Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post Combine Edition
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished last NFL season with just four wins after beginning the season with an eight game losing streak. They finished in last place in the NFC South and have a lot of work to do in the offseason if they are to even hope that they can compete for an NFL Playoffs berth next season. Lovie Smith is a good coach and should get the Bucs started on the right foot, even though it’s unlikely the playoffs are in their future.
The Buccaneers have some talent on the field, but just couldn’t get it done as a whole last season. That’s why the upcoming NFL draft, in which they have only five picks, is going to be essential to their future. Tampa Bay needs a young, blocking tight end, some help and depth on the offensive line, a pass rushing defensive end and probably a mid-round quarterback. On top of all these position needs, a nice addition to the team would be a big receiver that is able to go up and get the ball when the quarterback is being pressured and has to throw it up.
Here is a 7-round mock draft for the Buccaneers that tries to focus on players that are actually going to be available when they’re drafting, as well as players that could make an impact for the team. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below with the name of a player that you’d like the Bucs to draft, as well.
Round 1 (Pick 7): LB Anthony Barr – UCLA Bruins
Barr is a starting NFL player in the making. Not only could he become a key cog in Tampa Bay’s defense immediately, but he could become a consistent star in the future. The Bucs need a DE, but Barr is too talented to pass up.
Round 2 (Pick 6): WR Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt Commodores
Tampa Bay needs a star receiver, and Matthews is all that and more. He averaged ridiculous numbers against SEC defenses, while playing for a Vanderbilt team that was run-first a majority of the time. This is not a player a team with WR needs should pass on.
Round 3 (No Pick): Traded to the New York Jets for Darrelle Revis
All in all it was a good trade. Revis may not be making the immediate impact he was expected to, but veterans are always a good thing.
Round 4 (Pick 4): DE Michael Sam – Missouri Tigers
Quite frankly, the reigning SEC defensive player of the year is good. Because of his size he falls to the fourth round, but he’s the type of player that could show out in training camp and start immediately.
Round 5 (Pick 3): QB David Fales – San Jose State Spartans
Tampa Bay needs a quarterback, but not desperately enough to ruin their chances of a successful season by picking one extremely early. Fales is accurate and is the type of QB that can be molded to fit any system the coach wants.
Round 6 (No Pick):
Tampa Bay doesn’t have a sixth round pick, but it shouldn’t hinder them too much. They could trade at some point to take another team’s here.
Round 7 (Pick 6): TE A.C. Leonard – Tennessee State Tigers
Tampa Bay needs a receiver and a tight end. Well how about a tight end that ran a 4.5 40-yard dash at the NFL combine? With a lack of receiving options, they could turn Leonard into a major threat both offensively and in the blocking game.