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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup, 6.0

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 (March. 1): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Mel Kiper (March 8): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Daniel Jeremiah (March 14): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Lance Zierlein (March 4): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bucky Brooks (March 16): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Charles Davis (March 3): Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
Updated: March 4
"The Irish tackle with the sweet feet is too good to pass up here despite the Bucs' defensive shortcomings. And better in the long run to safeguard QB Jameis Winston, who was under fire too often as a rookie."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: March 14
"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."

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: March 1
"I see Baltimore and San Diego as the Round 1 pivot points for Tampa Bay. If those teams both go for defense, thereby pushing Stanley down the board, then I think he's the Bucs' pick at No. 9. Nabbing Lawson is a strong fallback plan. He is put together at 270 pounds, yet he still ran a 4.7 40. Lawson is ready for the NFL."

Leonard Floyd, DE/LB, Georgia
Updated: March 16
"The Buccaneers have been linked to Leonard Floyd, as Charlie Campbell mentioned on our podcast. Floyd would definitely help Tampa's efforts of generating heavy pressure on Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan."

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Updated: March 13
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.

DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
Updated: March 14
"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."

Wiliam Jackson II, CB, Houston
Updated: March 13
"They added a smaller corner in Brent Grimes in free agency, so they can get a taller corner here in Jackson. I think he could also play inside, and the Bucs need help there too."

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: March 20

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: March 14
"The Buccaneers signed Robert Ayers to a three-year contract, so the need for a pass rusher is less pressing – though Tampa should still add someone else up front. But with Ayers on the roster, the Buccaneers can look at the secondary. Although Brent Grimes was added, his better days are behind him. Hargreaves is a shutdown corner who could be good on the outside or excel covering receivers on the inside."

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