The Senior Bowl has come and gone and mock draft season is here. As has become routine over the past several years, ESPN's Todd McShay has began - if he ever stopped - breaking down each team's needs in this year's draft. In his second mock draft of the year, McShay has the Buccaneers selecting Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner No. 9 overall.
"At 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, Buckner isn't a traditional edge rusher -- and some teams may view him as a 5-technique -- but playing in a four-man front, he could be a stout run defender at left defensive end and move inside to rush the QB on obvious passing downs," McShay wrote. "Buckner, who posted 12.0 tackles for loss in conference play this season, would give the Bucs a much-needed playmaker at DE."
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McShay has Ohio State's Joey Bosa being selected No. 1 overall by the Titans, so should the Buccaneers pick Buckner as McShay suggests, they would be landing his second-best defensive end.
Buckner recorded 83 tackles in 2015, 45 of which were solo. He earned 17 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks. For his efforts, he was selected as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
In their scouting report, NFL.com compares Buckner to Arizona's Calias Campbell. A regional scout told the league that they believe Buckner is "twice as good" as Campbell was coming out of college. For McShay's complete mock draft, click HERE.