CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists his predictions for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
The past two offseasons, the Buccaneers held top-ten picks in the NFL Draft and many experts agreed on which player the team would select. It was nearly unanimous in 2015 that Tampa Bay would draft Jameis Winston first overall, and many experts predicted the Bucs would select Vernon Hargreaves before the team submitted their pick a year ago.
This year, with the Bucs picking at No. 19, opinions are split. In the latest Mock Draft Roundup, there were nine different players projected to the Bucs. A new addition this week was Michigan safety/ linebacker Jabrill Peppers, who CBS Sports' Rob Rang mocked to Tampa Bay.
A few weeks back, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah released his list of the top 50 prospects in this year's draft and Peppers, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy despite playing on the defensive side of the ball, was listed as No. 33. That presented the question: Could Peppers fall to the Bucs? And would they take him if he did?
NFL's Daniel Jeremiah ranked his top 50 NFL Draft prospects.
Projections for Peppers are all over the place. Jeremiah's colleague Bucky Brooks has him going fifth overall to the Titans. Fellow NFL.com mock drafter Lance Zierlein has him going No. 32 to the Patriots, though that final draft spot won't be finalized until after the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Peppers is one of two defensive backs project to the Bucs in the latest Mock Draft Roundup, along with West Virginia's Rasul Douglas. The four other defensive players listed were on the defensive line.
Peppers played a variety of positions at Michigan, including some on offense. Many analysts fear that his versatility could hurt him in the draft, as his primary position shifted from safety to linebacker at the end of his career with the Wolverines. It will be interesting to see how his projections shift in the coming weeks, particularly after the NFL Scouting Combine.