Who says it’s too early to look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ future might hold? Certainly not Matthew Valdovinos of Pro Football Network, as he dropped a three-round 2021 NFL mock draft this past weekend.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I landed on this article, the first thing I wanted to see was where the Bucs were picking according to Mr. Valdovinos. Some fans of the team will be happy to see Jason Licht and the Buccaneers selecting 26th. Others will be mad because picking 26th is not a sign of Super Bowl success.
Either way, Valdovinos says the Bucs will play post-season football for the first time in the careers of Lavonte David, Mike Evans, and just about every other player on the 2020 roster. Of course, they also end up selecting one pick behind the Cam Newton led New England Patriots, so that should be a fun time period to cover.
With their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Valdovinos has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting offensive tackle Abraham Lucas, out of Washington State.
“Yes, back-to-back offensive tackle selections is a tad boring,” writes Valdovinos. “But Donovan Smith will only have one more year on his deal after the 2020 season, and Lucas is one of my favorite tackle prospects in the class. Similar to Tristan Wirfs, Lucas is an elite athlete. His pass protection ability rivals that of Sewell, and for a coach like Bruce Arians, pass protection is vital. Lucas was made for Bruce Arians’ offensive attack.”
Ok, I know it’s early. But given the fact Buccaneers fans have been yelling as loud as I can remember for the team to address the offensive line in the draft, going tackles in back-to-back years isn’t as crazy as it might seem on the surface.
Add to this the fact the Bucs have Chris Godwin, Shaquil Barrett, and Lavonte David all entering unrestricted free-agency next year, and the $10M or so saved by letting Smith loose while drafting a new tackle in the first round sounds pretty likely at this point.
For those curious, Valdovinos has the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs meeting again in the Super Bowl after this season, with the Chiefs winning their second-straight title.
But, wait! There’s more!
Remember, this was a three-rounder! In the second and third rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also nab Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson and Georgia linebacker, Monty Rice.
Drafting two guys at positions with key Bucs free-agents lends some questions as to what the writer sees the franchise doing in the next off-season, but considering he drafted for all 32 teams, it’s unlikely he gave it the in-depth thought most fans of this one team would.
Speaking of which, let us know in the comments what you thought of this mock draft and what it might mean for the future of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster!
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