Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com is amazingly not the only draft expert to predict the Bucs taking running back Josh Jacobs fifth overall. Don’t get me wrong, Jacobs is an impressive prospect and will almost surely follow suit of former Tide tailbacks like Mark Ingram or Derrick Henry. However, he’s one, not the best player available at five, and two, the Bucs have more pressing needs.
CBS Sports is in agreement that the Bucs get Greedy with Williams at cornerback out of LSU. I like that pick, too, with Brent Grimes becoming a free agent and Carlton Davis needing the help. However, I can’t help but wonder with how young the secondary is on this team if the Bucs don’t go after a vet in free agency and address the need that way.
See below for an updated list of who the analysts have the Bucs taking in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Chad Reuter (February 5) – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
“I expect the Bucs to move down from this spot, eventually picking Bruce Arians' new David Johnson.”
Lance Zierlein (January 29) – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
“With all the help Todd Bowles needs on defense, the Bucs will be able to go "best available" on that side of the ball here. Tampa adds an interior rusher to go along with Vita Vea and Gerald McCoy rather than reaching for an edge rusher.”
Bucky Brooks (January 25) – LB Devin White, LSU
“White's speed, athleticism and playmaking ability would add a dimension to a Bucs defense that struggled to defend the run and pass over the middle.”
Chris Trapasso (February 8) – CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Trapasso: “Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. No nonsense pick here for Tampa. Williams has the height, length, ball skills and athleticism to be the top cornerback for the Buccaneers immediately.
Tom Fornelli (February 4) – CB Greedy Williams, LSU
Fornelli: “Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. Brent Grimes will be 36 by the time the 2019 NFL season begins. Tampa needs a corner, and it needs one badly. So it drafts the best one available in this class.”
Dan Kadar (February 4) - DE Reshan Gary, Michigan
Kadar: “The Buccaneers are in a tough spot this offseason. They’re likely going to cut veteran star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. They could also move on from end Vinny Curry. If those moves happen, Tampa Bay could turn to the draft to replenish the defensive line. Gary is a big end who sets the edge well, and he can move inside in certain situations.”
Scott Reynolds (February 1) - LB Devin White, LSU
Reynolds: “Tampa Bay’s defense needs more talented playmakers for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and White is one of the most athletic and physical defenders in this year’s draft. With the likes of Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Kentucky pass-rushing linebacker Josh Allen already gone, the Bucs opt for LSU inside linebacker Devin White for the second straight mock draft on PewterReport.com.”