Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mel Kiper Releases Second Mock Draft

Who does ESPN's resident draft analyst believe the Buccaneers will draft at No. 9?

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah's predictions for the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

On Thursday, ESPN's Mel Kiper released his second mock draft of the offseason. Kiper hadn't published a mock draft for about a month – having issued his first mock draft shortly after the conclusion of the regular season.

In his first mock draft, Kiper had the Buccaneers selecting Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. With a month to think about it and the draft order being finalized, Kiper's decision remained the same.

"The best pure cover corner in the draft would benefit anyone," Kiper wrote, "and the Bucs are in a division where they have to face Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton six times a season. Tampa Bay needs a talent infusion at cornerback, and Hargreaves is going to grade out as a player who is ready to be on the field in Week 1."

Kiper has Hargreaves as the second cornerback being selected. He projected Florida State's Jalen Ramsey to go to the Jaguars at No. 5.

Kiper's colleague, Todd McShay, published his last mock draft on February 1st. His selection for the Buccaneers was Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner. McShay's first mock draft had the Buccaneers drafting Michigan State offensive tackle Jake Conklin.

McShay and Kiper are among several analysts to release mock drafts so far. Each Monday, Buccaneers.com will published an updated Mock Draft Roundup reviewing various writers' picks. To cast your vote as to which position the Buccaneers should select with the ninth overall pick, vote HERE.

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