Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL.com Predicts Bucs' First Three Draft Picks

NFL.com's Chad Reuter broke down the Bucs' first three picks in his latest mock draft.

NFL's Daniel Jeremiah ranked his top 50 NFL Draft prospects.

Earlier this week, the first edition of the Buccaneers' Mock Draft Roundup was published, and wide receiver seemed to be a popular pick for the Bucs at No. 19. CBS Sports, USA Today and Pewter Report all believe that Tampa Bay will select a receiver in the first round, though the outlets disagree with which pass-catcher it will be.

NFL.com's Chad Reuter is among those who believe that the Bucs will pick up another target for Jameis Winston in Round 1, predicting the team to take Washington wide receiver John Ross with the No. 19 pick. Ross was a first-team All-American by ESPN and Scout.com in 2016, catching 17 touchdown passes. He was No. 3 in the FBS in touchdown catches and No. 29 in scoring.


But Reuter has taken a stop further than most mock drafters. He has predicted the Bucs' top three picks, including their second-round selection at No. 50 overall and their third-round pick at No. 84. Reuter believes that Tampa Bay will draft Iowa defensive back Desmond King in the second round and Washington defensive tackle Elijah Qualls in the third.

King is currently in action at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, and many believe he is the best cornerback prospect participating in the game. King was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes, picking up 263 tackles, 12 interceptions and 33 passes defensed during his college career. Of his 12 picks, two were returned for touchdowns.

Qualls started 11 games in 2016 with 38 tackles, five of which were for a loss. He also earned three sacks during his final season with the Huskies. In his final two seasons, Qualls recorded 7.5 sacks. He's listed at 6-foot-1 and 320 pounds.

For more of Reuter's three-round mock draft, click HERE. All stats courtesy of SportsReference.com.

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