If CBS Sports' mock draft plays out like they have predicted, the Buccaneers could begin rookie mini-camp with an exciting crop of new players. As the weeks have gone by, mock drafters have shifted from predicting the first round to the second and third, like ESPN's Todd McShay did last week, and beyond. Writing for NFLDraftScout.com, CBS' Dane Brugler put together a seven-round mock draft, with three of their selections for the Buccaneers being among the best at their respective positions.
In the first round, Brugler has the Bucs selecting former Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. The pick isn't far-fetched – Hargreaves is a Tampa native and the most talked-about player on the Buccaneers' weekly mock draft roundup. After that, though, is where things begin to get interesting.
In the second round, Brugler has the Bucs selecting former Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who many analysts believe could be the first overall pick if they were scouting him on talent alone.
Physically, Nkemdiche jumps off the board. At 300 pounds, he ran a 4.87-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine to go with a 116-inch broad jump and 35-inch vertical jump. His production in college doesn't necessarily match his talent, though. That coupled with off-the-field concerns are the driving factors of him falling out of the first round.
With their third-round selection, Brugler believes the Bucs will select former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo, a Florida native who has been outspoken about his desire to play for the Buccaneers. Aguayo was one of the most accurate kickers in college football history, converting 88.46% of his field goal attempts and every extra point.
If Hargreaves isn't the best cornerback, he's the second-best, right behind former Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Nkemdiche is in the conversation as the best defensive tackle in this year's draft class while Aguayo is undoubtedly the best kicker. All three could be starters from day one.
For a look at Brugler's complete, seven-round mock draft, click HERE.