Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lance Zierlein Mocks Malik McDowell to Bucs

The NFL.com analyst believe the Bucs will pick a defensive tackle with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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

With the NFL Draft a little more than two months away, all four of NFL.com's mock drafters have submitted their picks for the first round. The first analyst to submit his projections was Daniel Jeremiah, who believes that the Bucs will select Missouri defensive end Charles Harris with the 19th pick. Bucky Brooks submitted his selection next, mocking fellow defensive end Derek Barnett to Tampa Bay, followed by Chad Reuter, who projected Washington wide receiver John Ross to the Bucs.

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Earlier this week, Lance Zierlein released his first mock draft of the offseason and suggested the Buccaneers would draft a defensive tackle with their first-round pick. He is the only writer listed in the Bucs' Mock Draft Roundup to predict the Bucs to take a player at that position.

Zierlein's pick was Michigan State's Malik McDowell. While NFL.com's experts differ in several opinions, most agree that McDowell will be the first defensive tackle selected in this year's draft. Zierlein, Brooks and Rueter all have him going in the first round. Jeremiah doesn't have a defensive tackle being selected in the first 32 picks.

McDowell is listed on Michigan State's website as 6-foot-6 and 276 pounds. He was a first-team All-Big 10 selection by the Associated Press and a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. In 36 career games he recorded 90 tackles, 24.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus compared him for San Francisco's DeForest Buckner, who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Photos of NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks' first mock draft.

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