It’s time to talk draft Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 6, 2019
The Buccaneers have brought in “the quarterback whisperer,” Bruce Arians, to be the new head coach. GM Jason Licht said, even prior to Arians’ hire, that Jameis Winston would be the quarterback in 2019. With that kind of commitment, it seems unlikely that the Bucs would be using a high draft pick on a QB.
Litch did everything possible to hire Arians the staff of his dreams, which included bringing in former NYJets HC Todd Bowles as DC, and former AZ interim OC Byron Leftwich as the new Buccaneer OC.
2019 draft picks
|1||5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2||39||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|3||70||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4||107||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||145||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|6*||208||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|7||215||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
*Indicates Compensatory Pick (traded to TB).
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive Guard
- Strong Safety
- Defensive End
The Bucs haven’t verbally committed to a 3-4, but everyone knows Todd Bowles ran a 3-4 scheme with the NYJets. It wouldn’t be a stretch for Vita Vea, who came on strong at the end of the season, to become the NT in a 3-4. The team has implied it will be making salary cap related roster cuts. Look for them to keep either Gerald McCoy or Jason Pierre-Paul, but probably not both – unless contracts are re-structured. They’ll most likely keep Jason Pierre-Paul on the left end and have Carl Nassib on the right.
What the Bucs have been missing for a while is a star cornerback. While the team ended the season very high on first year players, M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis, a player of Greedy Williams caliber might be difficult to pass up. With so many teams playing 3 and 4 receiver sets, a good defense cannot have too many quality corners.
Within Bowles scheme, Justin Evans is expected to move to High Safety, where he should excel. The team likes Jordan Whitehead at strong safety, but he’s not that big and plays so physical, occasionally he misses time from injury. Grabbing another downhill/box safety could be an option.
If the Bucs don’t grab a corner with their first pick, players like Kentucky’s Josh Allen, LSU’s Devin White, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, and Michigan’s Rashan Gary would be players GM Licht might consider.
Prospects to watch
Greedy Williams, CB, Louisiana State University
If the Bucs decide to go for a CB, Williams is the one who has the most star-potential. He could become the franchise lock down corner teams dream of having. He’s rangy, he’s got speed, and definitely, he has the swag and confidence a number one corner needs in a pass-happy league.
Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
A 3-4 defense needs linebackers. The Bucs have been carrying a limited number on their roster over that past several years. They’ll need to add some starting quality players, even if they moved to some kind of 3-4 hybrid scheme. At the Senior Bowl, Pratt was clocked as the fastest player on the North team – faster than any running back or even cornerback. Coaches noted that he was quick to fill, but on occasion his pad level was too high, something Bucs coaches could fix.
Mike Edwards, SS, Kentucky
For a safety, Edwards has proven to be remarkably durable. He started over 40 consecutive games for the Wildcats, while racking up over 300 carer tackles. He’s versatile too, having played some corner for Mark Stoops when called on. Edwards even returned some punts while at Kentucky.
Players to Watch: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State; OLB Devin Bush, Michigan; CB Jamel Dean, Auburn; OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State; and ILB Devin White, LSU.
General Manager: Jason Licht | Head Coach: Bruce Ariens | Offensive Coordinator: Bryon Leftwich | Defensive Coordinator: Todd Bowles
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Vita Vea DT | R2 Ronald Jones RB
2017: R1 O.J. Howard TE | R2 Justin Evans S
2016: R1 Vernon Hargreaves CB | R2 Noah Spence DE
2015: R1 Jameis Winston QB | R2 Daonovan Smith OT