In a recent mock draft after the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, Quinnen Williams from Alabama lands right in the lap of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mock drafts are springing up everywhere now that the NFL Scouting Combine is officially over, and one constructed by NFL Spin Zone’s Randy Gurzi has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers landing stud defensive tackle Quinnen Williams from Alabama. After the combine caused a complete frenzy at the top of this mock draft with Kyler Murray going first overall, it allowed Williams to fall right into the lap of Jason Licht and the Buccaneers.
In the past, prospects Devin White, Jawaan Taylor, and Ed Oliver have been mocked to the Bucs, but after the combine, draft boards have seemingly gone up in flames; this has put the Bucs in position to snag the defensive tackle who received one Heisman vote this year.
With buzz still surrounding whether or not Gerald McCoy will return to the Bucs in 2019, drafting a young interior defensive lineman would be the cost effective move for the team, but it would all but seal the fate of the ten-year veteran.
"“Williams was widely considered to be in play at No. 1 overall, but the recent news that Arizona is sold on Kyler Murray ends up being a great benefit to the Bucs as they get one of the most talented players, if not the most talented, in this class.” (via Gurzi @ NFL Spin Zone)"
Jason Licht has stated that the team is open for business at the number five pick, and if they get a good enough offer, they would be willing to move out of the top-five and back into the draft.
However, landing the number one overall prospect on many boards would be too enticing of an opportunity for Tampa Bay to pass up, and even if the Bucs get an offer for their pick, they should strongly consider taking Williams anyway.