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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Posted Mar 19, 2018

Free agency shifting and weekend trades shift some expert opinions on who the Bucs will take, and who will be available, at No.7 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Many mocks haven’t caught up with the news over the weekend that the New York Jets traded up to presumably get a quarterback at No. 3. The Jets parted with two second-round picks in 2018 and a second-round pick in 2019, shipping them off to Indianapolis, who takes over the No. 6 spot in the draft this year as well.

This may still have an impact on who will be available to the Bucs at No. 7 and some experts made adjustments accordingly. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso now has Tampa Bay addressing its secondary needs and taking Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson.

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

Bucky Brooks (March 19) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Lance Zierlein (March 8) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Daniel Jeremiah (March 6) – S Derwin James (Florida State)

Peter Schrager (March 1) – DT Vita Vea (Washington)

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

CBSSports.com

Chris Trapasso (March 19) – CB Joshua Jackson (Iowa)
Trapasso: “With Vernon Hargreaves clearly a better fit in the slot, the Buccaneers add much needed length and play-making ability to their outside cornerback spot with Jackson.”

Jared Dubin (March 15) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Pete Prisco (March 13) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Prisco: “They have to get better on the back end. What better way to do that than with a versatile player like Fitzpatrick?”

ESPN

Todd McShay (March 7) – S Derwin James (Florida State)
McShay: “The Bucs were dead last in the NFL with 17 sacks last season, so they need an edge rusher badly. But the defensive end class this year lacks elite talent at the top, and this is a reach for someone like Marcus Davenport. Instead, Tampa Bay should take the best player available -- which is James. James is a versatile playmaker on the back end, and also a terrific athlete. His outstanding workout in Indy (40-inch vertical jump, 11-foot broad jump, 4.47 40-yard dash) wasn't surprising.”

SB NATION

Dan Kadar (March 19) – G Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)

Pewter Report

Scott Reynolds (March 11) – DE Vita Vea (Washington)
Reynolds: “Despite pulling a hamstring on his second attempt, Vea ran an eye-popping 5.10 in the 40-yard dash at 347 pounds with a 1.76 10-yard split. To put that number in perspective, Nathan Shepherd, an athletic, 315-pound defensive tackle from Fort Hays State ran a 5.10, and McCoy ran a 4.99 at 295 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine. We’re talking a tenth of second difference between McCoy and Vea despite Vea weighing more than 50 pounds more. Vea also had 41 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which was second only to Stanford defensive tackle Harrison Phillips’ 42.”