Our friends over at NFL Mocks have released their latest NFL Mock Draft. They’ll continue to bring mock drafts and draft information up through the annual selection meeting later this month. The latest mock draft features three rounds worth of picks, so let’s take a look at who they have going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei’s heart health has checked out, so I could see him going anywhere from first overall to the middle of the first round. I think the Bucs are a good fit especially with the top two CBs off the board, and Tampa in hot pursuit of Darrelle Revis. If this pick is traded to the Jets, expect them to take Geno Smith.
I am totally in favor of this pick at 13. Even without Revis, if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are stuck at 13 (meaning no trades down are available), it would be worth it to take one of the best prospects in the draft at this point, and trade back into the first round to take Desmond Trufant. Star would give the Buccaneers the best combination of defensive tackles in the league, and would set them up well to adress other needs with their next few picks.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
With Johnthan Banks off the board just a few picks earlier, NFL Mocks has us taking Darius Slay with our second selection. Slay has proven he has track speed, but there are questions about his on-the-field speed. He’s also not the strongest or quickest corner in the draft, but he is a strong tackler, an aggressive player, and a grinder that Coach Schiano would like. Either he or Banks would make an excellent second round pick, although I believe Banks is being overlooked severely.
73. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
With Gavin Escobar off the board, I’d be okay with this pick, but would probably rather wait on a tight end and pick up Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB from Auburn, Sio Moore from DE/OLB, UConn or Christine Michael, RB from Texas A&M. Any of these three players provide a better value in the top of the third round, and Lemonier and Moore provide help in the pass rush, which is something the Bucs need this offseason. But not too many complaints.
We’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all of the NFL Draft news and rumors that come across the wire as it relates to the Bucs as we count down the days until the Chiefs are on the clock.