Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
The Buccaneers and Gerald McCoy have gone hand in hand with each other for a long time now, nine years to be exact. However, his time in Tampa Bay may be coming to a close sooner rather than later as head coach Bruce Arians did not express the most confidence in his production as it relates to his salary.
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While it is still highly unlikely that the Bucs will be picking at the fifth pick when the clock strikes all zeros, but if trades were outlawed and the draft were tomorrow, Tampa Bay would be looking for McCoy’s replacement. Ed Oliver can step in and make an impact next to last season’s first round pick Vita Vea and contribute immediately.
After only performing the jumping tests at the combine earlier this month in Indianapolis, Oliver had a show stopping pro day highlighted by his 4.73 40 yard dash. His lack of Sacks is a cause for concern but, he also saw his fair share of double and triple teams over the past two seasons at Houston. If the Bucs go ahead and cut ties with McCoy and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams is off of the board, then Oliver may very well be the pick.