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Mock Draft Monday: Are the Bucs looking for an offensive tackle?

Pundits for Sports Illustrated and USA Today think the Bucs will go for an offensive tackle to protect franchise quarterback Jameis Winston, pictured.


Pundits for Sports Illustrated and USA Today think the Bucs will go for an offensive tackle to protect franchise quarterback Jameis Winston, pictured.



As noted football scholar Sandra Bullock once said, if you write a first check for your mortgage, the second goes to insurance.

And so it goes for the Bucs, maybe, and this spring's NFL draft. While many pundits still expect Tampa Bay to address needs at pass rusher or defensive back, two (SI and USA Today) think the Bucs will instead go for an offensive tackle to protect franchise quarterback Jameis Winston. 

Those moves were the most notable, but not the only ones on this second edition of Mock Draft Monday. Remember, you can see the first installment here.

Bucs, No. 9 overall
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. (unchanged): Florida/Wharton High CB Vernon Hargreaves III. "The Bucs do have a need at cornerback, but there isn't a team in the NFL that wouldn't want this kind of talent on the roster."

ESPN's Todd McShay (unchanged): Oregon DE DeForest Buckner. "Buckner, who posted 12.0 tackles for loss in conference play this season, would give the Bucs a much-needed playmaker at DE."

SI's Chris Burke:
Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley. "There is more depth at the pass-rushing spots and even at DB than at tackle. If Tampa Bay wants help along its O-line, this is the spot to pounce." Burke also has the Bucs adding Clemson DE Kevin Dodd in the second round.

USA Today's Nate Davis: Stanley. "(Does) it really make sense to take any risks with Jameis Winston's well-being?" consensus (unchanged):
There isn't one. Hargreaves is one possibility. Other projections are Ohio State CB Eli Apple and one of Clemson's two star defensive ends - Shaq Lawson or Kevin Dodd.

CBSSports' Rob Rang: Buckner.

CBSSports' Dane Brugler: Hargreaves.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson. "He has flashes speed, power and pass rushing awareness with a variety of moves."

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo (unchanged):
Eastern Kentucky (and former Ohio State) DE Noah Spence: "During his time in Mobile, Spence established himself as the most explosive pass rusher, giving offensive tackles headaches all week."

Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey

Rotoworld: No. 1, to Tennessee: "The Titans likely want to trade this pick, but a versatile, aggressive defensive back with size and athleticism is not a bad consolation."

USA Today's Nate Davis: No. 3, to San Diego. "It's apparent what kind of impact a player like Tyrann Mathieu can have in the pass-centric NFL. Ramsey will draw those kind of comparisons given his ability to cover receivers outside, in the slot or even play safety."

ESPN's McShay (unchanged): No. 5, to Jacksonville. "For a team looking to improve on defense, this would be an ideal scenario."

ESPN's Kiper (unchanged): No. 5, to Jacksonville. "A worthy top-five talent in the secondary."

SI: No. 3, to San Diego. "The choice at No. 3 is Ramsey because of how desperate San Diego should be for a boost in the secondary, especially with Eric Weddle exiting." consensus (unchanged): No. 5, to Jacksonville

CBSSports' Rang: No. 3, to San Diego

CBSSports' Brugler: No. 5, to Jacksonville

Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 4, to Dallas

Florida/Wharton High CB Vernon Hargreaves III

ESPN's McShay (unchanged): No. 8, to Miami

SI: No. 8, to Miami. "Hargreaves or Mackensie Alexander would be fine selections by Miami, which must find some help in the secondary." consensus (unchanged): There isn't one. As high as No. 6 (to Baltimore) and as low as No. 11 (to Chicago).

CBSSports' Rang: No. 8, to Miami.

Rotoworld: No. 8, to Miami. "Hargreaves' 2015 season did not match 2014, but it was far from bad or even average."

Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 8, to Miami. "Hargreaves was outstanding in 2014, our best cornerback in the nation, but he took a step back in 2015. Still, he's sound fundamentally and can play a variety of coverages while staying with even the shiftiest of receivers."

USA Today: No. 10, to the Giants.

Florida DL Jonathan Bullard

Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 24, to Cincinnati (unchanged): No. 28, to Kansas City

SI: No. 35 (second round), to San Diego

[Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2016 12:46pm]


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