ATB Team Special: EXCLUSIVE Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Mock Draft 2.0
Welcome to this weeks ATB Team Special Mock Draft 2.0!
This week is different from the last. We are happy to have ALL team members posting a special first THREE choices in this upcoming NFL Draft.
Mock Draft 2.0
Round 1: Derwin James, S, Florida State
Reason: The closer we get to the draft, the more and more I get the feeling that the top three picks on the Bucs draft big board will be gone. Those three are Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, and Saquon Barkley. That leaves the Bucs with a decision; take the fourth best player on their board, James, or trade down for more picks. I think they decide to fortify the back end of the secondary and select James. This will ultimately become true, especially if the Bucs have no trade partners who want pick No. 7.
Round 2: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Reason: This selection from me is extremely optimistic. I believe there could be a run on running backs late in the first round. Sony Michel is one of the top 3 running backs in this draft in my opinion. If there isn’t a run on running backs and Michel slides just a little bit, he will be the Bucs 2nd round draft selection on April 27th, 2018.
Round 4: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
Reason: Oh you haven’t heard of Nathan Shepherd? That’s completely fine. You should peruse what tape you can actually find on him from Fort Hays State and watch him manhandle every guard and center they throw at him. In the tape I’ve seen there is rarely a one on one match up and he gets doubled almost every snap. Through these double teams, he still manages to crate absolute havoc on the opposing offensive line. Yes, there is the whole inferior talent level thing and that can’t be understated. However, he absolutely dominated the Reeses’ Senior Bowl in Mobile a couple months ago. I’m sure that showing checked off multiple boxes for NFL teams and scouts. Welcome to the NFL, Shepherd.
Round 1: Quenton Nelson (OL)
The Bucs will get a much needed pickup on the O Line with Quenton Nelson. Nelson will be added to a line that just added Ryan Jensen and moves Ali Marpet back to Guard. This tandem will be a 3 headed monster.
Round 2: Sony Michel (RB)
The Bucs backfield gets a boost with this pick. Sony Michel will add speed and agility out of the backfield which is something the team has lacked for the last few years.
Round 4: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (DL)
The Bucs address more depth for the defensive line. The Bucs made a lot of revamps to the defensive line in free agency but this will just be the icing on the cake. On paper the defensive line will now look more solid than it has been in the last 10 years.
Corey Joyner (@CoreyJ813)
Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn St.
For some strange reason, Barkley falls right into the laps of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is arguable the best prospect overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. The team is an elite running back away from having an offense that can go toe to toe with any team in the league. If Barkley is there, look for Jason Licht to sprint on draft night to turn in the selection card.
–Arden Key, DE, LSU
A first-round talent, Arden Key, falls to the second round due to off the field issues. Jason Licht and his staff will have done their homework to make the pick. Arden will start as a rotational pass rusher and eclipse 8+ sacks in his rookie year!
— SS, Kyzir White, WV
Although the Buccaneers have an obvious need at corner back, White is a young physical strong safety that would be a great addition to secondary. The staff will put faith in their young corners and elect not to spend an early selection on corner back. Look for White to transition into the starting strong safety by the end of the season.
Marc Magana (@BucsFan02)
Mock drafts give us a chance to predict one of two things, how the draft will go, and how we want the draft to go. The following is assuming the top 6 picks go in the Buccaneers favor.
Round 1) Pick 7: Quenton Nelson OL
My best argument for the Quenton Nelson pick is simple. Best player available. I like Chubb, but the Buccaneers did a good job addressing the DE position in free agency and I don’t think he has a shot of making it to seven. Is the defensive line fixed? Far from it (more on this next pick), but with the addition of Jensen adding someone like Nelson, theoretically, this offensive line becomes top five in the NFL. I’ll make the easy comparison, if you look at Nelson and Martin’s combine stats they are eerily similar. The only major difference? Nelson had 35 reps on the bench press, Martin had 29. Martin was regarded as “one of the cleanest prospects in 2014 draft” according to NFL.com. Nelson is my second-best player in this draft, I would be ecstatic if the Buccaneers landed him.
Round 2) Pick 38: Arden Key DE
Yes, the Buccaneers NEED a running back, but with first round talent still on the board, the Buccaneers elect to take a shot on Arden Key. The Bucs are not afraid to take players with character concerns. Key has a motor that never stops and his passion for the game is evident. If the Bucs can snag him in round two, the defensive line will be something fierce. With the upgrades on the offensive line, the Bucs have the luxury of ignoring running back position in round two and taking the best player available. Most people agree that if Key didn’t have the off the field issues, he would be a first-round lock. Jason Licht makes sure not to ignore the defensive line again and Mike Smith has no excuse for the defense’s under performance this year.
