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Casserly Mocks Pass-Rusher to Buccaneers

NFL.com's Charley Casserly believes the Buccaneers will select a defensive end with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Photos of NFL Media analyst Charley Casserly's first mock draft.

With the NFL Draft a little more than two months away, analysts can't seem to agree on what the Buccaneers will do with the No. 19 pick. In the latest Mock Draft Roundup, mock drafters listed six different positions for the Buccaneers in the first round: wide receiver, cornerback, defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and running back.

Photos of NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein's first mock draft.

Earlier this week, NFL.com's Charley Casserly, a former general manager himself, released his first mock draft of the offseason and linked a familiar name to the Buccaneers.

Casserly predicted that the Bucs would use their first-round pick on Missouri pass-rusher Charles Harris, the same player that Casserly's colleague, Daniel Jeremiah, projected to Tampa Bay in his initial mock draft. Jeremiah has since changed his opinion, listing Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara in his latest mock draft.

"Tampa Bay needs a bookend to Noah Spence in order to take improving defense to next level," Casserly wrote beside his prediction.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists his predictions for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

There are plenty of similarities between Spence and Harris, who are both smaller speed-rushers. Harris is listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds while Spence is 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Both players' specialty is rushing the passer, with Harris recording nine sacks and 10 quarterback hurries in 2016.

While draft analysts' predictions are scattered, defensive end is a popular position associated with the Buccaneers. ESPN's Mel Kiper has the Bucs drafting Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton in the first round while USA Today's Luke Easterling believes Tampa Bay will take Stanford's Solomon Thomas. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks also listed a pass-rusher in his latest mock draft, predicting the Bucs will draft Tennessee's Derek Barnett.

For the complete Mock Draft Roundup, click HERE.

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