Cory: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ed Oliver from Houston should be a top five player on everyone’s big boards, but questions regarding his size and classic overthinking have caused him to slip a bit down the board. Tampa Bay stops his fall and selects him with the fifth overall pick and take a defensive tackle two years in a row in the first round. Receiving comparisons to Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald, Oliver has the skill set to dominate in the NFL, and as the Bucs prepare to replace the aging McCoy, drafting Oliver is a move in the right direction.
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Dylan: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Todd Bowles is jumping out of his seat to beg Arians for this one as Quinnen Williams falls to the fifth pick in this mock. Williams is as good as it gets in regards to interior lineman prospects. You’d be hard pressed to find a negative trait for Williams and that’s before getting coached up at the NFL level. Williams is excellent with his hands and has an arsenal of tricks to get past would be lineman while playing with a motor similar to that of the energizer bunny. Absolute home run of a pick if he were to fall on draft day.
Jason: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Josh Allen drops to Tampa due to a frenzy of teams trading up for quarterbacks. Allen is a capable linebacker who can rush the passer, evidenced by his 17 sacks against SEC competition last year; a season where he won SEC Defensive Player of the year. He showed he can make plays behind the line of scrimmage with 21.5 tackles for loss as well, practically setting up a campsite in the opponent’s backfield. Allen can drop back in coverage as well and tested in the upper percentile at the combine. Pass rushers usually do not come this complete, and nobody saw their stock rise more after returning to school for his Senior year.
Jamil: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Bucs could do a lot of things with the fifth overall pick. They could get an offensive lineman, a corner, or even trade down. Tampa Bay has a definite need on the offensive line, even as left tackle Donovan Smith seems poised to be franchise tagged. Dotson is only getting older and could be replaced very soon, as he is expected to be a cap casualty. The Bucs’ line needs to be the best version of itself as Winston enters a make or break year in the last season of his rookie deal.