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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 5.0

Posted Mar 5, 2018

The fifth edition of the roundup is here, with many things remaining unchanged as experts await Combine results to update their mocks.

The NFL Combine is in its final day today, so many mock drafts should be updated following its conclusion. One new development was from NFL Network’s Peter Schrager who picked the Bucs to take Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea with their seventh pick of the draft. After seeing Vea’s Combine workouts, I don’t think there are any Bucs fans who would be complaining about that selection.

Have you weighed in on which position you think the Bucs should take with their first-round pick? If not, vote here.

The full roundup of expert picks is below.

NFL.com

Peter Schrager (March 1) – DT Vita Vea (Washington)
Charley Casserly (February 13) – DE Bradley Chubb (NC State)
Lance Zierlein (January 30) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Bucky Brooks (January 30) – DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)
Daniel Jeremiah (January 26) – DE Marcus Davenport (UTSA)

CBSSports.com

Pete Prisco (March 4) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Prisco: “Minkah Fitzpatrick, S-CB, Alabama. They have to get better on the back end, and this kid would give them a lot of versatility back there. He would be an ideal free safety to pair with Justin Evans.” 

Jared Dubin (March 1) – G Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)
Dubin: “The Buccaneers need to help Jameis Winston take the next step. A big part of doing that is ensuring he's well-protected. Nelson is not only an ace pass-protector, he can help road-grate in the running game. He also checked in with elite measurements at the combine, another feather in his cap as a potential top-10 pick.”

Will Brinson (February 26) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

ESPN

Mel Kiper Jr. (February 21) – G Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)Kiper: “Nelson moved up to No. 4 on my latest Big Board, and there's no question he's the favorite to be the first offensive lineman off the board in April. He's a plug-and-play starter who dominates defenders and can get to the second level. Tampa Bay had one of the league's worst running games in 2017 -- it averaged only 3.7 yards per carry. Nelson would be an instant upgrade.”

SB NATION

Dan Kadar (February 26) – DE Harold Landry (Boston College)
Kadar: “If Landry’s health checks out at the combine, he’s a player who could skyrocket as the draft approaches.”

Pewter Report

Scott Reynolds (February 26) – RB Sony Michel (Gerogia) and DT Taven Bryan (Florida) at Picks No. 21 and 22 via trade with Buffalo

Reynolds on Michel: “With the release of Doug Martin, though not surprising, the Buccaneers are left with an unknown for the their running back position. Jacquizz Rodgers is under contract for one more year, but appears to be a depth player for the Buccaneers. Charles Sims is an unrestricted free agent and might not be back. Peyton Barber, who finished the years as the team’s starter, played well down the stretch, but well enough to warrant a feature role by himself? That’s unlikely. The Bucs are likely going to be players in bringing in a free agent running back, but likely will spend one of their Top 100 picks (first three rounds) in the 2018 NFL Draft on running back, too. If they make the deal with Buffalo to move back to the 21st and 22nd spots, expect one of them to be for a running back. Georgia’s Sony Michel should be a top option.”

Reynolds on Bryan: “After selecting a running back with their first of two picks, the Bucs then dip into the draft well to grab one of the more flashy defensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft. Gators defensive lineman Taven Bryan is more like Gerald McCoy than he is say a true nose tackle, but if this team is moving to a 3-4 alignment as their base, Bryan at one defensive end spot and McCoy at the other would spell trouble for opposing offenses. They could get very creative in their fronts with those two.”