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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Posted Feb 20, 2018

Our third edition roundup of who the experts are picking the Bucs to take with their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft this week. Remember to make your own pick and vote inside.

There has been minimal movement of the needle this week, with most experts picking either a defensive back or defensive lineman as the Bucs’ first pick at No. 7 in this year’s draft.

However, a new name emerged from CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso who predicted the Bucs taking cornerback Joshua Jackson out of Iowa. Jackson is listed at number 18 on Daniel Jeremiah’s Top 50 Prospects list on NFL.com.

Do you agree with the experts? Should the Bucs take a defensive back or defensive lineman in the first round? Or do you think there’s another need to be addressed. Let us know below!

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NFL.com

Daniel Jeremiah (January 28) – DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

Bucky Brooks (January 30) – DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

Lance Zierlein (January 30) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Charley Casserly (February 13) – DE Bradley Chubb (NC State)

CBSSports.com

Pete Prisco (February 15) – CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)
Prisco: “They had major issues on the back end last year and Brent Grimes is a free agent. Their coverage has to improve.” 

Jared Dubin (February 15) – G Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)

Will Brinson (February 15) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Chris Trapasso (February 19) – CB Joshua Jackson (Iowa)
Trapasso: “The Buccaneers have a glaring need at cornerback, and a player with Jackson's length and athleticism is precisely the type of player who'd improve Tampa Bay's secondary.” 

ESPN

Todd McShay (February 6) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
McShay: “Fitzpatrick is a shutdown cornerback with the versatility to play safety and can be plugged in immediately.”

Bleacher Report

Mike Tanier (February 19) – S Derwin James (Florida State)
Tanier: “Derwin James is an all-purpose safety who is at his best when attacking the line of scrimmage from the box. He can upgrade the run defense and provide a blitz threat. He can also upgrade pass coverage which ranked 22nd against tight ends, 26th against running backs and 27th against third to fourth receivers, per Football Outsiders. It's hard to sack a quarterback who can dump the ball to his slot receiver at the first sign of trouble.”

Pewter Report

Scott Reynolds (February 12) – DT Vita Vea (Washington)
Reynolds: “Vea’s presence would not only increase the production of Tampa Bay’s defensive ends, he would also occupy a double team on most plays, which would allow Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to get freed up for even more one-on-one pass rush situations. Because of his movement ability, Vea could also be moved around the line to play three-technique defensive tackle or even defensive end in some situations if the Bucs wanted to go with a big defensive line that consisted of Vea, McCoy, 340-pound defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu and 295-pound defensive end Will Gholston.”