NFL's Daniel Jeremiah ranked his top 50 NFL Draft prospects.
The last time ESPN draft expert Todd McShay released a mock draft was in December, when all 32 NFL teams were still in action and the final draft order hadn't been set. Now that the dust has settled, McShay has re-evaluated his predictions and updated his mock draft. Despite the fact that Cam Brate caught eight touchdowns in 2016, which were tied for the league-lead, McShay believes the Buccaneers will draft a tight end in the first round, picking Alabama's O.J. Howard.
Photos of NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein's first mock draft.
"The Buccaneers have bigger needs than tight end -- defensive line, safety and wide receiver among them -- but Howard, my No. 12 overall player, is the best value on the board," McShay wrote. "He was the best player on the field all week at the Senior Bowl, showing great athleticism for a guy who measured just over 6-foot-5½ and 249 pounds."
This year's tight end class is one of the stronger groups in recent years, with both Howard and Miami's David Njoku earning first-round grades from some outlets. McShay has Njoku being selected by the Dolphins at No. 22 in his mock draft.
Although the Bucs have seemingly found their tight end of the future in Brate, McShay isn't alone in believing the Bucs will select a tight end in the first round. In the Bucs' latest Mock Draft Roundup, Pewter Report projects Howard to the Bucs and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the team taking Njoku.
CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists his predictions for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Other players appearing in the Bucs' Mock Draft Roundup including Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton and safety Jabrill Peppers, Washington wide receiver John Ross, Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett and Missouri defensive end Charles Harris.
Each week when the Mock Draft Roundup is released, it is accompanied by a poll asking fans which position they believe the Bucs will use their first-round pick on. Wide receiver and running back are neck-and-neck, with nearly 70 percent of the vote between the two positions. Defensive end has nearly nine percent of the vote while less than three percent of fans believe the Bucs will draft a tight end at No. 19.