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2020 Bucs Mock Draft Roundup 11.0

Let's see where the experts stand and who they have the Bucs taking at No. 14 right before the opening of free agency this week.

Utah State quarterback Jordan Love runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Utah State quarterback Jordan Love runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the 14th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. As such, the field for potential first-round draft picks is wide open and despite it being January, draft pundits from around the country continue to weigh in.

The Bucs' needs and draft focus will be largely affected by what they are able to do (or not do) in free agency. With that in mind, let's see who the analysts have as front-runners to land in Tampa Bay come end of April and right before free agency hits.

Pick: QB Jordan Love, Utah State

Comments: "Love could be an ideal fit for Bruce Arians' aggressive, vertical passing attack."

Pick: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Comments: "No matter what happens with pending free agent Shaq Barrett, adding Chaisson to this Todd Bowles-led defense is the fastest road to wins added at pick No. 14."

Pick: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Comments: "The Bucs need to work out the contract situation with Shaq Barrett, who is headed for free agency after posting 19.5 sacks in 2019, but adding more punch on the defensive line would make sense no matter what happens."

As the NFL Combine begins this week, a look at NFL Network Bucky Brooks' 2020 mock draft. Photos by AP Images.


Todd McShay, ESPN (March 2)

Pick: RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia                                                                  

Comments: "Swift is explosive, and while Ronald Jones II looked good at moments in 2019, the Bucs could use some explosion in the run game. Hand him the ball, and watch him make one cut and turn on his 4.48 40 speed. Tampa Bay was bottom-third in rushing last season and ranked 17th in receptions by running backs. Swift, one of the best pass-catching RBs in the class, would help in both areas. But keep an eye on QB and edge rusher too. If Jameis Winston doesn't return and Love or Herbert slide, this could be a good landing spot. And with all of the Bucs' potential losses to their pass rush, reaching for someone such as LSU defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson here could be in play."

Pick: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Comments: "I mentioned in my Mock Draft 1.0 the Bucs' possible departures along the defensive line -- Ndamukong SuhCarl NassibJason Pierre-Paul and Beau Allen are all free agents -- and Chaisson would be a perfect fit as an outside linebacker in Todd Bowles' 3-4 defense. Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but this is a bet on a terrific upside for a twitchy pass-rusher who should test well at the combine later this month. After taking Devin White in the first round last year, Tampa can go back to the LSU well here with Chaisson."

The Draft Network

Pick(s): Round 1 – [TRADE with Panthers for Pick No. 11] QB Jordan Love, Utah State; Round 2 – RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State, Washington; Round 3 – Traded away


Love: "We don't hear Jordan Love's name connected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that often because he's not a towering Godzilla QB with a jet-propelled arm, but that's okay. Love still has delightful arm talent, and his best reps come as a rhythm thrower to the intermediate levels of the field. His touch deep needs consistency but there are flashes which Bruce Arians will hope to develop early.

The price is a third-round pick to get in front of Las Vegas and Indianapolis, but it's worthy. And the Panthers get an even better selection than they got out of an earlier trade back, as those QBs always tend to drive up the prices."

Dobbins: "I called TDN's Trevor Sikkema and asked him, if the entire class of running backs were available at No. 45, who would the Buccaneers take? He told me J.K. Dobbins, and I can't argue with that. My RB1 has every tool in the toolbox with a pro-ready profile given his vision, instincts and pass protection. With Love and Dobbins paired, the future is bright on offense for the rebuilt Bucs."

Pro Football Focus

(Eric Eager & George Chahrouri (March 9)

Pick: S Grant Delpit, LSU

Comments: "The Bucs have quietly built a defense over the last year. They invested heavily in the cornerback position last season, and Delpit adds another playmaker on the back end. Delpit is projected to have the best playmaker rate (pass breakups plus interceptions) of any safety in this class, and he comps to the likes of Devin McCourty and Earl Thomas III.

CBS Sports

Pick: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Comments: "Thomas is the fourth offensive linemen off the board, and he's the fourth offensive linemen to help himself with a strong combine performance. In Tampa Bay, he solidifies an offensive line that ranked in the bottom third in both pass protection and run blocking, according to Football Outsiders."

Bleacher Report

Pick: EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

Comments: "Star pass-rusher Shaquil Barrett is set to become a free agent alongside starting quarterback Jameis Winston, with the Buccaneers only able to use the franchise tag on one of them. Statements made by head coach Bruce Arians throughout the offseason hint at a possible Winston departure. But whether Barrett, Winston or both are back next season, Tampa needs to head into the draft thinking about adding to each position.

LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson is a truly special athlete and player at the outside linebacker position. The Tigers asked Chaisson to rush the quarterback but he was also tasked often with dropping into coverage or stacking up against the run. In that way, he's more like 2019 draft pick Josh Allen from Kentucky than he is a pure pass-rusher.

A quarterback could definitely be the selection here, but in my rankings, there isn't a passer worthy of the No. 14 overall selection, which is something Arians and general manager Jason Licht must consider when deciding how to fill the quarterback depth chart this offseason."

Pewter Report


Round 1: RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Round 1: [TRADE] OL Josh Jones, Houston at No. 23 after trading the team's second-round pick and TE O.J. Howard to New England

Round 3: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

Round 4: G Damien Lewis, LSU

Round 4 (compensatory): WR/RB Antonio Gibson, Memphis

Round 5: QB Nate Stanley, Iowa

Round 6: ILB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami

Comments: "What?! The Bucs draft a running back in the first round – with the 14th overall pick?

Yes, Taylor, who averaged 2,000 yards per season for three years at Wisconsin, is worth drafting in the middle of the first round because he's an elite player. Several 1,000-yard rushers, including Saquon Barkley (second overall, 2018), Christian McCaffrey (eighth overall, 2017) and Ezekiel Elliott (fourth overall, 2016), were all elite backs coming out of college and were drafted inside the Top 10.

The fact that the top four offensive tackles – Alabama's Jedrick Wills, Louisville's Mekhi Becton, Iowa's Tristan Wirfs and Georgia's Andrew Thomas – will likely all get drafted by the time Tampa Bay is on the clock allows the Bucs to take the top running back in the draft."

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