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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup, 10.0

NFL Draft analysts weigh in on the Buccaneers' No. 9 pick.


Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers held the No. 1 overall pick and had their sights set on a drafting a quarterback. The team would eventually select Jameis Winston, who went on to throw for 4,042 yards, the third-most ever by a rookie. The Bucs hold the No. 9 pick this year and could select a player at a number of different positions, from defensive end to cornerback to offensive tackle. Below is a look at what a handful of NFL Draft experts think the Buccaneers will do in the first round. 

Who do you think the Bucs will take? Cast your vote by clicking **HERE*****BUCCANEERS.COM FAN POLL**: Defensive end * ***ESPN** *Todd McShay (April 12): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Mel Kiper (April 6): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Charlie Casserly (April 7): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Bucky Brooks (April 15): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Daniel Jeremiah (April 14): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Charles Davis (April 15): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: April 11
"The Bucs need to boost their pass rush, and Lawson could make offenses pay immediately for double-teaming DT Gerald McCoy."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: April 17
"Tampa needs to address the cornerback position this draft and Hargreaves is a tough-minded, instinctive cover man who is ready to start from Day One in the NFL."

Updated: April 11
"The Buccaneers need help at several key spots on defense. So then why a tackle here? Well, for two reasons: 1. The gap between Tunsil and Stanley is small, meaning this could look like a bargain. 2. There is more depth at the pass-rushing spots and even at DB than at tackle. If Tampa Bay wants help along its O-line, this is the spot to pounce."

Leonard Floyd, DE/LB, Georgia
Updated: April 15
"It's quite apparent that Tampa needed someone better to get to the quarterback, and while it already added Robert Ayers, a long-term option is needed. Fortunately for the front office, this class is loaded with talented edge rushers.

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Updated: April 3
"Rankins is the top-rated 4-3, one-gap defensive tackle in the draft. While the Bucs already have McCoy, drafting Rankins gives them another disruptive interior pass rusher and insurance at the three-technique in case he gets injured. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith had a pair of Pro Bowl defensive tackles in Marcus Stroud and John Henderson in Jacksonville, and St. Louis spent a first-round pick on defensive tackle Aaron Donald in 2014 just two years after drafting defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round in 2012. It's not unheard of for a team to have two talented defensive tackles, and Rankins has the traits to be special."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: April 17
"Bucs general manager Jason Licht won big by sticking close to "home" with FSU quarterback Jameis Winston a year ago and may take a similar path with Hargreaves, a three-time All-SEC pick. Hargreaves is a scrappy playmaker with terrific agility and instincts for the position."

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Updated: April 14
"They have to get better in terms of the edge rush. Bosa falling this far would be great for Tampa Bay."

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: April 15
"The Bucs addressed the need for a pass rush in free agency, inking defensive end Robert Ayers to a three-year deal. Lawson isn't the blue chip prospect that his NCAA-leading 25.5 tackles for loss would indicate, but he is powerful, agile and tenacious. Adding him to a defensive line built around All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy would give the Bucs a formidable front."

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