Round 4) Pick 102: Nyheim Hines RB
Buccaneers need a running back and have already visited with Hines. He brings the added benefit of being a kick and punt returner. He has game changing speed, running a 4.38 forty-yard dash at the combine. Hines has shown the ability to explode through the gap and when he is through, he’s gone. Hines coupled with Peyton Barber aren’t the flashy names most Bucs fans wanted, but with the addition on both sides of the trenches, the Bucs are better prepared for the future. The game is won in the trenches first.
Joel Garvey (@JameisInDaCut)
The Bucs have been making moves with their defense all offseason. The 6’3″ FSU product could be that final piece to solidify Tampa’s defense heading into 2018
The Bucs can get a lot better offensively if Sony is still available in the 2nd. This LeSean McCoy-like back is shifty and can add a whole new dimension to this Bucs offense.
Tampa stays close to home in the 4th and grab the 300lb DT out of South Florida. Senat racked up 6.5 sacks in his senior year and is a run stopper who saved his best performances for high level competition.
Justin Haas (@KingKwon58)
Round 1: Florida State SS Derwin James
Why: Assuming NC State’s star Bradley Chubb and Notre Dame’s star Quenton Nelson are off the board by Seventh overall my pick would be my pick. The Bucs defense needed to be revamped and they did just that to the defensive line but left out the secondary besides resigning Brent Grimes. So, with that in consideration Derwin James who is the best safety in this draft in my opinion would be the best move. I love James’ athletic traits, length, tackling abilities, and shows he has great leadership abilities. I would be really surprised if James isn’t the pick unless either Chubb or Nelson are there.
Round 2: San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny
I have the Buccaneers wanting a third-round pick, so I see them trading down to get one while the popular choices Nick Chubb and Sony Michel get draft. Even though those two are gone don’t you worry because Penny can bring the extra horsepower the offense desperately needs. Penny had an excellent 2017 campaign with 289 carries for 2,248 rushing yards (7.8 yard per attempt) and 23 touchdowns. Overall, he’s fast, versatile, explosive and can be the three down back the Buccaneers want.
Round 4: Florida State DE Josh Sweat
The 6’5”, 250-pound prospect Josh Sweat would be a perfect pick for the Bucs in the third round. The former number one overall high school prospect has had his fair share of injuries in Tallahassee but that has not kept him from producing. This past season Sweat recorded 56 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He is a raw prospect, but he has a good burst off the line, excellent tackling abilities, and is never a quitter on any down. If there’s anything for sure in the NFL, it’s that you can never have enough pass rushers.
Round 1: Minkah Fitzpatrick DB Alabama
Fitzpatrick is one of, if not the best defensive back in the draft. His versatility allows him to play either safety or cornerback, which is an attractive quality for the Buccaneers considering they have a strong need at both positions. The addition of Fitzpatrick would be a huge upgrade to the Bucs secondary if he’s still available at number 7.
Round 2: Rashaad Penny RB SDSU
Peyton Barber is a quality running back, however, he’s not someone that I see being consistent enough to be the Bucs 3-down back of the future. At 5’11” and 220 pounds, Penny reminds me a lot of Cardinals RB David Johnson. His huge stature allows him to break tackles and run through defenders. Penny accrued 2,248 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns last season.
Round 4: Nathan Shepherd DT Fort Hays State
A huge defensive tackle to line up alongside Gerald McCoy and Beau Allen. In 2017, Shepherd had 38 tackles including 12.5 for loss and four sacks. The flaw that some could see with him is that he’s coming into the NFL from such a small school with low-level competition. However, the last guy we took a chance on from a tiny university called Hobart and William Smith Colleges ended up working out well.
Taye Harper (@Taye_25)
Round one- Trade alert with the Buffalo Bills getting picks 12 & 22!!
With the top 4 players off the board, the Buccaneers made a trade. With the 12th pick, they select CB Josh Jackson from Iowa. Jackson has all the physical attributes that you look for in a number one Corner. Excellent in coverage, physical, knows how to locate the ball and create turnovers. Jackson was 1st Team All-Big Ten and lead the NCAA with 8 INTS and 26 Passes Defended in 2017. He would fit nicely with Hargraves and learn from Grimes on how to be a pro and take his game to the next level. Win-Win
Round Pick 22 RB Sony Michel
The Bucs land one of the best running backs in this years class. He is a smooth runner with good speed and agility. Give him a crease and he’s gone. He can also catch out of the backfield.
Round Four S-Deshon Elliott
Steal of the draft! Great range and ball skills. Great tackler and can become a ball hawk. Underrated player. The Bucs get excellent value here.
Kevin Sloan (@KevinSloan13)
Trade Scenario Tampa Bay trades the number seven pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills for their 2018 1st Rd picks number #12 & #22.
1st Rd Pick 12-Derwin James, S, FSU
James, like I said from my draft profile, is a great player that can become an impact player for the Bucs backfield. He can become what the Buccaneers are in the backfield, to go along with the ageless veteran Brent Grimes, and talented young safety Justin Evans. James can also contribute in the front 7 as an extra odd man rusher to help disrupt the opposing team’s QB. Again, he could help the Bucs cut down on breakaway plays I.E. slants through the middle of the field.
