The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have the luxury of wasting draft selections on just any player. So, they must make them count. Here’s a look at a mock draft for the Bucs.
Round 1: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Lovie Smith must recognize that if his defense is going to become a great one, he needs a pass rusher. Jadeveon Clowney is possible but not likely. Kony Ealy of Missouri would be a high quality consolation prize. He has the size and strength to fit the defensive end role in the Tampa system and exhibits outstanding speed and hand usage coming off the edge, allowing him to find lanes to the quarterback.
Round 2: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
The Bucs’ offensive line has seen some trouble and they have to start adding some help, preferably at the tackle spots. Antonio Richardson has started the past two seasons for Tennessee at left tackle. His size and strenghth allow him to dominate in the run game while his heavy hands and long arms can wall off pass rushers provided he’s able to get hold of them.
Round 4: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Adding another offensive weapon at the tight end position would be a big help. Most might overlook C.J. Fiedorowicz as more of a blocking tight end, which he is a good one, but the kid is deceptively athletic for his size and has the speed to gain separation from coverage to make tough catches.
Round 5: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley
Jeff Janis is a name most won’t recognize, largely because he comes out of small SaginawValley. However, after a strong Senior Bowl showing the young receiver is on a lot of radars due to his 6’2″ frame, sub-4.4 speed and outstanding production.
Round 7: John Urschel, OG, Penn State
Guards are typically a position that can produce quality talent late in the draft. The Buccaneers get a highly overlooked one when they select John Urschel. His great strength isn’t his size or power, both of which he has in abundance, but his remarkably keen mind. Not only a top guard in his conference, Urschel is an academic All-American. He is a thinker of the game and that should help him develop quickly.
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