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Mel Kiper Releases Updated Mock Draft

Posted Feb 16, 2017

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes the Buccaneers will select a wide receiver with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Less than a month ago, ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his first mock draft, predicting that the Buccaneers would select Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton with the No. 19 pick in this year’s NFL Draft. This week, Kiper released his second mock draft and has a new player projected to the Bucs in the first round: Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis.

“Mike Evans is officially a star, but fellow receiver Vincent Jackson is an unrestricted free agent, and the Bucs don't want a situation in which defenses can just assume they'll be doubling Evans.” Kiper wrote. “Davis won't be running at the combine because of a small injury, but he's safely in Round 1 and would be a good value in this range (my buddy Todd McShay had him at No. 5 in his mock draft last week). Feed Jameis.”

Davis had been linked to the Buccaneers in early mock drafts, but none of the major outlets listed in this week’s Mock Draft Roundup listed him. Just one wide receiver, Washington’s John Ross, was projected to Tampa Bay when the Mock Draft Roundup was released on Monday.

To say Davis had a consistent college career might be an understatement. He recorded at least 1,400 receiving yards in each of his final three years at Western Michigan, while catching 12 or more touchdowns during the same period. He finished his college career with 331 receptions for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns.

An AFC North scout reflected on Davis’ college career, telling NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, “It wasn't even fair the way he did those corners in that conference. A man among boys."

Kiper projects just one wide receiver, Clemson’s Mike Williams, to be selected before Davis. He has him going to the Eagles at No. 14. Charlton, Kiper’s original projection for the Buccaneers, has climbed all the way up to No. 8 to Carolina. By the time the Buccaneers pick at No. 19, Kiper believes five pass-rushers will already be off the board.

For Kiper’s complete mock draft, click HERE.