Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
Winning the line of scrimmage continues to be a theme in the NFL mock draft world as it pertains to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And as we get closer, I don’t expect it to change much.
Just like always, we want you to pick the mock draft you’d be happiest taking into the 2020 NFL Season!
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Which mock draft is your favorite from this week’s group?
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CBS Sports (Josh Edwards)
NFL.com (Chad Reuter)
Cleveland.com (Tim Bielik)
The Draft Network (Joe Marino)
DraftWire (Luke Easterling)