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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Round 7, Pick 215: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

After missing out on a sixth round selection in this year’s draft, the Bucs are back here with the 215th pick in the draft. With Adam Humphries looking more and more likely by the day to split from the Buccaneers, Jason Licht must make a move here to find a new slot receiver; here they snag converted running back Jalen Hurd from Baylor.

Hurd remains one of the more interesting prospects in this year’s draft as he had a 1,000 yard rushing season as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers, but then after his Junior season, he transferred to Baylor and switched to wide receiver. In his one season at the wide receiver position, Hurd caught 69 passes and almost hit 1,000 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns.

Unfortunately Hurd was unable to do any running tests at the combine due to a knee injury, he did perform the bench press where he put up 23 reps, putting him at the 96th percentile of all wide receivers. Measuring at nearly 6’5 and 226 pounds, Hurd is a massive prospect for playing primarily in the slot at Baylor, however his ability to create magic after the catch makes him a mismatch across the middle for linebackers and safeties.

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In what could turn out to be a steal of a pick, some team is going to get lucky drafting a swiss army knife like Hurd with a late round pick. With their final selection in this mock draft, the Bucs hope to find a versatile weapon to replace Humphries in Hurd.