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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 8.0

Following free agency developments and a trade for Jason Pierre-Paul, some experts have changed their opinions on who the Bucs will take at No. 7 in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Have you weighed in on which position you think the Bucs should take with their first-round pick? If not, vote here.

The full roundup of expert picks is

Bucky Brooks (March 19) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Lance Zierlein (March 8) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Daniel Jeremiah (March 6) – S Derwin James (Florida State)

Peter Schrager (March 1) – DT Vita Vea (Washington)

Charley Casserly (February 13) – DE Bradley Chubb (NC State)

Chris Trapasso (March 26) – S Derwin James (Florida State)
Trapasso: "James brings a much-needed element of size, length, and athleticism to the Tampa Bay secondary."

Jared Dubin (March 15) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)

Pete Prisco (March 22) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Prisco: "The Bucs need help at both safety and corner, and Fitzpatrick could help at either spot. He has a chance to be a dominant free safety."


Todd McShay (March 7) – S Derwin James (Florida State)
McShay: "The Bucs were dead last in the NFL with 17 sacks last season, so they need an edge rusher badly. But the defensive end class this year lacks elite talent at the top, and this is a reach for someone like Marcus Davenport. Instead, Tampa Bay should take the best player available -- which is James. James is a versatile playmaker on the back end, and also a terrific athlete. His outstanding workout in Indy (40-inch vertical jump, 11-foot broad jump, 4.47 40-yard dash) wasn't surprising."


Adam Stites (March 26) – DB Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Stites: "With Chubb off the board, Minkah Fitzpatrick was the pick that made the most sense for the Buccaneers. That was only solidified by a trade to add Jason Pierre-Paul and the signing of Vinny Curry. The Tampa Bay secondary was dead last in passing yards allowed in 2017. Getting pass rushers was step one, and adding Fitzpatrick is a good step two."

Pewter Report

Scott Reynolds (March 25) – S Derwin James (Florida State)
Reynolds: "The Bucs love James' athletic traits, length, tackling prowess and leadership ability. He's the top-rated safety on Tampa Bay's draft board ahead of Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick, and could very well be the highest-ranked defensive back ahead of Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, who also might garner consideration with the seventh overall pick."

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