Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucky Brooks Releases First Mock Draft

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes the Buccaneers will select a pass-rusher in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

NFL's Daniel Jeremiah ranked his top 50 NFL Draft prospects.

The Senior Bowl is set for this weekend and the majority of big-name draft analysts have started releasing their preliminary mock drafts. Last week, ESPN's Mel Kiper unveiled his, predicting the Buccaneers to select Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah followed, mocking Missouri defensive end Charles Harris to the Bucs.

Former NFL scout and NFL.com analyst, Bucky Brooks, released his first mock draft on Thursday and his thinking appears to be aligned with Jeremiah and Kiper's. Brooks has the Buccaneers selecting a defensive end, though it's not a player previously listed by any writers on the Bucs' Mock Draft Roundup. Brooks believes that Tampa Bay will select Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett at No. 19.

The best prospects competing at the 2017 Senior Bowl, according to NFL.com.

"Adding an edge rusher to the lineup should be a priority for a team on the cusp of playoff contention," Brooks wrote.

Brooks has Barnett being selected before both Clarlton and Harris in his mock draft.

Barnett was one of the most prolific pass-rushers in Tennessee history, earning a school-record 33 sacks during his career.

He passed NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White, who had 32 career sacks. When he declared for the draft, Barnett led all active FBS players in sacks. His 52 tackles for a loss were the second-most in Tennessee history behind former Rams standout Leonard Little.

Barnett earned 56 tackles, 13 sacks and 19 tackles for a loss during his junior season in 2016. He also intercepted a pass, forced three fumbles and batted down five passes. For Brooks' complete mock draft, click HERE.

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