As you’re reading this, there’s just over one week between now and the 2020 NFL Draft. We’re all about to find out who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (and the other 21 NFL teams) decide to take in this year’s selection meeting.
First round picks will immediately get filed into the hall of team records among those expected to usher in the next great era of their franchise. Day two and three guys will set upon a mission to prove to everyone what they already know, that they are the best player available in this year’s class.
Throughout the off-season we’ve been collecting five mock drafts each week and giving the controls to you to select the best one. As we get closer, we’ll continue, only now we’re down to two mock draft monitor’s left including this one.
Mock drafts have gone over a plethora of possibilities, lets see what they have for us this week.
Vinnie Iyer kicks off this week’s edition with a complete seven-round prediction of what will happen beginning next Thursday.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OT, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - RB, J.K. Dobbins (Ohio State) | 3rd Round - G/C, Robert Hunt (Louisiana-Lafayette) | 4th Round - WR, Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty) | 4th Round - S, Justin Blackmon (Utah) | 5th Round - DT, Khalil Davis (Nebraska) | CB, Dane Jackson (Pittsburgh)
“The Buccaneers are OK with left tackle Donovan Smith, left guard Ali Marpet, center Ryan Jensen and right guard Alex Cappa in front of Tom Brady, but they need better protection on the right edge with Demar Doston being a free agent. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 315 pounds) with good hands and footwork. Brady, Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich also will love what Thomas can do to open holes for the running game.” - Vinnie Iyer on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Andrew Thomas
Biggest Surprise: Chargers go offensive tackle over quarterback, but Buccaneers still get their guy.
Bill Barnwell brings a fresh approach to the mock draft exercise, trading every single pick in this first-round evaluation.
Bucs Get: 7th Pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from Carolina Panthers
Bucs Send: 14th and 45th Picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and 4th-Round Pick in 2021 NFL Draft
“Again, the Bucs are looking for a right tackle, and moving up to No. 7 should give them their pick of the tackle class. A rebuilding Panthers team should be looking to add extra selections as it pieces together its defense. I considered throwing in a Curtis Samuel-for-O.J. Howard swap as part of the deal; the Panthers could buy low on Howard as part of their rotation replacing Greg Olsen, while Samuel could step in as the third wideout for Tampa after Carolina signed Robby Anderson. Howard spent last season in Bruce Arians’ doghouse, and he would have been a trade candidate under other circumstances, but the upside of giving him a shot with Tom Brady is just too big for the Bucs to move on.” - Bill Barnwell on Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ First-Round Trade
Biggest Surprise: Three-team trade for the top pick.
Two-rounds of mock draft fun has the Bucs landing two familiar names for fans of the franchise.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - OL, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU)
“This is best-case for the Bucs, who need a right tackle because they signed some guy named Tom Brady. Thomas is a top-flight left tackle who began his college career on the right side.” - Ryan Wilson on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Andrew Thomas
Biggest Surprise: Three offensive tackles selected in Top-10, but fourth makes it to fourteen.
The team’s own media members take a stab at a complete mock draft, setting every pick for the franchise, with a fun twist.
Scott Smith’s Bucs Mock: 1st Round - T, Andrew Thomas (Georgia) | 2nd Round - EDGE, Terrell Lewis (Alabama) | 3rd Round - WR, K.J. Hamler (Penn State) | 4th Round - C, Nick Harris (Washington) and NT, Leki Fotu (Utah) | 5th Round - LB, Francis Bernard (Utah) | 6th Round - RB, Eno Benjamin (Arizona State)
“As for now, I still believe that the Buccaneers can stay put and land one of those four, in this case the nimble Thomas who can step right in at right tackle as a rookie. He manned left tackle for the Bulldogs the last two seasons but started at right tackle as a freshman and scouts believe he could handle either job in the NFL. That gives the Buccaneers some flexibility down the line, even though he would currently be needed on the right side.” - Scott Smith on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Andrew Thomas
Carmen Vitali’s Bucs Mock: 1st Round - DT, Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) | 2nd Round - RB, Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) | 3rd Round - WR, Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) | 4th Round - OL, Ben Bartch (St. John’s) and S, Terrell Burgess (Utah) | 5th Round - QB, Anthony Gordon (WASU) | 6th Round - OL, Michael Onwenu (Michigan)
“Taylor would compete immediately with the Bucs’ current crop of running backs, fighting to be the feature back against guys like Ronald Jones and fellow former Badger Dare Ogunbowale. He’d also be a welcome weapon for newly minted quarterback Tom Brady, who’s used to having pass-catching running backs at his disposal.” - Carmen Vitali on Buccaneers mock draft pick, Jonathan Taylor
Biggest Surprise: This whole mock is fun, and before picking which writer’s version you like most, you have to get the context of how the picks were made.
Yes, he writes for a Chicago publication, but he’s dropped two rounds, and its always a good idea to compare how the outside media sees things.
Bucs Pick: 1st Round - EDGE, K’Lavon Chaisson (LSU) | 2nd Round - RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU)
“It would not be ideal for the Bucs if the top four tackles come off the board in the first 13 picks. But GM Jason Licht needs to be prepared for all scenarios, and Chaisson would provide depth rushing the passer off the edge with Jason Pierre-Paul getting older and at least some concern Shaq Barrett was a one-hit wonder.” - Brad Biggs on Buccaneers mock draft pick, K’Lavon Chaisson
Biggest Surprise: San Francisco 49ers break Tampa Bay’s heart, and selects Tristan Wirfs at thirteen.
Another solid showing for the internet’s mock draft loving population. We’re going to do another vote, like always, but this one is different. This week, we’re asking you to pick between just two of the mocks listed here.
I highly recommend you read the published post, before voting, as context will impact how you view each mock.
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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