As mock drafts continue to roll in, NFL.com’s Chad Reuter has released a set of updated predictions, going as far as predicting the first four rounds for every team. The first name on his list for the Buccaneers should be a familiar one for football fans in the Sunshine State – Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.
Reuter isn’t alone in believing the Buccaneers will use their first-round pick on a running back. His colleague, Daniel Jeremiah, believes that Tampa Bay will use their No. 19 pick on Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara. But Reuter is the first draft expert to link Cook to the Buccaneers.
During his time at Florida State, Cook rushed for 4,464 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. He found the end zone 65 times while recording an additional 935 yards and two touchdowns catching the ball out of the backfield. In a breakdown of several mock drafts, Buccaneers.com found Cook to be the best running back prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In his most recent draft prospect rankings, Jeremiah had Cook as the No. 11 overall player in the draft, though Jeremiah believes LSU’s Leonard Fournette to be the superior ball-carrier.
In the second round, Reuter believes the Bucs will pick up Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney. And like Cook, Feeney is believed to be the best player at his position, according to the collection of mock drafts used. Feeney played the majority of his career at guard but can also play center, which is the position Reuter projects him at.
Wide receiver is a popular position associated with the Buccaneers, and that’s where the Bucs will use their third-round pick, according to Reuter. He has the team taking Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart at No. 84. In the fourth round, Reuter projects Oklahoma State offensive tackle Victor Salako to Tampa Bay.
For Reuter’s complete, four-round mock draft, click HERE.