Let’s do a mock draft. Nevermind that what happens in free agency might change things a bit.
Using the draft simulator at first-pick.com which allows you to make trades and the likely needs that the Buccaneers will look to address in the draft I came away with the following:
Round 1 – Traded back with Detroit. Gave up the #7 pick in exchange for #10 in round 1, #13 in round 2 and #11 in round 4.
With pick #10 of the first round – C.J. Mosley – Inside Linebacker, Alabama – The 1st Team All-American linebacker would fit perfectly in the middle of the Buccaneer defense alongside Lavonte David.
Round 2 – With pick #6 of the second round – Cyril Richardson – Guard, Baylor – The addition of Richardson provides competiton at right guard for disappointing Davin Joseph.
Traded back with Miami. Gave up pick #13 acquired earlier from Detroit in exchange for #18 in round 2 and #17 in round 3.
With pick #18 of the second round – Ra’Shede Hageman – Defensive Tackle, Minnesota – Hageman and Gerald McCoy will provide a formidable middle of the defensive line for Tampa Bay.
Round 3 – With pick #17 of the third round – Davante Adams – Wide Receiver, Fresno State – Adams will provide the Buccaneers offense an explosive third receiving option which they are currently missing.
Round 4 – Traded back with the New York Jets. Gave up the #4 pick in exchange for #15 in round 4, #14 in round 5, and #19 in round 6.
With pick #11 of the fourth round – Joel Bitonio – Tackle, Nevada – Bitonio has the ability to play inside and guard or move outside to tackle which provides depth along the offensive line.
With pick #15 of the fourth round – Jimmie Ward – SS, Northern Illinois – Ward’s ability to cover the slot and also be the third safety fills two needs with one selection.
Round 5 – With pick #3 of the fifth round – Bryan Stork – C, Florida State – Stork provides depth behind Jeremy Zuttah and can also play guard if needed.
With pick # 14 of the fifth round – Ronald Powell – Outside Linebacker, Florida – If not for injury concerns Powell would likely be long gone by this time. Powell will provide solid competition for the starting strongside outside linebacker position.
Round 6 – With pick #19 of the sixth round – David Fales – QB, SJSU – Fales falls this far due to concerns regarding his arm strength. Often makes up for that with very good anticipation. Has a nice feel in the pocket and mobility. Provides a potential long term solution at backup QB and insurance should the development of Mike Glennon not go as planned.
Round 7 – With pick #6 of the seventh round – Trey Millard – FB, Oklahoma – Millard was looked at as a mid-round prospect heading into 2013, but suffered a season ending knee injury in late October. Millard should be at full strength by training camp, and has the perfect blend of strength and athleticism for the fullback position in Jeff Tedford’s offensive scheme.
What do you think? Disagree/Agree? Go to first-pick.com to try it for yourself, and please let us know how your draft turns out.