Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup, 2.0

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.

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Todd McShay (Feb. 1): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Mel Kiper (Feb. 18): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Daniel Jeremiah (Feb. 16): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Lance Zierlein (Feb. 18): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Chad Reuter (Feb. 17): Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Bucky Brooks (Feb. 17): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
Updated: February 8
"The Bucs struggled with injuries and inexperience on the offensive line in 2015. Maybe Demar Dotson returns to form in 2016, and maybe Donovan Smith improves after a rocky rookie year. But a strong case can be made that Stanley is a better option than either. And does it really make sense to take any risks with Jameis Winston's well-being?"

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: February 21
" Tampa will address the cornerback position this off-season, either in free agency or the draft, possibly both. Hargreaves is a tough-minded, instinctive cover man who is ready to start from day one in the NFL."
Previous Pick: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Updated: February 17
"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."
Previous Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Updated: February 17
"Noah Spence would be a top-five prospect if he had no character concerns. Spence didn't help himself by bombing the Senior Bowl interviews, but some team may ultimately decide to pull the trigger on him in the top half of the first round. One candidate is the Buccaneers, who have taken chances on players with personality issues before."
Previous Pick: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Updated: February 21
"The Bucs boast one of the NFL's best in four-time reigning Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Unfortunately, the rest of the defensive line remains a work in progress. At 6-7, 290 pounds, Buckner has the bulk and strength to play both inside at defensive tackle and his customary defensive end role. While speed off the edge is important, in a division facing Cam Newton twice a year, size and strength up front is critical, as well."
Previous Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Updated: February 17
"Noah Spence is again the pick, despite being considered a late first-round pick by Big Boards (including ours). Based on his 5-star pedigree and talent displayed at the Senior Bowl, Spence has the tools to go this high. But then there are those "character concerns". Spence was booted from the Big-10 after he couldn't stay away from the drug "Ecstasy". He stayed (mostly) clean while at Eastern Kentucky and dominated the Murray State's and Austin Peay's that make up the Ohio Valley Conference, producing 11.5 sacks, 22.5 TFL, and 15 QB hurries in 2015. This despite playing out of position much of the season. Caution is needed, however: taking a guy with any history of drug abuse and handing him $13.5M and a big city in which to roam --well, this story often doesn't end well. At this point, we think the risk is justified. Despite a minor infraction at EKU, Spence was able to graduate with a degree, displaying focus toward achieving a goal. Here's more video and scouting."
Previous Pick: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Updated: February 22
"Spence can fill Tampa's need for a top-line pass rusher. Whether he's lined up at end or linebacker, he can get after the quarterback. Jacquies Smith is a solid player at end, but the Buccaneers don't have much beyond him. Spence can be brought in and utilized the same way the Raiders have utilized Khalil Mack the past two seasons."
Previous Pick: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

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