In the most recent NFL Mock Draft posted to Fansided.com, our very own Josh Hill projected that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would select Kenny Vaccaro, safety from Texas, with the 13th selection in the NFL Draft. Vaccaro is a name that has come up in Buccaneer draft discussion this offseason, but his name is also being tossed around with top 10 draft pick teams. He’s a rising prospect at the safety position, and may shoot up the draft board and be selected in a similar position to Mark Barron.
According to Josh’s mock draft, the teams selecting before the Bucs will stay away from selecting quarterbacks, meaning the “best players available” are snapped up much more quickly. Josh also points out that this would be a great opportunity for the Buccaneers to trade down, which is something I broke down not so long ago for The Pewter Plank. I tend to agree with him, and looking at the board at the Buccaneers’ position, the choice is between Vaccaro and a trade. In all honesty, Vaccaro will probably climb up into the top 10 before everything is said and done, meaning the Buccaneers will be left with even fewer options, as guard Chance Warmack of Alabama and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee (which has a ton of double letters, by the way) will likely slide down the board, and those are positions the Buccaneers would be foolish to spend an early draft choice on.
I will be updating my own mock draft shortly, and the news is probably not much better. The middle of the first round is an awkward place this year, full of borderline talents at positions the Buccaneers don’t really need. So it raises the age old question… what is a team to do when faced with the choice of a good player at a position of need, or a better player that is at a position the team has no immediate need for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and give your drafting philosophy. Personally, I’d like to see the Buccaneers take the absolute best player on the board, no matter what. As we get closer to the draft, the 13th best player available will become more and more clear. Until then, share your thoughts as to who you’d like to see the Buccaneers take, and we’ll be sure to break down and profile all the key prospects as the offseason wears on!