1st Rd Pick 22-Vita Vea, DT, Washington
Without a doubt people say big men can’t dance. Wrong! Vea is an athletic man beast at 6’4 347lbs who moves like a LB and who is a grinder in the trenches. Vea ran a 5.1 in the 40-yard dash. Vea is a guy with a high IQ, high motor, and doesn’t quit on plays. Vea does have some weakness with his technique and his hands, which he can improve with the proper coaching. Another perk of drafting Vea is he will be the future DT once Gerald McCoy finishes his respectable career hopefully here in Tampa Bay. Instantly, in one off-season, you could have the Bucs rebuilt defensive front seven with the addition of Vinny Curry, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Vea. No doubt the other teams in the NFL will have to respect the Bucs defense as a possible top 10 defense.
2nd Rd Pick 38-Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
As the revamped defense of the Buccaneers in round one, you can see the Bucs offensive attack go full beast mode with the addition of Michel. At Georgia, Michel was the lightning to Nick Chubb’s thunder in the running game. The all-purpose back would be a pleasant change from the outgoing Doug Martin and Charles Sims. One of Michel knacks is always finding the right holes and with the additions of new center Ryan Jensen and moving Ali Marpet back to Right Guard, it does give that Bucs O-line a much-needed nasty streak to make those holes for Michel. One of his weaknesses is his ability to pass protect, in which he did improve as he gained some more added muscle. The young man is a highlight reel with his ability to break into 10-15 yards gashes. Imagine him in Pewter and Red Bucs fans!!!!
4th Rd Pick 98-Kevin Toliver II, CB, LSU
With Toliver, he is an interesting CB with skill set who could be a solid guy for him being 6’2, 192lbs. He is a CB with a WR body which the Buccaneers could use going against the NFC south giants like Julio Jones and Michael Thomas. Toliver did have some setback during the beginning of the season at LSU. However, with the proper coaching and letting him play as a press man corner he could be a solid contributor to the Bucs backfield of play.
With just under 24 days left to the first night of the 2018 NFL Draft the Bucs certainly have an interesting choice under their sleeves which GM Jason Licht and company. Go Bucs!!!
Kell Pooles (@allthingstbbucs)
Round 1 Pick 17) (TRADE VIA LAC) Derrius Guice RB LSU
– The Buccaneers make a first-round trade. Tampa Bay acquires the Los Angeles Chargers 2018 1st Round Pick 17th overall, 2018 2nd Round Pick 48th overall, 2018 3rd Round Pick 84th overall. They start off with a hardnosed RB who looks to punish his opponents. Guice is a former 1st-team ALL-SEC and set an LSU school record for most rushing yards in a game vs Texas A&M.
Round 2 Pick 38) Isaiah Wynn OL Georgia
– The Buccaneers get arguably the second best interior Lineman in the Draft to help Marpet, Jenson and bolster the Offensive line.
Round 2 Pick 48) (VIA LAC) Ronnie Harrison SS Alabama
– The Buccaneers still have a glaring hole on the Defense. That’s the Strong Safety position. With the trade with LA, it gives the Buccaneers more flexibility to grab better quality players in the early rounds.
Round 3 Pick 84) (VIA LAC) Arden Key DL LSU
– This is my choice for the biggest draft slide from a player. Key is a 1st Round talent but teams have been worried about off field issues & “questionable” interviews. I wouldn’t doubt that Jason Licht would take the chance on a stud Edge Rusher from LSU
Philip Schwegler (@PhilSchweg)
First Round: Safety Derwin James, FSU
While getting a sense of what draft experts are saying, along with mock drafts, Derwin James would be a perfect fit for the nasty in your defense that Jason Licht would like to see from this years defense His leadership speaks for itself, as well as his physicality on the field. The Buccaneers kinda have a luxury pick at seven having addressed many needed pieces during free agency, so a James at seven would not surprise me
Round 2: Running Back Derrius Guice, LSU
Derrius Guice should be a late first round pick, so I’m hoping he falls enough for the Buccaneers to grab him in the second round.
Guice is known to fight for every yard he gets, along with moving his legs until the play is called dead. His vision for holes and overall hard running ability is exactly what the Buccaneers need to complete their lethal offensive attack
Round 4: Defensive End Josh Sweat, FSU
Josh Sweat is a player that has a nastiness to him that could play aside with Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul. His raw talent is something I’d like to see defensive line coach Brentson Buckner mold into an off the edge threat. Sweat could be a rotational end for the Buccaneers l, allowing a fresh body that is able to perform at a high level
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Where to Watch
Round 1: Thursday, April 26 — 8:00 PM ET (NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports)
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 — 7:00 PM ET (NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports)
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 — Noon ET (NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL)