I will be doing an early three round mock draft of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and what to potentially expect from the Buccaneers on draft day. All analyst will tell you that the Bucs will need to look at these positions (cornerback, offensive guard, running back), which I do agree, but they do not know know could be a possible pick for them. So, what I did was give you the most realistic approach to the Buccaneers potential first three draft picks and selections.
Round 1 – Adonis Alexander – CB – Virginia Tech
I say Double-A in the first round, as he is a well-rounded cornerback that would be a good complement to Vernon Hargreaves III. He has great size (6-4, 193 lbs) and has the length to match up against bigger receivers, which the Bucs face three giants twice a season in Julio Jones (Falcons), Michael Thomas (Saints), and Kelvin Benjamin (Panthers). He is a good tackling cornerback
Also, Brent Grimes is getting older and his contract is expiring after the 2017-2018 season, and the Bucs cornerback group could use another top talent with Ryan Smith and Javien Elliot providing solid depth.
The Buccaneers will most likely be picking in a playoff spot, so the Virginia Tech product will fall right into place.
Adonis Alexander collegiate stats: 26 games, 112 tackles, 6 interceptions, 16 pass deflections.
Round 2 – Maea Teuhema – OG – LSU
The Buccaneers need to bolster their interior offensive line group and especially with Kevin Pamphile set to hit the open market and overall, Teuhema would be an instant upgrade. Pamphile has done a good job, but the line needs to be upgraded.
In addition, if Pamphile is re-signed, it will be okay as Evan Smith will be departing Tampa Bay and his spot must be filled.
The LSU product is also a versatile player. He has played mostly left guard for the Tigers, but he has played the right tackle spot when asked to do so, which at the NFL level, expect him to not see any tackle playing time.
This guard has a mean streak to him and he has real power at the point of attack, which led to Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette having a successful collegiate career.
Round 3 – Akrum Wadley – RB – Iowa
The Bucs missed on Jeremy McNichols and they will not miss on Wadley, as he is a real three-down back that can make an impact for the Bucs and Wadley seems like a kid that wants to play too.
Wadley comes from an Iowa Hawkeyes team that runs a run-first scheme. Now, do not let that push you away from the fact that he is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield. He has 47 career catches for 480 yards and five scores.
On the other hand, Wadley was a first-year starter last season and returns his senior year as the Hawkeyes leading back. In 2016, he set career highs in all major rushing categories (168 carries, 1,081, 6.4 yards per carry, 10 touchdowns).
However, Charles Sims could potentially not be offered a new deal after this year, which bringing in Wadley makes more sense and it will make the Buccaneers running back group more well-rounded, as it will have only balanced running backs with Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Peyton Barber in the fold along with projected selection Akrum Wadley.
Lastly, these selections give the Buccaneers a solid first three rounds and each position got better in their own ways.