We did it again, and things got a little weird.
The Pewter Plank presents to you: the 2nd version of our fan interactive mock draft. After leaving off with a cliffhanger last time around, we decided to go through the first two rounds in this installment.
Like last time around, we used the draft simulator First-Pick.com.
There was plenty of debate going around in our Twitter war room, and ultimately, I decided to hand over my power to your opinions. If there was a dispute on a Bucs pick or move, majority ruled and conquered all.
Here’s how it all went down:
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans decide to pair JJ Watt with another star pass rusher in Clowney, making their D-line scary good.
2. St. Louis Rams: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
I don’t see any way Barr goes this high when the real draft rolls around, but crazier things have happened.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Jags need a quarterback, and a guy to put butts in their seats. Johnny Football fits the criteria.
4. Cleveland Browns: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
With Mr. Football gone, the Browns decide to go with the prototypical build for a passer in Blake Bortles.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Raiders have a knack for drafting playmakers, yet still losing. With this pick, they hope Watkins is a complete game changer for them.
6. Detroit Lions (via ATL): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Falcons know that they Buccaneers would live a wide receiver with this pick, but they also know that someone they covet will be available if they trade down to #10. With that in mind, they give up the #6 pick to the Lions, who end up drafting Mike Evans to pair with Calvin Johnson. This makes Detroit’s offense even scarier than it already was to opposing secondaries.
We received trade offers from a few different teams, and while there were definitely some differing opinions, the consensus was that trading one spot back and grabbing a 2nd pick and Khalil Mack would be better than not having an extra 2nd and Teddy Bridgewater.
We went ahead and made the move.
7. Minnesota Vikings (via TB): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
We knew when we gave up the #7 pick that we were also giving up Bridgewater, who could end up being a franchise guy for years in Minnesota. With McCown and Glennon on the roster, and a bevy of quarterbacks still available in the latter rounds, we decided to throw the Vikings a bone. Lots of unhappy Twitter followers came out of the woodwork, many of which chose not to let their voices be heard. These are the hardships of a democracy.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via MIN): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
While the Bucs would have loved to grab a quarterback, there was no possible way that they could pass up the opportunity to grab a great pass rushing linebacker and another 2nd round pick in a very deep draft. A Mack-Foster-David linebacking core would almost live in opposing backfields, and it would be a beautiful sight to see.
9. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
The Bills apparently love Lewan. That would be the only explanation for choosing him over Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews.
10. New York Giants (via ATL, DET): Greg Robinson, T, Auburn
And right on cue, the Giants trade up with Atlanta to get someone to protect Eli’s blindside. Lord knows they need to.
11. Tennessee Titans: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
The run on tackles continues as the Titans want a guy that can keep Jake Locker off of his back.
12. Atlanta Falcons (via NYG): Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame
Atlanta joins in on the tackle party, grabbing Martin out of Notre Dame after stockpiling a few extra picks from two trades down.
13. St. Louis Rams: HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The Rams got themselves a pass rush last season, and now want the secondary to take full advantage of that.
14. Chicago Bears: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
In our last mock, Dennard went #5 to the Raiders. This time around, he drops 9 spots to the Bears and becomes the replacement for Charles Tillman in Chicago.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
Pittsburgh wants to get back to their game of running the football and playing defense. A corner to cover the likes of AJ Green and Josh Gordon is a necessity.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU
Last mock, the Cowboys also took Jernigan, who is a great fit for what they want to do on Rod Marinelli’s defensive line.
17. Arizona Cardinals (via BAL): Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona St.
The Cardinals trade up with the Ravens to land Bradford, who ends up continuing his football career in the state of Arizona.
18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron is a big, physical, pass-catching tight end that they Jets covet. He gives Mike Vick and Geno Smith an instant red zone threat and a playmaker in the middle of the field.
19. Green Bay Packers (via MIA): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald helps solidify the middle of the Packers defense, and will help stuff the likes of Matt Forte and Adrian Peterson in the NFC North.
20. Baltimore Ravens (via ARI): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The Ravens want to give Joe Flacco and outstanding passing attack. Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, and Robinso will give him just that.
21. Baltimore Ravens (via MIA, GB): Cyrus Kouandijo, T, Alabama
Baltimore doubles up on picks and gives their offensive line a boost with Cyrus.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Cooks is a perfect fit for Chip Kelly’s scheme, as he possesses the speed to possibly become an effective replacement for DeSean Jackson.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
The Chiefs need to find a way to stop Peyton Manning to compete with the Broncos in the AFC West. Pryor gives their secondary another weapon.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Cincy sees the Browns receiving core as a threat in Ohio, and want to stop Josh Gordon at all costs.
25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, VT
The Chargers like what their offense was able to do, as Phillip Rivers surged back in to relevancy thanks to Keenan Allen. They hope to bring some electricity back to their defense.
26. Cleveland Browns: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
After grabbing Bortles earlier in the round, it doesn’t hurt to give him Beckham, who becomes another weapon that can line up opposite Gordon, or in the slot.
27. Denver Broncos (via NO): Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
The Broncos saw first hand what building a team through defense first can do in the Super Bowl. They like Roberson our of UF, so they trade up to secure his services.
28. Carolina Panthers: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
The kitty cats need wide receiver desperately, because if the season started today, former Buc Tiquan Underwood would likely be their number one guy. To our dismay, they grab Lee, who could develop into a playmaker for Cam Newton.
29. New England Patriots: Marcus Martin, C, USC
With Tom Brady not getting any younger, priority number one should be to protect their star QB at all costs. They get Martin in hopes to do just that.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
With the defensive arms race of the NFC West in full force, the 49ers get themselves a corner in Bradley Roby. Teams that waited, but wanted secondary in this draft, will have slim pickings to choose from later on.
31. Atlanta Falcons (via NO, DEN): Kony Ealy, DE, Mizzou
The Falcons are desperate for a pass rusher, so they trade back into the first to get Kony Ealy. New Orleans decides not to draft anyone in the first round.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno St.
With Golden Tate on the move to Detroit, the Seahawks need to give Russell Wilson a new toy to play with.
The Bucs have the #6 and #8 picks in this round due to their trade with Minnesota in round one.
Here’s the round two summary, with explanations of the Bucs’ picks below:
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Yankey, G, Stanford
With Derek Carr gone, and the run on second tier QBs yet to begin, the next two priorities for the Bucs were to solidify the guard position, and get a wide receiver. We start with guard, as Yankey was the best on the board. Tampa wants to make a quick transition from one of the worst O-lines to one of the best, and getting a guard like Yankey really helps the cause.
40. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via MIN): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The greatest debate in our Twitter war room broke out when the #40 pick rolled around. There were three options: Kelvin Benjamin, Matthews, or trade the pick. After tallying vote after vote, the Jordan Matthews option won by only two. Thus, we made the pick happen, and Kelvin Benjamin fell into the third round.
So after two rounds, here’s what our draft looked like for the Buccaneers:
8th overall: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
38th overall: David Yankey, G, Stanford
40th overall: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
It’s not a draft I would hate, because you get the best pass rushing linebacker of the class, a guard to sure up your offensive line, and a new weapon for McCown, Glennon, or whoever is under center in 2014. It’s not flashy, but it surely makes the team better at three positions of need.
Who would you like to see the Bucs draft in 2014? Let us know what you think on Twitter (@ThePewterPlank), and don’t forget to answer our poll question below!
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