The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two more players to their 2020 NFL Draft class on Friday, and now have four picks remaining for the rest of the weekend, none coming in the fourth-round Saturday afternoon.
Identifying targets on day three for a team who currently has 55 picks to currently sit through before making another selection is tricky. But we’ll do the best we can to identify some fourth or fifth-round guys the team could target in a trade-up or early fifth-round scenario, and then some late-round projections they could use those seventh-round picks on.
SOME OF THE BEST REMAINING TARGETS FOR THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
1. Wide Receiver, K.J. Hill (Ohio State)
A clear trade target, the Bucs would have to find a way to move back into the top ten or so picks in the fourth-round to nab K.J. Hill, the consistently productive Ohio State product who could really appeal to Tom Brady as a reliable third-down target who works well in the slot.
2. Offensive Tackle, Ben Bartch (St. John’s)
Not likely to fall to the fifth-round, Bartch would require a trade as well, but a lesser one than Hill likely would cost.
Offensive tackle was addressed in the first-round, but the unit is nowhere near completely comfortable with the depth on the roster heading into 2020. Bartch has a cult following, and could turn in to instant depth and potential bringing high value for a day three pick.
3. Wide Receiver, Gabriel Davis (UCF)
Now we’re getting closer to the area Tampa Bay might be able to stand pat and get their guy. Still, there would be some nervous moments leading to the moment where the team finds out if this local favorite can drop far enough. A trade back would make us more comfortable, but it could happen without one.
4. Offensive Lineman, Nick Harris (Washington)
This group has turned out very offensive, not by design, but Nick Harris is another guy who could fall to the Bucs in the fifth-round. He currently sits somewhere around 40th on some remaining big boards, in the wheelhouse to slip to Tampa if there isn’t a fourth-round run on offensive linemen.
SOME OF THE BEST REMAINING LATE-ROUND TARGETS FOR THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
1. Running Back, Lamical Perine (Florida)
Who says the Bucs can’t go with two running backs? In fact, many mock drafts had the team going with two backs, sometimes even on day two alone.
Lamical Perine isn’t just a Florida school prospect, he’s a solid running back with traits Tampa’s group could use in the room. Hedging their bets by dipping back into the running back pool may not make everyone happy, but it could help the team identify and impact ball-carrier before Tom Brady departs the franchise for greener pastures.
2. Defensive Lineman, Rashard Lawrence (LSU)
Day three is all about potential and special teams. Looking for defensive line depth coming off a National Championship winning defense isn’t a bad place to start.
3. Linebacker, Shaquille Quarterman (Miami (FL))
Bruce Arians emphasized how much he liked having linebackers on the team. They’ve got a good amount already, but competition is always welcome, especially when some of your favorites have been very injury prone.
4. Quarterback, Cole McDonald (Hawaii)
To beat the New Orleans Saints and take over the top spot in the NFC South, they’ll have to defeat what that team does best. One of those things is how they employ Taysom Hill. Cole McDonald is an athletic quarterback himself, who could give the offense a bit of a Hill-esque wrinkle to this team. It’s worth a seventh-round pick to find out, anyway.