Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7-round mock draft the week of free agency

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Round 5, Pick 145: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

This pick feels somewhat inevitable, right? With Winston entering the last year of his rookie deal, he enters a make-or-break year for the Buccaneers under new head coach Bruce Arians. Getting the feeling that if Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich cannot fix Winston, then nobody can, the Bucs must take a safety measure towards the future.

Will Grier does not expect to be a top-tier quarterback prospect, as he does not have the arm strength nor playmaking ability that Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, and Drew Lock have. While he was ultra-productive at West Virginia, it would be a shock to see Grier go any higher than late in the third round, and here, he slips to the fifth.

Grier failed to take advantage of his opportunity at the Senior Bowl, and followed it up with an average showing in Indianapolis at the combine. He will have to put on a show at his pro day and turn heads throughout the rest of his pre-draft process in order to turn heads of NFL teams in order to improve his draft standing.

Throwing 81 touchdown passes and for over 8,500 career yards in college, Grier is worth a mid-to-late round sleeper, but not much more. Taking insurance measures in case Winston cannot prove everyone wrong, Tampa Bay grabs Grier here in the fifth round.