I will give a NFL mock draft on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who own 8 picks in the upcoming draft and are picking seventh overall in the first round. This is how we got another sixth-round selection and a seventh-round selection.
The Buccaneers own Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in 2018, a selection that went from Pittsburgh to Cleveland then back to Pittsburgh before being sent to Tampa Bay in the J.J. Wilcox trade prior to the 2017 season. Tampa Bay traded its 2018 seventh-round pick to the Dolphins to move up in the seventh round of the 2017 draft and select Stevie Tu’ikolovatu. They also traded Johnthan Banks to the Lions back in 2016 for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2018.
Also, I will give three potential draft scenarios for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the upcoming NFL Draft. I put the best potential draft group for the Bucs, as it is made up by best player available and needs.
Lastly, each pick is determined on what is left on the board when the Bucs pick.
Round 1 – Bradley Chubb – DE – North Carolina State
Chubb is the best pass rusher in this draft and if he is there for the Bucs, they take him. Improves the defensive line after they struggled all season long.
Round 2 – Isaiah Wynn – OL – Georgia
Wynn is a versatile offensive lineman that can line up all over the line. He is good at run and pass blocking. Bucs need help on the offensive line to keep Jameis on his feet and open holes for the running backs.
Round 3 – DeShon Elliott – S – Texas
Justin Evans gets his safety partner. Elliott is a well-rounded safety. This puts an end of the safety carousel between Chris Conte, T.J. Ward, and Keith Tandy.
Round 4 – Justin Jones – DT – North Carolina State
The Bucs add more talent on the defensive line and specially to get Gerald McCoy some help against the interior offensive linemen.
Round 5 – Davontae Harris – CB – Illinois State
Small school corner that can play against anyone. Harris will be one of the steals in the draft. Fun watching him so far during Shrine week.
Round 6 – Kyle Hicks – RB – TCU
Bucs add a running back to potentially make a rotational backfield that would include Barber and Rodgers with Doug Martin most likely being released. Hicks is a great receiving back that is a sneaky runner.
Round 6 – Coleman Shelton – C – Washington
Bucs can groom a center for the future and Shelton is another kid that could be a steal and especially in round 6.
Round 7* – Rashaan Gaulden – CB – Tennessee
Bucs finish the draft by adding more talent at the corner position. Gaulden has been one of the bright spotlights for the Vols defensively the past two seasons and he plays with tons of physicality.
Round 1 – Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame
An upgrade like Nelson will make the Bucs offensive line put fear into the opposition’s defense, plus the running game will blossom into one of the better ones in today’s game. So, game-changing guards still exist.
Round 2– Duke Ejiofor – DE – Wake Forest
Duke has talent to play at the next level. He is a solid, sturdy base end with size and quickness on the edge. Drafting players who fight in the trenches early often pay off.
Round 3 – Tarvarus McFadden – CB – Florida State
McFadden has a chance to walk into camp fighting for a starting job. The Bucs could have a young trio with Ryan Smith, Vernon Hargreaves III, and Tavarus McFadden to work with.
Round 4 – Josh Adams – RB – Notre Dame
Adams is a tough runner, using his size to be a downhill power back while still possessing enough quickness to break off long runs. Barber and Adams sounds like a solid duo. The Bucs will pound the football with these two.
Round 5 – Jamar Summers – DB – Connecticut
Summers is a versatile defender that can play the corner or safety spot. Summers is a poor man’s Byron Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. Summers would be a steal here.
Round 6 – Du’Vonta Lampkin – DT – Oklahoma
Lampkin is a perfect selection here. Big defensive tackle that can eat up doubles and get past double teams. This Sooner is extremely powerful. Need help on the defensive line.
Round 6 – Mike White – QB – Western Kentucky
White has good size and accuracy, sees the field well, and is smart. He had a good senior campaign by completed 66 percent of his passes in 2017 for 4,177 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. White can give the Bucs a future option as a backup to Winston. Add more competition for the backup job held by RG4, as Fitzpatrick was only on a one-year deal.
Round 7* – Mike Love – DE – USF
Love is a sleeper prospect. He has enough size, a great motor and some quickness, plus his disruptive spurts and some experience playing as an outside 3-4 linebacker (scheme flexibility). This is a value pick in the seventh round.
Round 1– Derwin James – S – Florida State
We fix a big problem in our secondary and that is selecting James. He is a game-changing safety that can put our defense over the top.
Round 2– Sony Michel – RB – Georgia
Michel can be a three-down starter in the NFL. Michel would compete instantly for the starting job versus Peyton Barber, as Bucs fans expect Doug Martin to be released. One of the steals at the running back position in the draft.
Round 3 – Brandon Parker – OT – North Carolina A&T
He has developmental potential to be a starter in the NFL. He has a nice stature and length to protect on the edge. A gamble, but if Parker works out, you have yourself a potential Pro-Bowl left tackle. I like the potential that Parker carries.
Round 4 – Marcell Frazier – DE – Missouri
Another steal in the middle of the draft. Frazier has potential day two pick, but before the combine/Pro Day, he falls right here. Quick, strong, big, and long defensive end that is the next Missouri edge rusher to join the NFL.
Round 5 – Jaylen Dunlap – CB – Illinois
Dunlap has an excellent combination of size and speed for the NFL. He has the skill set to be a better pro than college player as most late round picks. Dunlap has good size and runs a quick 40.
Round 6 – Bruce Hector – DT – USF
Just like his fellow Bull teammate (Mike Love), he is also a sleeper in the draft. Hector could translate as a quick, penetrating three-technique who will contribute in the pass rush. Bruce plays hard.
Round 6 – K.C. McDermott – OL – Miami (FL)
Versatile offensive lineman that will give the Bucs solid depth that they need. McDermott will be a better guard at the next level than an offensive tackle.
Round 7* – Jeremiah Briscoe – QB – Sam Houston State
Briscoe is a good pick here. He has a cannon of an arm, but needs to work on his accuracy or keep the ball a tad lower, as it rises due to the heat he puts on his throws. Could be a really good backup in the league, if developed right.